Elisa Boynton
Oregon City, OR
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Elisa Boynton

Elisa B.

Oregon City, OR
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Beginner, Intermediate
Private lessons for beginning and intermediate cello by experienced string teacher. Also couching school orchestra cello students reading music, understanding rhythms, developing more advanced technique and beautiful tone.

About Elisa B.

Violin Teacher's Certificate - Sibelius Academy, Finland
Suzuki Teacher Training - Marylhurst University, OR

Classical and Suzuki options - starting Suzuki students as early as 3 yrs old. Teaching Suzuki Books 1-11.
Beginners, intermediate and advanced levels
I am using classical method books including Kayser, Wohlfart, Kreutzer, Mazas, Dont and Paganini Caprices with students looking for more rigorous studies and more advanced skills.
Keeping music and technique in balance - Learn how to enjoy performing - Find your own highest potential - Fall in love with music

*** Lesson Details ***
I am friendly and like to inspire my students to find their own best potential. Suitable challenges are fun and needed to keep the personal progress going on. "No suffering in my studio!" means that the process of learning needs to be enjoyable but at the same time I am asking the students to give their best effort. Setting frequent goals in form of group classes and recitals keeps us in full sail and teach us to enjoy the act of playing both alone and in front of friendly audience.
I teach both classical and Suzuki methods. I like to keep my students musically well fed and encourage exploring music reading and music theory next to practical skills. I stir my students toward high standard personal level in their studies, an ingredient from Finnish cultural climate.

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki method and classical method, fiddling, beginning jazz, improvising


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28 Reviews
Jeffery M.
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Elisa is very nice and understanding. And I cant wait to do my next recital! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
-Lia M

Posted Nov 5, 2021
Glenn H.
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Elisa is wonderful!!!! My son is very happy and is looking forward keep learning how to play the violin. Elisa is patient and professional.

Posted Aug 10, 2021
Jeffery M.
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I am excited to achieve my twinkle level. Miss Elisa is a great teacher! :-)

Posted Jul 27, 2021
Jeffery M.
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We always have a lot of fun with Elisa each lesson and its fun because each time theres more new activities

Posted Jun 29, 2021
Nickolaus D.
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I wanted to inform you that we will be out of town for the weekend, (I couldn't find any other way to inform you), but just to let you know, I will not be able to attend lessons this Friday.

Posted Jun 22, 2021
Jeffery M.
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This weeks practice was very helpful and encouraging I cannot wait to do the spring recital !

Posted May 11, 2021
Jeffery M.
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Hi this is Lia and I really enjoy taking lessons from Elisa with my grandpa and there's lots of fun activities to do a long the way! So I and my grandpa totally reccomend

Posted Mar 16, 2021
Jeffery M.
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Elisa is a great teacher I would reccomend! -Lia N.

Posted Mar 9, 2021
Susan S.
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I had a great first lesson. Will practice and look forward to my next lesson

Posted Jan 29, 2021
Nickolaus D.
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Thank you for all the help!

Posted Jan 22, 2021
Lia N.
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This year is my 9-year old granddaughter's first step in learning how to play a musical instrument and she chose the violin. We knew that music lessons would be essential to her learning to appreciate her violin. I searched the internet and reviewed several teaching sites before I discovered Elisa's site. After reading about Elisa's experience along with few reviews, I decided to sign Lia up. I found Elisa to be very caring, personable, skilled and professional. My granddaughter is very excited and very happy that she has Elisa for her violin teacher. I highly recommend Elisa!

Posted Jan 5, 2021
Gale Shuey
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Elisa is patient and encouraging

Posted Dec 3, 2019

Ms. Boynton is a thoughtful and positive teacher.

Posted Oct 4, 2019
Grace G.
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Elisa is wonderful! She’s patient and fun. My granddaughter really likes her and looks forward to her lesson. She was playing songs by lesson #4.

Posted Jul 30, 2019
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Elisa was very patient with our three-year-old and made it a fun experience for him!

