Grace Mehm

Grace M.

Long Beach, CA
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About

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Grace delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2006

Grace has extensive experience teaching private and group lessons, including lessons in Piano, English Horn and reed making. Her students have gone on to win scholarships and place in honor orchestras. Currently, her students hold the top spots in nTyme's (North Torrance Youth Musicians Ensemble) Chamber Orchestra.

Locally, Grace has performed with the Dana Point Symphony, Symphony Irvine, as well as other groups around Southern California. Previously, she was a long time member of the Cheshire Symphony.

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.

**In-home Lessons**
Currently, I'm traveling to the Southbay area on Tuesdays and Thursdays only. If you reside within that area 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 have any scheduling questions, please contact me before booking lessons.

**Group Lessons**
I don't offer traditional group lessons, as I've found they slow down the progress of both students and therefore aren't cost effective. Arrangements can be made for back to back lessons instead. 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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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

Graduated Magna Cum Laude
May 2006
University of Hartford
President Honors
Dec 2005
University of Hartford

Affiliations

Phi Beta Delta
May 2012

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.

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Phi Kappa Phi
May 2008

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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Photos & Videos

Short video of me shaping oboe cane, preparing it to be made into a reed.
Listen to my performance of the English Horn solo from Dvorak's New World Symphony with the Dana Point Symphony (begins at :30).
Advanced oboe students are introduced to reed making as a part of their lessons.

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Photo by Grace M.

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Piano lessons in my studio make use of a Yamaha electric piano. My studio is equipped with a/c and seating for parents.

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My home studio setup for oboe lessons. Studio is equipped with a/c and seating for parents.

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7 Reviews

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Lilliana P. Mar 29, 2017
Oboe · Online

I found it really helpful and the quality of the on line lesson was really very good.

Aiden + Alec N. Mar 29, 2017
Piano · In home

Alec was nervous but he loved it!

ERIN Mar 18, 2017
Piano · In home

Grace is an excellent teacher. I am learning so many things at exactly the right pace. I look forward to our lessons every week!!

Pam Feb 13, 2017
Oboe · In home

Great first lesson today! Grace was patient and quite helpful!

Anissa A. Oct 14, 2016
Piano · In studio

Grace is very nice and very patience with her student. She teaches very well and make it fun to learn.

Anissa A. Oct 14, 2016
Piano · In studio

Grace is nice and very patient. She teaching very well.

Anissa A. Oct 14, 2016
Piano · In studio

Grace is nice and very patient. She teaching very well.

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