Elizabeth Ellsmore

Elizabeth E.

Indianapolis, IN
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Elizabeth delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 6+ and special needs

Teaching since:
January 2011

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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Experience

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

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

Accompanist
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
Self-employed

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

Education

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

Languages

French
Professional Proficiency

Awards

Superior Ratings
May 2001
Indiana Federation of Music Clubs Junior Festival

Affiliations

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.

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21 Reviews

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Joel Goodwin May 19, 2017
Piano · In home

Great! Very patient with me...highly recommend her.

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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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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Joe A. May 5, 2013
Piano ·

A teacher that inspires

My grandson has been with Elizabeth for about a year and he has made great progress. He looks forward to attending piano lessons and and showing her what he has learned and practiced during the week. She is a great motivator and makes him feel that he is really accomplishing a lot. I am very glad that we found Elizabeth for his piano teacher because she has given him a desire to be good at playing the piano. She also allows us to sit and enjoy listening to our grandson play.

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Julian L. May 4, 2013
Piano ·

A true teacher!

I have had about six months of biweekly beginning piano classes with Elizabeth. I am of retirment age and soon learned that my lessons fall between two sets of kids with moms, before and after my lessons. Elizabeth is clearly relaxed and seems to enjoy the diversity of our ages. I can see the comfort level on the faces of the kids and parents.
There has never been a lesson in which she has not been actively engaged and thinking about the best way to move me along in my learning. More than that, she is easy to accommodate me in my progress. Her interest in teaching extends to answering my email questions, questions that she responds to thoughtfully and in ways to promote my understanding. Her love of her instrument is communicated in her teaching and she has the gift of a teacher.

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MarkZ Jul 20, 2012
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We think Elizabeth is doing a nice job in teaching our daughter piano. She is patient, easy to work with and flexible.Mark Z.

timeaH May 14, 2012
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Excellent fun classes with good progress

Elizabeth creates a fun, playful learning environment where my son learns fast, and is always ready to practice at home and is looking forward to his next class. I also feel that she genuinely enjoys spending time with my son. She followed my request of giving him a new song to learn for each class. She is a knowledgeable and motivational teacher, I can not think of any negatives about her.

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KaraP1 Apr 5, 2012
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Great teacher!

My 10-yr-old daughter started taking piano lessons with Elizabeth this year. Elizabeth is an excellent teacher...She explains things clearly, is reliable, provides constructive criticism in a kind and supportive manner, and has a great sense of humor. Both my daughter and I highly recommend her!

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JoeA2 Mar 22, 2012
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Mr.

My grandson is the student and he seems to be enjoying it a lot. He is starting to pick it up although he thinks playing the piano is hard. I think Elizabeth is doing a very good job of encouraging him. I am very pleased with her.

BobL1 Jan 25, 2012
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Dad

Elizabeth is very nice. She is very flexible rescheduling days because of conflicts. Laura loves going to lessons. My shy daughter is gaining confidence!

JoeS3 Jan 18, 2012
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Elizabeth is great! Very knowledgable. I feel she has customized the lesson structure for me. Most importanlty, she is very patient.

MichaelA Dec 5, 2011
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Student

Elizabeth is knowlageable, read music very well. She is always pleasant and even though the pieces are learning are of an advanced level, ( Rachmaninoff's 18th Variation and Richard Addinsell's Warsaw Concerto, she doesn't seem to have any problem playing the parts I strugle with, also her good sens of humour is very much appreciated when that happens. All in all I enjoy my lessons with Elizabeth and once done with " the Warsaw " ( We are coming up on page 12 out of 15 ) I told her my next project will be Gershwin's second prelude - a much easier and shorter piece. After which I will take a break to work out the kinks on those two pieces on my own.Elizabeth is very helpful. I wishe her the best in her futur endeavor.

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JeffJ1 Aug 5, 2011
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great

the girls seemed to enjoy themselves, Emily can be a little tricky at times but I'm sure you'll figure her out.

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