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. Please chat with me on the phone before your first lesson to make sure that you have what you need and that we get the schedule right for your first lesson. 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.
Teaches all skill levels
Teaching since 2010
Master of Music
Teaches ages 3+
Has background check
I am only two lessons in but I am looking forward to more and more lessons. She is really helping me as an adult learner with very little musical background feel like I am very thoroughly being taught, with warmth and patience.
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.
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!