Ellen Sirower
Ann Arbor, MI
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Ellen Sirower

Ellen S.

Ann Arbor, MI
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I am an undergraduate student at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor studying piano performance and philosophy, with a strong interest in piano pedagogy of all levels. In pursuing these two degrees, I believe in a well-rounded musical education that includes story-telling, connecting music to relevant history and literature, and developing an emotive connection to music beyond just the technical in ways that are fun and engaging, especially in the beginning stages of learning.

That being said, I also emphasize the importance of having a solid foundation that allows for the capability to progress further. With teaching technique to beginners, I focus on fun exercises and activities that are easy for both the students and parents to understand and practice at home. Additionally, I believe that music theory is an essential building block to understanding how to read music effectively, so I begin every lesson with a short music theory lesson on basic harmony exercises that teach intervals, key signatures, reading clefs, and different types of scales.

Please contact me if you're interested!

About Ellen S.

I am an undergraduate senior at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor studying piano performance and philosophy, with strong passions for critical thinking, piano pedagogy, chamber music, and contemporary music. I recently won top prizes in the Jacqueline Avent Concerto Competition at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival, the Camerata Artists International Virtuoso II Competition, and the International Keyboard Odyssiad Competition. I attended the Manhattan School of Music Pre-College Division in New York City for 10 years, and the Brearley School for middle and high school.

As a musician leading a double life with substantial academic training and work, I truly value learning music alongside a well-rounded education, as I believe that music is the quintessential liberal art. Just on its own, learning to play an instrument requires discipline, focused attention, and hard work. With my teaching, I strive to incorporate academic components like music theory, composer biographies, contextual history, philosophy, and literature in ways that are accessible and fun to learn at all ages. With that combination, students can understand not only how to execute what is on the page in front of them, but understand music in a broader context and have the ability to understand what music can communicate to others and themselves. I hope to produce students who not only improve their playing, but acquire skill sets that carry over into all aspects of their lives.


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Ellen is very thorough in her teaching method, while being super encouraging and patient! She incorporates elements of music theory, technique, and musicality naturally throughout the lesson. On top of that, I also like her ability to customize her teaching approach to help me accomplish my goals!

Posted Dec 13, 2019
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Ellen is great at teaching both my daughter and myself. Very friendly, personable and understands the piano and classical repertoire at a high level. She’s really helped me with my fundamentals and music theory. My daughter (who is much better than I) mainly studies classical music with her and I love to hear her progress. Ellen is warm and accommodating and I’d recommend her to anyone!

Posted Jun 13, 2019

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Piano Performance and Philosophy
Sep 2016 - Present

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

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