Lisa Lithall

Lisa Lithall


Age range:

3 to adult

Musical styles:

Suzuki method; Classical; Folk/Fiddle music

Teaching philosophy/style:

I teach in small “bites”, assigning little trick spots of a piece before starting the actual piece. The tricks or techniques are learned through fun and creative repetitions. These techniques are building blocks for the pieces to follow.  I love teaching the cello.  I especially enjoy doing fun, creative group classes or events with my students.

Parent policy:

Parents are welcome in the lessons and necessary for the younger student’s lessons.  Since the parent will be helping the child with home practice, it is important that they come to the lesson and learn what their child is learning.

Materials needed:

Suzuki book and cd. Students at the note reading age, The Cello Note Speller by Janowski. Younger students will need a “cello chair”, a chair with a flat seat, no arms and transportable. The height of the chair is determined by there being a right angle with their leg when they sit forward on the seat and their feet are touching the floor comfortably.


Lisa earned a B.A. in Performance at Northern Illinois University and an M.A. at Western Illinois University. Primary studies have been with cellists Marc Johnson, of the Vermeer Quartet, and Tanya Carey. Lisa has studied Celtic cello with Abby Newton at the National String Institute and the Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp. She is an active chamber musician and soloist, performing annual solo and chamber recitals. She performed in a chamber music seminar held in Tuscany, Italy, run by the Fine Arts Quartet. Lisa teaches private cello in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, and is a faculty member at the Suzuki-Orff School for Young Musicians in Chicago. She is the founder of Arabella Ensemble, a professional string ensemble that performs a variety of chamber music throughout the Chicago area.  Lisa toured Spain and Portugal performing for the Barrington Suzuki Strings. Lisa is currently a member of the Northbrook Symphony Orchestra and the Buffalo Grove String Quartet.