Elisa Coffee started violin studies at the age of 4 with Jean Dexter, who was one of fifteen cello/violin teachers trained by Dr. Suzuki, in Japan 1973-1979. During high school, she also began studies with Elenor Allen, in Lawrence, Kansas who was an instructor of many professional violinists including Brian Lewis of Ottawa, Kansas and the Juilliard School of Music. She also mentored with Virginia Berndt, for training as a strolling violinist.
Elisa began college at Maple Woods Community College in 1987 and transferred to William Jewell College, graduating in 1993 with a BS in Music Performance and Business Administration. In the fall of 1993, she became the Suzuki Coordinator for the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Continuing Education department. During her teaching, she served as the Department Chair and employed several string, flute and piano instructors. In 1998, she started Sunflower Suzuki Academy, Overland Park and continued teaching while raising and homeschooling her three children.
In 2015, she relocated to Georgia and have been taught at William Pu Music Academy and started Jewell Street Academy, which focuses on teaching very young through high school aged students in violin, ESL, ELA and mathematics.
Elisa has performed in numerous orchestras, including the Georgia Philharmonic and the Symphony Orchestra of North Georgia, where she served as concertmaster for the inaugural season last year.
"I am pleased to be assisting my dear friends Dr. Dawn and Dr. Eric with Hawk Music Academy. Their expertise, education and vision for music education is unsurpassed in Georgia." - Elisa Street