Grace Algecera

Grace A.

Davenport, FL
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
A high-quality studio with a teacher trained by Julliard graduates. I strive to help students achieve goals small and large. I believe establishing proper technique and efficient practicing habits as early as possible opens doors. You don't want to take forever learning pieces and I don't want you to struggle forever. My goals are:
-Provide a comfortable, encouraging atmosphere that inspires growth in and outside of music.
-Inspire a life-long love of music.
-Provide optional performance and competition opportunities in the community.
-Develop a work ethic that blends with other areas of life.
-Most importantly, we have fun at this studio! (We may have a pool party social event for the kids but no promises just yet.)

About Grace A.

Started piano at 5, as many piano teachers do. I studied with Rowan University piano faculty at age 15 when I decided to focus my studies solely on piano. While working on my degree at Brigham Young University, I took lessons in Vienna, Austria with faculty at the University of Vienna and the Vienna Konservatorium. In 2014, I graduated with a piano performance degree from BYU under Dr. Richard Anderson. Since then I’ve taught privately in Utah, judging in Encore and other regional competitions. I worked at the Utah Piano Academy for two years before moving to Florida. I am a member of the Music Teachers National Association.

Parental Attendance and Support

Guardians of any student age group are encouraged to attend lessons. An adult should accompany 5 to 6-year-olds to help them remember instructions for the first few lessons with a strong suggestion to attend every lesson after that until the student is at least 7.

FAQs

What if I need to bring other kids with me?

Older children are welcome to sit quietly.

What if I want to attend the lesson, but I have to bring a young child or one who may be more disruptive?

While the ideal teaching experience has no distractions, I understand it’s often impossible to schedule childcare for only an hour or two. Parents with a baby or small child are still allowed to attend lessons. Please step out in the patio area when behavior is disruptive. There is a table for coloring outside. Please be extra careful with small children near the pool and never leave children unattended for their safety.

When should a child start music lessons?

Fortunately, the earlier you start, the easier it is for your brain to adapt to piano. It’s rare for a child’s attention span to be ready for piano at age 4 but still possible. Some 5-year-olds may still not be ready. On average, most professional pianists, and people who stick with it, seem to start around age 5-6. I’ll give you my honest opinion about readiness during the evaluation.

How long do I need to practice?

It all depends on past experience and the level of difficulty of the pieces you have. Please check off the Days Practiced Sheet and include the time after every practice. Most students who stick with music practice almost every day, even if it’s only 20 minutes a day. It’s more beneficial to practice frequently rather than one huge practice sessions a week. I will have a sitdown or phone call with the guardians of children who haven’t practiced (exaggerated practicing sheet, not marking off practice times, et cetera) just to see what’s going on, what I can do to help.

What does a lesson look like?

Most lessons are split into three parts: Technique, Lesson Books, and Solo Repertoire.

Part 1: Technique

Build up the muscles in your hands, wrists, arms, and core! You need strong fingers for control and precision in your playing. (See Technique chart on p. 10 of your student binder.)

Part 2: Lesson Books

Although your solo pieces are more interesting and the bulk of your time is spent on them, lesson books are important for building stronger music reading, vocabulary, and theory concepts in the beginning. The goal is to move on from lesson books, to apply what you’ve learned to solo pieces exclusively. Lesson books teach short “etudes”, specific concepts that are applied to solo pieces. We’ll try to move through books as efficiently and quickly as we can. On occasion, we may skip some books entirely. If we only use half of a book (which is rare), I may buy it back off of you for 50% of its original price.

Lesson books can be purchased at the start of the lesson. If I’m out of stock, I will provide a link online for you to purchase. Keep in mind I look for the best deals, but you may find one better. (See Lesson Materials for books and prices to expect p. 4 of your student binder.)

Part 3: Solo Repertoire

At least 50% of your practice time should be spent on solos. (See Solo Repertoire on p. 5 in your student binder for age and level suggestions.)

Missed Lessons

I do allow make-ups as long as they are made 24 hours in advance. However, “morning of” make-ups for illness or emergency can be made three times per term without losing a lesson.

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Education

BA in Piano Performance
Sep 2009 - Aug 2014

Brigham Young University

Certifications

CRLA Level 1 Tutor Certification
May 2010

Brigham Young University

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