Gabrielle Elliott

Gabrielle E.

Pittsburgh, PA

Lesson Details

Music Theory

Levels Taught:
Music Theory instruction focuses on the academic core of music. Students will begin to understand how music is built and and analyzed.
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Gabrielle delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
March 2006

Originally from Baltimore, classical pianist Gabrielle E. studied at Peabody Preparatory with a focus in performance and music theory. Later, she moved to Pittsburgh and received her Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance from Duquesne University and her Master's of Music Degree in Music Technology: Composition/Piano. She has won the Spring Piano Competition of the Duquesne Piano Department for three years in a row. She frequently records all periods of repertoire and also many original compositions. She has a strong passion for performing and writing the highest quality of music. If you are considering becoming a professional musician or are just interested in developing a rewarding hobby, she will help you accomplish your musical goals.

*** Lesson Details ***
First and foremost I want any potential student to know that I thoroughly enjoy teaching and want to help you explore your hidden talents and reach your fullest potential. With that in mind, the learning environment in my studio is relaxed and fun. I never condescend or put pressure on a student who makes mistakes. I encourage students to try new techniques and make mistakes along the way. I also work very closely with my students to achieve their own personal goals. I know that there are many different types of learners who all have different aspirations and I feel it is my job to ensure that my students are satisfied with their progress. I understand that someone hoping to attend a conservatory will have different needs than a small child. I promise to give nothing less than the highest quality teaching in an environment conducive to learning.

For piano students, I will spend much time on proper technique and making sure the student does not compromise the wrist, fingers, arms, or back which may create discomfort later. In the first 3-6 months a student can expect to learn technique, repertoire, and basic musicianship skills such as sight reading and transposition.

Composition/ Songwriting students will be coached according to what their specific goals and interests are. I incorporate the technical aspects of writing music along with music business which will help students get their music played and recorded.

Music theory students will practice skills such as four part writing, melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic dictation, modulation, roman numeral analysis, sight singing, and score analysis.

I do encourage the use of specific curricula but I am always willing to explore something new if you have a preference or have found success with something else. I hope that music will give my students lifelong enjoyment and I encourage you to come make music with me.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Aeolian Baby Grand Piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect piano students to have their own piano but beginning students can start out on a keyboard if need be. Also, students are responsible for purchasing all books and materials for lessons.

*** Specialties ***
*Teachers classified as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25
lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.I specialize in classical piano in all eras from baroque through twenty-first century music. I also am trained in various compositional styles including baroque through twentieth century harmony as well as jazz, pop, and songwriting.

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Master of Music
Sep 2011 - May 2013
Duquesne University
Bachelor of Music
Aug 2007 - May 2011
Duquesne University

Photos & Videos

Recording of Gabrielle S. playing Danzas de la Moza Donosa by Alberto Ginastera.

19 Reviews

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Adelynn M. Feb 5, 2018
Piano · In home

Gabrielle created a relaxed atmosphere for my child. Her calm and patient demeanor encouraged my daughter and provided an enjoyable experience for her.

Kathy Nov 7, 2017
Piano · In studio

My first-ever lesson exceeded my expectations! Gabrielle is patient and is a very good teacher. By the end of the first hour I learned so much and am looking forward to my next lesson!

Zach Jan 30, 2017
Piano · In studio

I've only had three piano teachers, but of them Gabrielle has been the best. She's flexible, intelligent, and helpful.

Greg J. Jan 26, 2017
Piano · In studio

I am an adult student coming back to the Piano. We hit the ground running and I am excited to continue my lessons with Gabrielle.

Karen Oct 22, 2016
Piano · In studio

Gabrielle has customized the lessons to enable me to succeed and enjoy the music I like.

Lynnette Jun 26, 2016
Piano · In studio

Wonderful first lesson!

Skye P. Jan 24, 2016
Piano · In home

Gabrielle was a great choice, she was knowledgeable and very patient. My Granddaughter loved her. She can't wait until her next scheduled lesson.

Anna A. Sep 1, 2015
Piano · In studio

She is very nice. My daughter likes her very much. She explains very good. Excellent teacher. Definitely recommend!

Gerri K. Aug 12, 2013
Piano ·

Great Experience!

Gabrielle has been teaching my son CJ for two years now and she is simply the best! Very patient, kind, and concerned that the student's love of music in not compromised by instilling confidence during each lesson. Thank you!

Lisa H. May 8, 2013
Piano ·

Good with children

Miss Gabby has been teaching my daughter piano for a few years, and she does so good with her. My daughter doesn't always have the best attention span, but Miss Gabby does well to redirect her and get her back on track. I absolutely recommend her for beginners and little ones. She has a very gentle and caring personality.

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Valorie M. May 7, 2013
Piano ·

very satisfied

gabrielle is patient and uses positive reinforcement when teaching my grandaughter

sheryl S. May 4, 2013
Piano ·

Gabrielle E

I am adult returning to the piano and just took my first lesson from Gabrielle. She immediately made me feel comfortable, She is also willing to be flexible with my schedule which is important to me. I look forward to working with her and learning from her.

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Matthew K. Feb 23, 2013
Piano ·

A few words would not do Gabrielle justice on how good she is!!!!

Gabrielle is an outstanding piano teacher/musician and super nice person!! Being an older student(55) she's very patient,understanding that i'm about as far away from a classical pianiest as it gets! But she respects(and I even thinks she likes) what I can do on the piano!) She works with my schdule cause I work full time also teach and play in bands! We do lots of different things in my lessons to keep them fresh and exciting! Can't wait till this weeks lesson cause I wrote a song and gave her the lead sheet to put chords to it, then we're going to match them up to what I did,should be fun.Thank you Take Lessons for hiring Gabrielle a great asset to your team! Thanks Gabrielle! see ya kid!

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MatthewK Apr 25, 2012

my piano lessons are awesome!!!!!!!

5 stars are not enough to give Gabrielle I'll give her ten!!! She's super nice and a great piano teacher!!!!! Matthew Kweder

MichelleW1 Mar 12, 2012

She is very good with Harlie. She is very encouragine and has lots off positvie energy when she teaches.Harlie is doing very well.

JillS2 Feb 15, 2012

The girls love Gabrielle and look forward to paino lessons every week with her! She is exceptionally knowledgeable about piano and also children's abilities and moods. We are so happy to be working with Gabrielle and look forward to future lessons!

CarolH1 Jan 8, 2012

Great teacher!

My grandaughter loves her lesson! Gabrielle is very positive and patient and gives lots of encouragement.

VanessaC Sep 23, 2011

Ms. Gabrielle is absolutely wonderful! She engages my daughter elegantly into music and makes it very enjoyable.

GerriK Aug 31, 2011

My son and I are very happy with Gabrielle. He is progressing at a great pace and her patience level is outstanding.

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