Ellie Antici
Irvine, CA
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Ellie Antici

Ellie A.

Irvine, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have been studying piano for over ten years and I am a member of the National Music Teacher's Association. I am certified through level 10 (advanced) in the California Certificate of Merit for Piano program. I also play French horn and have my Bachelor's degree in Music, specifically in French horn performance, from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

My hope in teaching piano lessons is to instill in others the lifelong joy that I have discovered through learning piano. Being able to sit down and create a piece of music is a magical thing that I am excited to pass on to my students! Lessons will be tailored to the individual student's level and goals.

Also important: I strongly recommend having, at the minimum, an 88-key weighted digital piano before signing up for lessons. There are many keyboards you can get for cheaper with less than 88 keys that are non-weighted, but you will not get the same results as you would with a full-sized acoustic or digital piano.

About Ellie A.

I am a classically trained pianist and French horn player. I have been studying both instruments for 12 years and graduated with my Bachelor's degree in French horn performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. I currently work as a freelance musician and teacher in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area. I am excited to share my love for music with others in hopes that it will enrich their lives like it has mine!

My primary horn teachers have included Kevin Rivard (Principal horn, San Francisco Opera) and Robert Ward (Principal horn, San Francisco Symphony.) I have ten years of performance experience in orchestra, wind ensemble, chamber ensembles, and as a soloist. Most recently, I performed with the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra as principal horn on their European concert tour with performances in the Berlin Philharmonie, Vienna Musikverein, and Hamburg Elbphilharmonie. I have also traveled on orchestral tours to Spain, China, and England. I have played in masterclasses for horn professors such as Gail Williams (former Associate Principal horn, Chicago Symphony), Andrew Bain (Principal horn, Los Angeles Philharmonic), Dale Clevenger (former Principal horn, Chicago Symphony), and Eric Ruske (former associate principal horn, The Cleveland Orchestra). I also attended the Brevard Music Center's College Orchestra program in 2017 & 2018, where I played in the Brevard Music Center Orchestra alongside esteemed horn players including Elisabeth Freimuth, Richard Deane, and Bernhard Scully.

I began playing piano at the age of ten and studied with Charla Edgar. I completed the California Certificate of Merit program for piano through level 10 (advanced).

I have also completed extensive coursework at the conservatory level in music theory, music history, and musicianship, and will gladly work on these subjects with any interested students. I believe that studying music theory in particular is extremely beneficial when learning an instrument, and I try to incorporate theory and ear-training into all lessons. A large part of my training has also been focused on performing and how to battle performance anxiety, and I will happily share the tools I've learned with any students who struggle with this as well.

Pursuing a career in music has taught me the value of hard work and resilience, but also the importance of having fun with music and using it as a vehicle for creative expression. This is what I am looking to pass on to the next generation of musicians!


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11 Reviews
Adam H.
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Ellie is a terrific piano teacher and I highly recommend her. I’m a beginner and she has made piano fun, easy to learn, and continues to layer things on so I can improve. Virtual lessons are no issue. Ellie does a great job of catching the little things so you can continue to improve on all the little details of being a great player.

Posted Dec 13, 2020
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Ellie is so understanding and an excellent teacher! She is patient, direct, and helps me learn both formal technique and fun music that keeps me motivated to keep playing.

Posted Apr 14, 2020
Yiping L.
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I had a great first lesson with Ellie. She is a great instructor!


Posted Apr 3, 2020
Aubryn N.

great 1st lesson! looking forward to learning more.

Posted Feb 9, 2020
Rafael Mazzuco M.
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Ellie is so nice, patient and smart! Very accommodating with my crazy schedule. I am very happy with Ellie’s knowledge and teaching skills, I am very confident and comfortable, Thank you Ellie!!

Posted Jan 28, 2020
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Miss Ellie was friendly, personable and professional. Our daughter was immediately comfortable and excited to learn.

The piano lesson was age and ability appropriate. I would recommend Ellie to anyone without reservation.

Posted Jan 11, 2020
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Throughout my years of french horn lessons with Ellie, she has been the most supportive and kind teacher. Our lessons are fun and make me appreciate music more!

Posted Nov 30, 2019

Wonderful and patient teacher!

Posted Nov 5, 2019
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Ellie is one of my biggest inspirations as both a horn player and musician and has a great mind and heart. She is patient, loving, intelligent, and a very talented musician. She can teach any age or level of students. From beginner to professional Ellie can offer great service for any student looking to get better at there instrument.

Posted Sep 18, 2019
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Ellie was caring, supportive, and very helpful!

Posted Sep 15, 2019
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Ellie is one of the most communicative, patient, and fun instructors I've ever had the pleasure of working with. Her teaching style is rigorous and uplifting, and when working with her you can feel that you're making progress.

Posted Sep 15, 2019

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After School Music Teacher
Nov 2019 - Present

Shady Side Academy

After School Music Teacher
Aug 2019 - Present

The Ellis School

After school teacher of piano and French horn lessons

Freelance Professional Horn Player
Jan 2016 - Present

Orchestral & Chamber Music

Co-Principal Horn
Sep 2015 - Jun 2019

San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra

Co-Principal Horn
Sep 2015 - May 2019

San Francisco Conservatory of Music Orchestra

Horn Coach at George Washington High School
Jan 2017 - Jan 2018

San Francisco Conservatory of Music - Conservatory in the Schools Program

Coached sectionals and taught private lessons

Principal Horn
Aug 2011 - Jun 2015

Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra


Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Psychological Science
Sep 2021 - Present

University of California, Irvine

Bachelor's of Music in French Horn Performance
Aug 2015 - May 2019

San Francisco Conservatory of Music

High School Diploma - Instrumental Music Conservatory
Jan 2010 - Jun 2015

Orange County School of the Arts


Certificate of Merit for Piano - Level 10
Jun 2014

California Music Teacher's Association


Presser Scholarship
Sep 2018

San Francisco Conservatory of Music


Royal Conservatory of Music of Canada Music Development Program
Sep 2020
The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program (Music Development Program) provides a recognized national standard of musical success through an effectively sequenced course of study from beginner to advanced levels.
Music Teachers National Association
Sep 2019
The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

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