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Sarah Palma

Associate Instructor, Guitar

BM University of Utah



Sarah Shay Palma has been playing Classical Guitar since she was seven years old and added Jazz study to her repertoire in High School. She has studied with well-respected and widely recognized instructors and performers including Stan Funicelli, Kenji Aihara, Tully Cathey, and Todd Woodbury. As a music student at the University of Utah, she performed in both Classical and Jazz Guitar Ensembles. Before graduating, Sarah was also a recipient of scholarships for Classical Guitar and was chosen as an ambassador for the School of Music as a RedHots! performer. On scholarship, she studied abroad in Spain. She later returned to study flamenco with maestro Enrique Vargas in Madrid.

Ms. Palma began teaching privately as a teen. In addition to teaching a private studio, she continues as the guitar instructor at the University of Utah Preparatory Division. Sarah is currently the director of a full guitar program at Providence Hall.

Sarah performs in a variety of settings including private parties and events, for hospital patients, formal concerts, and in studio sessions.

Teaching Philosophy

The goal for all students in our guitar programs to make music in a positive and productive context - generating self -satisfaction, fulfillment and well-being to all involved.

Courses Taught

• Guitar – Group class

Last Updated: 11/2/22