Rachel Sliker


About Lessons


I have been teaching violin and viola lessons in the Boulder area since 2008. I teach out of my house in East Boulder, a convenient 15 minute drive from most parts of Boulder, Louisville, Lafayette, and Longmont.

I love teaching music and I aspire to connect one-on-one with my students in a way that is most compatible with their interests and learning styles. I teach all ages and abilities. I have taught three-year-old beginners, sixty-year-old beginners, college-bound music students, fiddle players, and everything in between. I am a Suzuki violin teacher, certified in Books 1 and 2, and I incorporate a well-rounded and diverse set of tools and styles into my teaching. Lessons may include any of the following:

  • Standard classical repertoire

  • Scales, arpeggios and etudes

  • Improvisation

  • Music theory

  • Fiddle tunes (Irish, Old-Time, Bluegrass)

  • Playing by ear

  • Reading music

  • Music games (especially for, but not limited to children)




My life as a musician began with Suzuki violin lessons at the age of five. After growing up in Colorado Springs, where I played with the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony for 10 years, I earned my bachelor's degree in violin performance from The University of Colorado, Boulder. While attending CU, I studied with Oswald Lehnert and Judith Ingolfssohn. Since graduating in 2008, I have been teaching lessons and playing with symphonies, string quartets, and indie rock bands across the front range. I have recorded and performed with many artists and groups including Gregory Alan Isakov, Esme Patterson, Princess Music, and Jeff and Paige. Currently, I am a member of the Fort Collins Symphony, and I perform frequently with the folk-americana band The River Arkansas. I enjoy writing songs, cooking, and hanging out with plants, animals and loved ones.




Phone: 719-201-7918

Email: rachel.sliker@gmail.com