Grace Note Music Studio

Meet the TEacher

Elaine Bovender teaches piano in her home studio in Wilmington, North Carolina.  She has had more than 40 years experience as a piano teacher and professional pianist.  She is currently the pianist for gospel singer, Eddie Reynolds and often assists him in concert performances, television appearances, and ministry opportunities.  She has recently joined the faculty at Emmanuel Baptist University and teaches piano classes for the college.

Miss Elaine (as her students call her) began playing the piano at the age of three years old on a small, toy piano. After her parents discovered her gift of music, they saved up and purchased a piano and sent her to a marvelous teacher.  When she was an advanced student, her teacher allowed her to substitute teach for her on occasion and Miss Elaine knew that teaching was what she wanted to do.  After more study, she opened her own studio in 1978 while continuing her own education in music. While in college, she was honored to contribute written and recorded material for a collegiate level music appreciation text book written by her professor, Dr. Michael Naylor. Miss Elaine holds a BS in Music Ministry.  She regularly attends seminars and other teacher training and continuing education events to keep her teaching skills sharp and up-to-date with the latest methods.  In being a mother of three grown daughters and grandmother six grandchildren and one great-granddaughter, she relates very well to children.  She is a very patient teacher with a kind and loving spirit.


Teaching Philosophy


I enjoy teaching students of all ages and levels and do my utmost to provide the best possible music education for my students.  Lessons are individualized to meet the needs of my students with emphasis on note reading/identification, theory, technique, improvisation, and ear training.  There are so many benefits to music study that include building confidence, discipline, concentration and many other benefits that will help them succeed in life.  It is my desire to help each student develop within themselves the qualities of musicianship that will remain with them for a lifetime.

Beginning students learn the basics of piano playing while working through the Piano Safari method developed by Dr. Julie Knerr and Katherine Fisher.  Other methods include Piano Pronto method developed by Jennifer Eklund, Alfred’s All-In-One Piano Course for Adults, and other supplementary material. 

More advanced students work on a variety of music including classical repertoire, technique, sight reading and theory.  I also encourage my students to work on music from other genres that they find interesting, such as sacred, pop, etc.