Hi! I’m Grace and I have been playing the piano since I was four years old.
I was born and raised in Canada, in a very musical family full of pianists, guitarists and vocalists, to name a few. Picture beautiful white snowy Christmases with the whole extended family warm inside all singing around the piano in our festive sweaters.
My older brother and I started piano very early on. Starting with group lessons, then continuing with private lessons to achieve my grades through the Royal Conservatory of Music.
Taking piano lessons from such a young age has allowed me many experiences including choir and solo accompanist, playing in jazz and concert band rhythm sections, and even church organist for funerals and weddings!
I attended one of Canada’s top universities studying Psychology and Teaching, and also during that time I ran group piano lessons for children aged between 5 and 12. I received two degrees and moved to Gorleston to teach in 2008, but never forgot those piano lessons I ran in my spare time.
I am now married with three young children, still teaching at a primary school, but revisiting that period of my life I so enjoyed.
Dots & Squiggles is based in the Great Yarmouth area and offers your child fun, practical and structured learning from basic music theory and simple songs on the piano, to more detailed learning as they progress through the course. By the end of the course, the aim is for them to be ready to begin their gradings and from there, they can progress however they wish to. I provide a well-rounded music tuition, teaching not just the skill of keyboards, but music theory, rhythm ensemble and ear training.
I believe there is a gap between toddler sing-a-longs and one-to-one tuition. Dots & Squiggles bridges that gap (in the Great Yarmouth area at least!), offering high quality music and piano/keyboard lessons combined with the fun and camaraderie of group music sessions. Children attend with an adult, so by just being present you too can gain the skills! From experience as both a student and teacher, I know group sessions really do work and it’s a fun way for children to learn something new and make new friends.