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Mary-Elizabeth H.
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Mary-Elizabeth H.
Los Angeles, California
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Fun and Engaging Classes From a Patient Teacher With 25+ Years Experience
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LGBTQIA+ ally. Music lessons with me are FUN! I am here to help you learn and support you along your journey. My teaching method is special because it is tailored specifically to your needs. You are welcome if you're brand new to violin or if you've played for years. I have been teaching privately and in music schools for 24 years and beginners are my specialty! I teach ages 5+. We learn songs that you are interested in. You will receive a balanced music education that covers all aspects of playing music.
About Mary-Elizabeth H.

Hello! I am a professional violin/fiddle player and singer. I have recently relocated from NYC to Los Angeles for a little more sun and sand. I have been teaching private and group classes for over 25 years, since 1995. In New York I performed and taught music classes all over Manhattan and Brooklyn. I truly enjoy teaching and fulfilling the students needs and seeing them progress as a musician. You are the most important part of our classes. I worked for the NYC Department of Education and the Connecticut Department of Education as a substitute classroom and general music teacher (2015-2018). I have a background in students with special needs and special education. Se habla espanol. In 1999 I was awarded a full-tuition scholarship through an audition through the North American World Scholarship Program to attend Berklee College of Music. There I earned a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance (2003). I began my studies as a young child with the Suzuki Method (which focuses on learning by ear, substantial parental involvement, and only later reading music.) In high school I began studying jazz/blues improvisation, composition, and music theory. At Berklee College of Music I focused on jazz and all kinds of contemporary and traditional music. After graduating I was awarded a position at the Henry Mancini Institute (2003) in Los Angeles and was privileged to work with some of the biggest names in music including Diana Krall and Christian McBride. My favorite type of music to play these days is traditional Irish folk music, or "Irish trad". For the past few years I have immersed myself heavily in New York's traditional Irish music scene. I played regularly at several establishments in New York City alongside some of the city's finest Irish music players. A large part of my teaching style is that you are having FUN, you are enjoying what you are learning, no matter your skill level. Even if you are an absolute beginner, you can learn to play songs you like even if we only work on playing the chorus or the riff of the song. For example, one year I had a very happy 6-year old boy learn the theme to Star Wars and another college student learning the a hit single from pop band MGMT. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to use the TakeLessons.com 'ask a question' option and I will get back to you as soon as I can. Please note I am on Pacific time and I'm typically 'in the office' from about 12pm-5pm PST.

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Mary-Elizabeth is one of the best teachers I’ve ever had. 2 years ago I had little to no experience in any musical instrument, so when I decided to learn to play the violin with Mary it turned out to be a very fun and enjoyable experience. Mary is a caring, flexible, and relatable person, and it’s been a huge pleasure going on my musical journey with her.

Posted Dec 23, 2022
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My son has been taking violin lessons with Mary-Elizabeth for two years. She is very patient with him and makes each lesson fun. He has grown so much, both in skill and in confidence.

Posted Dec 12, 2022
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I really enjoy guitar lessons with Mary-Elizabeth. She is patient, fun, and knows how to communicate things to me as an adult learner without me feeling like I’m back in childhood music lessons. I find zoom classes easier than heading out after work and that Mary-Elizabeth can communicate everything effectively online. Would definitely recommend!

Posted Oct 19, 2022
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Music Teacher
Jan 1995 - Present
Private Teaching Studio
Due to COVID-19, I am offering online lessons, or if you are coming to my home for a class we will both mask for indoor classes. I occasionally teach in student's homes in the Mar Vista, Venice Beach,Culver City, or other areas for an additional travel fee.
Music Teacher
Sep 2017 - Jun 2020
St. Luke's School, a private K-8 school in NYC
Teaching private and group music classes as part of the After School Program
NYC Dept. of Education Substitute Teacher
Sep 2015 - Jun 2017
NYC Dept. of Education
Substitute classroom teacher at various schools in the greater NYC area, for grades pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, including special education classrooms, specials classes such as Art, Music, Gym, etc, and mixed classrooms with both Regular Education and Special Education students.
Substitute Classroom Teacher
Jan 2013 - Jun 2015
Hartford, Connecticut Department of Education
Substitute classroom teacher for grades pre-kindergarten through 5th grade in the greater Hartford area, including special education classrooms, special class such as Art, Music, Gym, etc, and mixed classrooms with both regular education and special education students.
New York City Substitute Teacher Certification
Apr 2015 - Jun 2017
NYC Dept. of Education
Connecticut Substitute Teacher Certification
Sep 2014 - Jun 2015
Various in the Greater Hartford area
Performance
Sep 1999 - Jun 2003
Berklee College of Music
Danish
Professional Proficiency
English
Native Proficiency
French
Limited Proficiency
Spanish
Limited Proficiency
Certified Substitute Teacher
Apr 2015
NYC Dept. of Education
I passed several tests and attended multiple training sessions on education to because a certified substitute teacher for the New York City Department of Education in New York City public schools.
Certified Substitute Teacher
Jan 2014
Dept. of Education, Connecticut
I passed various tests and attended multiple training sessions to become a certified substitute teacher in the state of Connecticut.
String Department Special Achievement Award
May 2002
Berklee College of Music
Full-tuition Scholarship
Sep 1999
Berklee College of Music
Berklee College of Music Alumni
Sep 2004
The Berklee Alumni Affairs Office embraces the college’s alumni as valuable members and vital stakeholders in a lifelong, global community. We strive to foster and strengthen alumni engagement in meaningful and innovative ways that support the interests and goals of alumni in their professional and personal pursuits. Guided by the college’s mission, we seek to build a sense of shared community, pride, professional achievement, volunteerism, philanthropic support, and commitment to Berklee. We celebrate and applaud our alumni as they seek to improve the world around them through their creative pursuits.

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Instructor details
Violin
Teaches 3 subjects. Different subject may have different prices.
Teacher's Studio
Teacher's Studio
SEE MAP
Pacific Ave
Teaches Online
Teaches Online
Work hours
M
T
W
T
F
S
S
Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Pricing
30 minutes
$40
45 minutes
$45
60 minutes
$50
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30
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