Grace Mehm
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Grace Mehm

Grace M.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
With 10 years of teaching experience, I specialize in working with students of all ages and abilities. Lessons incorporate music theory, technique, and lyrical expression. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!

I hold a Master's Degree in Oboe Performance from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach. During my studies I studied with Carolyn Hove and Humbert Lucarelli.

About Grace M.

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, as well as Honor Bands and Youth Orchestra across the country.

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 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.

**Every Other Week Lessons**
Due to current lesson demand, I'm not able to accept new students interested in every other week lessons. The only exception will be if you are able to fill the off week of a current every other week student. Please contact me before booking lessons for a current list of available spots. Spots are available on a first come, first come basis, and are subject to change at any time. This applies to requests for both online and in-person 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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Randy
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I have made amazing progress in just a week thanks to Grace getting right to the heart of the matter, even to the point of helping me with an online repair.

Posted May 10, 2020
Randy
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I feel very accomplished after my first lesson. Grace help me to figure out where the fingers went, how to make the reed work, and helped me to play hot cross buns. She is a fine instructor. I’m looking forward to next week.

Posted May 3, 2020
Tracy- Jim's mom J.
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Posted Apr 12, 2020
Hill F.
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Posted Apr 4, 2020
Lianna
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Posted Mar 13, 2020
Tracy- Jim's mom J.
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Posted Oct 6, 2019
Lianna
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First online experience with Grace was very positive.

Posted Aug 12, 2019
Lianna
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Posted Aug 12, 2019
Anthony C.
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Posted Aug 9, 2019
Peggy
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Posted Jun 20, 2019
N Hill
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Grace is very professional and knowledgeable . She has been wonderful and very patient with my Daughter.

Posted May 29, 2019
Tracy- Jim's mom J.
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Posted Mar 31, 2019
Esther O.
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Talk about patient! My daughter is so in love with her piano teacher. Love how she engages with her even with her young age.

Posted Feb 2, 2019
Virginia
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Grace is really a wonderful instructor. She gives easy to follow instructions and tips that allow the student to improve.

Posted Jan 13, 2019
Jaydon and Aleena S.
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No complaints, the kids enjoyed working with Grace!

Posted Dec 21, 2018
Peggy
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Posted Dec 13, 2018
Virginia
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Grace is very patient with me--an older student with not much talent. She has good suggestions and if you listen to her, you will get better. If she can help me, she can help anybody!

Posted Oct 16, 2018
Danyel
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She is really nice and caring and funny. Best instructor ever that I have had.

Posted Sep 23, 2018
Tracy- Jim's mom J.
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Grace is very friendly and easy to work with. At first, I was anxious to have my son take lessons online but Grace gives great explanations during lessons and is very interactive even though she is not present in person. I’ve heard improvements in my son’s tone and technique in just a few lessons. I would definitely recommend Grace as a teacher.

For reference to those in similar situations, my son is a high school student with 3 years of prior oboe experience.

Please disregard my previous review, there was an internet error that caused it to prematurely submit.

Posted Sep 3, 2018
Tracy- Jim's mom J.
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Posted Aug 26, 2018
Sharlene
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My grand daughter Sharlene and I Thank you for miss Grace' s 1st lesson.
We would like to be increased the 45 min. lesson to 60 min. lesson.
Please let me know how to switch 45 min lesson to 60 mim. lesson.
Thank you

Posted Jul 30, 2018
Christine S.
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Grace is such a helpful teacher!! She is very patient and kind and she has improved my oboe skills dramatically during the time I have worked with her. I definitely 100% recommend her to anybody wanting to learn the oboe!!

Posted Jul 11, 2018
Karoline K.
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Grace is an awesome teacher! Very patient with me. I learned a lot and had fun too. Can’t wait for my next lesson!

Posted Jun 20, 2018
Virginia
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Grace is wonderful! She is very patient and gives good teaching tips. Highly recommend.

