"The key is fun!" says Elizabeth Gettel. "Students are more likely to succeed and continue their musical studies, if they enjoy the process." This key learning element is readily evident when observing the students of Elizabeth Gettel's musical theater or group piano classes at the University of Puget Sound. Elizabeth teaches group piano classes for young children, private piano, musical theater, music theory, and song writing for students of all ages. She is comfortable with many musical styles including classical literature, popular tunes, and improvisation.
Pianist, composer, and recording artist Elizabeth (Naccarato) Gettel has been a faculty member at the Community Music Department since 1989. A native of Texas, she began her own piano studies at age six and won her first competition at age nine. She earned both a B.Mus. and her M.Mus. at the University of Southern California. While in the Los Angeles area, Elizabeth founded and directed the West Valley Performing Arts Center. She was a member of the prestigious Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, an endowment for composers and lyricists to assist in the development of works in progress.
Her solo recordings have seen wide acclaim in Europe and have taken her to Italy for recent performance tours. Her newest album titled, History, was released in 2010. Previously released albums include: Jarrell's Cove, Stone Cottage, North Sycamore, and One Piano.
In addition to her teaching position at the University of Puget Sound, Elizabeth teaches music at the Annie Wright School in Tacoma.
"I have lived as an insatiable student, musician, mother, friend, performer, composer, teacher, and mentor."
This instructor is on leave for the 2018-2019 school year.