Grace Algecera
Charlotte, NC
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Grace Algecera

Grace A.

Charlotte, NC
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
This is a high-quality studio. I strive to help students achieve goals small and large. I believe establishing proper technique and efficient practicing habits early and quickly opens doors.

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 crosses over to other areas in life.
-Most importantly, we have fun at this studio.

About Grace A.

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

30 mins= 3 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 :). 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?

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 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. The goal is to move on from lesson books, to apply what you’ve learned to solo pieces exclusively. Lesson books can 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.)

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Ryan
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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.

Posted Jun 12, 2021
Chaul Y.
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Great lesson! Grace was personable. I so appreciated the weekly notes and to-do list she put together at the end of the lesson.

Posted Jun 3, 2021
Nick P.
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Really nice person , very professional and vey helpful.

Posted Apr 22, 2021
Becca
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Amazing instructor!! Super nice, helpful, and flexible. I really struggle with piano and she is always so patient!

Posted Apr 20, 2021
Delcine T.
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very personable

Posted Mar 12, 2021
Addie
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Grace was amazing! I am a complete beginner but even just after my first lesson with her today, I feel like I've learned so much! She is very patient and organized with all of the materials we covered.

Posted Mar 10, 2021
Heta
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Learning a lot

Posted Mar 9, 2021
Lauren
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Grace is the best! So glad I found her!

Posted Feb 22, 2021
Krish N.
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My son loved it!

Posted Jan 31, 2021
Jake
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Great piano teacher

Posted Jan 25, 2021
Junior
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Best lesson ever!

Posted Jan 14, 2021
Tristan
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Our first lesson was great. Grace is patient and thorough and kept the lesson fun for my 8 year old son. We're excited to start practicing piano again, and for our next lesson with Grace.

Posted Dec 3, 2020
Cher
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I didn’t think I’d learn this much online! I really like Grace’s teaching style. She’s really organized. I love that she sends tailored videos, shares notes on what we worked on every week. The piano professor I took in high school would never take that time/ would be too old tech-wise to try that, not to be rude. She’s very humble and giving. Sometimes she gives me extra lesson time if no one is after me! Best teacher ever.

Posted Nov 16, 2020
Sarai C.
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Grace is an amazing teacher.

Posted Sep 15, 2020
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Experience

Piano and Music Theory Teacher
Jan 2017 - Jan 2019

Utah Piano Conservatory

Education

BA in Piano Performance
Sep 2009 - Aug 2014

Brigham Young University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

CRLA Level 1 Tutor Certification
May 2010

Brigham Young University

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