I’m Grace Salsman; a cellist teaching and making music in Louisville, Kentucky.
I hold a degree in Music Education–strings (cello) and vocal from Belmont University. In addition to private students, I have taught elementary, middle, and high school orchestras. My private students have ranged in age from 2 to 81 years of age, some of whom have decided to study for a short time and others who continued their studies for more than 5 years.
Legendary cellist Pablo Casals was asked why he continued to practice at age 90.
"Because I think I'm making progress," he replied.
- pablo casals
My teaching style is straightforward and step-wise: A student should not learn this before demonstrating knowledge and ability of that. My hope is that every beginning student can leave the first lesson playing the instrument with correct posture so that we can build on those steps to create more music going forward.
When I feel that it will aid in your learning, I will play along with you on cello or piano and when the student advances to a level of proficiency in reading and technique, I like to work up duets to further strengthen those skills. I aim to have a house concert or recital in which students can perform solo and/or chamber works once a year.
Teaching and learning work best when the time spent together is good for both the student and the teacher. My goal as a teacher is to create excitement for, and experiences with, the cello, from which both the student and I can reap pleasure and satisfaction of a job well done.