Teacher Profile: Graceson Moore

Graceson Moore

Graceson Moore

Instrument(s): Flute, Piano, Saxophone

City: Washington, DC

Education: Towson University

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    About Graceson Moore

    Graceson Moore is a touring multi-instrumentalist, composer, and educator who has experience playing jazz, classical, and popular styles of music. He began his musical journey in the fourth grade, where he immediately gravitated to the flute. Graceson attended Suitland High School for its Visual and Performing Arts program. Here, he studied flute with John Lagerquist, an outstanding Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra flutist. Suitland also introduced Graceson to his first mentor, Matthew Allen, who taught Graceson composition and college-level theory. Allen's influence inspired Graceson to expand his horizons beyond the flute and classical music and encouraged him to learn the piano. Graceson graduated from high school and ultimately found himself at Towson University, where he studied with flutist Sara Nichols, saxophonist Jason Rigby, pianist Tim Murphy, and pedagogues Dave Ballou and Jim McFalls. He holds a B.M. in Jazz/Commerical Performance.

    Graceson brings the passion that his teachers sowed inside him to every lesson, no matter if a student is working on a Beethoven sonata or Mary Had a Little Lamb because getting a student to feel the magic of music is Graceson's first goal. He fulfills this objective by getting to know his students personally and dedicating time to creative lesson planning. It is common for Graceson to lesson plan with his notation software, Dorico. He goes so far as to write level-appropriate etudes reinforcing specific techniques for his students.

    Graceson enjoys an eclectic life committed to music and his students. He has been fortunate to have received distinguished opportunities, such as playing with Robert Glasper at the Kennedy Center and performing for Governor Wes Moore on multiple occasions. You can hear him soloing on the song "Trisha" by the LA-based group Never Ending Fall, which has reached over 100,000 streams!

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