Sounds of Tahoe

Welcome to Sounds of Tahoe

Piano Lessons from the Heart ~ with Miss Elaine

 Teaching Philosophy

"Meet the student where they are,
not where you are,
and not where you want them to be,
but where they really are."
Frances Clark

I have always loved the piano. I am grateful to have had many wonderful teachers, and I cannot imagine my life without playing piano and sharing it with others.

My students range in age from 6 to 79 and from very beginner to intermediate. My philosophy for teaching centers on fostering the interest my students have in the piano in order to create intrinsic motivation. I teach with a student centered approach, providing a positive learning situation for each student based on his or her individual learning style, ability and level. I see myself as a champion: realistically cheering and supporting their successes, while guiding them to learn the next element in their piano studies.

Over a student’s course of study, I strive to include reading music, counting, listening, technique, theory, improvising, ear-training, composing, singing, memorizing, performing, ensemble playing, recording and utilizing current technology. I focus on rhythms while counting and tracking on the page, aural/listening skills, visual awareness, and incorporate an intellectual/analytical approach to learning and playing. I emphasize reading directions and intervals and identifying scales and chords. I teach theory as related to the music. I introduce composition and encourage students to improvise while playing with live or recorded accompaniments.

My goal is for students to become successful learners, concept by concept, helping them to be positive about their learning and proud of their achievements. This leads to more confident players and, what is most important to me, more confident learners.

I hold studio recitals 2-3 times a year, enter students in Festivals and Guild Auditions, encourage students to enter contests and help students prepare for school talent shows or recitals. I encourage students to attend local music events and support the arts locally myself.

The most important skills and concepts I want my students to learn include understanding the language of music and playing musically while developing personal confidence leading ultimately to joy in playing the piano or any instrument. 

If you would like to see the classroom and schedule a free introductory session with Miss Elaine please fill out the contact form or email

Lessons are held in person or on zoom depending on our health and location.