Learn strings the right way.

Our strings teachers are all degreed professionals with years of training and experience that enhance the way they teach their students. In strings lessons, we focus on establishing great playing technique, working through scales and etudes in an application-based context, and learning everything from classical and folk, to contemporary music. Whether you're 5 or 55, brand new to the instrument or gigging professionally, our goal is to help you become not just someone who can play an instrument, but a musician.

You can also view our strings teachers' bios below to see who's right for you.


Bethany Daugherty, B.M.

INSTRUCTOR OF VIOLIN, VIOLA, DOUBLE BASS, AND PIANO

Accepting new students: Yes

Centralized teaching area: Indianapolis (Downtown)

Personal studio: Yes

Travel lessons offered: Yes

As a musician and writer, Bethany Daugherty is extremely passionate about the performing and written arts. She began learning violin and piano at the age of five from her mother, and grew up performing for schools, nursing homes, and churches as part of a family performance group. Bethany double majored in music and English while attending the University of Indianapolis, and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Violin Performance and a second major in Creative Writing. Bethany studied violin with Christal Steele, Ariana Kim, and Austin Hartman.

Bethany has a long history of performing and teaching, with 18 years of experience performing in orchestras and gigging, and 14 years of experience teaching private lessons. Currently, she is the personnel manager and section violinist for the Anderson Symphony Orchestra, a freelance musician and teacher, and a member of  Juvin: The One Man Band, a local bluegrass/folk band. Bethany and her husband Josh live in the Fountain Square neighborhood of Indianapolis.


Christine Harrill, B.M

Instructor of violin and Piano

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Accepting new students: Yes

Centralized teaching area: Indianapolis (Castleton)

Personal studio: No

Travel lessons offered: Yes

Christine Harrill is a music teacher and professional violinist. She began playing violin and piano at age 7 and soon began performing for weddings and other venues such as the Indianapolis Children’s Museum. In high school, she performed in several side-by-side concerts with the Indianapolis Symphony. She has since performed with many college symphonies and the New Sussex Symphony. She has been teaching violin and piano for 15 years and enjoys teaching a blend of classical music, bluegrass and other genres. 

Christine has studied with Suzuki teacher Jillian Chrisman and traditional teachers Vladimir Krakovich, Mark Zelmanovich, and Anna Vayman. She received her Bachelor’s in Music from Ball State where she focused heavily on education classes as well as violin performance. In her free time, she enjoys reading and going on outdoor adventures with her family.


Elise Massicotte, B.M.

INSTRUCTOR OF CELLO

Accepting new students: Yes

Centralized teaching area: Indianapolis (North)

Personal studio: Yes

Travel lessons offered: Yes

Elise Massicotte is a professional cellist and certified Suzuki Method cello teacher. Born and raised in Indianapolis, IN, she started cello lessons at the age of 7 under Suzuki teacher Elizabeth Efroymson-Brooks. After studying for 11 years in Indianapolis, she continued her education at Lawrence University’s Music Conservatory in Appleton, WI under Janet Anthony. Elise earned her Bachelors of Music in Cello Performance in 2015 and moved back to Indianapolis where she now has a thriving studio and freelancing career.

She has participated in numerous ensembles throughout her musical career, including the New World Youth Symphony and Philharmonic Orchestras in Indianapolis, New Augusta North Orchestra and Pike High School Symphony Orchestra (playing viola), Lawrence Symphony Orchestra in Appleton, WI, Orchestra Vitae in London, England, Hendricks County Symphony, and Anderson Symphony. She was awarded first place in the New World Philharmonic Concerto Competition in 2006 and performed as a soloist in Hilbert Circle Theater accompanied by the New World Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Elise has led many chamber ensembles and considers chamber ensembles her favorite to perform. She hopes to receive her master’s degree in the next few years and to continue her training as a Suzuki teacher.