Location UPDATE:  I am excited to announce that I have returned to the Charlottesville area and am accepting new students! While I am sad to leave the amazing Governor’s School community and cherish my years there, I had always planned to return “home” for eventual retirement. 

A COVID-19 UPDATE from Liz:  Due to the continued prevalence of transmission, I offer online lessons for students who wish to exercise caution. I have developed successful online instruction methods over the last two years and have many students who prefer the convenience of these lessons. I am providing in-person private study for fully vaccinated children and adults. I use commercial grade air purifiers with HEPA filters to ensure adequate air exchange for viral mitigation. You will not share air with a previous student. Your safety is my primary concern and I can assure you that all the strategies necessary to keep you well are being used. 


As the former Director of Jazz Studies at the Governor’s School for the Arts, Liz emphasizes all facets of musicianship including technique, general theory, advanced jazz theory, harmony, improvisation, composition and ear training. 
Liz is adept at teaching improvisation to all instrumentalists including vocalists. Many of her students have moved on to have illustrious careers in music. Liz is proficient in preparing students for audition scenarios including but not limited to college auditions. 

Liz has extensive experience teaching private piano lessons to all age groups, experience levels and style interests. She uses traditional methods of instruction combined with extensive theory and ear training and encourages her private students to work within their genres of interest as much as possible. Liz is adept at assessing learning styles and individual strengths in order to develop individual music education programs for maximum progress. She is as comfortable with young children who are just beginning their musical journey as she is with the professional musicians who seek her expertise and guidance in composition and theory. For music students other than pianists with a basic level of proficiency on their instruments, Liz is the perfect choice for private study in contemporary music styles including, jazz, rock, blues, R&B and pop.

Liz is a member of the Music Teachers National Association and Virginia Music Teachers Association