Solana Beach Music Lessons

Meet a couple of our instructors in the Solana Beach area!

Elizabeth S

Elizabeth has recently moved to Carmel Valley with her family from Germany .
Born in Pennsylvania, but raised and educated in Scotland. Elizabeth completed her Master’s degree in German language and literature at the University of Edinburgh, where she also played in the Edinburgh University Symphony Orchestra and sang in the University Chorus.
After her studies in Edinburgh, she gave in to her first love and was delighted to be accepted on to the Music Education program of Cologne University, Germany, where she studied for 5 years and completed a joint Master’s degree in Music and English. She majored in piano and organ with violin and voice as her minors. A teacher training diploma complemented these studies. She gained her doctorate in Music History in 2001 from the University of Cologne.
She has been a Music and English teacher at German grammar schools for many years and has recently been teaching at university level and has also conducted the Sport University Chorus for 8 years.
She has been an independent piano and violin teacher for over 25 years and prides herself in still keeping in touch with most of her prodigies!. She adapts instrumental learning programs to the ability and preferences of each child. She is passionate about making
music fun and accessible and believes in instrinsic motivation in music.

Rachael F

Rachael began playing piano at the age of seven, and this foundation quickly led her to learn more and more instruments – first clarinet, saxophone, and vibraphone, then acoustic and electric guitar, then drum kit and violin. In 2010 she was accepted into Berklee College of Music in Boston as a piano major where she furthered her instrumental studies and developed a passion for orchestral composition and film scoring. After graduating in 2012, her work with the Chicago Symphonietta led her to Chicago where she began writing music for advertisements, including brands such as Fisher Price, Allstate, and Nintendo. In addition to ad agency work, she also composed scores for short films, one of which was recently screened at Pasadena International Film Festival and awarded Best Short Comedy at Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles. Her current passion is for drums and she enjoys seeking new styles and challenging grooves. She primarily teaches piano and enjoys working with beginners and introducing new concepts in a simple, straightforward way, and hopes to inspire a love for music in her students.