Grace McNab has devoted her professional life to sharing
musical ideas with students and keeping their love and excitement for musical
art foremost in her theory, ear-training and keyboard classes.
Trained as a pianist, she obtained a Master's Degree in
Music Theory from U.B.C. in 1982 and pursued further music and art studies in
London, England. She joined Music Diploma program at Capilano in 1989 and also teaches in Jazz Studies, serving as
Coordinator of that program from 1997 to 2012.
Enjoy getting to know Grace's academic and creative practice through video segments found here.
Grace has a life-long love of visual art and dance, which
has lead to some formal training in a variety of areas:
architecture, drawing and painting, and the Brazilian
martial art, Capoeira.
These experiences have influenced and inspired her
perceptions of music and teaching, leading to a project, "Musical Nature:
Making Art of Music Analysis", which explores representing musical
structures as lively, visual designs or "expressive scores".
In the classroom she is working with color, shape, font
and score layout to discover new ways of organizing music theoretical
information for students and encourage translation to other fields of art