for students of all ages, activity levels, and interests
Private lessons are tailored not just to skill level but also to each student's particular desires and ideas. Some students thrive on Elizabeth
Erickson's eclectic core curriculum, while others gravitate toward anything from fiddling to jazz to rock music. No one is too young or too old to begin lessons! Students range in age from
preschooler to adult.
Liz applies a fair bit of Dalcroze Eurhythmics and the Suzuki method to her teaching, especially with children, and students are taught to improvise
freely from the very first lesson. In addition, Liz encourages students to compose for themselves and their fellow students (beginning with very short fragments and gradually getting more complex
in step with growing technique) because of the essential connection between reading, playing, and writing music. Ear training and music notation reading skills are developed in tandem, as both
are important for a well-rounded musician.
All students are invited to group classes throughout the year to get to know and support one
another and gain performing experience. These classes are included at no extra charge and students attend as many as their schedules allow. Typical class topics include solo performance
practice, ensemble playing, composition, improvisation, problem-solving and peer teaching. Periodically, guest artists are invited to coach at master classes, addressing a wide variety of
playing and/or composing techniques. Additionally, students are facilitated in playing small ensembles together, and all students participate in the lively, informal, collaborative
"Composing Strings & Keys Concert" each spring!