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Mary-Elizabeth Brown


Mary-Elizabeth Brown

RCM Certified
RCM Examiner
Dr. Mary-Elizabeth Brown - known lovingly by her students as Ms. Mary Beth - has been helping violinists of all ages and stages to refine their skills for 22 years. Whether online or in person, she's known for her smile, her joyful way of teaching, and her easy, step-by-step ways of breaking down even the most complex challenges in violin playing. The Founder and Director of the AVIVA Young Artists Program (one of the first web-based music education programs in the world) in 2012, she has taught more than 15,000 web-based lessons and trained hundreds of teachers in the art of online pedagogy. She is widely regarded as an expert in the field of online education and was named Teacher of Distinction by the Royal Conservatory in 2020. Her students are frequent prize-winners in all levels of competition, RCM medalists, and have gone on to study in major North American university performance programs, Following parallel paths as performer and pedagogue, her career as a concertmaster and soloist has taken her through five continents and some of the world's most beautiful concert halls. She received her education from the University of Toronto, University of Montreal, London School of Economics, and Harvard University. She lives in Montreal with her family and welcomes the opportunity to work with students of all ages and levels - including those with learning exceptionalities - in both English and French.

Instrument / Discipline

  • Violin
  • Rudiments
  • Harmony
  • History
  • Viola
  • Theory

Spoken languages

  • English
  • French

Specialized in

  • Youth (7-17)
  • Adults (18+)
  • Young Children (under 7)
  • Beginner/Elementary
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Teaches At

  • At own home
  • At own studio
  • Online

Specialist designation

  • Violin - Advanced
  • Violin - Elementary
  • Violin - Intermediate


  • 2016 - D.Mus - Université de Montréal
  • 2006 - M.Mus - DePaul University/Université de Montréal
  • 2004 - B.Mus - University of Toronto

School Associations

  • Association des professeurs de musique du Québec/Quebec Registered Music Teachers' Association - Provincial / State
  • Canadian Music Centre - National
  • Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators' Association - National
  • Suzuki Association of the Americas - National
RCM Credentials
RCM Certified
RCM Examiner