Elizabeth Setzer
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Elizabeth Setzer

Elizabeth S.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Improve your skills no matter what level you're starting from, no matter what age. I'll meet you where you're at and help you grow. About my teaching style, one student says: "Elizabeth is serious and attentive, listening closely to her students. She accepts us wherever we are on our own path, first affirming that and then taking us further, with incisive and genuinely helpful observations and suggestions." I hold a safe space for LGBTQ+ and People of Color.
I'm a performer, songwriter, composer, director, and general lover of music. Guiding you on your next level of musical discovery brings me joy. Growing up, I studied classical and jazz piano, and in my teen years started writing original songs, singing and playing guitar. After graduating from Mills College with a BA in Music Performance, I explored folk singing in Bulgaria as a Fulbright scholar. I sang professionally with Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble (Oakland, CA) and directed the group, composing and arranging music. For the past five years I've performed on Carnival Cruises as a piano bar entertainer, playing and singing rock, pop, soul, country, and musical theater tunes on request. Currently, I'm interested in the intersection of music, activism, and education.

Let's begin with what excites you about music. What do you love to listen to? What inspires you to develop your skills? What do you want to do with music? The best music is made with clear intention. I have a wealth of skill and experience to share with you.

About Elizabeth S.

I'm a performer, songwriter, composer, director, and general lover of music. Guiding you on your next level of musical discovery brings me joy. Growing up, I studied classical and jazz piano, and in my teen years started writing original songs, singing and playing guitar. After graduating from Mills College with a BA in Music Performance, I explored folk singing in Bulgaria as a Fulbright scholar. I sang professionally with Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble (Oakland, CA) and directed the group, composing and arranging music. For the past five years I've performed on Carnival Cruises as a piano bar entertainer, playing and singing rock, pop, soul, country, and musical theater tunes on request. Currently, I'm interested in the intersection of music, activism, and education.

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Experience

Piano bar entertainer
Jun 2014 - Jan 2020

Carnival Cruises

Music Director & Vocalist
Jan 2009 - Jan 2014

Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble

Education

Fulbright Scholar - Bulgarian Folk Singing
Oct 2007 - Oct 2008

Music Academy - Plovdiv, Bulgaria

BA in Music Performance
Aug 2002 - Jan 2007

Mills College

Summer Performance Program in Jazz Piano
Jul 2001 - Aug 2001

Berklee College of Music

Languages

Bulgarian

Limited Proficiency

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

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