Grace Young

Grace Y.

Portland, OR
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Before switching to primarily playing viola, I trained and performed as a violinist for ten years and graduated from the Suzuki Violin Method. I now play violin as my secondary instrument.

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.
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Grace delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
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.


Principal Violist
Sep 2009 - May 2011
Washington Idaho Symphony

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.

Section Violist
Sep 2006 - May 2008
Washington Idaho Symphony

I played in the viola section of the Washington Idaho Symphony, prior to winning the principal chair.


Viola Performance
Aug 2008 - Apr 2009
Oberlin Conservatory of Muic


Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

A camera phone recording of a recent performance of mine at a friend's private venue.
Photo by Grace Y.

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10 Reviews

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Connie D. Jan 11, 2019
Viola · In studio

At the first lesson, Grace took the time to understand my musical goals then made a solid assessment of my current level of playing. She was able to identify small changes in my technique/form and crafted modifications in my warmup to support the change in technique.

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Olivia Jul 30, 2018
Violin · In studio

I feel Grace is a great teacher for my eight year old daughter. This is my daughters first time playing an instrument. Grace is so patient and respectful to my daughter. Grace is teaching us a little at a time which I believe is a good pace for us. I have had to learn as well so I can assist my daughter in her practice at home. This part I didn't expect but Grace offers guidance. I feel through Graces lessons she not only is learning how to play the violin but learning self discipline and respect.

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Lynda Jun 27, 2018
Violin · In studio

Grace is an awesome teacher! My son has special needs and she customized her lessons each week by following his lead. I highly recommend her as a teacher.

Marie May 23, 2018
Viola · Online

My daughter is enjoying learning from Grace. She is an amazing source of knowledge, techniques and tips. She is very patient with my daughter. My daughter learned how to tackle an advanced piece from Grace. We are very pleased.

Jessica Feb 27, 2018
Violin · In studio

She adapts to what he is interested in and moves at his speed.

Jessica Feb 11, 2018
Violin · In studio

Good overview of basics. She connected well with William and was very patient.

Robyn Nov 5, 2017
Viola · In studio

I feel confident Grace will help me reach my goals, and she's really fun to talk to as well :)

Jeff Glaser Oct 28, 2017
Violin · Online

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.


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ariel Jul 20, 2017
Violin · In studio

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.

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Sue M. Dec 31, 2016
Violin · In studio

Grace is an excellent teacher. She keeps the lesson fun and interesting. I look forward to next week!

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