Grace McNab

Grace McNab

Instructor - Jazz studies and Music

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 study.