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Jennifer Grant

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Music Conservatory
Title(s)
Piano Teacher

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(415) 258-1921   x1719

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Jennifer Döndrup Grant holds a Bachelor of Music from Indiana University and a Master of Fine Arts from the California Institute of the Arts. Her undergraduate studies were focused on the performance of standard piano repertoire and her graduate work was an in-depth exploration of contemporary-classical music performance and extended piano techniques, with secondary studies in African and Indian music and dance. Her primary piano studies were with Evelyn Brancart, Edward Auer, Elizabeth Pridonoff, Marilyn Neeley, Bryan Pezzone, and Vicki Ray. Her world music studies were with Swapan Chaudhuri, Alfred and Kobla Ladekpo, Beatrice Lawluvi, and John Bergamo. She has performed in the Midwest and on the West Coast, including performances on the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s new music series, the “Green Umbrella Series”, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, in a vocal ensemble with the New York Philharmonic with Leonard Slatkin conducting, and the Illinois State Governor’s Mansion. She regularly performs recitals of music for two pianos with Bay Area pianist, Shofen Lee. In her teaching, while providing structure and thorough training in piano performance, technique, musicianship, and music theory, Jennifer strives to discover the unique qualities of each student and the music that will ignite their creativity and love of music. She has successfully been training students in the Music Teacher’s Association of California’s Certificate of Merit Program at all levels (Preparatory- Advanced), and her students are regularly awarded Branch Honors and are invited to perform at the MTAC’s annual State Convention. Jennifer’s students have also had much success in piano competitions, including Marin Music Chest, MTNA/CAPMT Honors Competition & Contemporary Competition, San Domenico Conservatory’s Annual Piano Competition, Margaret Bean Davis Piano Competition, and the UC Berkeley Concerto Competition. In addition to her music studies, she also completed the traditional Tibetan three-year meditation retreat and is a lama/clergy in that tradition. She has been on the piano faculty at San Domenico Music Conservatory since 2006 and has been directing the Piano Honors Program since 2014. She has also been teaching Tibetan Buddhism at Sukhasiddhi Foundation since 2005.