Elizabeth Ellsmore

Elizabeth E.

13 Reviews
Dallas, TX

About Elizabeth E.

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Elizabeth teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: May 2001
Last sign in: Today
Average response time: 17 hours


I've taught private piano lessons in the Dallas area since 2011. I also frequently work as a piano accompanist for Dallas-area middle and high school band students competing in the UIL solo contest. In addition to teaching piano and accompanying, I am an adjunct assistant professor of history at the University of Dallas.

I was born and raised in Bloomington, Indiana, where I began piano lessons at the age of eight. In 2000, I attended the Jacobs School of Music Piano Academy at Indiana University. During the summers of 1994 to 1999, I attended Rocky Ridge Music Center in Estes Park, Colorado, where I studied piano and music theory with university faculty from across the country. I also played piano and clarinet in jazz and symphonic bands during middle and high school and was a member of the 2001 Indiana All-State Band.

I have a BA in history and French and a minor in music from Indiana University, which has one of the top-ranked music schools in the country, and a PhD in history from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

*** Lesson Details ***
I enjoy teaching students of all ages from brand new beginners to advanced players, and my teaching methods vary according to each individual's needs. Whatever your experience or goals, we'€™ll work together to come up with a plan that works for you. With beginning and intermediate students I generally use the Piano Adventures series, which I supplement with music in a variety of styles ranging from authentic classical repertoire to jazz.

I am 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. I'€™m excited to share my love and knowledge of music with you!

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 and dynamic capabilities of an acoustic piano. If you do not have a piano, I'm happy to offer advice on finding a suitable one before your first lesson.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical piano and music theory.


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

Languages Spoken

English Fluent / Native Proficiency
French Professional Proficiency


Super Superior and Superior Ratings May 2001
Indiana Federation of Music Clubs Junior Festival
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13 Reviews on Elizabeth E.

Wenyan J. Feb 2, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
She is nice and skillful. I enjoyed her lessons.
Timea H. Jan 15, 2014
Verified Student
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
Verified Student
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.
Joe A. May 5, 2013
Verified Student
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.
Julian L. May 4, 2013
Verified Student
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.
MarkZ Jul 20, 2012
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
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.
KaraP1 Apr 5, 2012
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!
JoeA2 Mar 22, 2012

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

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