WELCOME!  I'm Elizabeth. 
Thanks for stopping by! 


Contact me for available times/dates using the CONTACT link above. *Convenient keyboard rentals are available if you don't already own a piano, and I can also assist you in purchasing a used or new piano as well.    


ABOUT ME

I currently have 2-3 ONLINE openings in my home studio for private students, especially if lessons cam be taken before 3pm on a weekday.  I teach beginners of all ages, including 4 - 5 year olds who want to jump start their educational foundation with a fun, motivational and rewarding start to music-making.  I also teach transfer students  who've studied previously (including adults) and am known for my ability to repair a student's piano technique, boost sight reading ability, and teach a wide variety of piano styles to suit a student's taste and life-long goals.

I'm an award-winning piano instructor (voted 2015 Pre-Collegiate Teacher of the Year by the Texas Music Teachers Association and awarded Fellow of the Music Teachers National Association in 2018).  I've taught at the collegiate level and privately for over 35 years and frequently present lectures and workshops to piano teachers around the world, in-person and via webinar. I serve as a national clinician for Faber Piano Adventures, the most popular piano method in the U.S. and abroad. 

If you are considering enrollment, first read my policy (Click "Policy" above).   Afterwards if you'd like to schedule an ONLINE interview, contact me using the Contact link above.  Thanks!  


MY MISSION

As  a musician and teacher I strive to instill in students the joy and appreciation of the musical arts through the study and performance of quality music at the piano.  It is my hope that students develop a respect for the piano and a life-long appreciation of their musical gifts, both for their own enjoyment and the enjoyment of others. 

       Elizabeth Gutierrez, NCTM (National Certified Teacher of Music with MTNA)

Science Proves the Benefits of Piano Lessons

TIME Magazine recently published an article detailing the
significant role piano lessons play in helping children
develop language skills. In a study of 74 Mandarin-speaking
children ages 4 and 5, researchers found that piano training
"improves children's common sound processing, facilitating
certain aspects of language development as much as,
if not more than, reading instruction." Read the full article »

FULL BIOGRAPHY

Pianist Elizabeth Gutierrez, NCTM enjoys a multi-faceted career as a performer, teacher, pedagogue, composer and author.  She is president and founder of Piano Passport LLC, a company providing digital services for piano teachers worldwide through blogging, live stream video workshops and webinars, online courses, print music, and teaching tutorials.

A native of Texas, Ms. Gutierrez received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in piano performance with highest honors from the University of Texas at Austin where she studied with Lita Guerra.  Other teachers with whom she has collaborated include distinguished pianists Artur Balsam and Leonard Shure.  She has performed extensively as both a soloist and chamber musician throughout the U.S. and abroad and has been praised for her “exciting musicianship and thoughtful interpretation.”  

Ms. Gutierrez taught on the piano faculties of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and The University of Texas at San Antonio where she chaired the keyboard departments and instituted new piano pedagogy degree programs and courses.  An avid researcher and proponent for Latin American piano music, she is particularly well known for her discoveries in this field.  She is the recipient of numerous research grants and awards which have supported her research in multicultural piano music with special emphasis on the contributions of Latino composers.  Many of the attractive pieces from this distinctive literature are featured in her lectures and recitals and are being published digitally through Piano Passport LLC . 

Her work as a professional music editor began in 1998 when she became the first in-house editor for The FJH Music Company in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  She worked closely with acclaimed pedagogues, Randall and Nancy Faber, as an editor for the Piano Adventures method and supplementary collections. She also collaborated with other well-known piano composers - Melody Bober, Kevin Olson, and Timothy Brown - to name a few.  She continued her editing career with Carl Fischer LLC and The Theodore Presser Music Company and in 2012 joined the Faber Piano Adventures team with whom she now serves as a national clinician and editor.

Ms. Gutierrez is in frequent demand as a lecturer and clinician for workshops, conferences, and master classes in the U.S. and has also given presentations for universities and music teacher organizations in Europe and South America.  Her piano students at both the pre-college and college levels have received top honors in competitions around the country and several now hold academic positions at universities in the U.S. and abroad. Several of her articles on teaching have been featured in the national music journal Keyboard Companion and she is co-author of the highly-acclaimed A Practical Guide to Solo Piano Music, a comprehensive reference guide to the standard piano repertoire. Ms. Gutierrez has achieved recognition as a successful composer of educational music for young pianists.  Her piano solos have been selected for the National Federation of Music’s Junior Festival and for several state competition and audition lists.

Ms. Gutierrez has served in many roles for local and state teacher associations in Wisconsin, Florida, and Texas.  She became an MTNA nationally-certified teacher in 1983 and since then has led many teachers and college students toward achieving MTNA National Certification.  In 2015 she received the Texas Music Teachers Association’s Outstanding Pre-Collegiate Achievement award and was honored as an MTNA Fellow in 2018.

She is married to composer, James Syler, a member of the music faculty at the University of Texas at San Antonio.