Elisabeth Commanday Swim, M.A. & NACYT draws out her student's strengths and guides them smoothly through the dynamic challenges of reading, singing and playing music.
Elisabeth holds a master's degree in Music Performance from Hunter College in New York City, where she studied classical voice from the late Norma Newton, who also counted among her students numerous Houston Grand Opera artists. At Hunter, she received the Shirley P. Mintz prize for excellence in musicianship.
Elisabeth teaches piano to students of diverse levels, aged three to adult. She has accompanied voice lessons and choir rehearsals, and performed as a pianist and organist in churches throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
A resident teaching artist at the Institute for Special Needs Children's Next Step Academy, Elisabeth is a gifted teacher to young people with neurological differences. She is trained in Brain Dance, Brain Gym and Rhythmic Movement Training (CRMTi), which are time-tested methods of increasing learning aptitude. She enjoys using these body-mind techniques in student warm-ups and performance preparation.
Elisabeth's books Piano without Tears (2017) and Generous Attention (2016) are available on Amazon.