Elizabeth Gutierrez, NCTM

Elizabeth Gutierrez, NCTM

5.0 (4)
1 employee
31 years in business

About this pro

I'm an award-winning, certified piano teacher (Texas Music Teachers Assn. and Music Teachers National Assn.). I've taught private piano lessons for 35 years+ at all levels, including collegiate. My students have received top honors in competitions around the country with several holding academic positions in music. I'm also a published composer of educational piano music and a specialist in training piano teachers worldwide. Whether you aspire to classical-level performance or just want to learn to play varied styles with ease and facility, I can help you reach your goals.

Seeing my students reach incredible musical achievements beyond what they thought they could ever attain.  Many of my students, no matter the age, develop a fluency in playing piano pieces with a solid awareness of musicality and confidence in what they are expressing.  The fact that they feel so much joy and satisfaction in their progress brings great enjoyment to me! 

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San Antonio, TX 78256
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4 Reviews

5.0

  • Amy Packard

    We have enjoyed our three years with Elizabeth Gutierrez. Three of my children (ages 6-13) have taken from her, from beginning piano to intermediate piano levels. Elizabeth quickly took to the task of teaching my children correct form and technique, as they had some things to “unlearn” from my previous instruction (I had attempted to teach them piano before we found Elizabeth.) I knew we’d found someone that knew what she was doing when I saw how my children were learning to properly place their fingers, wrists, arms. I watched them correct their back posture and saw the ways they struck and stroked the keys. That was the only beginning! She identified their theory knowledge and adjusted her teaching to their different levels, bringing them up to speed on key signatures, scales and cadences, the order of sharps and flats, and knowledge of dynamics and musical expression. Elizabeth is detail oriented and extremely thorough when it comes to teaching a musical piece. She ensures that my children play their pieces the way the composer intended. When my kids feel ready to pass off a song as “completely learned” she doesn’t let them settle for mediocrity. She expects them to play to the best of their ability. She requires hard work and doesn’t tolerate laziness. Elizabeth is very respectful and pleasant to work with. She set up tuition so it was convenient to pay, and followed copyright laws when providing and purchasing music for my children’s use. Her personality is warm and professional. She always encouraged my children but understood that intimidation isn’t the way to inspire. She understood that family time sometimes prevents my children from practicing as much as they wanted to, and recognized that music isn’t the only focus of their lives. However, my children felt very motivated to please her and show her the progress they would make from lesson to lesson. They improved and progressed substantially under her training. Because Elizabeth is so well networked, she always knew of great opportunities in the community for my children to prepare for. She tailored their performing and participation experience according to their talents. She is exceptional at preparing students for performing at events such as festivals, competitions, and recitals, and discourages procrastination. When we go to these events, I have noticed that my children (and other children in her studio) seem more prepared than the students taught by other teachers. There were times when we couldn’t participate, and even when we had to pass up opportunities that would benefit our children, she didn’t question our boundaries or unduly pressure us. We recently moved too far away from Elizabeth for it to be feasible to continue taking from her. In my new area, every teacher that I talk to speaks highly and respectfully about her. She has certainly made a positive impact on the community and on my family. I would recommend her as an excellent teacher to anyone who is seriously considering classical piano training.

  • Rebecca Gonzalez

    Elizabeth is an outstanding teacher for any age group. As an adult piano student, I have had years of training but never realized that there was so much more to learn. Elizabeth has the ability to take a student from their baseline and advance them through proper theory, dynamics, and enjoyment of playing the piano. I have also witnessed Elizabeth working with younger students and she is able to inspire them and make it fun. I highly recommend Elizabeth Gutierrez

  • Rebecca Gonzalez

    Elizabeth is the best instructor I have ever had, bar none. Why? Elizabeth can manage any age level and any experience level that she encounters. I have taken piano classes for many years and didn't realize how faulty my training had been until I discovered Elizabeth. Her approach to sound, theory, dynamics, and incredible tips and tools to help the student progress, are beyond what I expected. I have been inspired to learn and have also been able to absorb the beauty of playing the piano.

  • Z Wang

    Ms. Gutierrez is a very talented piano teacher. My son started the piano lessons with Ms. Gutierrez since second grade. She works extremely well with kids. She brought my son into the world of music. She is very easy to work with. Whenever we had schedule conflicts, she always tried her best to help us out. We are lucky to have her as the piano teacher for my son.



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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I prefer that we meet first for a personal interview in my studio so you can get to know me and my curriculum.


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I am a former professor of piano with a specialty in piano literature and pedagogy (art of teaching piano). I taught at the University of Wisconsin- Madison and at the University of Texas at San Antonio. I currently train piano teachers worldwide through my online academy.


Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Students, ages 4 - 6: 30 minute lesson weekly Students, ages 7 through 12: 45 minute lesson weekly Students, ages 13 - 18: 60 minute lesson weekly Adults: 45 min. or hour lesson weekly or biweekly.

Lessons start at $40 per half-hour. 


How did you get started teaching?

I knew I wanted to become a piano educator when I was in my teens and began eagerly pursuing my training then as a 16-year old intern for my piano teacher.


What types of students have you worked with?

Students of all ages and abilities! As young as 4 and as young as 84!


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

The creation of my online piano teacher training website at pianoteacheracademy.com and of course, all of my current piano students are ongoing projects I am very proud of.


What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Look for REAL credentials! A degree in piano performance or piano pedagogy and/or a nationally certified teacher of music through Music Teachers National Association (mtna.org).


What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
Why do you want to take piano lessons? 
What are your innermost goals?
How much time do you have to practicing weekly?
*** All of the above is fuel for your success!