Teaching Artist Statement
Music is one of the most indescribably powerful and moving things in the entire world, and above all, I wish for students to simply enjoy playing and experiencing this wonderful gift. The trombone is merely a means to an end in this regard; yet its rich, powerful, and versatile sound is what particularly draws me to it. My fundamental approach to playing is simple: producing the best sound on every note, as easily as possible. I think it is necessary to have the greatest sound that you can possibly make on the trombone in one’s head from the very beginning, and to this end, I strive to play as much as possible for and along with students so that they may develop their own ideal sound concept. I, of course, couple this with instruction on all of the other fundamentals of trombone playing and music making such as scales, rhythms, playing in tune, proper breathing, etc. But never forget that the goal is to play music with and for others, and that making a statement with the music we play, in a way expressing our deepest emotions, is what this is truly about!
Grant currently teaches trombone and low brass in the Seattle area and has formerly coached young trombonists at several Seattle middle schools through the Seattle Youth Symphony's Endangered Instruments Program (EIP). He has also coached euphonium players at The People's Music School, a community music school in Chicago. Grant holds a Master of Music degree in trombone performance from Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree in trombone performance, as well as a Performer's Certificate, from the Eastman School of Music. His primary teachers have been Michael Mulcahy (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), Dr. John Marcellus (Eastman School of Music), David Ritt (Seattle Symphony), and Stan Jeffs.
In addition to being a music educator, Grant has performed with numerous orchestras across the country. He has appeared as an extra musician on numerous occasions with the Seattle Symphony and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He has also appeared with the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra, West Michigan Symphony, Illinois Philharmonic, New World Symphony, and has been a member of Seattle's Thalia Symphony. Grant has also performed with the North Corner Chamber Orchestra (NOCCO) and is also an alumnus of the Seattle Youth Symphony.