Elizabeth Brown

Elizabeth B.

Evanston, IL

About Elizabeth B.

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Elizabeth teaches: Ages 5 and up
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Teaching since: January 1992
Last sign in: Yesterday


Elizabeth has taught violin and viola for twenty years. She has a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance from DePaul University School of Music. Her teachers have been among the best in the world. She has been a member of orchestras, chamber music ensembles, and has performed solos throughout the United States and abroad. Teaching is one of her greatest passions, and she welcomes the opportunity to work with all ages and levels of musical background.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach both Suzuki and traditional violin and viola methods. I am patient and encouraging. My students' success is my success! After 3-6 months of lessons, students will have a solid foundation on the instrument and will play some beginning level songs with the proper position and tuning. They will be having a rewarding experience as they learn all the fundamentals. They will discover the joy of music!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home- small house with music stand, well lit, piano, seating for parents  

*** Specialties ***

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Adjunct Professor of English, Writing, and Humanities
Aug 2008 - Present
local colleges

Teach creative writing, composition, and literature courses at area local colleges.

Adjunct Professor of Music
Aug 2008 - Present
local colleges

Teach college level music courses

Violin/Viola Teacher
Jun 1992 - Present
Various community music schools and private studio

Teach violin and viola to students of all ages and levels.

Professional Violinist/Violist
Jun 1990 - Present

Professional violinist/violist fro orchestras, chamber groups, and solos. Freelance.


Master of Fine Arts
Jan 2005 - Jan 2007
Goddard College
Master of Music
Sep 1996 - Feb 1998
DePaul University School of Music

Languages Spoken

Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Post-MFA Certificate in the Teaching of Writing
Dec 2007
Antioch University Los Angeles

Post Master's Certificate in the pedagogy of teaching composition, literature, and creative writing.

Registered Suzuki Teacher Training (Violin)
Jul 1995
Suzuki Association of the Americas

Completed Books 1-3


Additional awards and scholarships
Jan 2012
Member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society
May 2010
Phi Theta Kappa


American Federation of Musicians
Jul 1983

A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.

6 Reviews on Elizabeth B.

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Lauri W. Mar 23, 2017
· Violin · Online
Bahram Jan 18, 2017
· Violin · In studio What a great learning experience. I came the first time to her as an adult beginner who has no musical background whatsoever. She is super helpful, very informative, and fun to work with.
Yvette Jul 27, 2016
· Viola · In studio She made me feel comfortable and took me to the lesson plan step by step. As with the homework.
Lil V. May 24, 2015
· Violin · In studio Elizabeth is an artist at heart. She's very patient and kind. I highly recommend her!

I came to Elizabeth as an adult student with a few years of experience in playing, but with a lot of doubts about whether I could advance. I'd previously taken lessons at the Music Institute of Chicago (Evanston campus), but I didn't like how they did things over there. They are extremely overpriced for what they offer. In my first lesson there, my teacher wouldn't even let me pick up the bow and she made me play Twinkle Twinkle over and over again...

Elizabeth made playing very relaxing. Her approach is just to attack the material without any hesitations. And if you make a mistake, just do it again. She let me pick out the repertoire, which made me excited to play, and offered great recommendations on material that would help my playing. Sometimes I was too ambitious and she'd be the first to point out that maybe I wasn't ready for a piece just yet. Then she'd recommend something else that would help me get there.

Elizabeth teaches from her home and it's pretty easy to get to by train, bus, or car.
Igor T. Feb 22, 2014
· Violin · Professional and experienced teacher

Professional and experienced teacher, very flexible and attentive.
Elizabeth M. Jan 30, 2014
· Violin · We love Ms. Brown!

Ms. Brown is professional and kind, which is a wonderful way to learn a new skill like playing the violin. My daughters were taught by her years ago as young children and then we lost track of her. When we found her on TakeLessons, we signed up, willing to drive miles for her instruction. She is thorough, clear in instruction and so even tempered. What a great teacher!
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