Elizabeth BeckJanuary 4, 2024 2024-01-04 15:16
Violin & Piano Coach
I began playing the violin at six years old, and I haven’t stopped since. Because of the dedicated teachers in my life, along with lots of hard work and practice, I’ve had many amazing opportunities. I’ve earned chaired principle positions in the Texas All-State and Regional Orchestras, won competitions, and have played solo, chamber, and orchestral music in the major concert halls of New York City. Growing up in a small town in Louisiana, I lived nearly an hour from a city large enough to ofer music lessons, but my love and passion for music was motivation enough for my parents to make the sacrifice of driving the distance for lessons. Thanks to their support and dedication (and lots of prayer) I went on to achieve my dream of attending the Manhattan School of Music where I earned both my B.M. and M.M degrees in Violin Performance. During my six years in NYC, I was not only able to study with many great violin pedagogues, but also refine and cultivate my passion for teaching violin to students of all ages and abilities. For me, teaching isn’t just about lessons or a career, it’s a lifestyle. I place great value in connecting with my students on the many unique aspects of their lives: musical, spiritual, relational, and logical. The better I can connect with my student, the better I can use my musical expertise to help them understand both the how to do something and why it works. By teaching this, my students learn how to be independent thinkers who are free to express their thoughts and feelings, thus helping them better connect with others through music. I currently serve as Adjunct Instructor of Violin at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and was recently awarded a first violin core position with the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra. In addition to subbing and performing with the Fort Worth Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, and Texarkana Symphony, I regularly play with my pianist sister in multiple churches and worship settings throughout the US. When not teaching or performing, I enjoy taking my poodle puppy, Darcy, on long walks and baking yummy desserts to share with my students and friends.