Grace Mehm

Grace M.

Long Beach, CA

About Grace M.

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Grace teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: 2006
Last sign in: 3 days ago

Overview

I've been teaching private lessons for over 8 years. My students have gone on to win scholarships and place in honor orchestras. Currently, my students hold the top spots in nTyme's (North Torrance Youth Musicians Ensemble) Chamber Orchestra.

I earned my Bachelor's degree in Oboe Performance from the University of Hartford's Hartt School of Music and my Master's degree in Oboe Performance from California State University Long Beach's Bob Cole Conservatory of Music. I enjoy working with students of all ages and abilities.

Whether you choose to take lessons online, in my studio in Long Beach, or in your home, I strive to make each lesson engaging, informative, and fun! Students are expected to practice in-between lessons and come to lessons prepared with their instrument and music. I also encourage students to bring any music that they're interested in learning to their lessons.

**For In-home Lessons**
Currently, I'm traveling to the Southbay area on Tuesdays and Thursdays only. I'm traveling to the Fullerton/North Orange County area on Wednesdays only. If you reside within those areas and the time you'd like isn't in my availability, please let me know, as I may be able to make it work (depending on location). If you reside outside these areas, or are looking for an alternative lesson day, please contact me before booking lessons.

Please feel free to ask me any questions you may have, and I can't wait to meet you!

Photos and Videos

Short video of me shaping oboe cane, preparing it to be made into a reed.

Experience

Owner and Reed Maker

Aug 2011 - Present
Gem Reeds

Make and sell quality handmade oboe reeds. Reeds are available for sale through the Gem Reeds store on Etsy.

Gem Reeds was started with the mission to help make high quality affordable reeds accessible to students of every level. Each reed is hand made from start to finish, ensuring that each reed is made to precise specifications.

Three levels of reed are available, for the beginning student to the professional. Gem Reeds are always tied on 47mm brass staples with cane shaped using a Samson+1 shape.

Oboe Instructor

Oct 2008 - Present
Opus Music of South Bay

● Provide private oboe instruction to elementary to high school students. Students have gone on to participate in honor bands, win scholarships, and study music in college.

● Analyze and resolve playing issues quickly and efficiently. Effective and efficient practice techniques are a major part of each lesson.

● Provide students with skills that transcend their instrument, and music itself. Math, language, and creative story telling are incorporated into lessons. Each exercise is broken down into its elementary elements, and once each element is mastered, the exercise is reassembled from the ground up.

● Acknowledge that each student is unique, and approach each issue in their playing differently. Tailor how each issue is approached and resolved, based on individual learning style and previous experiences.

Oboe, English Horn, Piano, and Reedmaking Instructor

Aug 2006 - Present
Private Studio

● Provide private lessons on oboe, english horn, piano, and reed making to students of all ages and abilities.

● Provide lessons in studio, in student's homes, and online.

● Work with oboe students of all ages and levels to improve their playing.

● Work with beginning piano students to gain a firm foundation on the instrument. Focus on note-reading, rhythm, and technique.

Private and Group Lesson Instructor - Oboe and Reedmaking

Sep 2008 - May 2010
Saturday Conservatory of Music

● Provided private and group oboe lessons to elementary thru high school students

● Led weekly group reed making classes. By the end of the year, students were routinely making their own reeds.

● Helped coach the woodwind chamber music class.

Music Appreciation Seminar Instructor

Aug 2006 - May 2007
California State University Long Beach

● Led a seminar class of 20-30 students.

● Created and executed lesson plans based on lecture progress.

Education

Master of Music - Oboe Performance

Aug 2006 - Dec 2010
California State University Long Beach

Bachelor of Music - Oboe Performance

Aug 2002 - May 2006
University of Hartford

Languages Spoken

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Masters Thesis

Dec 2010
California State University Long Beach

Madeleine Dring's Three Piece Suite

Master of Music - Oboe Performance

Dec 2010
California State University Long Beach

Awards

President's Honors

Dec 2005
University of Hartford

Affiliations

Phi Beta Delta

May 2012
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Phi Beta Delta, founded at California State University, Long Beach in 1986, was established as an organization in 1987 with 38 chartered chapters, many of which had existed for a considerable time previously at the local level. It is the first honor society dedicated to recognizing scholarly achievement in international education. As of December of 2012, 192 chapters have been chartered.

Phi Kappa Phi

May 2008
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In 1897 at the University of Maine, ten senior students, two faculty members, and the school president created an honor society that was different from the few others then in existence-one that recognized and honored excellence in all academic disciplines. Under the leadership of undergraduate student Marcus L. Urann, the group formed the Lambda Sigma Eta Society, which was later renamed Phi Kappa Phi from the initial letters of the Greek words forming its adopted motto: Philosophìa Krateìto Photôn, "Let the love of learning rule humanity." Phi Kappa Phi's mission is "To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others."

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