Elizabeth Brown

Elizabeth B.

Evanston, IL
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
All level of violin study from beginner through professional.

I am a professional violinist/violist with a Master of Music degree, extensive performance, and teaching ability/experience,
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Elizabeth delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
January 1992

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 Music
Aug 2008 - Present
local colleges

Teach college level music courses

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

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

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


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 Association of University Professors
Aug 2008

The mission of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is to advance academic freedom and shared governance; to define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education; to promote the economic security of faculty, academic professionals, graduate students, post‐doctoral fellows, and all those engaged in teaching and research in higher education; to help the higher education community organize to make our goals a reality; and to ensure higher education's contribution to the common good.

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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.

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35 Reviews

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Irene M. Apr 13, 2019
Violin · Online

Ms B. is concise and shows an understanding of where my daughter is at in the process. Irene said she had fun and is looking forward to the next lesson. Thank you.

Georgene M. Apr 12, 2019
Violin · Online

it was fun

MITCHELL Apr 11, 2019
Violin · Online

Rafa Mar 27, 2019
Violin · Online

I was a bit skeptical in taking lessons online but Elizabeth is an extraordinary teacher that knows how to teach even online. I would highly recommend her.

Derek Mar 14, 2019
Creative Writing · Online

Mia B. Mar 10, 2019
Viola · In home

She was very patient and sweet! My daughter really enjoyed her lesson.

Jonathan Mar 1, 2019
Violin · Online

it was great thank u.

Jonathan Feb 22, 2019
Violin · Online

thank you

Sharon L. Feb 16, 2019
Viola · Online

Scott F. Feb 10, 2019
Violin · Online

Katy Feb 1, 2019
Fiddle · Online

Jonathan Jan 25, 2019
Violin · Online

Rafa Jan 23, 2019
Violin · Online

Katy Jan 23, 2019
Fiddle · Online

Excellent! Both of my girls were happy and excited after the lessons. They are very different and Elizabeth connected with both of them.

Melissa Dec 6, 2018
Violin · Online

Bertrand Y. Nov 25, 2018
Violin · Online

Lauri W. Oct 29, 2018
Violin · Online

Miss Elizabeth is a wonderful violin teacher. She is very patient and kind which helps the student feel comfortable and receptive to learning. She is extremely gifted musically and we have appreciated her instruction for our daughter over the past 2 years!


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Rhiannon M. Oct 24, 2018
Violin · Online

Great job. She really did a good job helping me hit all the rhythms I wanted. I would recommend her to others who need a good violin instructor.

Kim T. Oct 11, 2018
Violin · Online

I have an extremely busy life and Elizabeth is very understanding and patient with me. I appreciate this very much and it helps me not feel intimidated, pressured, or give up on myself. She encourages me to find at least a few minutes everyday to practice and that the muscle memory will get better as I progress. I highly recommend Elizabeth for any age student.

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Rhiannon M. Sep 19, 2018
Violin · Online

great instructor!!!!

Rhiannon M. Aug 29, 2018
Violin · Online

She was very helpful and nice. I like having her as an instructor. She was very good overall.

Ava Jun 17, 2018
Viola · Online

Elizabeth was very flexible and worked with us perfectly. There isn’t anything I wouldn’t change!

Corrinne Jun 10, 2018
Violin · Online

Lauri W. Apr 19, 2018
Violin · Online

Krishnaj G. Mar 18, 2018
Creative Writing · Online

She taught my daughter Bani. My daughter enjoyed her classes and made demonstrable progress in her writing skills. Highly recommend.

Ella Feb 18, 2018
Violin · In home

From my daughter: Elizabeth is very caring and helpful. She is making me a better violinist.

Al Dec 10, 2017
Violin · In studio

Elizabeth is an outstanding violin pedagogue. She is also patient and sympathetic to my musical needs. She has a great sense of humor and makes lessons fun. I can recommend her without reservation.

Lauri W. Oct 5, 2017
Violin · Online

Ella Oct 1, 2017
Violin · In studio

Elizabeth is teaching my daughter and she is really enjoying the lessons and learning a lot. Her lessons are clear, and she provides the attention and detail needed to get better.

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.

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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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