Grace Salyards

Grace S.

Rocky Mount, NC

Lesson Details



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:

Grace recieved her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in horn performance from the Eastman School of Music and Penn State University, respectively. She has extensively studied with renowned horn players and pedagogues Lisa Bontrager, Peter Kurau, Andrew Bain, David Wakefield, and Jennifer Burch. She currently resides with her husband in Rocky Mount, NC, where she teaches music at Edgecombe Community College and performs with the Tar River Orchestra.


Substitute Horn
Oct 2016 - Present
North Carolina Symphony

Music Appreciation Instructor
Aug 2016 - Present
Edgecombe Community College

Guest Musician
Nov 2015 - Present
Charleston Symphony Orchestra

Piano Teacher
Jan 2015 - Present

Horn Teacher
Dec 2010 - Present

Assistant Horn
Sep 2015 - May 2016
Pennsylvania Centre Orchestra

3rd Horn
Sep 2014 - May 2016
Nittany Valley Symphony

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Aug 2014 - May 2016
Penn State University

Resident Advisor
Aug 2013 - May 2014
Eastman School of Music


Horn Performance
Aug 2014 - May 2016
Penn State University
Horn Performance
Aug 2010 - May 2014
Eastman School of Music


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


CPR and First Aid
Jun 2015
Aspen Music Festival and School


Winner, Low Horn Competition
Jan 2016
Northeast Horn Workshop
Winner and Soloist with Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Oct 2014
Penn State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble


International Horn Society
Jan 2014

Since 1970, The International Horn Society (IHS) has been an organization of people from around the world drawn together with a mutual interest in the horn. We are dedicated to the performance, teaching, composition, research, preservation, and promotion of the horn as a musical instrument.

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Photos & Videos

Dohnanyi Sextet Mvt. I
with the Pittsburgh Symphony Horn Section, after being named Low Horn Excerpt Winner at the Northeast Horn Workshop, January 2016

Photo by Grace S.
Photo by Grace S.

Photo by Grace S.

With Professor Lisa Bontrager of Penn State University, April 2016

Photo by Grace S.

Gliere: Romance
Gliere: Nocturne
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3 Reviews

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Gabriel T. Jan 12, 2017
French Horn · In studio

Extremely pleased! As a brand new student of music instruction, my grandson was able to learn so much with his first lesson. Grace is so patient and engaging, asking all the great questions along with such impressive instruction. We are really looking forward to the next lesson!

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Emma Sep 26, 2016
French Horn · In studio

I took lessons from Grace for two years while she was completing her graduate studies at Penn State. She was a great teacher and was able to push me outside of my comfort zone to conquer pieces that I thought were too hard for me. She was able to be encouraging while teaching me but could also give me helpful critiques that made me a better horn player. Grace has a lot of knowledge about the horn and is very good at explaining techniques to work on and strategies that help develop those techniques. I learned a lot while taking lessons from her and I am very thankful that I had the opportunity to study with her.

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Sarah Sep 21, 2016
French Horn ·

Grace is a superbly talented and skilled horn player and teacher. She is a naturally musical person, and helps her students not only with their technique, but also in overall musicianship and artistry. Grace is an experienced player, and has worked with many great horn players and conductors. She has a beautiful sound in her own playing, and a keen ear. She is also a very kind and energetic person, and she brings this into her teaching.

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