Ms. Maria Grant
Maria Grant teaches at ther home studio in Waconia (Minnesota)—moved from the Bay Area (CA) to Waconia in 2003 and opened the Grant Piano Studio in January 2004. She has a Masters degree in Piano Pedagogy from Holy Names University (CA) and a Bachelors degree in Piano Performance from Santa Marcelina College (Sao Paulo, Brazil). Over ther years, she attended various SAA Conferences and summer workshops, including the Cliburn Teacher Institute (TX), International Keyboard Institute (NY) and various pedagogy institutes at the University of Saint Thomas (MN).
She is an American College of Musicians Certified Music Teacher and every spring tours the US as an adjudicator for the National Guild of Piano Teachers. She is an active member of the Suzuki Association of Americas and from 2007—2010 she served on the board of directors of the Suzuki Association of Minnesota. Maria Grant is also a member of the Music Teachers National Association, Minnesota Music Teachers Association and West Suburb Music Teachers.
Mrs. Grant’s pedagogical experience includes over 25 years of piano teaching, both in North and South America: Holy Names University Preparatory Music Department staff (1999-2003), her home studio in Alameda, Open University Tom Jobim staff (1992-1999).
As a guest pianist, Maria performed concerts with the Holy Names Orchestra in the US and various others in Brazil: Open Music University String Orchestra, Pocos de Caldas Symphonic Orchestra, Recife Symphony and the Santa Marcelina Chamber Orchestra.
As chamber pianist, Mrs. Grant was a winner of the Firestone Prize in the Chamber Music Competition and also received a full scholarship to travel to Argentina and participate in the International Chamber Music Festival of Bariloche. She also worked extensively in partnership with various other instruments as an accompanist of various choirs and received the Best Accompanist prize at the Piracicaba Competition.