Elissa Milne is a composer who has specialised in writing educational piano music. With over twenty publications and her music included in many more anthologies, she has had her music included in the syllabuses of all major examination boards and adopted as set pieces for young pianists in eisteddfods, festival and competitions around the world.
Elissa began teaching the piano as a young high school student and since 1989 has maintained a busy private teaching studio in Sydney. She has taught classroom music, tutored HSC music students, worked as an accompanist in both classical and cabaret contexts, and been part of composer-in-residence school programs.
Her studies in composition were taken at the University of Auckland, followed by studies in semiotics and performance studies at the University of Sydney. Later she also studied education, management and arts administration.
Elissa is regularly invited to present at piano teacher conferences both in Australia and overseas, and has a strong interest in piano pedagogy research and theories of post-diatonic harmony. In addition, Elissa writes music theatre and feature articles for parenting magazines.