Phillipa Burgess

Phillipa Burgess

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About this pro

I offer violin, viola, fiddle, and piano lessons using the Suzuki or traditional methods to students ages four and older. I have a Ph.D. in Music, registered training in the Suzuki Method through the Suzuki Association of the Americas, and have taught private music lessons for well over fifteen years.

All students, no matter what their age, thrive when their efforts are met with respect, encouragement, and gentle patience. I provide such a learning environment that combines these qualitites with elements of musical play to reinforce the skills and musicianship being developed so that multiple learning strategies can be incorporated into the instructional process.

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Springfield, OH 45502
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3 Reviews


  • Miranda Osborne

    She is very patient and takes time explaining in a way that is easy to understand. She also treats me with respect and is truly a caring person. I have really enjoyed learning piano and appreciate her teaching strategies!

  • Jen Fulton

    Outstanding!!! My 4 year old loves her and her teaching style is amazing!

  • Maggie

    Excellent leaned alot


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I like to find out about the student--what are their interests and passions in areas beside music.  I also like to find out why they want to study music as well as the types of music that really interests them and that they listen to.  I then use this as the basis for the kinds of music we study  in their lessons.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have been teaching music privately for close to twenty years.  I have also received training in teaching both violin and piano and keep up to date with frequent woskshops and taining conferences.  I also work with student orchestras as a conductor/director.  I hold a Ph.D. in music.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Lessons are held weekly, and each lesson is approximately 30 minutes long.  I charge by the month in advance for 4 lessons in the month.

How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching because I wanted to share the joy I have in music with others.

What types of students have you worked with?

I work with everyone, staring at about age 4 and going right through to retirees who are taking up something they have always wanted to do, but have not found to do until now.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I enjoy attending events where my students are performing.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

I would advise a student/parent to find out what kind of performance opportunities are availble to the student (if that interests the student), how the lesson is structured, if the teacher is flexible with repertoire selections.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

The students should think through what they like about music and what they would like to learn.  They should also have an idea of about how much time they have to give to at home practice.