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Music With Elsa


Individual Lessons

I am qualified to teach students of all ages from preschool to adult and all levels from beginner to advanced.

Pre-School Groups

I am qualified to help preschoolers develop a love of music, maximize their potential and be better prepared for school.


I am qualified to prepare students for statewide & national assessments measuring their progress and achievements.

My Mission


It is an established fact that music not only has expressive and therapeutic value, but that playing a musical instrument improves academic scores.

My mission is to

  • Encourage a love of music and the enjoyment of playing a musical instrument
  • Allow the students to develop their musical skills in order to reach their full musical potential
  • Provide individualized instruction taking the developmental level and needs of each student into consideration
  • Design dynamic programs encouraging creativity and the joy of making music
  • Ensure continued growth through regular practice and dedication



piano lesson

I am qualified to teach students of all ages (preschool through adult) and at all levels (beginner through advanced).

Young children (4 – 5 years old) enjoy exploring musical concepts, the keyboard and piano technique, laying the foundation for future learning. Depending on the concentration span and developmental level of the child, I usually recommend a 20 minute lesson.

From 5 years and older, lessons can vary in length from 20 minutes to an hour. Depending on the student’s age, interests, personality and learning style, I use a variety of piano method books, sometimes more than one at a time, as well as supplemental material. Theoretical knowledge is an integral part of learning to play the piano and all students have workbooks, regardless of age. Students have the option to simply ‘play for fun’, but I encourage them to participate in piano recitals and set goals such as entering for the South Carolina Achievement Day  or Music Development Program assessments.

I encourage adults regardless of whether they have had previous training to reach their musical goals. It may be playing for enjoyment only, aiming for performance standards or simply brushing up their skills. Every lesson will be tailored to fulfill the needs of each individual student.

At preschool age, I offer small group lessons (2 – 3 students), exploring musical concepts, developing musical skills, encouraging knowledge of the layout of the piano and preparing the student for formal playing.I also offer classes for homeschool groups, either

  • Class music, incorporating percussion and recorder
  • Specific lessons according to the needs of a syllabus
  • Thematic music lessons
  • Preparation for college entry requirements
  • History of music, theory of music, etc.


I also offer classes for homeschool groups, either

  • Class music, incorporating percussion and recorder
  • Syllabus-related lessons
  • Thematic music lessons
  • Preparation for college entry requirements
  • History of music, theory of music, etc.

Royal Conservatory of Music: The Music Development Program
The Music Development Program is the American equivalent of the “Royal Conservatory” method used in England and the Celebration Series used in Canada.  Students work through levels of repertoire, etudes, scales and sight reading books, and at the end of the year, play for an adjudicator.  This person will listen to the students play, and test their technical proficiency according to a national standard.  The adjudicators are extensively trained, and come from Canada, or elsewhere in the United States. This contributes to the cost of the exam, but helps to maintain the national standard.The pieces are written by well-known composers, and the technical requirements (scales and music theory) meet or exceed the South Carolina Music Teachers Association Standards.At present, the nearest testing center for us is in Columbia, SC.

Piano performer

“The primary purpose of Achievement Day is to encourage and support the systematic musical growth of all students. Other purposes include: enhancement of student motivation; providing goals for students and teachers; having a good preparation tool for the District Auditions; and allowing students to see that they are part of a large musical ‘family’.”

Students are judged on the following four categories:

  • Performance
  • Sight Reading
  • Applied technique
  • Written Theory Test

Adjudicators score each category by allocating points for which different color ribbons are earned. Students accumulate points every time they enter and are awarded Crescendo Trophies.

A designated number of students are selected by each judge to perform at an honors recital.



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