Bethany has been a great, and inspiring, teaching to my eight-year-old, who's been taking cello with her since he was five. She's taught him the music and the technique, of course. But many benefits have been more subtle. She's taught him that it's up to him to know a beautiful sound when he makes it. And she's helped him stick with it through those inevitable rough spots where he didn't feel he was making progress or didn't see the point. Bethany has a gentle and empathetic style that draws my kid in and keeps him excited about playing.
-- Anya B. Suzuki parent, Buffalo, NY
Bethany Erhardt puts her heart and soul into teaching students. She quickly identifies the strengths and weaknesses with cellists, and designs lessons focusing on growth and development. Our son Jonah took a year off from cello, and then decided he wanted to play again. She got him on track in short order, and brought him back to grade level. He loves working with her. It's obvious that most of her students feel the same.
-- Sandra B. Basics parent, Buffalo, NY
Bethany is a professional, organized and dedicated teacher. I am always impressed by her ability to reign in and captivate, my fidgety little boy. She is full of creative musical games that make the process enjoyable for the student. I appreciate that Bethany works with what works best for your family, and her expectations are within reach.
-- Inga Y. Suzuki parent, Buffalo, NY
My son loves the cello because of Bethany’s patience and her teaching technique. She creates a fun environment for learning while instilling a strong work ethic in her students. Bethany applies sound fundamental teaching technique to her profession. Her lessons are well planned, and they cater to the individual learning style of each student. Bethany is an accomplished musician, but she is also a gifted developer of musical talent. Bethany encourages parents to be a part of their children’s musical development. Bethany is serious about her students’ growth and success.
-- Colin B. Basics parent, Buffalo, NY
As a senior citizen who recently decided to take cello lessons, I must confess there was certain amount of trepidation involved because of my age. Bethany has been a wonderful instructor, supportive, allaying my fears and having me enjoy the journey of learning the cello.
-- Jim B. Adult Beginner, Buffalo, NY
Bethany offered a wonderful first grade start to our daughter's cello experience which continues today into Middle School. In addition to exceptional Suzuki-based instruction, Bethany effectively engages young children in a personal and empathetic manner using games and hands-on activities to stimulate learning.
-- Larry L. Suzuki parent, Grosse Pointe Park, MI
Bethany is an outstanding musician and the best teacher we've ever had. She has an uncanny ability to keep the student engaged. We worked with Bethany for our teenager and young child. Our teenager is an advanced violin student and our three-year old obviously a beginner. Bethany was able to help both advance, and motivated them both equally to practice. Bethany is a truly exceptional teacher and person. We feel extremely lucky to have been able to work with her.
-- Marta B. Suzuki and Basics parent, Ann Arbor, MI
Bethany not only possesses great talent for the instrument, but is a highly skilled pedagogue who is attuned to the individual needs of her students. Her approach to technique, particularly her awareness of relaxation and muscle coordination, has helped me understand my own playing immensely.
-- Dan C. Cello performance major, Western Michigan University School of Music
Bethany is a wonderful cellist who has spent countless hours watching, learning, and thinking about playing and teaching the cello - down to the very last detail. She doesn't only play beautifully, but she knows the technique, practice methods and principles behind beautiful playing, and she articulately shares her knowledge with any cellist who cares to hear it. She has a warm personality and a love for music and her fellow musicians. I miss working with her on a daily basis!
-- Jamilyn M. Suzuki cello instructor, Salt Lake City, UT; Cello Professor, Salt Lake Community College