Since our daughter has been studying with Elizabeth for about two years now, her time with the studio has been nothing short of transformational. Our daughter has gained confidence and has made amazing technical and musical strides during her time in the studio. By setting clear and regular goals throughout the year, our daughter is constantly challenged and is always looking forward to the next piece or the next event. Elizabeth nurtures the relationships of her students which fosters a warm supportive environment from which students learn from one another. My only regret is that we didn’t find Elizabeth sooner!
Christine, mother of Maia, 15
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 Margot, 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.
Elizabeth Faidley is more than an amazing violin teacher to our daughter: she is a friend, role model, and inspiration. Our daughter started with Elizabeth when she was 15 years old and played with an improper bow hold, poor posture and was behind on repertoire from other students her age. Elizabeth embraced our daughter’s challenges and created a plan to remedy the issues. Thanks to Elizabeth, our daughter is now playing advanced pieces with a beautiful bow hold using correct posture. In a year and a half with Elizabeth, our daughter attended major master classes, camps, and performed at major venues such as Carnegie Hall, The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, and The Liederkranz Foundation Concert Hall. Elizabeth is knowledgeable and proactive with competitions, recitals, performances, camps, master classes, and various other opportunities that she involves her students with. Elizabeth’s teaching is gentle, clear in communication, structured, and logical. Her teaching staff is dedicated, talented, motivated, and reliable. The families in Elizabeth’s studio are warm, inviting, friendly, and always ready to help each other out. We are blessed that our daughter is a student of the Elizabeth Faidley violin studio.
- Matt and Alicia Smith