In early 2015 I started off the year building my teaching studio as my full-time job. Scary stuff. I had previously worked for other studios and schools but this was a whole new ballgame. Grace’s mom, Norine, got connected with me and we started up fairly quickly.
Grace came to me that year after a few years of study with a previous teacher. She was already one of the most advanced students I had worked with and would provide new opportunities for me to grow as a teacher. In 2018 she began taking on her own students and I enjoyed the chance to coach someone else in the art of teaching piano. She enjoyed learning multiple styles and genres of music of composers and artists like Chopin, Mozart, Radiohead, Kate Bush, Daniel McFarlene, Schubert, and Jennifer Ekulnd.
Grace’s superpower is her sensitivity which brings great strength to her playing. She is extremely intelligent, open-minded, and determined to meet her goals. Grace’s playing has had me in tears several times. She taught me a lot about how to teach more advanced, emotionally aware and sensitive folks, like myself.
Grace’s bio reads…
Grace has been learning and playing piano since 2012 and has been studying with Miss Natalie for six years. She has played multiple adjudicated events during that time, including the National Federation of Music Clubs and the Piano Teachers’ Round Table Showcase. She also has performed in several semi-annual studio recitals at a local senior living facility.
Grace formed her own teaching studio three years ago, offering weekly lessons to beginner students. She graduated from Kirkwood High School on May 8 and is a recipient of the Gold K award for academic achievement. Grace will attend Columbia College Chicago in the fall of 2021 on an academic scholarship.
Her program includes:
Sonatina Op. 36 No. 3 by Muzio Clementi
Sonata K. 545 by Wolfgang Amedeus Mozart
Rondo alla Turka K. 331 by Wolfgang Amedeus Mozart
Waltz in A Minor by Franz Schubert
Maple Leaf Rag by Scott Joplin
Ivan Sings by Aram Khachaturian
Shimmering Sea by Mona Rejino
Seize the Day by Jennifer Eklund
I loved hearing what she was up to each week, what projects and assignments she was doing in school (especially that Kate Bush project), how awesome her family is, seeing her adorable doggo Charlie over Zoom, what cartoons she was watching, and what music she discovered on her own. She plans on studying film & television production at Columbia University in Chicago.
I am so excited for her next phase in life and can’t wait to see what she makes of it. Congrats, Grace, I am so proud of you!!!