LisaJo Borchers
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LisaJo Borchers

LisaJo B.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I am an experienced symphony musician and teacher. I have two tracks, performance and recreational depending on your preference. Everyone's goals are different, you are in charge of achievement- I am your guide.

About LisaJo B.

I have 40 years experience as a private teacher in the Chicago area. I teach all ages, including adult beginners. I am classically trained with a Bachlelor's degree in Music Education. I use standard European methods, as well as American fiddling methods. I try to find the key that ignites the musical spark within each person. Everyone can learn music. Some students are primarily visual learners, who need to concentrate on playing by ear. Others are primarily auditory learners who need to concentrate on reading music. I have been playing the violin since childhood, and have a broad literature experience that I customize for each student.
I am "old-school" but stay abreast of new technologies in the learning process. I maintain a practice website for my students containing MP3s to play along with.


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4 Reviews
Adam N.
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LisaJo is an incredible teacher. I was hoping to take in-person lessons, but due to the pandemic I (reluctantly) opted for online instead. All my doubts have been cast away... LisaJo's infectious enthusiasm leaps through the screen and her competencies as both a teacher and musician are evident through her ability to provide clear, creative instruction that translates directly into progress. I always look forward to my lessons - I'm learning lots but also having a great time with it :) I super recommend LisaJo if you're looking to learn violin!

Posted Apr 12, 2021
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LisaJo is so patient and she shows me lots of details I should pay attention to.
I highly recommend her to other students.

Posted Dec 3, 2020
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Best teacher ever!!!!! I went from knowing absolutely nothing about the violin to playing in the Manitowoc Symphony Orchestra after 2yrs of lessons. Through our lessons together Mrs. Lisa Jo taught me technique yes, but she also taught me so much more. She instilled in me a love for music and it’s many intricacies that I will cherish forever. Truly an amazing teacher

Posted Nov 19, 2020
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I had the privilege of being one of Lisa's private violin students back when she was teaching in Naperville, IL. I had her as my private teacher for about four to five years before she moved away. I have to say that in that time, she taught me all of the best fundamental aspects of violin playing that I implement to this very day as an instructor and performer. These aspects include posture, technique, sound quality, tone, bow styles, repertoire history, and more. It was Lisa's love of violin playing and teaching that gave me the roots that I needed to become an accomplished musician and overall performer. It has been roughly 11 years since I've had Lisa as my private teacher. But we are still in contact as if she was still my instructor. Currently, I am now a qualified orchestra director at a high school, I teach out of my own private studio, and I also have my BS in Music and MM in String Pedagogy. I can say with my professional opinion that with Lisa as your private teacher, you will be well taken care of in your tutelage of learning either violin, viola, or cello.

Posted Nov 9, 2020

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Strings Instructor
Jun 2017 - Nov 2020

Take Note Studio

Violin, viola and cello instruction in a small studio in Manitowoc Wisconsin

Orchestra Teacher
Sep 2015 - Jan 2016

Sheboygan Area School District

Taught Middle School Orchestras for 6th, 7th, and 8th grades

Violin, viola and cello teacher
Mar 2002 - May 2010

Musical Expressions Teaching Studios

Taught violin, viola, and cello to students of all ages, in a conservatory setting.

Studio Teacher
Jun 1978 - Feb 2002

Sole propriator

Taught violin viola and cello in various locations in the Chicagoland area.

Orchestral Performance Experience
Sep 1977 - Mar 2001

Independent Contractor

Fox Valley Symphony, Aurora Il 1992-2001 Kishwaukee Symphony DeKalb IL 1987 Kankakee Symphony, Kankakee IL 1987 Wheaton Symphony, Wheaton IL 1978-1988 DuPage Symphony, Glen Ellyn IL 1981-1982 Napa Valley Symphony, Napa CA 1982-1984 North Bay Philharmonic, Napa, CA 1982-1985 Vallejo Symphony, Vallejo CA 1982 Contra Costa County Symphony, Martinez CA 1982 Danville Symphony, Danville IL 1978-1981 Terra Haute Symphony, Terra Haute IN 1978-1981 Eastern Illinois University Symphony Charleston IL 1978-1981 Silver Lake College Orchestra Manitowoc WI 1978-1981 Sheboygan Symphony, Sheboygan WI 1977


Music Education
Aug 1987 - Jan 1989

Northern Illinois University

Bachelor of Music Education
Jan 1978 - Dec 1981

Eastern Illinois University



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Professional Proficiency


Wisconsin and Illinois Teacher Certification
Jan 1981

Eastern Illinois University

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