Composer, performer, teacher, and theorist Elizabeth Erickson enjoys blending musical styles and bringing music to unusual places. She grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, began her professional studies at the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, and continued them at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she received the Undergraduate Diploma and the Masters of Music, both in composition. She regularly attends workshops in Dalcroze Eurythmics and Music Learning Theory and is a trained Musikgarten teacher.
Elizabeth has been teaching for two decades and accepts as students both children and adults of all levels, backgrounds, and interests. She believes firmly in the importance of music education for families of all income levels and gladly provides scholarships and opportunities for barter.
Multi-instrumentalists are encouraged based on Elizabeth's personal experience not just as a teacher but also as a student. She began playing piano at age three, recorder at age five, cello at age nine, guitar at age twelve, violin and viola at age eighteen, and has dabbled on other instruments such as electric bass, mandolin, banjo, and trumpet. She has extensive experience performing solo and in a variety of ensembles, including gigging and competition-winning string trios and quartets, rock bands, symphony orchestras, and musical theatre pit orchestras.
Beloved teachers include violinist Juliette Kang, violinist and violist Laura Bossert, violist Jennifer Allman, cellists Tom Kraines, Terry King, Ravenna Helson, and Jane Hollander, pianists Marilyn Thompson, Rieko Aizawa, and Bernice Smaida, guitarists James Marron and John Weber, and composer-theorists Peter Aldins, Paul Brust, John Morrison, Jack Gallagher, Peter Evans, Judith Ross, Peter Mowrey, and Jack Russell. In addition, Elizabeth has studied chamber coaching with Wayman Chin, string pedagogy with Clayton Hoener, jazz improvisation on piano and cello with Peter Cassino, Fiddle Club with Kiana June, Musikgarten with Cathy Mathia, Music Learning Theory with Krista Jadro, and Dalcroze Eurythmics with Lisa Parker, Adriana Ausch, Anne Farber, Ginny Latts, Louise Mathieu, Dawn Pratson, Melissa Tucker, and Jeremy Dittus.
An avid composer, Elizabeth loves to perform her own new music as well as that of other modern composers and plays, composes, and arranges for weddings and other events. She plays folk-rock with Nils Erickson as a duo and with their family band, The Kerfuffalos, and both performs and records with other bands and songwriters. Elizabeth is based in Santa Rosa and plays for weddings, special events, gigs, and recordings throughout the San Francisco Bay area.
Elizabeth's interest in teaching and learning was inherited from her mother, a Montessori teacher, and raising her own children is endlessly deepening her understanding of the learning process and honing her approach to students of all ages. When she is not making music or wrangling children she can be found reading, writing, knitting, practicing yoga, dancing, or finding more ways to squeeze a farm into a residential lot.