Elyse Emerich

Elyse E.

Yorktown, VA

Lesson Details



Elyse delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 4+ and special needs

Teaching since:

I recently moved to the Peninsula from Texas, where I taught piano for the Texas Christian University Music Preparatory Division for five years. I earned my Masters of Music in Piano Pedagogy degree from TCU in 2014, and before that my Bachelors of Music in Piano Pedagogy degree from the University of Oklahoma. I have lots of experience teaching students of all ages and ability levels. My main goals are for my students to learn to read music, understand basic music theory concepts so they can apply them through improvisation and composition, use effective practice strategies to learn any piece they want to learn, and to always enjoy the process of learning to play piano. I also really enjoy tailoring curriculum to each individual students learning style and interests. I know that students who play music they enjoy will practice more and I'm very willing to accommodate special learning requests.

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Primary Piano Teacher/Owner
Jul 2017 - Present
KOL Music Studio

Managing my independent piano studio which currently offers in-home weekly private lessons.

Private Piano Instructor
Aug 2012 - Jul 2017
Texas Christian University Music Preparatory Division

Teaching private lessons to students ages 4-65, with many students participating in weekly recitals, multiple festivals and contests, and the TMTA state theory test throughout the year.

Class Piano Teacher
Aug 2013 - May 2017
Van Cliburn Foundation

Teaching an after-school group class for children in grades 2-5 through an outreach program sponsored by the Van Cliburn Foundation.

Piano for Pleasure Instructor
Aug 2012 - May 2017
TCU Extended Education

Taught a weekly 90-minute adult hobby class, levels I-V (intermediate).

Front Ensemble Instructor
Jan 2013 - Aug 2016
Oregon Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps

Taught the front ensemble section of percussionists (ages 15-21) for a competitive marching performance group as part of Drum Corps International.

Kids Keyboard Class Instructor
Aug 2014 - May 2016
TCU Early Childhood Music

Teaching Weekly Keyboard I or II group classes for students ages 7-9.

College Elective Piano Teacher
Aug 2012 - May 2014
Texas Christian University

Teaching weekly private lessons to non-music major college students and secondary lessons to music majors.

Intro to Piano for Non-Musicians Instructor
Aug 2012 - May 2014
Texas Christian Unversity

Teaching group classes of college students (levels I-II) and also assisting in a beginning level piano skills class for music-majors.

Piano Teacher
Aug 2011 - May 2012
Artworks Academy and Performing Arts

Taught weekly private piano lessons ages 5-13.

Student Piano Teacher
Aug 2009 - May 2011
University of Oklahoma

Assisted in the beginner group class demo program at the University of Oklahoma as well as teaching supervised private lessons.

Student Piano Teacher
Jan 2006 - May 2008
Pianoworks Music Studio

Taught in-home weekly private lessons to elementary-aged beginning piano students.


Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy
Aug 2012 - May 2014
Texas Christian University
Bachelor of Music in Piano Pedagogy
Aug 2008 - May 2012
University of Oklahoma


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Outstanding Undergraduate Piano Student Award
Apr 2012
University of Oklahoma
Spencer Norton Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Term Paper in Music History or Ethnomusicology
Apr 2012
University of Oklahoma
Phi Kappa Phi Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Research
Apr 2012
University of Oklahoma
Freida Derdyn Bambas Music Award and Scholarship
Apr 2011
University of Oklahoma
Fred Sanford High Percussion Award
Aug 2010
Drum Corps International 2010 World Championships
Jewel Nelson Memorial Award and Endowed Scholarship
Apr 2010
University of Oklahoma
Fred Sanford High Percussion Award
Aug 2008
Drum Corps International 2008 World Championships
DCI World Champions (first place)
Aug 2008
Drum Corps International 2008 World Championships
First Place
Apr 2007
Arlington Music Teacher Association Cyclical Piano Contest


Music Teachers National Association
Aug 2009

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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Photos & Videos

My performance of Sonata in C Minor, Mvt. I, composed by Haydn at the 2012 Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria.
Busting out a Chopin Nocturne on a piano in downtown Indianapolis.

Masters piano recital in PepsiCo Recital Hall at Texas Christian University

Senior piano recital in Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall at the University of Oklahoma

Post-recital picture at the musically historic Hadynsaal of the Esterhazy Palace in Eisenstadt, Austria

Recital poster from college
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Alexander A. Feb 8, 2018
Piano · In home

Fantastic! Extremely knowledgeable and very passionate about piano!

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