Grant Bierschbach, a Tri-Cities native, has been playing cello for 20 years. He performs regularly with regional ensembles, including the Mid-Columbia Symphony, Mid-Columbia Mastersingers, Walla Walla Symphony and Oregon East Symphony. Grant started piano lessons at age 9, then picked up the cello at age 10 and played in the school orchestra. As a teen, Grant studied cello privately with Walla Walls University cello instructor Benjamin Gish. Grant graduated from Cornell College in Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosphy and a minor in Music. He studied cello with James Ellis and, as principal cellist of the Cornell College Orchestra (2003 to 2007), Grant toured Italy in 2005, performing in various cities throughout the country. In 2008/2009 Grant continued his cello studies at Central Washington University with John Michel and was the principal cellist of the Central Washington University Symphony Orchestra.
At Magnolia Music Studio, Grant teaches cello lessons for all ages and levels (beginning to advanced.) He is also available to teach combination cello/beginning piano lessons.
“I believe that teaching music is about inspiring and encouraging the student. I believe in setting high expectations, but I don’t believe in criticizing the student when those expectations are not met. My objective is to mentor the student and give them positive feedback as they develop their technique. I want them to always strive to become the best musicians they can, on both an expressive and technical level. I want my students to maintain an enthusiasm for their instrument, in which they enjoy practicing, performing and coming to lessons.
I use the Suzuki method, supplemented by other materials. I agree with the creator of the Suzuki method, Shinichi Suzuki, that anyone can learn how to play a musical instrument. What makes a student successful or talented is enthusiasm, interest, curiosity, passion, patience, diligence and dedication. “—Grant Bierschbach, March 2015