Sarah Nation began her musical career by playing with church bands as a teenager. She holds a BA in Music from Indiana State University. While in school she had many valuable experiences, including playing for the ISU big band and jazz combos. Additionally, she holds a professional guitar certificate from Berklee Online in Jazz Guitar.
Since relocating to Terre Haute in 2010, Sarah has played for the Crossroads Repertory Theater, various cover bands, small group jazz ensembles, big bands, and Pinball Heroes – for which she wrote the material. She currently plays with The Streamliners. They play a wide range music from the 60s to the present including R+B, Country, Blues, and Rock. This wide range of musical experience gives her a broad understanding of the guitar and its place in popular, rock, folk, jazz, and classical settings.
Sarah has been professionally teaching private guitar lessons for fifteen years and strives to instruct each student in the way that works best for them. She has recently published Complete Guitar Theory to better facilitate the instruction of her advancing students.
Learning a few basics on guitar can go a long way towards personal enjoyment or its use as an accompaniment instrument, but for the student who wants to delve deeper, the opportunities are nearly limitless. Guiding students towards musical literacy with a clear understanding of their instrument enables them to continue to learn and grow on their own for the rest of their lives.
Michael Fenton has been studying and performing locally and abroad for over 15 years. He studied classical guitar at ISU for a year before majoring in Guitar Performance and Music Production & Engineering at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. Time spent in Boston allowed Michael to become proficient in Ear Training, Fretboard Harmony, Chord and Melodic Analysis, Acoustics, Arranging, Writing Skills, and Percussion techniques.
Michael has taught K-5 music for Vigo county and was a proud instructor of two strings classes and over 600 students with a variety of age, interests, and abilities for two years. All skill levels and ages, from beginner to advanced and all styles including jazz, rock, blues, dance, folk, classical and everything in between are welcome.
Max Goodwin is a Terre Haute native who has been playing locally and regionally since 2014. As a teenager he studied under Dr. Brent McPike at Indiana State University, and from 2019 to 2022 pursued a degree in Jazz Guitar Performance at the IU Jacobs School of Music under the tutelage of jazz giant Dave Stryker.
He has experience in various settings, including pit orchestras (at ISU Crossroads Repertory Theatre), Jazz big bands and small combos (at IU Jacobs), and as a solo musician. While primarily a Jazz musician, he also has great love for Classical music, and an appreciation for all styles and genres.
He is also a fledgling composer/arranger.
Max believes strongly in the importance of theory and aural skills. He believes that developing an individual voice and a strong sense of musicality is more important than technical perfection. Most importantly, he believes that having a love of music itself is sufficient for anyone to achieve anything they set their mind to.