The first thing you should know about me is that I am a Suzuki parent and teacher and that I love teaching violin!

violin teacherI grew up in Northern Virginia and began my musical studies in middle school (proving that it’s never too late!)  While still in high school, I commuted to Philadelphia to study viola with Max Aronoff at the New School of Music.  After a few years, I moved to New York and enrolled in Barnard College, Columbia University to continue studying with William Lincer and Toby Appel.

I’ve played with the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, the New York String Orchestra, the AIMS Festival Orchestra in Graz, Austria, among others.  After 16 years in New York, I moved to Vermont to complete a master’s degree and enjoy a different lifestyle.  I’ve played in various orchestras and small ensembles in Vermont.

I’ve been fortunate to have had a varied career:  in music, art, rainforest conservation and even an import business – all of which have enabled me to travel around the world (India, Central America, Africa, Europe, Australia and South America!)  This has given me an appreciation of all kinds of music and I encourage my students to explore and play different styles.

I returned to teaching violin and viola full-time when I discovered the Suzuki philosophy. My daughter was taking Suzuki violin lessons and it made me wish that it had been around when I was a child!  I was impressed with the belief that “every child can” learn to play and express themselves through music.

I teach private lessons out of my home studio in Essex Junction.  My PK-Grade 5 students all participate in a traditional Suzuki group class held monthly at my home.  My middle-high school students play chamber music in their group class.  We have two concerts a year.  The spring concert also doubles as our year-end recital.

In addition to teaching my private students, I’m the string orchestra director at Essex Middle School in Vermont.  My school students enjoy playing both classical and “alternative” styles such as pop/rock and jazz.

I attended Indiana University’s teacher training program and have had several years of Suzuki teacher training.  One of the beautiful things about the Suzuki philosophy and community is that you never stop learning.

I live in Essex Junction with my husband, two teenagers who play three instruments and two very affectionate  dogs.  My dogs enjoy the love and attention from my students!


  • Suzuki Association of the Americas
  • American String Teachers Association
  • National Association for Music Education
  • VT Music Educators Association.

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  1. Hello Elizabeth,

    My 10 year daughter Julia is a 2nd year piano student and has recently expressed an interest in learning the violin. You were recommended by her instructor, Lilly Ramsey, and also aware that you teach violin to some of her close friends.

    We would like to explore the possibility of her taking lessons with you.


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