My musical career began when I signed up for violin lessons at my elementary school at age 9. Though my parents had their doubts I would continue after the first year, I was an enthusiastic student. When I hit middle school though, I lost interest in my violin (in Simply Music® we call this a “valley” experience) and was lost and bewildered in my junior high orchestra class. An experienced violinist in my orchestra class became my violin friend and weekend teacher and that small gesture renewed my interest. I began playing in the Youth Orchestra . I eventually took lessons from the concert master of our local symphony orchestra and when I was 16, I auditioned and was accepted as a member in the symphony orchestra in our community. After high schoolI began college as a music major and graduated from California State University, Sacramento with my BA in music performance.
I have had the opportunity to participate in various rich life musical experiences along my journey. One of the events I remember vividly was playing as a member of the Sacramento Symphony and having the absolute delight and good fortune to work with Itsak Pearlman as guest artist.
Fast forward to years later to when I found Simply Music®. As I was raising my children in Concord, I taught both violin and traditional piano students. I was introduced to Simply Music® in 2006 and was immediately impressed by how easy it was to learn and memorize songs (actually a break through experience for me!). I loved the many supplementary programs that Simply Music® offered to its students: arranging, composing, blues and improvisation, accompaniment and jazz. What a difference from the traditional way of learning piano! Song after song was easily accessed and to my joy, I could memorize everything without a glitch! I converted all my students from traditional to Simply Music® without ever looking back. In 2013, my teaching status changed from certified to advanced teacher of Simply Music®. In 2016 my associate teacher, Kristina, came on board to teach in my studio annex. What a joy to see her students thrive!
“It is a night and day difference between the desire to practice pre-gdb (Ginny Blair) and now. Not a squeal! And she’s happy to sit down and play for guests! You can quote me on this! You chose a good method to use. And you are great – Grace really likes you. So do I.”