Eleanor Livitz is originally from Odessa, Ukraine. She had her first piano lesson at the age of 4 and by age 6 she performed on stage at the world famous Odessa Opera House in a Mozart Competition. At age 7 she was accepted to School of Stolyarsky, a prestigious school for talented children in Odessa. After graduating with honors she attended and graduated from the Odessa national A. V. Nezhdanova Academy of Music majoring in Piano and Theory with a Master’s Degree. For a year she worked in the private music school in Odessa and performed with the Odessa Philharmonic Orchestra, playing Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major Op. 19, and Edward Grieg’s Piano Concerto A minor.
Eleanor started teaching piano from the age of 17. By age 20 she was an Assistant Professor of Piano and Music Theory also at the Odessa National A. V. Nezhdanova Academy of Music.
She immigrated to the United States of America in 1990 and performed in the Norfolk Virginia area, then moved to the Bay Area in 1991. Her first position was at Diablo Valley College, accompanist to Choir as well as substitute Professor at UC Berkley. She then worked as accompanist and music teacher at Acalanes High School and piano instructor in preschool for JCC of Walnut Creek.
She has been a member in good standing in the Music Teachers Association of California since 1991. Her students have placed highly in solo competitions: in the Sonata, Baroque, US Open, and Rewards of Excellence. They also successfully passed Certificate of Merit exam from Primary to Advanced levels with Grades 90% and above which lead them to the Contra Costa Branch Honor Recital. Many of Eleanor’s students have gotten college scholarships from UCLA, UCSC, Berkeley, Pepperdine, UCSD and Duke Universities. Eleanor also tutored high School students to prepare for the AP Music Theory exam and helped them with a high school jazz band program.
As a piano teacher, Eleanor ensures that all students learn the basics of music and musicianship with attention to note reading, rhythm, terminology, and technique. Students can focus on any style or genre from Classical to Rock and Jazz. Lessons combine music chosen by the student with pieces chosen by the teacher to provide the necessary challenges of instrumental instruction while keeping the student engaged and having fun. She talks to her students about their goals and interests to determine the best course of action for their studies. Advanced students will work on sonatas, concertos, and large scale works to polish their performing and practicing skills. All students participate in and create a music history presentation of what interests them, past presentations have included famous composers, great compositions, different genres of music, as well as the psychology of music.
Eleanor’s musical philosophy is “Learning Music has never been this much fun and easy for all ages. Music helps the mind develop and grow. Music is the universal language that everyone understands and can relate to. I will teach you how to play piano, read music, and perform before a live audience. To make learning fun; consistently motivate students.”