Ellen Rice


Ellen Rice

About Ellen Rice

Originally from Springfield, Missouri, Ellen Rice (they/them) made stops in Recife, Brazil, Washington, D.C., and Urbana, IL before making Colorado home in 2019. Ellen earned degrees from American University (B.A. in Music, 2013) and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (M.M. in Musicology, 2019), where they conducted research about northeastern Brazilian popular music and gender. In addition to working with organizations including Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and the Robert E. Brown Center for World Music at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), Ellen taught courses in “world music” and co-founded the northeastern Brazilian music ensemble, Nação Terra do Milho, at UIUC. Before coming to Dana V Music, Ellen served as general manager for two of our DVM sister schools offering in-home music lessons throughout greater Boston, MA, and Los Angeles, CA.

Ellen performs regularly throughout the Front Range area as a cellist, guitarist, and singer-songwriter. In addition to solo performances, Ellen is 1/2 of the duo, Cordlé & Rice, featuring fellow DVM guitar instructor, singer-songwriter JD Cordlé. Ellen is also a member of Denver-based folk-punk band, Fables of the Fall, performing with the group as a cellist and vocalist.

As a teacher, Ellen is passionate about helping students learn to play music that inspires them. With an extensive background in improvisation, songwriting, arranging, and music from around the world, they are excited to share these experiences with students to create a uniquely tailored lesson experience. Want to learn classical cello technique through arrangements of songs you know and love? Interested in incorporating popular music, improvisation, or songwriting into your practice as a classical instrumentalist? Ellen provides cello lessons in both traditional and non-traditional styles, tailoring lessons to the student’s interest.