Grant Kondo was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, where he began playing the piano at the age of 6. He enjoyed playing in countless recitals and other performances, but things really took off in middle school when he was able to sightread very quickly. He became a very versatile musician, as he played the saxophone in the school wind ensemble, marching, and jazz bands, and also accompanied other students on the piano at various festivals. He also participated in piano competitions, where he won 2nd place in the Hawaii Music Teachers Association competition in 2006.
After graduating high school, Grant went to UCLA where he majored in Psychobiology, aspiring to work as a pharmacist, but his passion always brought him back to music and teaching. During college, he performed in various musical settings, and shortly after graduating, went to Nara, Japan to teach English as part of the JET Program for 3 years. Shortly after returning from Japan, Grant moved to the Bay Area to pursue a music teaching career.
Grant is a member of the California Association for Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT), Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), and Music Teachers Association of California (MTAC).
Grant currently teaches the piano and has approximately 50 students, including over a dozen adults. He also teaches an adult masterclass weekly. His teaching philosophy includes learning a wide variety of styles to create versatile musicians who are passionate about music. He is careful to maintain a warm and inviting personality, while being strict enough to ensure that students achieve their potential.
Another important aspect of Grant's teaching is performance. Grant provides at least 4-5 recitals a year (including separate adult recitals), and also prepares students for piano testing, including Certificate of Merit (CM), Music Development Program (MDP), and Associated Board of the Royal School of Music (ABRSM). Grant himself also performs on a regular basis, as he performs weekly at El Camino, Kaiser, and Stanford Hospitals, and also puts on 1-2 concerts a year.
As we continue to advance in the 21st century, Grant keeps students engaged by using technology in his teaching, including the use of iPads. He also keeps in constant contact with students and parents via weekly lesson notes sent out via e-mail.
Your experience is of the utmost importance. Feel free to contact Grant for an audition and trial lesson!
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