Elisa Rega

Elisa R.

Portland, OR
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Levels taught:
Elementary, Middle School, High School, College

About Elisa R.


I love to teach and I have devoted my life to obtaining the highest music education possible. Learning to play an instrument is fun but it is also challenging. My lessons consist of technique and general music training that include aural skills and music theory. My lessons are a lot of fun because I have high standards, but also maintain a light hearted atmosphere. In addition to music, I am also a psychology researcher and have studied and published articles on the latest experimental education practices. So my lessons tend to be very different from a typical music lesson. I teach violin and viola from beginning to advanced levels. My students have ranged in age from 3 to 65 years old and I feel that I can teach students at any age.

If you want to include learning to play the violin or viola in your life then I would be a great choice for a teacher. Thank you. Elisa


New England Conservatory Master of Music in Viola Performance, May 2013

Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Bachelor of Music in Viola Performance, May 2010

Oberlin College
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, May 2010

West Linn High School
High school diploma, May of 2005
Studied with:
Roger Tapping, Edward Gazouleas, Martha Katz, Peter Slowik, Hankus Netsky, Janz Castelo, and Peter Row

Critiqued by:
Roberto Diaz, Steven Dann, Kirsten Docter, Kim Kashkashean, Barbara Hamilton, Hillary Herndon, and George Taylor
Awards: Musical and Academic

2013: Master of Music with academic honors
2010: Principle of the Oberlin Chamber Orchestra in 2010
2009: Winner of the “Best of Chamber Music”
2007: Conservatory Dean's Talent Award Scholarship
2006: SUNY Buffalo Concerto Competition Winner
2005: Oregon Scholar
Experience: Orchestral

2019-Present: Assistant Principal for Symphony Tacoma
2018-Present: Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
2013-Present: Santa Barbara Symphony
2015-2016: Canton Symphony
2013: Banff Festival Orchestra 2012: Banff Master Classes for Strings and Winds
2011-12: American Institute of Musical Studies Opera Orchestra Graz, Austria
2012: Atlantic Symphony Orchestra
2010-13: New England Conservatory Philharmonia
2007-10: Oberlin Opera, Chamber, Symphony Orchestra and LA tour
2009: Round Top Music Festival
2008: Oberlin in Italy, Arezzo, Italy
2007: Rocky Ridge Music Center
2002-2005: The Metropolitan Youth Symphony of Portland Oregon
2004-5: Oregon All State Orchestra on violin and viola
2003-4: Mel Brown Jazz Workshop


2018-2020: Oregon Bravo Youth Orchestra: Director of Revueltas Ensemble, String Teaching Artist
2018-2019: Trinity Academy, string teacher
2016-2018: Music and English Teacher in Taiwan
2015-2016: Substitute Teacher in Ohio
2014-2015: Oxnard Music Specialist
2013-2015: Lead String Teaching Artist for Ventura Harmony Project
2011-2013: Violin and Viola teacher at Kwong Kow Chinese School, Boston, MA
2011-2013: Violin and Viola teacher for the Winnie Ip Piano School, Boston, MA
2002-2013: Private Teacher for violin and viola
2009: String Pedagogy course at Oberlin Conservatory
2002: Assistant teacher of violin class at Cedar Oak Elementary, School West Linn, OR

Psychology Research

2019-Present: Project Specialist - Safety Climate Lab at the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences, OHSU
Topics: safety climate, occupational health sciences, total worker health, dissemination and implementation, health psychology, and others

2017-2019: Research Assistant - National Chengchi University, Taiwan
Topics: creativity enhancement, game-based learning, mindfulness, aesthetic training, educational psychology, fMRI, maker centered learning, and others.

Please see my publications on experimental teaching methods.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have a car.


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7 Reviews
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Elisa is a great violin teacher. She is patient and fun, yet challenges our daughter which helps her advance quickly. She is very skilled at setting developmentally appropriate goals and my 9 year old daughter loves her!

Posted May 14, 2020
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Elisa is a great violin teacher for my 8 year old daughter. She is clear with her expectations and sets attainable challenges while making lessons enjoyable. My daughter has learned faster than I expected and looks forward to every lesson. I highly recommend her for teaching young children.

Posted Jun 24, 2019
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Elisa is wonderful! She's excellent with my 7-year-old -- very patient and makes the lesson fun.

Posted Jun 24, 2019
Lorena Romero
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Elisa is a great teacher! She is sooooo talented! She was teaching violin to my 8 year old daughter in Ventura CA. She is very kind and patient with kids. We highly recommend her for teaching. We wish she could stay longer. Miss her.

Posted Sep 17, 2015
Latina B.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

My daughter started taking violin lessons with Elisa in January of 2014. She is by far the best music teacher that we've had! Elisa is very challenging but makes learning and playing fun. My 8 year old daughter has made leaps and bounds in music and can now read music after only a short 8 months of playing. My daughters bow hold and tone quality are absolutely excellent and it's because of Elisa! I would definitely recommend her as a teacher. You will not be disappointed.

Posted Aug 6, 2014
Ping D.

Elisa is a very responsible, skillful, and sweet teacher

Before Elisa moved to Ventura, CA, she was a master student and taught in IP piano school and Kwong Kow Chinese School in Boston, MA. My daughter, Sarina, was one of her students. My daughter loves her so much and made good progress when Elisa was teaching her. Elisa made Sarina relax and comfortable so that she was enjoying the learning process; she emphasized on skill and poses, she tried hard to help the students to get to the best they could. She is reliable as you can talk with her about the timing change and make up lessions. She came to our house to say goodbye and hug Sarina before she left. She is a great teacher that you can count on and you will enjoy her teaching.

Posted Jan 25, 2014
David C.

Elisa is a great teacher

Elisa taught my daughter viola for almost two years before she moved West. My daughter start viola when she was six. Elisa was very good with a young novice player - She explained musical concepts at an age appropriate level (but never dumbed things down). We were also pleased that she had high standards in her weekly expectations but always kept things fun and loose so as not to cause stress. Had she not moved we would still be employing her. Elisa is a great teacher.

Posted Jan 22, 2014

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Project Specialist
Oct 2019 - Present


Project Specialist for the Safety Climate Lab in the Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences at OHSU Psychology Research

Director, String Teaching Artist
Sep 2018 - Dec 2019

Oregon Bravo Youth Orchestras

Director of the Revueltas Ensemble and violin and viola teacher.

Music specialist
Sep 2014 - May 2016

Oxnard public school district

General music education from TK - 5th grade.

Lead String Teaching Artist
Sep 2013 - May 2015

New West Symphony Ventura Harmony Project

Teaching artist of violin, viola, keyboard, chamber music, aural skills, & string orchestra conductor


Master of Music
Sep 2010 - May 2013

New England Conservatory

Bachelor of Music
Sep 2007 - May 2010

Oberlin Conservatory

Bachelor of Arts
Sep 2007 - May 2010

Oberlin College


I Year Long Term Substitute Multi Age (P-12) License
Oct 2015

State of Ohio Department of Education

Substitute Teaching License for Public School.

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