Music, Sound, and Art

From Brooklyn, New  York

Sara Landeau is a guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, educator, producer, composer, and artist living in NYC. She is a proponent of equality for women, and believes in the ideology of self-improvement through education.



The Julie Ruin features Sara Landeau on guitars, Kathleen Hanna on vocals, Kathi Wilcox on bass, Carmine Covelli on drums, and Kenny Mellman on keyboards. 

BAND:  THE JULIE RUIN. The Julie Ruin is signed to Hardly Art (Sub Pop). 

Live performances headlining tours or as part of world festivals include the US, Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Belgium, Sweden, Finland, Poland, Australia, Tasmania, and more. Television performances include Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Seth Meyers Show, and  Carson Daly Show. 

Reviews and interviews include New York Times, NPR, Rolling Stone, Spin, New York Magazine, Paper Magazine, Billboard, Los Angeles Times, Timeout, Esquire, Big Takeover, NME, Pitchfork, Fader, Consequence of Sound, Flaunt, Bust, and dozens of US, European, and world newspapers and online journals.  

College Music Journal (CMJ)  listed song “I Decide” #1 in 2017. Rolling Stone listed song ‘Run Fast” 2015 as #3 in their top ten albums of the year.

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Electronic Art & Illustrations


 The intrinsic aspect of these works are the

contradictions created between the “soft”

interfaces of the embroidered, painted, or haptic

instruments and the loud and immersive

soundscape that they produce. 

The study of contrasts is important not only as a tool to define the focus, but the various composites can suggest the idea of opposites in the subject matter.. Various realities form in the new musical environments, and point to highly constructed situations which will help to reflect certain beliefs within a society.


Embroidery and knitting are crafts

generally associated with female labor

and folk tradition. Through the use of

these techniques the artwork intends to

re-evaluate these crafts as a valid

contemporary form of expression, while

combining them with technological

features and the use of physical

computing, in order to create a tangible

“soft” interface that controls and

produces sound.

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Solo Music and more



Solo/Soundcloud music : Experimental sounds, clips, drones, trinkets, rhythms, guitars with pedals or prepared, and other sonic compositions.

Works examine the process, materials, and methods of the electric guitar. Colors, textures and harmonic impurities are explored. Short circuits and noise, crackling, feedback, and other electrical overflowings are embraced.  New pieces include Etude for Four Electronic Guitars.


The Kitchen, New York City with The Raincoats and Bikini Kill 2018

Bullet Space with Tina Havelock, (2018 Australian Blake Prize Winner)

Shapeshifter Lab, Electroacoustic Fest, Brooklyn NY

Tow Center for the Arts, Brooklyn NY

Muchmores, Brooklyn NY

Fierstein Studios, Brooklyn NY

Cb’s 313 Gallery, New York NY


2019 Women in Computer Music Scholarship for Supercollider, Stanford University

2019 Max Matthews Sound Art Award , Brooklyn College 2019 Cycling 74 Max Expo Grant

BMI artist

2015 Girls Rock Camp Alliance, USA: Artists and Activists Award  

Sponsors include Fender Guitars


 She Shreds Magazine  -Magazine dedicated to female guitarists

 Tom Tom Magazine  - Drummers/Music/Feminism 

ADORAMA (ALC) LEARNING SERIES - Recording and Audio Gear/Guitars/Reviews


2015 The Punk Singer feature film soundtrack 

2016 Advil, Super Bowl commercial placement 

2017 Advil,  commercial, France 

2016 High Maintenance (HBO)  

2017 Tour Without End feature film soundtrack

2006 Mona Lisa Smiles feature film, starring Julia Roberts, role as guitarist  

2019 Catfight


M.F.A., Sonic Arts, Brooklyn College, NY 2019 

Concentration: Electroacoustic music and production 

Thesis: A Study in Contrasts: Prepared Instruments and Audiovisual Composition 

Thesis Advisor: Marina Rosenfeld

Additional studies with Morton Subotnick, Doug Geers, David Grubbs 

B.A., Art History, Columbia University, New York, NY, 2002 

Concentration: Modern Art  

(other) The Juilliard School 2003-2005 Courses: music theory, audio technology, guitar 2018 Pro Tools Audio/DAW Certified 



As a music instructor in New York City for 15 years, and with around 10,000 hours of classroom time, I have helped hundreds of students to perform professional level work. I have a background in music theory, electric and acoustic guitar studies, drums, bass guitar, ear training, sight reading, as well as analog and digital signal flow, songwriting, and creating music for video or visuals.  My teaching consistently focuses on helping women and girls achieve their musical goals. The majority of my students are adults, many looking for a comfortable environment to learn an instrument for the first time.



Adjunct Professor, History of Music. 

Brooklyn College, Brooklyn NY, 


Music History Course: “Music: Its Language, History, and Culture” 

Music Faculty, Brooklyn Music School, Brooklyn, New York, 

2018 - present 

Member of the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts.

Teaches Guitar, Drums, Piano, Voice

Sara Landeau Studio, Brooklyn, New York, 

2003- present 

PencilWorks Building, Brooklyn NY 11222

Individual and Group Private Music Lessons 

Guitar, Bass, Drums, Songwriting, Music Theory 

Group workshops created for women include: Chicks With Picks, Iron Maidens, and Bitches Brew

Guitar Instructor, Chicks With Picks Workshops,  Lessonface, NYC location 2015-18 

Band Coach, Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls, 2005 - 2015 

Music Instructor, Gowanus Music Club, Brooklyn NY, 2011-2018 

Music Instructor, Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY, summer 2017 

Real Testimonials:

"You're the best drum teacher on earth! You made learning to read drum notation fun. And you gave me the confidence to flow from time to fills back to time. And to gig out after only playing a kit for less than 6 months! You gave me superpowers and I love you forever for all of that generosity and detailed lessons and HW. You have always inspired me so. My shero! Thank you forever! "


" I will never forget your flyer, that drew me to you, right away. I knew you were "my Teacher." Not verbatim, but I would love a copy if you still have one. Here goes . . . Are you tired of male guitar teachers showing you how to play an Eric Clapton riff . . . Women of all ages encouraged to call. Thank goodness I did. You helped me find, "my voice," the greatest gift anyone can be given. Thank you. Oh, and you are the best friggin' guitar teacher in the Universe!" - Elaine

"Along with teaching me scales, music theory, guitar techniques, mastering pedals and new chords, Sara has also taught me confidence and strength. She offers inspiring advice about conquering song writing ruts, she's easy to talk to, patient, and hilariously funny. She customized lessons catering to what I was interested in learning and instilled good habits. Sara is a talented musician, courage giver, performance coach, style idol, trusted punk rock sage, and wonderful friend."- - Marisha

About & Contact

Private Lessons

Contact: info@saralandeau.com

Sara Landeau Studios is open all year round and located in the Pencil Works Building, Greenpoint area of Brooklyn.  Location is 61 Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn NY, 11222. Please email for hourly rates for guitar, bass, drum lessons, or seasonal workshops. 

Available for lessons Tuesday - Saturdays, Fall 2019.