Joyce Chan Grabell is a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree candidate in Viola Performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, with an additional focus on music theory. Her primary viola studies have been with Masao Kawasaki, Catharine Carroll, Karen Ritscher, Martha Strongin Katz and Stephanie Baer. Her esearch interests focus on the pedagogy of string playing. Her journal article “Forward Motion: Teaching Phrasing Using Marcel Tabuteau’s Number System” won the Dalton Research Competition, and appeared in the Journal of the American Viola Society in the Spring 2013, and she was awarded the Strings Magazine Award for her commitment towards string music education.
Grabell is an active teacher, recitalist, and orchestral performer in the Cincinnati region. She is a trained Suzuki violin and viola instructor at both CCM Preparatory and the Wyoming Fine Arts Center, Wyoming, Ohio. In summers, Grabell teaches at Camp Encore/Coda in Sweden, Me., where she conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra and is co-department head of strings studies. She previously was on the faculty of the Larchmont Music Academy in Westchester, N.Y. and also had a private studio in Princeton, N.J. Grabell freelances throughout the Ohio Valley region and is a member of the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, the Lebanon Symphony, and the Richmond (Ind.) Symphony. She has appeared on the stages of Carnegie Hall and Merkin Hall in New York City.
Grabell is committed to the teaching philosophy of the Suzuki Method in both her Suzuki and traditional lessons. She carries on Dr. Suzuki’s belief that “Every Child Can” learn to make music and have a beautiful heart. She focuses on fundamental skills and a stepwise learning progression to give her students the opportunity to enjoy the process of learning and to be successful in their music studies.