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2019 - NATS 1st place EP
2018 - Sinfonietta bel canto 1st place
2018 - Miami Music Festival
2015 - Wayne Shorter, the Early Years - Lincoln Center Jazz
2011 - Castleton Music Festival
I am a graduate of The Juilliard School with a degree in vocal performance and have spent the majority of my life studying music, vocal anatomy, and singing. I believe that all voices have an ability to be expressive, but freeing the voice needs to be learned. I was trained in the bel-canto method and rely on that teaching to impart the same information to my students. Performing internationally has taught me about the different styles of music, and I believe in instilling confidence to young singers in order to own their own, unique instrument.
I began teaching private lessons part time 7 years ago in New York, and have been consistently teaching students in my home studio for the last 3 years. Encouraging regular practice on a consistent schedule is one of the key points I like to emphasize for younger students, as it tends to help the student progress and gain a passion for the instrument. My students are encouraged to enter competitions and recitals so they can feel excited by their accomplishments and stay motivated to keep learning. I'm always looking to bring on new students of all ages!
If you are familiar with the unconscious-competence model, I like to use that for my training. There are four stages of learning something:
1) Unconscious incompetence (you do not know what you don’t know)
2) Conscious incompetence (you are aware you do not know something)
3) Conscious competence (you are learning what you don’t know, but have to think through the process)
4) Unconscious competence (You have learned something so well it is habitual, and the conscious mind no longer thinks about it)
I believe in this method because it allows an individual to let go of “perfectionism,” and instead frees the student to keep learning and trying. Another focus of my teaching is on body awareness. While singing, it is important for each student to understand where they hold tension in order to free the voice. At Juilliard I was given many Alexander classes for the purpose of understanding how to consciously let go of tension. As singers we are also storytellers, and I focus heavily on helping each student to connect with what they are singing in order to fully express the music.
The most popular piece of music to ever exist is Beethoven's Symphony no. 9. There is a reason why it is important to learn about the origin of music, and in my teaching method, I like to pay particular attention to the classical style of training. If you have a good foundation, you will have a proper building. I like to understand the goals my students have, and I appreciate the individual journey of each singer. While it is important to work hard, it is even more important to enjoy the working process. I like to know what bands and singers the student listens to, and I like to stretch their listening tastes into even broader categories because it informs their artistry.
I only wish I could have worked with her longer! I moved, and still skype lesson with her, but she changed my life. I am now singing with MY instrument.
was scared to start working with someone from Juilliard, but she is really lovely to work with. She cares about her students, and you can tell, because she gives them a lot of support. I am a better singer now.
So patient with me and kind. I really feel like I am retaining what she teaches. Love this teacher!
She has helped bridge my passagio. Amazing!
My daughter loves this teacher!! She is so warm and friendly, and really helped my daughter learn to sing. I feel so lucky knowing she lives in this area because her method of teaching is so hard to find. If you are a serious music student, definitely study with Grace.
I have been studying with Miss Grace for over a year and loving every second of it. She has encouraged me to work my hardest, and I can't believe how much I have improved. I feel fearless about singing in front of people, and I owe that to her. She's a wonderful teacher.
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