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Ellen Elder

Dr. Ellen Elder

Associate Professor


Dr. Ellen Price Elder is Associate Professor of Piano at USM. She teaches applied piano to graduate and undergraduate piano majors, serves as coordinator and teacher in the class piano program, and teaches piano pedagogy. She is an active collaborator with USM faculty and guest artists, and has performed throughout the United States and South America as soloist, collaborator, and masterclass clinician. Dr. Elder founded the Southern Miss Piano Institute, which offers private lessons to pre-college students and adults in the community. Her college and pre-college students receive numerous awards and honors for their performance.

She is winner of many competitions and awards (Steinway and Sons Top Teacher Award 2017 and 2021), and is in demand as an adjudicator and clinician. She is an active member of the local and state music teacher organizations (President of the Mississippi Music Teachers Association 2014-2016, and two terms as President of the Hattiesburg Music Teachers League).

  • Degree was Performance and Pedagogy (DMA) - University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (2002)
  • MM - University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (1999)
  • BM - University of Southern Mississippi (1997)

Applied Piano
Chamber Music
MED 452/MED 692 (Piano Pedagogy I)
MED 453/MED 692 (Piano Pedagogy II)
MED 101 (Class Piano I)
MED 102 (Class Piano II)
MED 201 (Class Piano III)
MED 202 (Class Piano IV)

  • Music Teachers National Association
  • College Music Society
  • American Liszt Society
  • Mississippi Music Teachers Association
  • Hattiesburg Music Teachers League

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Contact Me

Marsh Hall - Fine Arts Building (FAB) 213 map




Areas of Expertise

Piano Performance, Piano Pedagogy, Collaborative Piano