Elisa Boynton

Elisa B.

Oregon City, OR
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Correct play position, reading viola clef, scales, etudes, solo pieces, shifting, vibrato. Possibility to play in a student string orchestra!
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Elisa delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 3 to 70

Teaching since:
March 1984

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

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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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Violin and strings teacher
Jan 2007 - Present
Private Music Academy

I am a professionally trained violin and strings teacher. I have been continuously teaching in my private studio and in music schools in Finland and in the United States including Espoo Music Institute, Marylhurst University Suzuki Department and Lewis and Clark College. I founded the strings program at in Oregon City, OR.

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Hired musician
Aug 2015 - Aug 2015
National tv program

I was hired to play romantic violin music in nationally airing tv program in August 2015.


Sep 1984 - Apr 1989
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 advantaged 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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Photos & Videos

Performing at Nordia House in Portland
Schubert: Ave Maria
Teacher Elisa

Group of Park Place Music Academy students performing with teacher Elisa Boynton at Scan Fair in Portland Coliseum.
My 6 yrs old student Megan played National Anthem at Trail Blazer's game opening from her heart
At the recital

Cello solo with piano accompaniment

String ensemble rehearses once a week and performs in quarterly recitals.

My "formal" concert photo
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9 Reviews

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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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