My name is Elaine Bovender and I am a piano teacher from Wilmington, North Carolina. I teach private lessons for ages 6 through adult in my home studio. Located off of Carolina Beach Road and convenient to the Monkey Junction, Silver Lake, Carolina Beach and Kure Beach areas.
I teach all ages with emphasis on note reading/identification, theory, rhythm, technique, improvisation, and ear training. I have lots of learning activities and lessons in my studio are fun and exciting! Check out a first piano lesson in the videos section below.
I enjoy teaching students of all ages and levels and do my utmost to provide the best possible music education for my students. Lessons are individualized to meet the needs of my students with emphasis on note reading/identification, theory, technique, improvisation, and ear training. There are so many benefits to music study that include building confidence, discipline, concentration and many other benefits that will help them succeed in life. It is my desire to help each student develop within themselves the qualities of musicianship that will remain with them for a lifetime.
Spring Break: Our Spring Break begins on April 7th through April 14th. Regular lessons will resume the week of April 17th. Enjoy your break!
Spring Recital: Our annual Spring Recital will be held on May 7, 2023, beginning at 3 p.m. I'm so looking forward to hearing the performances of our talented students.
Summer Break: Our summer break will begin on May 8th through September 4th. Have a wonderful summer, see you in the Fall! Scheduling for the fall term will begin on August 1st for returning students. New students may register beginning August 15th.
Beginning students learn the basics of piano playing while working through the Piano Safari method developed by Dr. Julie Knerr Hague and Katherine Fisher. Other methods include Piano Pronto method developed by Jennifer Eklund, Alfred’s All-In-One Piano Course for Adults, John W. Schaum, John Thompson, and other supplementary material.
More advanced students work on a variety of music including classical repertoire, technique, sight reading and theory. I also encourage my students to work on music from other genres that they find interesting, such as sacred, pop, etc.
How often do I need to take lessons? Lessons are one day per week and I offer 30 minute, 45 minute and 60 minute sessions.
Do I have to have a piano or keyboard to get started?
Yes, you will need an acoustic piano (preferably) or a digital keyboard with 88 weighted keys and a sustaining pedal. You can read more here.
You can find more information regarding pricing, what you can expect with lessons, and my studio policy by clicking on the links below.
"Great with little ones" - AF
"My daughter and I love Grace Note Music Studio" - NJ
"My son loves Miss Elaine" - AF
"She always has new tricks up her sleeve to make it interesting" - AF
Please enjoy these video clips from our recent Spring Recital! Some of these students only had a few weeks of lessons, some a few months and others several years. Don't miss the duets at the end of the video that were performed in their entirety. I hope you enjoy their performances!
Here is a first lesson with a sweet child. She had a great time! This was her very first lesson after her initial consultation.
My young students were have a wonderful time "bowling for notes" during their lesson.
A beautiful duet performed by my young piano student and his mom on recorder during our spring recital, 2019.
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