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Hello! I am offering beginning to advanced lessons for students of all ages (age 3 through adult). The methodology that I teach is directly from Oberlin and New England Conservatories. My teaching philosophy is to self motivate students through fun and a positive learning environment. I have over 10 years of teaching experience and have taught in a variety of settings across the US and Taiwan.
I'm an experienced and dedicated musician, having played with Orchestras and Chamber groups throughout my state. My lessons are focused on relaxation, and am as laid back or strict as the student needs. Whether you're a beginner or advanced, shooting to be a church player or a pro, I have taught students for that and am the teacher for you.
One of the most important ways that I support my students is by creating a positive learning environment. In my class, I encourage students to ask questions, feel confident in their potential, and enjoy the process of learning. The teaching techniques that I use are adapted from the Self-Determination Theory by Deci and Ryan and they are beneficial to student engagement and intrinsic motivation— both important factors for student success. I create an engaging learning environment by providing positive reinforcement, encouraging student autonomy, introducing manageable learning goals, and by providing positive constructive feedback. My goal with every class is to encourage authentic student engagement, develop their intrinsic motivation, increase their confidence, and to inspire students to want to learn more. With 18 years of dedication to the viola, and earning a Master's of Music degree in viola performance, I teach my students the tools they need to achieve their individual goals. Music is skill that has numerous cognitive benefits for people of all ages, and I welcome all ages and skills levels to my studio! Many of my students pursue music for personal enjoyment or to pursue music at the university or conservatory level. Having participated in master classes with renowned violists including Richard O'Neil, Roger Tapping, Carrie Dennis, and studied under the tutelage of Hsiaopei Lee and and Raul Garcia, I look forward to sharing with my students the techniques I have learned as a violist and instructor. Happy learning!
** Weekly lessons only. Experienced teacher, teaching for 20 years at universities as well as beginner and intermediate students. Building a strong foundation and cultivating musical expression, I have successfully prepared students for auditions and helped them pursue their goals. Lessons are customized to the needs of each student. All ages and levels, professional or for fun are welcome!
Elisa is an amazing viola teacher! The techniques and practicing methods work like magic, and I've improved so much since I started taking lessons. I highly recommend taking lessons from her!
John (Viola lessons with Elisa R.)
Betsy was AMAZING!! She helped me work on scales and my concerto, she made it so mug more fun and was very nice to be around.
Annmarie Seaman (Viola lessons with Betsy F.)
Betsy was my daughter's viola teacher for almost 2 years. She was consistently fun, nice, supportive, knowledgeable, and professional. We recommend her highly.
michelle (Viola lessons with Betsy F.)
Julia is the best instructor we can ever ask for. She is very professional and patient to my sons. Also, she is very encouraging yet also gets across what she expects from her students. We would recom
Sandy (Viola lessons with Julia L.)
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