Elise Blake has extensive experience teaching violin repertoire and chamber music to all levels, and she works comfortably with students of all ages. Since moving to Washington, DC in 2015 Elise has taught at the DC Youth Orchestra Program, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop's Summer String Fling, and the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra’s summer mentor program.
As a member of the string faculty at Mary Baldwin University from 2009-2014, she taught applied lessons to both music majors and minors, coached chamber ensembles, ran studio classes, performed in faculty recitals, and presented violin masterclasses. In addition to MBU, Elise has been a guest instructor at the University of Virginia, the University of Mary Washington, and the Montclair State University Preparatory Division. She also served on adjudication panels for the James Madison University Concerto Competition, Wednesday Music Club Competitions, and the Virginia Music Teachers Association.
Elise's major pedagogical influences include Rebecca Henry at The Peabody Conservatory, Bonnie Black at The Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra, and Elizabeth Faidley at the Pre-College Division of the Manhattan School of Music. Elise received mentorship from world-renowned artists Midori, Alexander Kerr, and Paul Kantor as well as The Orion Quartet while a Pedagogy Fellow at the Heifetz International Music Institute. She also utilizes the teaching methods of Ivan Galamian, Joseph Gingold, Egon Sassmannshaus, and Shinichi Suzuki in her regular instruction.
Elise currently teaches students from her studio in the Brookland neighborhood of Washington, DC. Students in Elise’s studio serve in principal positions in their youth orchestras, place well in auditions and competitions, and attend summer institutes such as Boston University's Tanglewood Institute and Meadowmount School of Music. For lesson inquires please use the Contact tab.