Elizabeth Beckman

Toronto Violin Teacher

Elizabeth BeckmanABC Academy of Music2018-08-28T21:59:25+00:00

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!

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Hi Noah and Lev, here is your homework for this week.


Thank you for working hard in your violin lesson. You are making good progress! Please go to Long & McQuade and return your violin and select a new violin to rent. Tell the staff at the store that your teacher send you because your violin suddenly goes badly out of tune while you are playing it. It seems that your violin has a bad set-up. Hope you find a nice new violin.

Piece: good start with ” Ode to Joy” ( Beethoven). Practice the piece slowly checking a few points as you play: is my bow parallel to the bridge, my left wrist straight, my right hand lose and fingers nicely curved, right shoulder down and relaxed. Listen for accurate intonation and a beautiful resonant sound on every note. Watch your bow contact point.

Also practice bowing exercise ( without violin) to strengthen 4 th finger in right hand. Also practice open string exercises with consecutive downbows and upbows. Going to bring a Christmas song for you to learn on Sunday. Happy practicing?. Looking forward to seeing you next Sunday!

Hi Lev,

Thank you for working so hard in your first violin lesson. In your violin lesson we learned the different parts of the violin and names of the open strings. Then we practiced plucking the open strings using the letters of the alphabet ( E, A,D,G). We first plucked strings in guitar position then in violin position. Then we practiced learning to read the notes of the open strings ( homework book).

Tip: names of open strings…from highest to lowest ( right to left):

E string ( elephant) – top string

A string ( apple) ( next to E string)

D string ( dog) ( next to A string)

G string ( giraffe) ( lowest string)

For homework please practice ( 5 min/day): pg 12 in your violin book. Pluck open strings 1) guitar position. We will practice the song in violin position in your next lesson.

Exercise: Title “More open Strings: Sassmannshaus bk 1:


” All the happy birds are singing, All the happy Dogs are barking, All the happy Bears are growling.”

Tip: Guitar position: hold violin under your right arm and pluck strings with right thumb.

Lev, it was so nice to meet you on Sunday.  You learn quickly and it is a joy to teach you .It shows that you really like the violin??. Looking forward to seeing you again next Sunday! Happy practicing!




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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