Elizabeth Ellsmore

Elizabeth E.

Indianapolis, IN

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Elizabeth teaches: Ages 6 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: January 2011
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Currently teaching in Indianapolis!

I'm a member of the Indianapolis Piano Teachers Association and also work frequently as a choral and instrumental accompanist. I studied piano privately for 15 years, including as a student at the Jacobs School of Music at IU and at Rocky Ridge Music Center in Estes Park, Colorado.

I structure my lessons according to students' individual interests and strengths, while building a strong foundation in piano technique and music theory. With beginning and intermediate students I typically use the Piano Adventures series of books, which I supplement with music in a variety of styles ranging from authentic classical repertoire to jazz. Whatever your experience or goals, we'€™ll work together to come up with a plan that works for you.

I'm a patient, encouraging teacher and we have fun during lessons. I also expect my students to practice daily at home so that they can make steady progress.

PLEASE NOTE: Students need to have a piano, whether acoustic or digital, to practice on at home. This is necessary in order for students to progress and to develop good piano technique. If you prefer to purchase an electric piano, look for one with touch-sensitive, weighted keys, which will mimic the feel of an acoustic piano. If you do not have a piano, I'm happy to offer advice on finding one!

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Apr 2016 - Present
St. Luke's United Methodist Church

I serve as a substitute pianist for the Chancel Choir and orchestra.

Jan 2016 - Present
Lawrence Central High School

I rehearse with the concert and show choirs and accompany students for the ISSMA solo competition and other events.

Private Piano Instructor
Jan 2011 - Present

I teach a studio of approximately 15 piano students ages six to adult.


PhD, History
Aug 2005 - May 2012
Stony Brook University
BA, History and French, Music minor
Aug 2001 - May 2005
Indiana University Bloomington

Languages Spoken

Professional Proficiency


Superior Ratings
May 2001
Indiana Federation of Music Clubs Junior Festival


Indianapolis Piano Teachers Association
Oct 2015

The objective of Indianapolis Piano Teachers Association (IPTA) shall be to provide the membership with a meaningful avenue of personal musical growth through its programs and workshops, to create an atmosphere of sharing and to provide programs for our students.

20 Reviews on Elizabeth E.

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Myles P. Feb 15, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Elizabeth did a great job making my son feel comfortable and introducing him to the basic concepts of the piano. Unfortunately, he was hesitant and not willing to participate in this lesson. My husband and I look forward to the next lesson and his willingness and enthusiasm to participate with Elizabeth.
Brian Hart Jan 3, 2016
· Piano · In home
Elizabeth is a great piano teacher. Very patient and encouraging.
Laura D. Dec 31, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Great first lesson! Elizabeth evaluated where I was at and listened to my ideas. She gave me some great things to practice to improve my technique. She is a very nice person and a great teacher!
Sarah G. Dec 21, 2015
· Piano · In home
Really easy to work with, had a fun time!
Sarah G. Dec 21, 2015
· Piano · In home
Really easy to work with, had a fun time!
Angelina G. Jul 21, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Elizabeth is a kind, caring and talented piano teacher. Her enthusiasm to teach my 8yr old son Jordan was clearly visible. She is patient and flexible. Jordan has learned and improved so much in piano by a remarkable measure and has exceeded all of my initial expectations. We are very saddened to see her go and its going to be very hard to replace her but we wish her well in her new journey!
Dana Jul 5, 2015
· Piano · In studio
I've been taking weekly lessons with Elizabeth for almost three years. I first took piano when I was ten years old, for only one year ,and now over thirty years later decided to try again. Elizabeth has been extremely patient and motivating. She's very good at explaining the music theory. In addition to going through the practice exercises and learning books, she also assigns sheet music. I look forward to the lessons and am sad that she will be moving.
Wenyan J. Feb 2, 2015
· Piano · In home
She is nice and skillful. I enjoyed her lessons.
Timea H. Jan 15, 2014
· Piano ·
excellent with children

She has been teaching my 7 year old son for about two years, and the 4 year old for half a year. She has been absolutely fantastic with them, kind and engaging, while taking teaching and progress seriously. She also keeps entertaining magazines to engage the child waiting for the other.
My sons both love piano, and enjoy her lessons, always go there with enthusiasm. They have made a wonderful progress and to the delight of the family the boys like to demonstrate what they have learned.
Angelina G. Oct 28, 2013
· Piano ·
Highly recommended...

My now 6 yr old son has been taking lessons with Elizabeth for just short over a year now. I am pleased to say that I am very happy with his progress. He's a very talkative and hyper child that can get easily distracted but she seems to be able to keep him entertained and interested in the lesson. I look forward to continuing lessons with her and will highly recommend her.
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