Willa Grey is a Perry & Walters Music Foundation Scholar, who graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Music (emphasis in classical piano). In 2008, she founded an independent music lessons studio (now called Driftsong) to teach piano, composition, ukulele, songwriting, and voice. Since then, she has taught music in four different regions of the country and mentored students of all ages and levels. She has explored music therapy practices and created custom sessions for Alzheimer’s patients and stroke survivors, musical wellness classes for Seniors, private sessions for autistic children, and group music classes at a school for children with mental and physical disabilities.
For over a decade now, she has been empowering students young and old to use their creative voices through music and has worked towards this end independently and in collaboration with Girls Rock Birmingham, Music World, Mason Music Studios, and Musika. Last spring, she was invited to lecture at the Journey to Justice conference in Nottingham, England to use her personal compositions as examples of the role of music and poetry in social movements to motivate young people to use their art in their communities to inspire empathy and affect change. It was an impactful experience, and since then, Willa has centered her teaching around songwriting and creative exploration, empowering her students discover their voices and become artists in their own right.
Though classically trained in piano, Willa is a singer-songwriter and ukulele enthusiast at heart, who is never happier than when performing and singing around the city, collaborating with fellow artists, and composing. She has recently released a self-produced solo album, Leaving Someday (available on Spotify and all streaming platforms), which she has begun to debut around the city.