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Elizabeth Beckman2021-08-04T04:39:16-04:00

Project Description

AVCM (Victoria Conservatory of Music)
B.A. (honors) Philosophy & Psychology (U of T)

Elizabeth has played in the Vancouver Youth Orchestra, the Royal Conservatory Orchestra and with the Hamilton Philharmonic. She has performed in chamber music concerts at venues such as Mc Pherson Playhouse, Art Gallery of Ontario and at Churches on the Hill. Recently, Elizabeth was guest violinist at Holy Rosary Church (under Basilian Fathers) and coached singing to children in Sunday school. In spring 2016, in collaboration with Holy Rosary Church’s new Music Director, Geoff Butler, Elizabeth’s voice student successfully auditioned for St Michael’s Choir School.

Inspired by Tim Gallaway’s book “ the inner game of tennis” Elizabeth obtained her B.A. (honors) in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of Toronto. She also earned an AVCM Diploma in Violin Performance and Pedagogy from the Victoria Conservatory of Music. Her violin teachers include Sydney Humphreys and Denes Zsigmondy. Zsigmondy’s invaluable advice to Elizabeth was “ don’t worry about the size of your hands, good violinists come in all shapes and sizes.”

An experienced violin teacher, Elizabeth combines both the mental and physical aspects of violin playing. She aims to develop in her students a solid technical and musical foundation and faith in their talents and abilities. Based on the student’s interests and goals, Elizabeth uses the RCM syllabus, Suzuki method or Irish fiddle books. Elizabeth also sometimes uses educational theories (master level courses OISE/UT) and sports analogies gained from tennis lessons @ WCPTC with amazing French tennis pro Gregory Uras ( 2 time member of France’s top 8 juniors along with Gasquet, Tsonga and Monfils).

Elizabeth enjoys watching her students develop in skills and confidence and to grow in their love and appreciation of music. Currently, she performs regularly at the Loblaws Forest Hill Store and sings with the St Basil Choir at St Michael’s College, University of Toronto. She is preparing a poetry/violin recital for Canada 150.

Get to know Elizabeth…Beyond the Bio!

Favourite food: B.C. wild salmon

Least favourite food: brussel sprouts

Favourite song: “Sometimes a Prayer Will Do” from Secret Garden

Favourite movie: “Music of the Heart”

Favourite movie music: Lord of the Rings

Best thing about teaching at ABC: the Students!

Latest Homework from Elizabeth

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Hi Simon, Liam and Noah, here is your homework for this week!


J.S.Bach Sarabande: Good tempo! Emphasize first and second beat. Bring out character of Sarabande: unequal notes: more length & vibrato on important notes. Practice chords for intonation : bars 9 and 10. Decide on dynamics.

Question: trill…should be in bar 11 on B? In your edition trill is on C. Can you check the manuscript? Trill should be from above. Are you doing both repeats? Please watch YouTube: ” Rostropovich talks about the Bach cello suites.”

The Swan: decide on fingering. Divide bow equally on slurred notes. Vary vibrato speed and use vibrato from note to note.

For suggestions/ ideas on Bach Preludio and Telemann read last weeks Post. Bach Prelude and Telemann is overall excellent!

David is not able to accompany you for the music video. He has recommended another piano teacher from ABC. Her name is Cicy. Cicy will be contacting you this week to discuss rehearsal schedules, time line, fees etc. Cicy is not able to come to your lesson on Sundays. So, you will need to find another day to rehearse together. Have send Cicy your music. Looking forward to Sunday!


Please practice March with expression!/ Your March is sounding really good when you play with expression! Observe dynamics. Count rests. Practice the two tricky bars. Looking forward to hearing you and your Dad on Sunday!

Also practice ” The Cowboy” and scales: D major scale and arpeggio ( separate bows and 2 notes slurred); G major scale ( 2 octaves) and arpeggio ( separate bows and 2 notes slurred); C major scale ( separate bows and slurred).

Practice time: Try to practice 10 min/ day. Looking forward to Sunday!


Practice scales this week: those you know such as A major and D major. We will learn new scales and finger patterns on Sunday. Please bring your orchestra music. When you practice your school music focus on string crossings. Tip for string crossing: place bow on next string before playing the note. Listen for beautiful sound. Also practice the Cowboy! Keep up the good work Noah! Looking forward to Sunday!

Preferred Books for Elizabeth’s Students

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RCM Technique & Etudes Preparatory-4

RCM Technique & Etudes for Violin Preparatory - 4


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RCM Violin Preparatory Level Repertoire

RCM Violin Preparatory Level Repertoire

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RCM Repertoire for Violin Level 1

RCM Repertoire for Violin Level 1

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Suzuki Violin School


Cover of Suzuki Violin School Volume 1

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Suzuki Violin School


Cover of Suzuki Violin School Volume 2

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How to Play Fiddle


Cover of How to Play Fiddle

How To Play Fiddle written by Larry McCabe and published by Santorella Publications is truly the “#1 fiddle method in print for beginners of all ages.” It is the perfect book for all fiddle players which features easy “one step at a time” progressive instruction. This best selling fiddle method includes helpful diagrams, historical photographs, assorted workshops and an instructional CD to help your study move along at a rapid pace.

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