- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
My teaching style is inspired by my initial training in the Suzuki method, and my studies with violist and pedagogue Karen Ritscher at Oberlin Conservatory. Please note, I have not yet received training as a Suzuki teacher and use the Suzuki method books and the teaching I received as a Suzuki student as a jumping off point for working on each student's individual needs.
- Teaches students:
- Ages 3+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
- September 2009
I studied viola at Oberlin Conservatory of Music and moved to Portland three years ago to pursue performance and teaching opportunities. Since then I have performed with Classical Revolution PDX, Cascadia Composers and ARCO PDX and am a member of Macaulay Balkan.
My initial studies were on violin using the Suzuki method, which has greatly influenced my teaching approach. However, I am dedicated to customizing the lesson time and structure to the needs and priorities of my students.
*** Specialties ***
Very few "viola teachers" play viola as their primary instrument. As a full-time violist, I can help you learn how to play this idiosyncratic instrument from my own experience.
I led the viola section of the Washington Idaho symphony, and directed sectional rehearsals, providing bowings and articulation guidance, as well as occasionally suggesting fingerings.
I played in the viola section of the Washington Idaho Symphony, prior to winning the principal chair.
I feel confident Grace will help me reach my goals, and she's really fun to talk to as well :)
Grace is excellent! I feel extremely lucky to have her as my violin teacher. I was playing better after just one lesson with her.
Before I found her, I had been turned down by several other teachers on this site because I wanted to learn how to play the violin without having to learn to read music. When I saw Grace's video, I thought surely she would turn me down too, because she's an even better player than the teachers who had said no. I was very surprised and excited when she agreed to teach me. She saw no problem with giving me lessons without reading, which means that not only is she a better musician than the others, but obviously she's a better and more versatile instructor, too.
Like I said, I feel very fortunate. And, as good as she is, I would have expected to pay a lot more for her. I actually WOULD pay more. She'd be worth it! I've looked at dozens of other teachers on this site .. Trust me, she's the best.
Grace is a great teacher with a wealth of knowledge, customizing each lesson to the students specific goals with creative exercises and techniques that have helped with me as an adult with intonation , shifting ,scales and improvisation.I would highly recommend Grace for all student levels.+ Read More
Grace is an excellent teacher. She keeps the lesson fun and interesting. I look forward to next week!