After playing the violin for over 20 years, Lisa was inspired to share the gift of music with others by her teacher, Susanna Sonnenberg. Lisa has attended the 2017 and 2018 American String Teachers Association National Conferences. She currently performs with the Edgewood Symphony Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra, and with outreach quartets. Lisa has played in recitals, the Chartiers Valley High School Orchestra, and was accepted to the 2006 PMEA District Orchestra. She has studied with Larry Weiss, Linda Andersen, and others. Lisa can’t remember a time before she learned how to play the violin; it has brought her great joy. Her favorite pieces to play are the Bach Double Concerto in D Minor and The Lark Ascending. At 8 years old, Lisa fell in love with the violin. Throughout school, she studied with private teachers and played with the school orchestra. At home, her dogs were a great audience. Now that Lisa teaches students of her own, her dogs are her teaching assistants! Lisa went on to study history at the University of Pittsburgh, and later earned her law degree from Duquesne. She never forgot her violin, though, and continued to play in her spare time. Lisa also writes about how much she loves the violin and classical music. These topics have become the focus of her poetry studies in Chatham University's Creative Writing program. Music adds beauty to the world, and finally, after years of keeping the violin to herself, Lisa decided to share her playing with others. Lisa teaches traditional, classical method. The method books she uses include: Essential Elements for Strings, Samuel Applebaum, and All for Strings, among others. She supplements the technical exercises with repertoire from the Suzuki series. Lisa enjoys playing all types of music, in addition to classical, and teaches these songs, as well. Additional music includes pop artists like Taylor Swift, classic rock, electronic music like Lindsey Stirling, celtic, folk, and just about any other type of music you can think of. As a teacher, Lisa strives to be positive and encouraging. She believes that music should be fun, so her main goal is to make sure her students are having a good time! ***A Note about Scheduling: Although the menu offers lessons repeating every 2 weeks, I ONLY schedule students on a weekly (repeating every week) basis. I find that the consistency of weekly lessons is the most beneficial for learning a stringed instrument. If you have questions concerning my availability, getting started with lessons, finding an instrument, or scheduling, I am happy to help you! Please contact me via the Ask A Question button!***
Teaches all skill levels
Teaching since 2017
Creative Writing- Poetry
Teaches ages 18+
Has background check
Great lesson as always she's the best!!
Lisa was very professional and patient with our 6 year old daughter! I highly recommend
Really enjoying my lessons with Lisa, she's the best!!!