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Piano Press Studio Del Mar, California
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Name:   Elizabeth Axford
Phone:   (619)-884-1401
Website:   Click here to go to my website
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Piano Press Studio Locations: 1425 Ocean Ave. #6, Del Mar, CA 92014 and Studio 7, La Jolla Music, 7442 Girard Ave., La Jolla, CA, 92037

Telephone/Voice Mail/FAX: CELL: (619) 884-1401 FAX: (858) 755-1104

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Lessons Offered In: Piano • Keyboard • Theory • Voice • Songwriting • Composition • Music Software • Music Literature

Instructor: Elizabeth C. Axford, M.A. (Liz) Liz has taught students of all ages, levels, and backgrounds both privately and in groups since 1984 in Miami, FL (1984-1992) and San Diego, CA (1992-Present) References available upon request.

Music Education and Related Employment: Master of Arts, Music, San Diego State University, 1995 Bachelor of Arts, Music, University of Illinois, 1982 Owner/Instructor, Piano Press Studio, 1986-Present Numerous seminars, workshops, symposiums, conventions, and master classes in Nashville, Los Angeles, San Diego, Miami, Orlando, Daytona Beach, Chicago, and Dallas sponsored by Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) [as the both the Miami and San Diego NSAI Regional Workshop Coordinator], Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), Music Teachers Association of California (MTAC), NAS, TAXI, NAMM, ABA, Yamaha Corp. and Roland Electronics, 1986-Present Writer’s Digest Correspondence School Certificate for Writing to Sell Non-Fiction, 1990 State of Florida Teaching Certificate for Music K-12, Certificate # 561749, 1985-1988 Employed by Kiddie Kampus Preschool as Music Director, Miami, FL, 1984-1986 Employed by Mark Foster Music Publishers, Champaign, IL, 1982-1983 Usher, Santa Fe Opera, Summer Season, 1975 Private Piano Instruction with Mrs. J. R. Duncan, Duncan Music Studio, Urbana, IL, 1969-1976

Publications: Author of Song Sheets to Software - A Guide to Print Music, Software, and Web Sites for Musicians (Scarecrow Press, 2004, 2001), Traditional World Music Influences in Contemporary Solo Piano Literature (Scarecrow Press, 1997), the multicultural repertoire guide for pianists, Merry Christmas Happy Hanukkah - A Multilingual Songbook & CD (Piano Press, 1999), Pieces for Piano Series (Piano Press, 2006, 2002), and other children’s books on music (please see Web site). Ms. Axford's music reference books are found in academic and public libraries throughout the world, including those of Julliard, Oberlin, Eastman, MIT, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Northwestern, UCLA, UCSD, University of Toronto, University of Sydney, Oxford University, Vanderbilt, Belmont, and many, many others. Books and CDs reviewed and critically acclaimed in Choice, American Music Teacher, Teaching Music, Piano & Keyboard, Electronic Musician, American Reference Books Annual, Keyboard Teacher, Book News, American Songwriter, Muses News, Publishers Marketing Association Newsletter, Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Bulletin, School Library Journal, and The New Haven Advocate Ms. Axford's "Keyboard Chops" articles can be read online at Ms. Axford's "Songwriting and the Web" articles appeared in The NSAI Newswire, 2003 Ms. Axford's story "I Want a Real Piano!" is in The Music Box and Other Delights (Piano Press, 2003) Compiler and editor of The Art of Music – A Collection of Writings, Volume 1 and Volume 2, anthologies of music-related poetry (Piano Press, 2003, 2001); numerous other poems published in anthologies Written and scored hundreds of professional piano arrangements for Piano Press, Hunk-ta-Bunk-ta ® Music, Holiday Music Group, Dreamer Dreamer Productions, Star Cut Publishing, Winter Night Publishing, Dr. Liliana Binner, and

Professional Affiliations/Memberships: ASCAP Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT) Music Teachers Association of California (MTNA) National Guild of Piano Teachers (NGPT) Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Technology in Music Education (TI:ME) The Academy of American Poets The Recording Academy (NARAS)

Guest Speaker/Exhibitor: California Arts Expo, Northridge, CA California Music Educators Association (CMEA)/TI:ME Annual Conference, Pasadena, CA California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT) Annual State Convention Camp SummerSongs West, Camp Whittier, Santa Barbara, CA Music Educators National Conference (MENC) National Convention, Nashville, TN Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), Nashville, TN Sam Hinton San Diego Folk Heritage Festival San Diego Local Author's Exhibit, Downtown Library San Diego NSAI Workshop Songwriters Guild of America, Nashville, TN

