Learn in Freedom > Piano Lessons by Grace Bunday
Conserve energy and save your time by taking piano lessons from me, Grace Y. Bunday. I will travel to your home near highways 101 and 7 in the western suburbs of Minneapolis. I have been teaching in Minnetonka, Deephaven, Shorewood, and Eden Prairie since 1993. I delight in sharing the joy of music with students of all ages.
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I studied at the University of Minnesota School of Music, earning a Bachelor of Music (Piano Performance) magna cum laude in 1991. I am a member of the national musical honor society Pi Kappa Lambda and the national academic honor society Phi Beta Kappa. I am a professional certified member of Minnesota Music Teachers Association (MMTA) and was coordinator of the MMTA state piano contest in 2007. My students have enjoyed good success in piano competitions, but most of all they have observed their steady progress through more and more challenging piano pieces, and a deepening understanding and enjoyment of music.
I use a great variety of piano method and theory books while teaching my various students. I completed the Suzuki Piano Pedagogy IA and IB courses in March 1993, although I rarely use Suzuki instruction methods with my current students. The aim of my instruction is for each learner to learn to play in freedom, with sound motion and artistic fingers, using all senses to perceive and express music. My approach is to teach students to read music and to play piano by ear. I teach balanced sitting posture and good hand position for musical expressiveness and safety from injury. I also teach music interpretation through developing logical rhythmic sense and musical phrasing.
My goal is for my students to be life-long music lovers and piano players. I will help each learner learn a variety of piano literature, music theory, and ear training, and will provide learners ensemble practice and performance opportunities. My curriculum is designed to give your child a complete picture of music through piano lessons and to develop lasting musical skills and enjoyment of music.
My professional experience includes various previous positions.
I speak both Mandarin Chinese and English. I have been a Chinese teacher for Edina Center for Academic Excellence.
I look forward to hearing from you to arrange a lesson schedule.
We first met Grace Bunday six years ago. We have two daughters who were six and eleven at the time, and were interested in taking piano lessons. Grace was referred to us by a friend of ours from church who was raving about this wonderful piano teacher they have! Having observed Grace teach my daughters for many years now, I have seen the qualities of Grace that make her such a wonderful teacher.
She has tremendous patience for listening and communicating with her students to assess their interests in music which greatly helps encourage their study. Our experience with piano lessons has been somewhat cyclical with ups and downs in our interest in practicing. Grace will explore different genres of music, different methods of teaching, different curriculums as well as use recitals, competitions, and games to engage the student, and get them through a rough time. I do believe that one of my daughters may have discontinued her studies altogether had she not been distracted from her discontent with a jazz composition.
Grace astutely looks at the developmental progress of her students and adjusts the piano curriculum to her student’s needs. At one point in time it was determined that my daughter needed to spend some more time working on her technique before moving on, and Grace made that adjustment.
Grace shares her passion for music with her students in many ways. One of the most impressive is when she plays at their recitals, and blesses us all with her beautiful gifts.
We have found Grace to be reliable, flexible and dedicated to teaching. It is a privilege and a joy to have Grace visit our home every week. We highly recommend Grace to our friends who want to study piano, every chance we get.
Grace has been a musical blessing to the Watson children. Her approach to music is both professional and passionate. With endless patience, she has been able to install a passion for classical piano in my very active son. He is 9 years old and wowed his classmates, teachers and parents alike by playing Beethoven's Fuer Elise at his school's talent show. Grace allows young students to develop at their own level which instills in them the confidence to move towards more challenging musical pieces. With finger strengthening techniques, she prepares her students for music that is more technical as they advance. Grace builds a strong musical foundation in students, so they are able to fully enjoy a life long appreciation for music.
Grace has been a wonderful piano, as well as flute teacher for my daughters. She has a passion for music and teaches with kindness, patience and respect for each student, no matter their level. She has a wealth of knowledge to impart as is evident in her resume, yet always comments on how her students also allow her to learn. She is accommodating in her scheduling and flexible if need be. One of the best parts of working with Grace is that upon occasion, she may come early or stay a few minutes late to practice a piece she’s working on. By doing so, she inspires and models the results that come from practice. I highly recommend Grace as a teacher!
Grace is an accomplished musician and an excellent teacher. Our active son enthusiastically looks forward to lessons each week. We are thrilled to see his appreciation for music continually grow. It is a gift to listen and watch her students perform with such poise and focus at recitals. We feel privileged to have Grace as a teacher and friend to our family.
May 27, 2013
Grace Bunday is an excellent piano teacher and accomplished pianist. I have been taking lessons from her for two years. From the perspective of one of her piano students, I rate her 5 out of 5 stars!
I am an unusual piano student in two ways: I’m a senior faculty member at the University of Minnesota who has taken up piano later in life, and I am also a visually impaired person. Grace was willing to take me on as a student and to work out methods for accommodating my special needs. For example, she devotes substantial effort to verbalizing the piano notation as an audio recording so that I can transcribe the score into Braille music.
Sometimes, I learn by listening to her play. She is a talented musician. It’s a joy for me to hear her play the piano!
I first started taking piano lessons with Grace in 2001 when I was 10 years old and I couldn’t have asked for a better music teacher. Her patience, warmth and dedication kept me engaged in my piano studies for the entirety of my music education, which lasted until a week before I started college in 2009.
Grace implements a lot into her lessons, from technique and finger strength activities and working on a few different piano pieces from different eras. She would tailor each lesson to what needed the most work and always emphasized the importance of breaking up a piece to work on the hardest points rather than just playing a piece straight through. She also would demonstrate what a piece sounded like and how it felt to play it by putting your hand on hers while she played.
I also found Grace to be very flexible. If something came up or if you knew a few weeks in advance that there was a conflict with a particular lesson, Grace would be willing to reschedule with you.
Grace is also a good role model. She often used to play her music for me before or after my lesson and would often play a piece at the piano recitals. She always promoted the discipline of hard work, and her accomplishments really demonstrated these principles in her own life. She also increased my appreciation for all sorts of music.
I would recommend Grace for anyone who wants to learn piano. From beginners to more advanced piano students, I think that everyone can learn something from Grace.
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And since both technique and interpretation are functions of clear thinking and freedom from rigid habit, technique and musicality are—or should be—continuous with one another.