Grant Piano Studio

Grant Piano Studio

16 years in business

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Senior students that have been in the program for more than 11 years are now church accompanists and applying for music scholarships for colleges, despite their various majors.

Students have been scholarship winners in local and out-of-state summer camps for piano study.

Every year various students have won the State Piano Contest (MMTA) and participated in the State Piano Honors Concert at the Conventions Center. 

Four studio students have received the Paderewski Gold Medal from the National Guild of Piano Teachers for their tenth participation on National Auditions.

It is a joy to guide students through their path from discovery to mastery of the instrument and musical language.

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Waconia, MN 55387
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

1- introductory phone call

2- interview at the studio

3- lesson observation at the studio

4- program registration

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Degrees in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy (masters).

Summer Faculty at Interlochen Arts Camp (MI)

Judge for the American College of Musicians- National Guild Auditions

Judge for Minnesota Music Teachers Association- State PIano Contest, Comprehensive Keyboard Exams, Theory Exams, etc

Collaborative pianist for Public Concerts - District 110 Middle School choirs

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Tuition covers:

30/45/60 weekly private lessons

45 m monthly group theory lessons

2-3 recitals in town

Preparation for Nationals Guild Auditions, Upper Midwest Music Festival Auditions, Minnesota Music Teachers Theory and Sight Reading Exams

Various recitals opportunities in the Twin Cities Area, such as Minneapolis Music Teachers Forum, Suzuki Association of Minnesota Graduation, Suzuki Piano Teachers Guild

How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching during college, as an assistant to a well-know local teacher. And never stopped!

What types of students have you worked with?

1- Commited students and families will benefit the most of the comprehensive program at Grant Piano Studio.

Expectation is that weekly assignments are completed by students and that progress is achieved from week to week. Small, consistent steps. 

2- Adults returning to their studies and high schoolers who need piano as a supplement to percussion or just to get better at it. No participation on any auditions or group lessons are expected from theses students. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Classical Minnesota Public Radio Varsity Competition: my former student is in the Showcase Concert on May 11, 2019. It is an amazing event- only five high school students from all over Minnesota playing all instruments were selected for this event broadcast live on FM 99.5! Very cool

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Make sure to interview first to find a good fit for all involved.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

- Other activities that they are involved