Elana Brody grew up in the mountains of rural Virginia, which is known for its rich heritage of Appalachian music and folk arts. Here she was exposed to a deep, cultural passion for music at an early age. With both parents as folk musicians, she was raised to sing and perform along with them and her family, for the sake of play, storytelling, and simply to cultivate a joyful life. Singing was easy and natural for Elana, and when noticing this, her mother quickly enrolled her in music lessons, so she could learn the technical skills behind the expression of the music. Throughout her growing up, Elana studied violin, piano, saxophone, and voice. She also learned to play the guitar, as well as mandolin and ukulele.
In youth, Elana performed in many musical theater productions, bands, and choruses. Every summer, she studied Blues piano, harmonica, and vocals with incredible award-winning musicians at Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins, WV, such as Anne Rabson, Kelly Hunt, Erwin Helfner, and Phil Wiggins. She attended Berklee College of Music's summer 5-week program, studying jazz piano, and also attended Carnegie Mellon's pre-college program for Musical Theater.
For university, she attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, majoring in Vocal Performance and Songwriting. There, she performed and studied with 10-time Grammy Award Winner, Bobby Mcferrin, and his a-capella group Voicestra, as well as many other fabulous teachers. She also performed many times there, and was featured in small songwriting concerts hosted by the college.
Now, Elana has been performing her original songwriting for over 10 years, both solo and with other instrumentalists, in venues all across the country, including over 20 rooms in NYC. She has been a keyboardist and member of several bands, ranging stylistically from reggae to folk-fusion to indie rock, and has been a studio singer for many recording projects (ask Elana who!). She also has worked as a cantorial singer for Jewish prayer services, and has accompanied yoga classes and kirtans. Elana has performed for several years in the Boulder Fringe Arts Festival, and as an accompanist for theater projects based out of Naropa University. She has led improvisational singing workshops and has hosted many jam sessions. Elana also has continued to study music intensively with master teachers, such as Grammy nominee Art Lande, an innovative jazz pianist and composer; Paul Fowler, a contemporary classical composer and teacher of the Estill vocal technique; and Rhiannon, an improvisational vocalist known for her work with Bobby Mcferrin. She has attended Jazz Camp West in San Francisco Bay area, as well as the Circlesongs Workshop with Mcferrin at Omega Institute.
Elana has been teaching students of all ages for over 5 years, and loves the beauty and individuality of each of her students' musicality. She carries over her natural, joy-filled love for music and creativity into the lessons, and believes music should be a life-enriching activity, first and foremost. Elana is skilled in adapting her teaching style to fit the individual needs of her students, and especially loves the opportunity to teach improvisation and write songs with her students. She has taught at the infamous School of Rock, known for its rock & roll curriculum and band performances, and has taught privately for many students, using more classical and jazz-based methods in the lessons. She looks forward to working with your family and bringing the joy of music into your home!!