Guitar, mandolin, ukulele, songwriting
Liz is a guitarist and songwriter with a degree in ethnomusicology from Bowling Green State University with a focus in composition, theory, and recording. She has toured the world performing and teaching with the U.S. State Dept.’s cultural exchange program. Liz performs and tours with many bands, including her funk-rock project, Far Out West. Liz has a diverse musical background in classical, jazz, and American folk styles, and instills a passion for music in her students
What age were you when you first started taking music lessons?
Liz: 4 years old.
Tell us about an early music lessons experience that helped shape you as a musician or teacher:
Liz: In middle school, I attended Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan. I was intimidated by the whole idea of such a long and intensive program away from home. I remember begging my parents to take me home at the beginning. But it ended up being a fantastic experience and my first time feeling true camaraderie with like-minded artistic people my age. I took great strides in my musicianship during that time and gained a new appreciation for focus and practice. I learned a lot about myself and discovered that I am capable of achieving a great deal in a relatively short amount of time.
What are your favorite bands or musicians?
Liz: John Scofield, Esperanza Spalding, Grant Green, Tony Rice, Gillian Welch, Cake, The Wood Brothers, The New Mastersounds.
Do you have a highlight of your music career so far that you would like to share?
Liz: Touring internationally for the U.S. State Department’s cultural exchange programs, performing and teaching workshops in 18 different countries over five years.
Describe your ideal student.
Liz: An eager and enthusiastic person who enjoys music and the process of learning music. Someone who is willing to try new things and work on their skills consistently.
Describe what your students should expect in their first few lessons.
Liz: Students will learn what the parts of their instrument are called, how to tune and take care of their instrument. They’ll begin learning songs and techniques on their instrument and participate in listening activities.
Why did you want to become a music teacher?
Liz: I love spreading the feeling of personal fulfillment that comes with the ability to express yourself on an instrument, and the community and togetherness that comes with active listening skills and artistic appreciation.
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