About Ellsworth Music
Playing a musical instrument is an acquired skill best learned through private tutoring. This process has positive consequences that benefit the student in many facets of their life throughout the years.GET STARTED
Ellsworth Music started in the year 2000 and it wasn’t long before the store expanded in 2002 with two locations in Shepherdstown and Charles Town, West Virginia. Today, we have one location that has lessons, retail, repair. Our School of Music has an additional nine studios and performance space.
The Path To Success
As a beginning music student most of the questions are the same: Are lessons necessary? How long will it take to learn to play? How much should I spend on an instrument?
In our digital world today, there are many resources available to assist in learning a musical instrument. YouTube, books with online dashboards, video lessons, such as Skype, WeChat and Face Time are excellent supplementary tools. The time honored tradition of private lessons, ie) one on one tutoring, is still by far the most effective, thorough and quickest path to success.
There is no timeline for learning your instrument. As soon as you begin lessons, you are learning to play. The study of a musical instrument can be a lifelong pursuit and sometimes when you think you’ve met your goal, you have actually surpassed it. Having the best equipment possible, with the best instruction available is essential to success. Your local music store is your number one resource in meeting these standards. At Ellsworth Music, we can help you make an informed decision on what to purchase or rent for a beginning music student to accomplish their goals.
Meet Our Founders
Mr. Ellsworth attended the University of Maryland, New England Conservatory, and The University of the Pacific as a Bachelor of Music Performance Major. Mr. Ellsworth is an experienced performer and teacher of the French horn. He has studied with Sam Ramsey and Orrin Olsen of the Washington Opera Orchestra at The Kennedy Center and Tom Newell of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Ellsworth is active in the music community as the owner of Ellsworth Music and performs in numerous ensembles as well.
Bridget Ellsworth, a Shepherdstown native, is an accomplished musician, teacher, and children’s performer. A graduate of The Duke Ellington School of the Arts and SUNY Purchase, Bridget has years of experience with learning and sharing music.
Bridget recently moved back to WV after spending 14 years teaching in NYC. As an educator she knows how important it is to create a space that is supportive and enriching, while keeping the student engaged and creative.
Lessons we offer:
The piano is both approachable for young beginners and richly complex for advanced players, and is perfect for learning to read music and building a strong musical foundation.
Guitar & Ukulele
One of the foundational instruments of contemporary music, our guitar instructors teach across genres and will equip you to play for yourself or as part of a group.
The vocal instrument is a complex living system and healthy technique is the key to lifelong enjoyment. Study musical theater, pop music, opera, or anything that interests you.
Violin & Viola
Whether you want to learn the classics or contemporary pieces, our instructors will help you master the technique needed to excel at these captivating instruments.
The drum kit is an energetic instrument that cultivates precise rhythm and strong music fundamentals. Learn to create fun and complex beats while developing healthy technique.
The low pitch of the bass guitar holds down the groove in almost all styles of music. Learn to play different styles and techniques.
Cello lessons will help you to develop strong fundamentals and play without tension to create a clear and beautiful sound on this soulful instrument.
Develop a beautiful sound on the saxophone, clarinet, oboe or flute. Study the musical style of your choosing with our highly qualified woodwind instructors.
Learn how to play the trumpet, cornet, tuba, trombone and more. Private brass lessons are a great supplement to school music programs. Study your favorite genre with your teacher.
Start Playing Music!
Ellsworth Music offers both in-person and online private music lessons in piano, voice, guitar, ukulele, and bass. We take pride in providing a well-rounded & flexible music education that combines creativity and technical skill in a FUN and motivating environment.
At Ellsworth Music, we know that music expression is special and personal. Allow us to help connect you with a highly qualified music instructor who can support YOUR musical interest and learning style.