Elizabeth Ellsmore

Elizabeth E.

Indianapolis, IN

About Elizabeth E.

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Elizabeth teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: January 2011
Last sign in: 2 days ago


I've taught a studio of 25 students for five years and I studied privately for fifteen years, including as a music minor at the prestigious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. I've also worked frequently as an accompanist for middle and high school band students competing in solo competitions. I recently relocated from Dallas, TX to my home state of Indiana and am excited to be growing my studio in Indianapolis!

I was born and raised in Bloomington, where I began piano lessons at the age of eight. In 2000, I attended the Piano Academy at the IU School of Music. 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 structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of classical piano and music theory skills. 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 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.

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.


Private Piano Instructor

Jan 2011 - Aug 2015

I taught a studio of 25 piano students ages four to adult in Dallas, Texas.


PhD, History

Aug 2005 - May 2012
Stony Brook University

BA, History and French, Music minor

Aug 2001 - May 2005
Indiana University

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Professional Proficiency


Super Superior and Superior Ratings

May 2001
Indiana Federation of Music Clubs Junior Festival
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15 Reviews on Elizabeth E.

Angelina G. Jul 21, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
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
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!