Posted Apr 22, 2019
Julia V.
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Elisa strikes that rare balance of being both kind and professional - you are comfortable yet know you will be progressing to a high level.

Posted Jan 7, 2019
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I have taught myself a couple of instruments but decided I wanted an instructor to learn cello. I've learned SO MUCH from Elisa, she's helped me understand parts of music that had never "clicked" with me despite 6 years of band in middle and high school.

I highly recommend Elisa!

Posted Sep 18, 2018
Sherry M.
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I just completed my first lesson with Elisa. I felt so good at the end of the lesson. As an adult learner, I am often uncomfortable with my beginner skill levels and end up feeling embarrassed and apologetic when working with a teacher (silly I know). But she did not make me feel this way at all.

She quickly assessed where I was with my playing and identified quick and easy technical practices to enhance my technique as well as took in my own personal goals. I feel super motivated to practice and look forward to my next lesson with her. I'm so glad I found her!

Posted May 26, 2018
Bonnie Q.
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Elisa has been great with my teenage boys. She is always prepared for the next step and has really picked up on what will inspire them.

Posted Oct 26, 2016
Patricia Reed
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Elisa is patient and willing to take the time needed to help explain something until the student understands.
I was worried about trying to renew a skill so late in life, but Elisa was encouraging and helpful.
I look forward to my next lesson!

Posted Jun 22, 2016
Angela P.
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Elisa is wonderful. She teaches very well and she is very patient. She provides lots of encouragement and she teaches many detailed violin techniques. My daughter loves her and her teaching style.

Posted Nov 24, 2015
Lisa M.
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I think Elisa is amazing. My daughter learned excellent technique and was given many opportunities to perform solo as well as in an ensemble. Elisa has a great love of music and a natural gift for teaching and it shows in her individualized approach to her students. She is an excellent musician and teacher with infinite patience and respect for her students.

Posted Jun 14, 2015
L D.
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Elisa was very patient and understanding for our beginning violin player!

Posted Jun 11, 2015
D C.
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I retired 2 years ago and decided to renew my interest in the violin. I selected Elisa B. to be my instructor and I am still enjoying taking lessons from Elisa. She is an exceptional violinist and teacher. She is patient and encouraging. No matter what your age, I highly recommend Elisa. She is a wonderful person and gifted musician.

Posted Jun 11, 2015
Amy K.
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There are many websites that will tell you instructors don't like teaching adults, but Elisa was a wonderful and patient instructor for all ages. She is able to adjust her approach to accommodate all age groups and skill levels. It's important to let Elisa know what your goals are so she can mold the lessons to help accomplish your goals. Elisa also arranges group rehearsals and recitals to broaden the students abilities in group settings (optional).

Posted Jun 11, 2014
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Violin and strings teacher
Jan 2007 - Present

Private Music Academy

Hi, there! My name is Elisa and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons for a long time and love helping my students to learn both musical and instrumental skills. I went to Sibelius Academy to earn my music teacher certificate. I am patient, encouraging and supportive teacher and I I look forward to helping you reach your goals! I enjoy teaching all levels from beginners to advanced students. I have been teaching for years in my own private studio. Next to that I have been teaching the violin at Marylhurst University and Lewis & Clark College in the local area. I helped to establish the strings program at Alliance Charter Academy as well and was teaching strings groups there. I am a member of Willamette Falls Symphony and play frequently at weddings.

Hired musician
Aug 2015 - Aug 2015

National tv program

I play frequently in weddings, corporate events and dinner parties. I was hired to play romantic violin music in nationally airing reality tv program that was visiting my area..


Sep 1984 - Jan 1990

Helsinki University

Violin teacher's certificate
Sep 1978 - Apr 1982

Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, Finland



Professional Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Suzuki Teacher Training
May 1993

Marylhurst University

Pre-twinkle through advanced levels


Concerto competition winner in 2016
Feb 2016

Willamette Falls Symphony Orchestra

Concerto competition winner
Feb 2012

Willamette Falls Symphony Orchestra


Music Teachers National Association
Jan 2004
The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

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