Jacqueline F. Graham
A vocalist, pianist and pedagogue, Jacqueline studied piano performance under Joan E. Harvey (loving friend and mentor), Lydia Porro Milham and Vola O'Connor Jacobs -wife of orchestra conductor, Harry Jacobs- at Augusta University. She studies voice under Linda Shevitz. Jacqueline has traveled to various locations to study under many influential pianists and teachers. She will continue in this study and research to heighten her abilities both as a performer and an inspiring instructor. Preparations are being made to study at the Suzuki Piano Institute in Matsumoto, Japan, and she looks forward to her students performing there!
During her past time, Jacqueline enjoys reading, traveling, nature photography, creating mixed media and printmaking art. She has traveled to Switzerland, Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Germany, and Canada. She teaches fine art to children and adults, and have hosted many workshops. Her art has been published in The Rubber Stamper magazine and Vamp Stamp News. She has done extensive volunteer work with the deaf community, and taught American Sign Language at her local library, as well as to home school associations. An article regarding her public service was published in the Metropolitan Spirit newspaper.
Jacqueline indulges in outdoor adventures such as mountain hiking, backpacking, climbing, birding, letterboxing, geo-caching and biking. She is an active naturalist, and her study and appreciation of environmental/nature science is ongoing through programs such as the Master Naturalist Certification Program through UGA Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources, and the Phinizy Center for Water Science.
Jacqueline specializes in Suzuki piano pedagogy and early childhood education . Her main goal echoes that of Dr. Shinichi Suzuki......to mold individuals into sensitive and thoughtful human beings with "noble hearts". To achieve this, she turns to the healing and therapy of nature in her teaching approach. Her studio is nature-based, with many of the theory games, worksheets, and the atmosphere of her studio expressing the combination of her passion for teaching and nature.
Ms. Jacqui, as affectionately called by her piano students, is a member of the Suzuki Piano Basics Foundation, the Atlanta Area Suzuki Piano Association, and the founder of the newly formed Augusta Suzuki Association. She has been published twice in the National Guild of Piano Teachers. Her students have won Guild awards, piano competitions, and have earned scholarships. They continue to participate in masterclasses and concerts in locations such as Atlanta, GA, Louisville, KY and Rochester, NY, as well as with master teachers and students from Matsumoto, Japan.