North West and Stone Oak

Ages 5 to Adults, Beginning to Advanced

Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, University of North Texas
Master of Music in Piano Performance, University of Southern California

Teaching Philosophy

The piano has played such an important role in my life and has positively shaped who I am today. I love sharing with my students the joy and fulfillment that studying the piano can provide. It takes a great amount of discipline, focus, and dedication to learn to play an instrument; each of these qualities contributes to success in any field – not just in music! I teach my students productive and efficient practice habits and I stress quality over quantity when it comes to practicing and memorizing their repertoire.

Music is a communicative art form and I encourage my students to perform as much as possible through recitals, examinations, festivals, and competitions. The self-confidence a student receives from developing their artistic expression and sharing this with others is something the student can apply to all areas of their life.

Most importantly, students should have fun while learning! Through inquisitive study and focused practice, my students will develop a sense of motivation, accomplishment, and self-confidence—the benefits of which will more than outweigh their hard work at this instrument. I aim to nurture the unique artistic spirit in each of my students and challenge every student to reach their full potential.


Ellen Pavliska began studying piano at the age of 11 and quickly made progress, making her orchestral debut with the San Antonio Symphony five years later at the age of 16. Ellen took lessons with MACSA founder Kenneth Thompson throughout high school and consistently placed in national and state piano competitions. Ellen has performed throughout the United States and Austria, and her performances and interviews have been featured on Texas Public Radio. She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in several festivals, including the 5th Texas State International Piano Festival and the 2016 Cactus Pear Chamber Music Festival.

A full scholarship recipient, Ellen graduated from the University of North Texas with her Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance in 2015. In 2017, Ellen completed her Master’s Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Southern California. Major teachers include Pamela Mia Paul, Norman Krieger, and Bernadene Blaha.

While earning her Master’s Degree, Ellen maintained a full teaching studio at the Irvine School of Music and was also an active member of the California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT). In 2016, Ellen presented at the MTNA National Conference with members of the University of Southern California’s MTNA collegiate chapter.