Elizabeth Wisniewski
Baltimore, MD
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Elizabeth Wisniewski

Elizabeth W.

Baltimore, MD
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Hello there! I am a supportive, inspiring, and student-focused teacher. Lessons are individualized and cater to each student's own musical needs and interests. With 10+ years of teaching experience, my instruction is centered around teaching violin and viola lessons to students of all ages and levels of experience. I am also available to teach music theory and music composition lessons. I teach lessons online and from my home studio in Canton, a charming (and lovely) waterfront neighborhood in Baltimore, MD. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions you might have. Looking forward to hearing from you!

About Elizabeth W.

B.M. in String Performance and Film Music from Berklee College of Music. M.A. in Music Composition from Mills College. Studied string performance with Hank Dutt of Kronos Quartet, and music composition with Fred Frith. Over 10 years teaching experience with both K-12 and college levels. Has received teacher training and registration with the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA), and is also a member of the American String Teachers Association (ASTA), and the American Composers Forum (ACF). Critically acclaimed musician and composer. Has performed at rock clubs, D.I.Y. spaces, art galleries, chamber music venues, music festivals, and academic conferences throughout the United States. Career highlights include performances at Signal Flow Festival, Mills College; High Zero Festival (Baltimore, MD); several performances at the Baltimore Museum of Art; The Walters Art Museum (Baltimore, MD); and The Stone (New York City, NY).

***Beginner Violin & Viola***
Beginning string students will focus on the basic elements of string playing such as instrument hold, bow hold, and finger placement. Students will work on ease of playing and develop a relaxed performance approach. Students will learn to read music while being introduced to one-octave scales, arpeggios, short etudes, and other technical exercises. Students will begin performing a wide-range of music including classical compositions, folk music, and/or popular songs.

***Intermediate Violin & Viola***
Intermediate string students will focus on developing increasing levels of bow control and accuracy of pitch. Students will be familiar with playing in 1st through 3rd positions and with shifting technique. Students will study two-octave scales, arpeggios, etudes, and other technical exercises. Students will begin performing longer more extended works including classical compositions, folk music, and/or popular songs.

***Advanced Violin & Viola***
Advanced string students will focus on the subtleties of musical expression and tone development. There will be an increasing level of concentration on building consistency, dexterity and speed. Students will study three-octave scales, arpeggios, etudes, and other technical exercises. Students will be comfortable with playing in all 12 keys and in any position on the instrument.

*Advanced string students interested in performing classical music will focus on building repertoire, musical interpretation, sight-reading, solo pieces, ensemble performance, audition preparation, and concert promotion.

*Advanced string students interested in performing contemporary and/or popular music i.e. fiddle, rock, and jazz string styles will focus on working with alternative rhythmic, harmonic and melodic structures, chord-scales, improvisation, sound reinforcement, solo performance, ensemble direction, music composition and arranging techniques.

*Advanced string students interested in performing several different musical styles will have a dual focus.

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Experience

Violin & Viola Instructor
Sep 2005 - Present

Private Lesson Studio (Baltimore & D.C. metro areas)

Full-time private lesson violin and viola studio.

Music Teacher (Pre-K & K)
Sep 2018 - Jun 2019

Brehms Lane Elementary

Taught kindergarten students children's songs, solfege and rhythmic skills.

Guest Lecturer
Sep 2009 - Sep 2009

Time-Based Media Course, Harford Community College (Fine Arts Department)

In-class presentation and performance of original compositions.

Violin & Viola Instructor
Sep 2007 - Jun 2008

Harford Community College (Continuing Education Department)

Taught violin and viola private lessons to adult students.

Musicianship Instructor (3 credit hours)
Sep 2006 - Sep 2007

Mills College

Taught undergraduate students music theory, music notation, and sight-singing skills. Developed in-class exercises and quizzes. Administered weekly, mid-term and final exams.

Education

Master of Arts Degree (M.A.) in Music Composition
Sep 2005 - Jun 2007

Mills College

Bachelor of Music Degree (B.M.) in String Performance and Film Music
Sep 2000 - Jun 2004

Berklee College of Music

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

2013 Best of Baltimore Award
Dec 2013

The Baltimore City Paper

Paul Meritt Henry Prize: Excellence in Music Composition Award
Dec 2007

Mills College

Graduate Student Research Grant
Sep 2007

Mills College

Graduate Teaching Assistantship
Sep 2006

Mills College

Maas Instrumental Study Scholarship
Sep 2005

Mills College

Excellence in Music Composition Award
Sep 2004

Berklee College of Music

Portfolio Scholarship
Sep 2002

Berklee College of Music

Berklee Entering Student Talent Scholarship
Sep 2000

Berklee College of Music

Affiliations

Suzuki Association of the Americas
Jan 2020
The Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA) is a coalition of teachers, parents, educators, and others who are interested in making music education available to all children. The SAA provides programs and services to members throughout North and South America.
American String Teachers Association
Jan 2020
The American String Teachers Association, founded more than 60 years ago, is a membership organization for string and orchestra teachers and players, helping them to develop and refine their careers. ASTA's members range from budding student teachers to artist-status performers. The organization provides a vast array of services, including instrument insurance, an award-winning scholarly journal, discounts on publications and resources, annual professional development opportunities, and access to collegial network of colleagues throughout the string profession.
American Composers Forum
Jan 2020
The American Composers Forum enriches lives by nurturing the creative spirit of composers and communities. We provide new opportunities for composers and their music to flourish, and engage communities in the creation, performance and enjoyment of new music.

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