Elisa Boynton

Elisa B.

Oregon City, OR
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Viola Lessons

Available Locations:
Profile-location-online Online
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio
Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Correct play position, reading viola clef, scales, etudes, solo pieces, shifting, vibrato. Possibility to play in a student string orchestra!

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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  • Speaks English, Finnish
  • Teaches students 3 to 70
  • Awarded Concerto competition winner from Willamette Falls Symphony Orchestra

Reviews (16)

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Gale Shuey Dec 3, 2019
Cello · In studio

Elisa is patient and encouraging

Joshua Oct 4, 2019

Ms. Boynton is a thoughtful and positive teacher.

Grace G. Jul 30, 2019
Ukulele · In home

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.

Jace Apr 22, 2019
Piano · In studio

Elisa was very patient with our three-year-old and made it a fun experience for him!

Julia V. Jan 7, 2019
· In studio

Elisa strikes that rare balance of being both kind and professional - you are comfortable yet know you will be progressing to a high level.

Rachel Sep 18, 2018
Cello · In studio

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!

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Sherry M. May 26, 2018
Viola · Online

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!

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Elspeth Nov 8, 2017
Cello · Online

Kate M. Sep 18, 2017
Viola · Online

Bonnie Q. Oct 26, 2016
Violin · In studio

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.

Patricia Reed Jun 22, 2016
Ukulele · In home

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!

Angela P. Nov 24, 2015
Violin · In studio

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.

Lisa M. Jun 14, 2015
Violin · In studio

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.

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L D. Jun 11, 2015
Violin · In studio

Elisa was very patient and understanding for our beginning violin player!

D C. Jun 11, 2015
Violin · In studio

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.

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Amy K. Jun 11, 2014
Violin · In studio

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).

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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 and I was hired to play romantic violin music in nationally airing reality tv program that was visiting my home town.


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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