Listings: 2000 Notable American Women Gale Contemporary Authors Great Minds of the 21st Century Great Women of the 21st Century International Who's Who of Classical and Light Classical Musicians Marquis Who’s Who of American Women Outstanding Musicians of the 20th Century The Contemporary Who's Who Who's Who in America Who's Who in Entertainment

Honors and Awards: Pi Kappa Lambda, National Music Honor Society, Honorary Inductee, 1996 San Diego Public Library Local Authors Awards, 1999 - Present Nashville Songwriters Association International Awards of Appreciation, 1997, 2000 Suniland Music Shoppe Teaching Studios Excellence Award, 1989 Illinois State Scholarship, 1976

Notable College Instructors: University of Illinois: Tony Caramia (piano); Scott Wyatt (composition/theory); John Melby (composition/theory); Sever Tipei (composition/theory); Heidi Von Gunden (theory); Cecil Lotief (piano pedagogy FHSU) San Diego State University: David Ward-Steinman (composition/theory); Lewis Peterman (world music, notation); Eddie Meadows (jazz, research); Conrad Bruderer (piano literature)

Selected Venues – Performed as a Pianist, Composer, and/or Songwriter: Brookens Jr. High School, Urbana, IL Channing Murray Foundation, Champaign, IL Claire de Lune, San Diego, CA Coast Vineyard Church, La Jolla, CA Coconut Grove Bank, Coconut Grove, FL Coral Gables Congregational Church, Coral Gables, FL Duncan Music Studio, Urbana, IL Florida International University, Miami, FL Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS House of Denmark, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Urbana, IL La Jolla Congregational Church, La Jolla, CA Luna Park, Los Angeles, CA Miami Music Works, Miami, FL Miami-Dade Community College, Miami, FL Mikey's, Poway, CA San Diego State University, San Diego, CA Suniland Music Shoppe, Miami, FL The Avalon Hotel, South Miami Beach, FL The Musician's Institute, Los Angeles, CA The News Café, South Miami Beach, FL The Oasis Hotel, San Diego, CA The Pannikin Cafe, Del Mar, CA Twiggs, San Diego, CA University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL Urbana High School, Urbana, IL Yankee Ridge School, Urbana, IL

Selected Recitals and Performances with Students: CAPMT (MTNA) Spring Festival, Sonata and Sonatina Festival, and Bartók Festival, 1994-Present Piano Press Studio and La Jolla Music Teaching Studios Recitals, 1993-Present Wagner’s World of Music Teaching Studios Recitals, San Diego, CA, May 1993-1994 Miami Music Works Teaching Studios Recitals, Miami, FL, June 1991-1992 Suniland Music Shoppe Teaching Studios Recitals, Miami, FL, June 1986-1990

Songwriting Awards: It's a Guy Thing - Billboard International Song Contest Honorable Mention - Country (2002); Northern California Songwriters Song Contest Honorable Mention - Country (2003) It's Not Like We Never Drove Through Texas - Billboard International Song Contest Honorable Mention - Country (2001); Austin Songwriters Song Contest Finalist - Country (2000); San Diego Songwriters Guild Song Contest Honorable Mention - Country (2000) Personal Touch - Billboard International Song Contest Honorable Mention - Pop (2001); Unisong International Song Contest Finalist - Pop (2000); Dallas Songwriters Song Contest Second Place - Pop (2000); Northern California Songwriters Song Contest Honorable Mention - Pop (2000); Austin Songwriters Song Contest Finalist - Pop (2000) Whenever You're Ready - Billboard International Song Contest Honorable Mention - Pop (2001); Dallas Songwriters Song Contest Second Place - Pop (2001) Music City Song Festival Honorable Mentions, 1988, 1989

Discography: Who's Been Playing With the Jukebox? - Translated into Swedish by Bo Söderholm and recorded by Susanne Holm (Finland) Aired daily on Finnish Radio Vega from 5/15/04 - 7/15/04 as part of the Stjärnbandet 2004 Festival (ASCAP) (2004) It's Not Like We Never Drove Through Texas - Recorded by Susanne Holm in English on her debut CD released July, 2004 (ASCAP) (2004) Kidtunes CD - Compilation CD Producer - 30 tracks, Piano Press (ASCAP) (2002) Album cut Too Deep (Sam Hogin, Elizabeth Axford, Ernie Harkins) on Snapshot CD by Ernie Wylie, Adama Music (BMI) (2002) Licensed song Personal Touch for boy band project, MDVD Network (2001) Merry Christmas Happy Hanukkah CD - Producer, Arranger, and Pianist/Performer - 32 tracks, Composer - 2 tracks, Piano Press (ASCAP) (1999)


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