Piano Press is based in Del Mar, CA, publishing fun and interesting materials for music teachers and students. With twenty-eight years of teaching experience and the combined expertise of many qualified educators, songwriters, musicians, authors, poets, graphic artists, and producers, our mission is to provide materials for both the private music studio and classroom.

Our songbooks and CDs feature original songs and piano pieces by acclaimed songwriters and composers. Intended both for instructional purposes and for entertainment, the songs and compositions we publish serve as supplementary teaching pieces and can be used to accompany any method. We create "pedagogically sound" piano arrangements that work well for instructional purposes.

Our lesson studio has provided both private and group lessons since 1984, in music store studios, private homes, and public and private school classrooms. Our students have ranged from the very beginner (3-4 years) to the senior citizen, from the hobbyist to the professional recording artist. With a long list of alumni, we have seen our students successfully perform in recitals, talent shows, festivals and competitions, audition for and receive parts in musical theatre and opera productions, become college music majors, and pursue professional recording careers.

We have worked with local public high schools to help students acquire independent study credit towards graduation, as well as home school students. Internships for course credit are available for college-level students. By providing a comprehensive music program, our students learn general musicianship as well as proficiency on the instrument.

Highlights, Specialties & Features

  • Private Lessons
  • Recitals
  • MTAC Certificate of Merit
  • Publications

Professional Associations & Certifications


Serviced Areas

  • Del Mar, Carmel Valley, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe, La Jolla, North County San Diego

Payment Options

  • Money Orders, PayPal, Personal Checks

Contact Details

  Person Elizabeth C. Axford, M.A.
  City Del Mar, CA
  Zip Code 92014
  Phone Number (619) 884-1401
  Mobile (619) 884-1401
  Fax (858) 755-1104

Business Representative

Elizabeth C. Axford, M.A.


California composer Elizabeth C. Axford, M.A. (Liz) is an award-winning songwriter and pianist with over 30 years in the music industry. She has had over 2500 usages of her recorded tracks in films, TV shows, videos, commercials, bumpers, promos, and new media projects.

Her music can be heard in the films The Chosen One, starring Rob Schneider, Steve Buscemi, and Holland Taylor, Sol LeWitt: Wall Drawings, and The Sacred Bee. Her tracks have been used during multiple episodes of 525+ TV programs, syndicated reruns, and movies shown on TV on 38 networks, including The Today Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Last Call with Carson Daly, Saturday Night Live, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, Entertainment Tonight, TMZ, Project Runway, The Voice, and many others. Her music can be heard on artists' CDs, corporate websites, video games, apps, ringtones, greeting cards, gift bags and collections, and in musical theatre productions. Many of her tracks are included on digital compilations available at iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play.

Liz is an active member of many professional music organizations including NSAI, ASCAP, NARAS (voting member), CMA (voting member), NAMM, TI:ME, MTNA, and MTAC. She has attended The Grammys at The Staples Center in LA since 2000 as well as numerous music industry events in LA, Nashville, and Miami since 1989. During her 20-year tenure as NSAI Regional Workshop Coordinator in Miami, FL and San Diego, CA she was responsible for over 300 monthly workshops, songwriter showcases, and special events. She has received service awards from NSAI, as well as numerous songwriting awards and four ASCAPLUS Awards.

Liz has an M.A. in Music from San Diego State University and a B.A. in Music from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. During her 28 years of teaching studio piano and voice, she has organized numerous recitals and has performed in venues in seven different states. Her Piano Press Studio received the Best of Del Mar award five years in a row for 2008-2012. She currently facilitates ARTS/340, "Exploration of Western Classical Music" for the University of Phoenix online.

For her ASCAP publishing company, Piano Press www.pianopress.com Liz has done hundreds of arrangements for piano and keyboards as well as composed original piano pieces, instrumentals, and songs. She is the author of two critically acclaimed music reference books, Traditional World Music Influences in Contemporary Solo Piano Literature and Song Sheets to Software - A Guide to Print Music, Software, Instructional Media, and Web Sites for Musicians (w/CD-ROM) published by Scarecrow Press, Inc. Her first music industry job after graduating college in 1982 was with the Mark Foster Music Company in Urbana-Champaign, IL.

From Our Website

Below are just a few samples from our 3000+ collection of historical American song sheets dating from the 1800s to the present day. Click on each thumbnail image for a larger version. As we build this portion of the website, we will show examples of the songs that mirrored the events listed in the timeline of U.S. History. Your online donation helps to support our American History through Song Preservation Project! The U.S. capital is moved from Philadelphia to Washington, DC (June 15). U.S. Congress meets in Washington, DC, for the first time Nov.

Piano Press is an authorized reseller of Schoenhut toy pianos as well as their other products. If you are interested in purchasing any of their products through us, please e-mail us at pianopress@pianopress.com for pricing and details. All Schoenhut products are drop-shipped directly from the manufacturer.

Through the years, we have made numerous donations to service organizations in the form of annual memberships, conference and special event attendance, presentations and booth space rental, volunteer time, articles, books, CDs, clothing, household items, recycled goods, and monetary contributions.

A. Try to practice every day at a regularly scheduled time. You may not always be in the mood, but if you show up for your practice session the way you show up for work or school, you'll get the job done. Go through your new assignment first, then spend some time reviewing repertoire and memorizing. Playing Heart & Soul for a half-hour is NOT practicing! Remember to practice all your pieces and/or songs, not just your favorites. It is more important to get in a quality practice session and cover your entire new assignment at least once than to worry about how much time you've spent at the piano.