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Lisa C. B.
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Students can expect to learn the basics of holding and creating sound from a stringed instrument; parts of the viola; the string names; note reading; and to have a really great time learning!
About Lisa C. B.

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!***


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Great lesson as always she's the best!!

Posted Oct 23, 2021
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Lisa was very professional and patient with our 6 year old daughter! I highly recommend

Posted Aug 18, 2021
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Really enjoying my lessons with Lisa, she's the best!!!

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Assistant Federal Public Defender- Capital Habeas Unit
Aug 2021 - Present
Federal Public Defender- District of Nevada
Sep 2019 - Present
Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra
Sep 2019 - Present
Pittsburgh Philharmonic
Staff Attorney - Criminal Motions Clerk
Jan 2018 - Present
Superior Court of Pennsylvania - Central Legal Staff
Online Teacher
Nov 2017 - Present
Offering online violin lessons for all ages and levels and beginner viola beginner cello lessons for all ages through TakeLessons.com.
Aug 2017 - Present
Edgewood Symphony Orchestra
- Playing the violin with the Edgewood Symphony Orchestra - Repertoire includes: Beethoven 4th Symphony; Selections from Richard Strauss Operas; Suite from Der Rosenkavelier; The Charlie Brown Christmas Suite; Various holiday suites - Rehearsal once/week for 2.5 hours - Learning part independently - Performing in concerts and other community events
Jul 2017 - Present
music studio
- Teach violinists of all levels and ages - Teach beginner violists of all ages - Teach beginner cellists of all ages - Play the violin for special events
Monroeville Music Lesson Center
Jul 2017 - Jul 2018
Strings Teacher
Offering violin and viola lessons at the Monroeville Music Lesson Center- a central location in Monroeville where musicians teach students of all ages from child to adult in the Monroeville and surrounding areas.
Attorney Advisor/Coach
Aug 2015 - Mar 2018
Pennsylvania Young Lawyers' Division Mock Trial
- Teach high school students the basics of courtroom advocacy through lecture and demonstration - Reviewing and providing feedback to students on their argument drafts - Assist students in preparing to present both sides of the annual Young Lawyers' Division Mock Trial problem for the annual tournament
Assistant Teacher
Sep 2016 - Jan 2018
The Honorable Beth A. Lazarra, Trial Advocacy
- Assisting the Honorable Beth A. Lazarra in her instruction to 3rd year law students at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law - Acting as different types of witnesses in mock trials for students to examine - Acting as opposing counsel against students for practice during objections and arguments - Assisting with instruction by providing practical advice on trial advocacy from the lawyer's perspective
Associate Counsel
Aug 2013 - Jan 2018
Allegheny County Office of Conflict Counsel
- Represent indigent criminal defendants throughout trial - Representing indigent criminal defendants in appellate proceedings at the Pennsylvania Superior Court and the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Oct 2012 - May 2013
Neighborhood Learning Alliance
- Supervising students at Pittsburgh Public Schools as they completed the after-school computer-based Nova Net credit-recovery program to prepare for graduation - Assisting students in understanding difficult problems posed by the Nova Net program, including critical thinking; reading strategies; study and note-taking strategies; among other topics. Areas of specialty include: history, English, writing, science, college readiness - Assisting students with college application preparation - Assisting students with assigned homework
Mar 2006 - Mar 2006
PMEA District Orchestra
Sep 2002 - Jun 2006
Chartiers Valley High School Orchestra
Creative Writing- Poetry
Aug 2020 - Aug 2021
Chatham University
Juris Doctor - law
Sep 2010 - Jun 2014
Duquesne University
Bachelor’s of Philosophy - History
Sep 2006 - Dec 2009
University of Pittsburgh
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
American String Teachers Association
Dec 2016
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.

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