Elia Foster
New York, NY
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Elia Foster

Elia F.

New York, NY
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I am a professional musician passionate about sharing the joy of music with others. I specialize in beginner to intermediate students of all ages. I teach students how to practice and why to practice in order to help them fall in love with the saxophone! Typical lessons involve scales, sight reading, and a piece that the student chooses. If you like having fun and learning about different kinds of music send me a message!

About Elia F.

Elia F. is available for in-home, in-studio, and online lessons worldwide! Elia has been playing clarinet for over 15 years and teaching music since 2015. She enjoys working with students of all ages and experience levels from beginner to intermediate and advanced. Artists and genres that Elia has experience with range from Classical, Jazz, Contemporary, and more.

Although trained in standard teaching methods, Elia developed her own method of teaching based off of her commitment to nurturing a love for music in each student. Elia aims to positively enhance the student's strength, dexterity, and techniques while building a lasting interest in music. Her goal as a teacher is specifically designed to help you achieve your goals as an artist and a musician.

Elia attended New York University for her Bachelor of Music and McGill University for her Master of Music. She is constantly continuing her education with private clarinet instruction in New York City. She frequently attends woodwind workshops and seminars by artists/ensembles such as Ricardo Morales, Anton Rist, the Imani Winds, and the Fifth House Ensemble.

Another nice feature that you might enjoy from one on one sessions with Elia is learning the how to handle auditions and performance anxiety. Elia can give you the resources to perform at your best!

Lessons are scheduled to best fit to the student's schedule when possible. Students receive complimentary materials, such as scores and exercise books, upon their first or second session. Elia is a very patient instructor and understands that students learn at a different pace, after all everyone is an individual!


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7 Reviews
Samantha Harris
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I have had such a great experience taking clarinet lessons from Elia. She is very good at motivating me to practice in a non-degrading way, and she is always so supportive of my progress and struggles. I find that her explanations are very helpful and easy to understand, which I think is important for any teacher. I feel like I've improved a lot in the short time that I have been working with her, and I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a great teacher!

Posted Jun 16, 2021
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Elle has been very helpful. I am an older student just beginning on the clarinet. Elle took the time to ask what by goal is and my music background. She is very patient and has given me a number of great suggestions to get started. She is always pleasant and positive and I look forward to our sessions.

Posted Jun 16, 2021
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I got a perfect score on NYSSMA thanks to the wonderful lessons from Elia! Elia was extremely organized and helped me stay on top of all of the audition requirements. She also gave me tips and exercises for my performance anxiety.

Posted Jun 15, 2021
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Elia taught my daughter for 3 years and was patient, kind and energetic. I highly recommend Elia to anyone looking for experience with the clarinet!

Posted Jun 15, 2021
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Elia was my clarinet teacher for a year in Montreal. I have to say, I miss her since she moved back to NYC.
She has vast musical experience and is an excellent teacher.
She's been really helping me shape my music and my musicality with technique work and working on pieces that I really enjoy.
She is very supportive, she doesn't make you feel bad about your mistake and really help you to correct them.

Elia is a wonderful and talented instructor and i can only highly recommend her.

Posted Jan 9, 2021
Chialing P.
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I have been studying with Elia for the past year. I had trouble with rhythm and she went out of her way to bring exercises to me. She also teaches me on how to have a good tone. She is patient and I highly recommend her!

Posted Dec 6, 2020
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This was my first clarinet lesson for ten years, and I couldn't have asked for a better person to accompany me. Elia was friendly, enthusiastic, and quick to figure out what I need and understand what I want to achieve. I look forward to having a lot of fun rediscovering the clarinet in our subsequent lessons.

Posted Apr 13, 2018

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Private Instructor
Mar 2017 - Present

Elia's Music Studio

Programming Fellow
Jun 2017 - Aug 2017

National Sawdust

As a programming fellow, I specialized in educational outreach. I helped develop programs introducing young students to various genres of music and organized presentations in local schools.

Music Therapy Teaching Assistant
Jun 2016 - Aug 2016

The Center on Central

In this position I assisted in group activities by helping students maintain focus and assisting students with percussive instruments. I lead small activities such as singing and song-building.


Masters of Music - Clarinet Performance
May 2018 - May 2020

McGill University

Bachelor of Music - Clarinet Performance
Sep 2014 - May 2018

New York University



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Professional Proficiency


First Aid & CPR C Certified
May 2019

Red Cross


Distinguished Artist Award
Apr 2018

McGill University

Talent Scholarship
Sep 2014

New York University

Award for Leadership in the Arts
Jun 2014

Radnor High School

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