Bethany Erhardt studied cello with Anthony Elliott at the University of Michigan School of Music and graduated with highest honors in performance. She recently finished her Master of Music degree in performance, with secondary studies in conducting, at Western Michigan University. At WMU, she was the Haas Cello Scholar and served as a graduate teaching assistant to Bruce Uchimura in applied cello.
She is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and a registered Suzuki cello instructor. Bethany joyously received her early training at the Suzuki Academy of Kalamazoo.
When teaching children, Bethany emphasizes tone production, singing, listening, imagination, respect for the individual pace of each child, and the integration of music and daily practice into home life.
As a teacher of advanced and advancing students, Bethany has been influenced deeply by the work of pedagogue Richard Aaron and his teaching assistants Jared Ballance and Brittany Platt Gardner. With advancing students, Bethany emphasizes fundamentals, the elimination of physical tension, singing and movement, and structured practice routines.
Recently settled in Buffalo, Bethany is delightedly discovering the charms of the Queen City. In addition to teaching, she works as a patron services representative for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.
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