The Elizabeth Faidley Violin Studio


Elizabeth Faidley is one of the premiere violin teachers in the New York tri-state area. She is currently on faculty at the Manhattan School of Music and maintains a studio of talented and motivated students.

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MY Students

I teach a large studio of talented and motivated students in the New York Tri-State Area.

Faculty Team

Elizabeth has a large staff of highly skilled associate teachers. Meet the team





  • Elizabeth saved my violin career. When I walked into the audition room at the Manhattan School of Music five years ago, I was a terrified thirteen year old. I played what may have been one of the worst auditions in the history of the school, and I walked out of the room. We had never met before, but as I was walking down the hallway, Elizabeth left the audition room, came up to me, and told me to walk in again and give it another try. I'm not sure if that had ever been done before, or if has been done since, but I found myself playing a second, much better, audition. I managed to receive a callback, and even though I didn't get in to the school that year, I left that audition room with something infinitely more important: A person who would profoundly change my life. She saw something in me when nobody else could, and gave me the second chance I desperately needed. Today, I am the concertmaster of the Manhattan School of Music Philharmonic, and my violin playing has improved to such an extent that I would not even recognize the player from 5 years ago. But Elizabeth is so much more than an incredible teacher (although that she is). She is a mentor, a friend, a confidant. She has become a second mother to me, and I'd venture to guess that most of her students would say the same. She is emotionally invested in not only my playing, but my entire life. She has been happy with me, been sad with me, laughed with me, and cried with me. I am going off to college next year, but I honestly don't know what I am going to do without her, because there is not a violin teacher, or person, on the planet who is as gifted, hardworking, caring, nurturing, and above all loving, as Elizabeth Faidley.
    — Andrew, 17
  • Elizabeth achieves stunning results because she is a teacher who focuses with complete purpose and clarity on each student as a violinist and as a whole person. Her dedication to nurturing and creating “best of class” musicians and her willingness to devote the time and energy necessary to do this in today’s rarified and competitive environment earn complete devotion from students and parents alike. My daughter considers Elizabeth to be one of her best friends as well as her most respected and adored teacher. Elizabeth has not only elevated her playing to an entirely new level and challenged her to reach far beyond what she had imagined… she has also given her the self-confidence to do this…a truly precious gift! Cameron happily puts in hours of work and practice, because Elizabeth does the same and is an incredible role model. I believe that in working with Elizabeth, we have gained not only a teacher, but a partner and mentor for life…she is a passionate and formidable force in the music world and expects nothing less from her violin families…and the results speak for themselves!
    —Sharon, mother of Cameron, 15
  • After eight years of working with various teachers, my daughter and I were looking for help with her violin technique when we were lucky enough to find Elizabeth. In her kind, gracious and patient manner, she deconstructed the years of poor habits and quickly built up the proper technique. The improvement in my daughter’s playing was audible almost immediately. Aside from her innate understanding of the violin and her ability to derive its best sound through any child, Elizabeth has a unique connection to her students. She treats them with respect and humor, and is always looking for creative ways to drive the lessons home. She has elevated my daughter’s confidence in her playing and re-ignited her love and appreciation for the violin. Elizabeth is a rare find - an incredibly talented and accomplished musician with a love of and a gift for teaching.
    — Pat, mother of Alex, 15
  • It is extremely rare to find a wonderfully talented musician who is also a superb teacher, but Elizabeth is one of those rare finds! She is amazingly dedicated to her students and their progress as musicians. Her instruction goes way beyond a weekly lesson to performance and competition preparation, masterclasses, and even camps. My daughter, Margot, started with Elizabeth when she was looking for a teacher to help take her playing to the next level, and she found that and so much more. She also found a teacher who cares about her as a person, as well as a student, and who Margot truly considers a mentor as well as an instructor.
    — Laurie, Mother of Margo, 14
  • Elizabeth puts an unparalleled amount of planning and care into her teaching. She cares about each student as an individual and knows how to give each student exactly what they need to help them achieve their goals. She knows how to push her students to the best of their potential through encouragement and support. Elizabeth has high demands for all of her students, but it never feels like too much because she shows you exactly how to meet them and you know she will always be there to help you. I have been devoted to her for 6 years.
    — Sara, 22