Posted Jun 3, 2018
Peggy
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Posted May 17, 2018
Linus Horcher
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Grace does a great job explaining difficult techniques. She also will make you work hard so you get a lot out of each lesson. There is no “sliding by” with Grace.

Posted May 9, 2018
Christina P.
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Grace was a wonderful teacher for our daughter learning oboe. Online lessons were far more effective that we initially thought they might be.

Posted May 5, 2018
Christine S.
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Posted May 2, 2018
Jeffrey
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Great first lesson with Grace. 35 years since my last lesson. Helped me fix my reeds and went over lesson plan.

Posted Mar 11, 2018
Haley A.
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Highly recommend Grace. My daughters absolutely love her and they have learned so much.

Posted Mar 2, 2018
Danyel
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She knows what you need at the time and helps you get to your goal

Posted Jan 28, 2018
Heeju
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Grace is a kind and thoughtful teacher.

Posted Jan 15, 2018
Greyson
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Loved the personal attention given. I was worried about the online setting but it was super effective. My son is very excited about these classes. Highly recommended.

Posted Jan 14, 2018
Danyel
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Posted Jan 14, 2018
Kea
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I am very careful with how I bring around my home and kids, but with Grace, I immediately felt at ease. Grace is good with kids and my daughter absolutely loved her first piano lesson. Thanks Grace!

Posted Jan 13, 2018
Peggy
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Grace is an insightful teacher who communicates well and gives constructive feedback. I like that she devotes part of the lesson to reed-making.

Posted Nov 2, 2017
Peggy
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Posted Oct 13, 2017
Peggy
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Grace was on-the-dot punctual, and had me play what I could for her. Right away she locked in on my intonation, which I have been having problems with. She asked several questions, which was a good thing. She followed up with a printed list of things for me to work on. All this was done with a pleasant gentleness which has me looking forward to the next lesson.

Posted Oct 1, 2017
Liz
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Great instructor!

Posted Aug 25, 2017
Denise B.
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Posted Aug 6, 2017
Kecia
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Posted Jul 19, 2017
shonnie
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Very professional and knowledgable

Posted Jul 8, 2017
Rebekah R.
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I like that she was patient in evaluating Rebekah's skill level. She made no assumptions and politely asked if Rebekah knew certain topics. She then covered them thoroughly. Rebekah commented that she liked how quickly she moved.

Posted May 7, 2017
Lilliana P.
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I found it really helpful and the quality of the on line lesson was really very good.

Posted Mar 29, 2017
Aiden N.
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Alec was nervous but he loved it!

Posted Mar 29, 2017
ERIN
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Grace is an excellent teacher. I am learning so many things at exactly the right pace. I look forward to our lessons every week!!

Posted Mar 18, 2017
Pam
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Great first lesson today! Grace was patient and quite helpful!

Posted Feb 13, 2017
Anissa A.
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Grace is very nice and very patience with her student. She teaches very well and make it fun to learn.

Posted Oct 14, 2016
Anissa A.
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Grace is nice and very patient. She teaching very well.

Posted Oct 14, 2016
Anissa A.
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Grace is nice and very patient. She teaching very well.

Posted Oct 14, 2016

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Experience

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

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Master of Music - Oboe Performance
Dec 2010

California State University Long Beach

Masters Thesis
Dec 2010

California State University Long Beach

Madeleine Dring's Three Piece Suite

Awards

Graduated Magna Cum Laude
May 2006

University of Hartford

President Honors
Dec 2005

University of Hartford

Affiliations

Music Teachers' Association of California
Jun 2019
MTAC aspires to be the recognized leader in (1) Student Programs, which make a positive impact in the quality of music education and in the lives of music students; (2) Member Programs, which inspire quality teaching, the pursuit of ongoing teacher education and member involvement with community outreach; (3) a thriving Foundation, which funds Student Programs and member needs through its investments, donations, and grants.
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.
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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