Gabriella Pittsford

Gabriella P.

Columbus, OH

Lesson Details


Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I have studied viola under the distinguished Dr. Michael Hall and have participated in various ensembles as a violist.
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Gabriella teaches



Gabriella delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
March 2008

A graduate from Illinois Wesleyan University, Gabriella has earned her degree in Violin Performance from Illinois Wesleyan University and recently earned her Masters in String Pedagogy at the Ohio State University under Robert Gillespie.
A few notable performances she has participated in are three solo recitals, concerts with the Danville, Lakeview, Wheaton and Illinois Wesleyan Civic Orchestras, and many performances with her quartet, including performances at the Consular Corps. Ball in Chicago. She has developed an advanced repertoire for her instrument and greatly enjoys imparting what she has learned with others.

*** Lesson Details ***
Each student is expected to attend each lesson scheduled with all materials prepared over the week. Students are expected to practice 3 to 5 days each week. The student should be engaged and active in each lesson, music is so exciting! It is highly encouraged to participate in local youth orchestras and chamber music programs as well as attend concerts in the area. These events are tremendous learning opportunities!
Although I am not a "strict" teacher, I do adjust my expectations to each student and do expect each student to make progress from lesson to lesson. Within the first few months together, I can assure better posture, a more comfortable playing experience and strong technical foundations. I promise to customize a suitable lesson plan to each student in my studio to ensure they receive the best learning experience possible.

*** Studio Equipment ***
We will meet at my home and a stand, music, and writing utensils will be provided.
Students should have their own instrument and accessories, i.e. shoulder rest, at home stand, rosin, etc.

*** Specialties ***
I like to incorporate a variety of musical styles such as Eastern European and Spanish traditional dances to broaden horizons.

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Private Studio Teacher
Aug 2012 - Present

Outside of TakeLessons, I also have a private studio of students that have come to me for lessons through various outlets.

Camp Counselor
Jun 2010 - Aug 2012
Illinois Wesleyan University


Master of Arts - String Pedagogy
Aug 2015 - May 2017
Ohio State University
Bachelor of Music, Violin Perfomance
Aug 2009 - May 2013
Illinois Wesleyan Univeristy


Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Photo by Gabriella P.

Christmas Concert, Nuestro Pequeño Hermanos Orphanage El Salvador, December 2012

Senior Recital, Illinois Wesleyan University. April 2013.

Illinois Wesleyan Chamber Music Festival, June 2011

Illinois Wesleyan Chamber Music Festival, July 2010
Myself pictured with a student group I coached

Consular Corps Holiday Luncheon, December 2013


7 Reviews

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Amanda Apr 19, 2018
Violin · In studio

I felt so lucky to have gone with Ella as a choice of violin teacher. She is patient and knowledgeable with a focus on excellent technique. So great to work with! I could not say enough good about my experience with her!

William L. Jul 25, 2017
Violin · In studio

Just finished my first lesson and love Gabriella! She listened to my goals and created a personalized plan to teach my goals! Can't wait for next week!

Aidyn Jul 23, 2017
Viola · In studio

Very impressed with her teaching methodology, great skills and, most importantly, I believe our daughter will thrive musically with Ella.

Amber B. Dec 9, 2014
Violin · In home

I have learned so much in my short time taking lessons with Gabriella. She is incredibly attentive and great at explaining both theory and technique in a way that is easy to understand and remember. She is really comfortable and easy to work with!

Adrianne K. Aug 21, 2014
Violin · In home

Exceptionally focused, extremely detailed, and a stickler for perfection, are some of the attributes that come to mind when I think of Gabriella.

I was hesitant to move forward with Gabriella when I first discovered her on Being an adult learner, I was under the impression that the age of the instructor determined their skill-set and ability to teach. Not so! To say I have improved with Gabriella is an understatement. What I learned from her in the 10 months we've worked together has progressed me to a level I could never have achieved with my former instructor.

Gabriella is not intimidated by my age and doesn't let any intonation errors, posture slouching, poor bow-hold, etc., go unsaid. She is very good at constructively pointing out errors without sounding harsh, or critical.

She is wise beyond her years. She is very mature and is truly passionate about the violin.

I am so fortunate to have found her and I look forward to many more successful lessons!

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Dawn M. Feb 13, 2014
Violin ·

Excellent Instructor

Ella is very knowledgeable, patient, and thorough violin teacher. She is working with my 10 year old who is under the autism spectrum. Ella is very patient and has been doing an excellent job teaching my son how to play at a pace he can handle. My son really likes Ella and her tutoring him has helped him keep up with his school orchestra.

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Vicki O. Dec 2, 2013
Violin ·

Ella is an exceptional teacher!

My husband and I hired Ella to teach violin to our 12-yr-old daughter. We have been so incredibly pleased with Ella's teaching ability, her passion for the violin and helping others do well, and her sense of humor. All of these qualities combined helped our daughter's improvements with her violin to be noticed by her orchestra teacher, who has now moved our daughter up several chairs! Our daughter looks forward to these lessons -- she loves Ella's teaching style, and they have fun together during and after each lesson -- she even offered to go violin-shopping with us to help us pick out a higher quality instrument - now that's passion! Thank you, Ella!!

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