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Elisa R.
Portland, Oregon
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Hello! I am offering ESL lessons for students of all ages (age 3 through adult). I have over 2 years of English teaching experience. 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. Thank you!
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Hello! 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 _______________________________________________________________________ Education: 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 Teaching 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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Elisa is a great violin teacher. I'm proud to be her oldest student on record (I am approaching 75). I started playing just about three years ago all by myself. Then went to Elisa to see if I could make quicker improvements. She patiently corrected a lot of my bad habits and showed me the right way to practice. I was able to make good progress over times. She is fun to be with. Highly recommended for both young and old.

Posted Jan 1, 2022
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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!

Posted Dec 31, 2021
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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 15, 2020
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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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