Gabriela (Ella) Bracero is originally from New Jersey and started playing piano at 4 years old. Her passion for music grew as she began singing at 15 years old. During her time in high school she became involved in her school’s choirs and became a lead singer for a rock band. She continued to pursue voice at Elmhurst College, and graduated in 2016 with a Music Business degree. Ella has been trained in classical, musical theatre, and jazz vocals. In addition, she has performed behind Andrea Bocelli during two of his world tours, featured in the Emmy nominated PBS special “The Christmas Carol,” and part of the ensemble in “Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses.” When she’s not teaching, she plays piano in a band and volunteers as a music director for the annual “Special Friends Musical” at her church starring children and young adults with special needs.
Ella has been teaching voice, piano and music theory since 2019 with the philosophy that each student has a unique learning style. With over two decades of experience in music and exposure to a myriad of different teachers and teaching styles, her goal is to meet her students where they are currently in their musical journey and help them grow their skill and talent.
"Growing up, the musician that inspired me the most would have to be Alicia Keys. She was probably one of the first musicians I was exposed to that played the piano and sang at the same time. I loved her sound, and the way she commanded the stage. I remember trying to emulate her in any way I could, whether it was trying to learn as many of her songs as possible, or styling my hair in braids! Even now I can truly appreciate her as a songwriter, and musician."
My son Jack has been taking piano lessons with Ella through Lessons By Brooke & Company for almost a year now. Not being happy somewhere else, we couldn’t be more thrilled to have been recommended to Brooke and her staff. Ella, our instructor, has been great and has made learning fun for him again. Even during the pandemic and starting remotely -I was skeptical he would get the same great experience and boy was I wrong! It’s like she’s still in our living room teaching him! I also have to give a huge shout out to Brooke, as our family unexpectedly went through a traumatic event over the winter and our lives were changing daily for a while, Ella and Brooke were so flexible with us and didn’t make us feel like a burden! Doing their best to help us keep Jack on a routine of familiarity yet being able to change a schedule due to unseen circumstances was far succeeded and so appreciated. I will be forever grateful to have found such a caring company that treats everyone like family!
Out of an abundance of caution for our instructors, students and all of their loved ones, all lessons are currently taking place virtually.
We are constantly evaluating the safety and logistics of returning to in person lessons and will keep our website & social media pages up to date as updates become available.
Be safe and well!