Grace Music School is family owned and operated. Since opening our doors in December 2001, we have strived to treat our clients like they are part of our family. We also recognize that without our clients, Grace Music School cannot succeed. Therefore, we are committed to providing music instruction of the highest quality and the most positive and pleasant experience possible. In addition, we live in the community and many of our clients are our neighbors and friends. Furthermore, we are committed to improving our community by providing scholarships to local schools, NYSSMA free coaching, performing at charity events and supporting other worthwhile causes.
Grace Heaphy is the school’s director. Grace received her Bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance from Manhattan School of Music and her Masters degree in Piano Performance at NYU where she studied with Eduardus Halim, an accomplished concert pianist and former student of Vladimir Horowitz. Grace was also an adjunct professor as part of NYU’s piano faculty and was formerly a member of the Manhattan School of Music Summer Camp faculty.
Grace has been teaching piano since 2005 both privately and at a various music schools and has performed at Carnegie and Steinway Halls, Lincoln Center, the Staller Center, Greenfield Hall and well as other locations around New York City. She most recently, was the pianist with the orchestra Symphony Z as part of the Tribeca New Music Festival and periodically performs as solo pianist at Smithtown Gospel Tabernacle. She has attended and performed at the Tanglewood Summer Music Institute, Summit Music Festival, Burgos International Music Festival in Spain, the International Academy of Music in Italy and the Stony Book University Summer Music Festival.
Grace’s most recent accomplishment was to be selected as one of the “30 under 30” on Long Island for making a positive contribution to their community and industry. She was also the first place winner in the Long Island Choral Society’s 23rd Annual Young Artists Competition while a Freshmen in High School.
Grace is passionate about the importance of music in every person’s life and that learning music is “not just about the music” because of the strong correlation to academic success and success in other areas of life. Furthermore, she believes that music improves self discipline and creates higher self-esteem, which helps ensure future achievement regardless of an individual’s chosen pursuit.