Betsy F.

Betsy F.

14 Reviews
San Diego, CA

About Betsy F.

Background check: Last verified 02/13/2014
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Betsy teaches: Males 5 and up
Females 5 and up
Teaching since: March 1999
Last sign in: Yesterday
Average response time: 7 hours

Overview

Music is the biggest passion in my life. I love being able to share that gift with my students, and look forward to their progress as much as my own. I continue to grow and develop as a musician, and love connecting with people through music. My students all learn to love and appreciate music, theory and performing as I share my knowledge and expertise.

I have degrees in Violin, Viola and Vocal Performance, that I earned while on full scholarship for music. I started violin as a young child with the Suzuki Method and later added viola. I began singing professional gigs while still in high school, and was the youngest member ever with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Chorus at 17. I also have extensive experience singing in non-classical groups and bands and am comfortable performing and teaching musical theater, pop, country, opera, operetta, and church music. With solid vocal technique my students are able to cross genres with ease, and sing whatever inspires them musically.

I currently sing with the San Diego Master Chorale and the San Diego Symphony. I was concertmaster in several symphony orchestras and have played as section leader for viola in numerous groups. I also play in and manage a string quartet and am also currently coaching small group string ensembles. My siblings and I have played in our family string quartet for over 20 years, and still perform together. Most recently I was chosen to record a new song Glow for Disneyland's California Adventure World of Color Winter Dreams.

I am comfortable teaching with various different methods, and cater lesson plans to the individual student. With over 14 years of teaching experience, I have taught students that vary in age from 3 to 75 years old, and am very comfortable with teaching children.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are fun. My philosophy is that students should have music in their lives and benefit from the lessons they take now for years to come. Learning to play a musical instrument will help students with math skills, study habits, and develop a skill that will last for a lifetime.

After 3 months students will understand the fundamentals of their string instrument or voice, know how to care for their instrument, warm up properly, be able to read and play/sing introductory passages. After 6 months the student will have learned basic music theory, how to read music, and have advanced through playing/singing multiple songs.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have a violin and viola that I bring to assist in teaching lessons. I expect that the students provide an instrument and their books. A keyboard or piano is essential for voice students for vocalization. A student need not know how to play piano in order to take voice lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Vocal students are encouraged to pick songs from whatever genre sparks their interest. With violin and viola I use the suzuki method of training and follow the books and lessons, I use other books to supplement scales/technique.

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14 Reviews on Betsy F.

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Regina B. May 22, 2014
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Betsy has been my daughters coach for about a year now, and she is wonderful. My daughter has learned so much in the past year, and now she's interested in singing, thanks to Betsy. Betsy has a wonderful spirit, she knows how to communicate on their level, and she makes them feel as though they can do anything. I also like her because she encourages kids to follow their dreams, and to do the right things, and we all know that it takes a village to raise a child. I would highly recommend Betsy!
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Ivana May 14, 2014
I have an audition tonight. I was very grateful that Betsy was able to help me with last minute suggestions. Betsy was available immediately which made the lesson possible. She is a wonderful voice teacher and helped me polish up my song. Thanks so much for making this format available. Linda
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Loan Mar 6, 2014
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Besty was very helpful and helped me with my technique which is pretty advanced. It's hard to find people who can teach people who have been playing for years lol...I can tell she has the understanding and the knowledge^^
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Michiko Mar 6, 2014
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Wow!!! Betsy is for very nice and and very patient for beginners like me she made me feel comfortable
God Bless
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Xochitl Mar 6, 2014
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My instructor and let me tel you, She is PATIENT!! After grappling with just set up, she talked me through and made sure I was on point, and even after we got started she was supportive and helpful and cheerful all throughout. It truly was a pleasure and I look forward to working with her again!
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Daysi Mar 6, 2014
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We had some technical difficulties, however Betsy was very pleasant, patient and informative. We will be booking future classes with her!
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Serena Mar 6, 2014
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The lesson was great, I really got a lot of information down packed and it went really well. I can't wait to try out these techniques and get better in my singing
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Yetta Mar 6, 2014
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I thought Betsy was absolutely great! She was very patient when we had trouble connecting and was even up for offering me a lesson while our video wasn't working. She was talented and actually very knowledgeable. It was so much more than I expected Helpouts would be. Would love to continue working with her and Helpouts in general.
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Jenine Mar 6, 2014
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I had a great time with Betsy from Takelessons. I was nervous to try this out, but it ended up being very effective and easy to get help. I was having a really hard time with reaching some high notes in a song for my choir, and after warming up and learning to control my breathe, I was able to sing much more comfortably. Thank you! I'll be back again!
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Blake Z. Feb 13, 2014
Violin
Verified Student
An outstanding mentor

Being in my 30's, I didn't know what to expect. I assumed that most teachers would only teach children. Betsy has taught a range of students, from very young to quite a bit older and I've been so blessed to have her sent my way.

She's been patient and understanding of my random schedule (and of my terrible playing), professional, on time, encouraging, always shows up with a smile on her face and a thirst to teach. It's one thing to be excited to learn, but it's another to find such a wonderful person that enjoys teaching the way she does. I also appreciate the fact that she puts her own love for the instrument(s) into practice by constantly having performances in the field as well. It's hard to find this type of individual in any area of life and I'm so glad she's become my teacher.