Grace Ann McCaulie

Office Manager, Instructor of Voice and Piano

My Background: I developed a love of music at an early age from my mother who was an accomplished pianist and singer.  She gave me my first piano lessons and took me to her choir rehearsals and many concerts. I went on to get a bachelor’s degree in music education at Ohio Wesleyan University where I majored in voice and minored in piano.  I then got my masters in music therapy from Florida State University. I have enjoyed teaching piano and voice to students of all ages for 25 years. While most of my experience has been in individual instruction, I have also worked in the public school setting and church choirs.

 

What I love about teaching: I love to see the confidence and satisfaction that comes from mastering a piece of music.  I love teaching music because I know that the student is developing many extra-music skills that will benefit them for life.

 

One way I help my students succeed and flourish:My goal is to set my students up to succeed.  I seek to do this by building confidence in my students by helping them build skill upon skill in a very encouraging environment.  I pay special attention to teaching students HOW to practice. Because they spend most of their practice time away from me, I want to give them the tools to use that time most effectively.

 

Performance Experience: My performance experience includes singing for a recording studio and as a church soprano soloist while I was in graduate school.  During that time, I had the opportunity to sing under Robert Shaw of the Atlanta Symphony. I directed the adult and children’s choirs at our home church in Florida for many years.  The children’s choir was featured on 2 albums recorded locally.

 

QUICK FACTS

Hometown:  Columbus, OH

My Musical Influences:  Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Brahms (his Requiem is my all-time favorite), Jazz artist Joe Sample

Favorite hobby: Tennis

Favorite food: Eggs Benedict