About Your Tutor
Elizabeth C. Axford is an award-winning songwriter, composer, arranger, pianist, author, and piano instructor. The owner of Piano Press Studio www.piano-press-studio.com, Liz has written and published hundreds of piano arrangements available through www.piano-press-catalog.com She has had numerous placements of her solo classical piano performances, instrumental arrangements, and original songs in films, TV shows, videos, and commercials. Her recordings have been heard during new episodes of network and cable TV shows, newscasts, syndicated TV shows and reruns, TV movies, and movies shown on TV on 50 networks. Film placements include The Chosen One starring Rob Schneider and Steve Buscemi, In Search of Walt Whitman, Sol LeWitt: Wall Drawings, The Sacred Bee, and numerous independent films screened at film festivals worldwide. Her music can also be heard on CDs, digital compilations, websites, video games, apps, ringtones, greeting cards, and gift items. Liz is a long-time active member of ASCAP, NARAS, CMA, NSAI, NAMM, MTNA, MTAC, SONG-U, and TAXI. She has voted on and attended The Grammys since 2000 and numerous industry events since 1989. During her 20-year tenure (1990-2011) as NSAI Regional Workshop Coordinator in Miami, FL and San Diego, CA, Liz was responsible for over 300 monthly songwriting workshops, showcases, and special events. She has received service awards from NSAI, songwriting awards, and seven ASCAP PLUS Awards. Liz has an M.A. in Music from San Diego State University and a B.A. in Music from the University of Illinois. Her first industry job after graduating college in 1982 was with the Mark Foster Music Company. During her 37 years of teaching studio piano and voice, Liz has held numerous biannual recitals with her students. Her teaching studio received the Best of Del Mar, CA award 11 years in a row from 2008-2018. From 2011-2019, she facilitated 70 online music and arts courses for the University of Phoenix. Liz is the author of Traditional World Music Influences in Contemporary Solo Piano Literature, Song Sheets to Software - A Guide to Print Music, Software, Instructional Media, and Web Sites for Musicians, and Music Apps for Musicians and Music Teachers, published by Rowman & Littlefield.