Adjunct Assistant Professor; Conservatory Teacher
Miriam Eley is a Master Faculty member in piano at Westminster Conservatory of Music in Princeton, New Jersey. She is also Adjunct Assistant Professor at Westminster Choir College of Rider University, teaching within the piano secondary program. In addition to her teaching and performing career, Ms. Eley held several administrative positions at Westminster Conservatory.
Her formal education is from Indiana University (M.M. in piano performance, with distinction); Baylor University (B.M. in piano performance); Peabody Conservatory of Music and Interlochen Arts Academy (Diploma). Ms. Eley received additional training in piano pedagogy from Frances Clark and Louise Goss at The New School for Music Study in Kingston, New Jersey. She later taught at the New School and served as Coordinator of the Preparatory Division. Miriam Eley began composing and studying piano with her mother at age three.
The recently self-published piano duets, African Vignettes and French Sweets plus two solo collections, Childhood Daydreams Book I and II have been taught by faculty and performed by students within and outside of the Conservatory.
In addition to private and group piano, she teaches composition and piano pedagogy in the Professional Development Certificate Program of Westminster's Continuing Education department. As a result of teaching within this program for many years, Ms. Eley has written a student/teacher workbook, Sketches and Imagery at the Piano – an Approach to Composing through Improvisation, which can be creatively incorporated into the curriculum of private or group piano lessons.
Her piano teachers include James Tocco, Roger Keyes, Jo Boatwright, Fernando Laires, Drusilla Huffmaster and her mother, Anita Hopson Henderson. Past teaching includes positions at Brewton-Parker College, Southwestern Baptist Seminary School of Church Music and Indiana University (Associate Instructor). Miriam Eley has performed throughout the country as piano soloist and collaborative pianist, and has adjudicated numerous local, state and regional piano festivals, auditions and competitions in California, Georgia, Texas, New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania. Visit www.MiriamEley.com for further information.