Levels taught:Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Levels taught:Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Started piano at age 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 states. I am a member of the Music Teachers National Association. General Booking Recommendations 15 mins= 3 to 4-year-olds only 30 mins= 5 to 6-year-olds (7-year-olds with shorter attention spans :) 45 mins= Beginners age 7-14. Adult music education, musical theater students, music teachers. 60 mins= Beginners age 15+ or late intermediate/advanced 12+ students. If you are an adult beginner, please schedule only a half hour lesson online :). This is recommended so you'll have time to practice assignments. I also no longer accept every-two-week students during weekdays. YOUNG STUDENTS: 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. Common FAQs When should a child start music lessons? The earlier you start, the easier it is for your brain to adapt to piano. Most professional pianists (and intimidating 8-year-old YouTube proteges) started very young. 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. I’ll give you my honest opinion about readiness during the first lesson. We'll issue a refund if they're not! How long do I need to practice? 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 15 minutes a day. It’s more impactful to practice frequently rather than one huge practice session 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. 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. The goal is to get out of lesson book and be completely in solos. 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. The following is an example of level appropriate suggestions. Feel free to look these songs up for a listen. Prep (Ages 5-7)- The Butterfly Garden by Timothy Brown Lotus Blossoms by Christopher Goldston Do You Want to Build a Snowman arr. by Faber Level 1 (Age 8)- Vocalize arr. Timothy Brown Minuet in F by L. Mozart Star Wars Main Theme arr. by Faber Level 2 (Age 9) Minuet in G Major by Haydn Medieval Tournament by Mike Spinger He's a Pirate arr. Faber Level 3 (Age 10)- Musette in D Major by JS Bach The Sparkling Brook by Margaret Goldston Gulf Breezes by Robert Vandall Level 4 (Age 11) Spinning Song by Ellmenreich Sonatina in G Major by Beethoven Radio Active arr. by Faber Level 5 (Age 12) Sonatina in C Major by Clementi Dragonfly by W. Gillock Sonata L. 79 by Scarlatti Level 6 (Age 13) Jazz n' Java by Melody Bober Folia Theme and Variations by Scarlatti Giant Purple Butterflies by Winn-Anne Rossi Level 7 (Age 14) Invention no. 4 in D minor by JS Bach Six Variations on a Swiss Song by Beethoven The Storm by Burgmuller Level 8 (Age 15) Invention in E-flat Major by JS Bach Playera op. 5 no. 5 by Granados Gymnopedies by Satie Level 9 (Age 16) Shake it Off arr. Kristen Allred Bagatelles op. 33 by Beethoven Nocturne in G minor by Chopin (See Solo Repertoire on p. 5 in your student binder for more level repertoire suggestions.)
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Ms. Grace is an amazing teacher, wonderfully patient, structured, and talented. Cyan loves her lessons and has made tremendous progress in a short amount of time. We highly recommend her.
I’ve been taking piano from Grace for about a year. My six year old daughter just started with her last year. My daughter can already read many notes in different combinations and can play dozens of her favorite songs smoothly! Grace is good at relating to kids which is probably more difficult online. It’s been wonderful being able to play duets with my daughter and teach her work ethic by example. I feel like music has done wonders for her development. She is extremely shy and music has helped her express herself better. She will even play for strangers without being asked!
I have two boys that have been taking virtual lessons from Grace for 6+ months. She's a great instructor, and makes piano fun for them. They really enjoy lessons from Grace.