Teaching PhilosophyLearning how to play the violin is fun, challenging, and extremely rewarding. I strive to teach my students how to play the instrument well, and through this, develop communication skills, grit, problem-solving, creativity, mindfulness, responsibility, confidence and cultural understanding. I believe that the best way to learn is in a calm, nurturing and fun environment. I expect my students to do their best and aim to impart a love for music and the gift of a life-long source of enjoyment.
Bethany’s multifaceted performance and teaching career has taken her around the globe, including Austria, Iceland, Central America, and Spain. She has held tenured positions with Albany Symphony, Vista Philharmonic Orchestra (Orchestra of Indian Hill), West Virginia Symphony, Youngstown Symphony and the Santo Domingo Music Festival Orchestra (Dominican Republic). Additionally, she has performed with artists such as Josh Groban, Ben Folds, the Transiberian Orchestra, and as a substitute with Minnesota Orchestra and Portland Symphony. Bethany’s teaching career of over eighteen years includes traditional lessons, the Suzuki Method and an occasional fiddle tune for some extra fun! In addition to teaching at Groton Hill, she formerly served as faculty and the Suzuki Director at the Concord Community Music School. An experienced chamber music coach and orchestra teacher, she has led ensembles and group classes at the Lamont Pre-College Academy (Denver), the Mounds View School District Summer Orchestra Program (St. Paul, MN), Sewickley Academy (Pittsburgh), Pittsburgh Music Academy, Groton Hill’s Ayer Shirley After School Program and in Panama through the Orchestra of the Americas. As a lover of many genres, she enjoys fiddling in the American and Irish style. When not performing or teaching, Bethany can be found with a cup of coffee and a good book, hiking mountains, or learning something new.