About Elle Monnet
Get to know Elle Monnet
Elle started learning piano at the age of 5 in a private school for girls following
European standards; since then, she never stopped. As a passionate lover of music,
Elle has been teaching students of all ages for more than 20 years now. Elle, whose
professional career as a CPA has brought her to several countries, strongly believes that
“life is best travelled with music.” Elle has often been asked what balances her
mathematical and analytical work? Playing piano,” she responds with a smile.
Beyond office hours, Elle has always been a private piano teacher. She teaches
every student to read musical partitions from the start. Her teaching repertoire is
rich with theory, techniques, and practice exercises, and is an interesting mélange
of classical, romantic, contemporary, popular (all-time favorites), and free-style
(avant-garde-self-expressions and improvisations). She has a preference toward
“Musique de Chambre” (Chamber Music) which is an elegant rendition of soothing
and relaxed repertoire of musical solo (one to a part) or a “petit ensemble” (small
group) together with her students.
Children (young learners) feel comfortable with her teaching style, which they
often describe as professional, friendly, inspiring, and highly motivational. Adult
learners feel at ease with her progressive method of teaching, which is an
interesting blend of firmness, flexibility, innovation, understanding and compassion,
with strong emphasis on “theory-technique-practice-performance” and considers
mistakes as the spice of learning.
The not-so-young learners feel relaxed and enjoy Elle’s ability to elevate the world
of piano to the so-called “third dimension” –– “out-of-the- box” that is: “play as you
please or play for fun!” “Innovate, improvise, express yourself––no limitations!”
At a certain age, (considered more advanced), one does not really have to be a
Beethoven or a Rachmaninoff, one is simply pleased to experience playing the
piano as a form of self-entertainment or to give one a sense of accomplishment for
having fulfilled a long-awaited dream. To many who do not have the liberty of time
to practice for long hours due to the daily demands of life, just being able to play
simple harmonious pieces and understanding basic theories and techniques are
already considered as ultimate success. “What is the purpose of playing the piano
without joy in it?” Elle often remarks with a smile as she teaches a group of retired
piano learners. Elle believes that every student has a learning curve and specific
needs to be addressed, and these are where she puts her focus on.
CPA by profession, Elle balances her professional and personal life with her love of
music. Her message, “no matter what you do for a living; a journey with piano is
worth taking!” She teaches piano right after work to students of all ages, from the
young, to the not-so-young, and helps in fulfilling the dreams of those who wanted
to but never had the chance to play piano (for whatever reasons: financial, time,
work, etc.). Elle also showcased musical start-up studios in countries where she
worked and started teaching children to learn piano to develop interest in musical
careers where they are naturally gifted and have true joy in what they do. She
hosted student piano recitals and other musical performances to showcase the
best in every student that she taught. Elle never failed to motivate, quick to spot
and highlight strengths in her students and gentle in improving their weaknesses.
Elle believes that perfection is taming one’s imperfections. A typical teaching day
will often hear Elle say in the Studio the following cue: “Ready, Set, Posture,...GO!