Slow School in a Fast World with Eliot Grasso

Unlock the secrets of classical Christian education with our enlightening conversation with Eliot Grasso, accomplished Irish musician and vice president and tutor at Gutenberg College. Prepare to challenge your notions about the efficiency of education as we trail-blaze beyond the modern world’s relentless pursuit of immediate results. Grasp the profound benefits of an inefficient education that strikes a harmonious balance between ambition and service, shaping individuals into thoughtful contributors to society.

Surround yourself with the wisdom of Eliot’s unique teaching experience at Gutenberg College. Together, we dissect the significance of a slower, deeper learning approach that enables a thorough exploration and understanding of the subject matter. We shine a spotlight on the tension between wanting to be a winner and desiring to serve others, drawing intriguing parallels to our motivations in education.

Close out your day with a fascinating dive into the world of classical education and its standout benefits for children. For all you parents out there, we navigate the intricacies of pursuing classical education as an act of love for your children. Tune in as we unravel Gutenberg College’s unique approach, where students engage with Great Books in small groups, honing their critical thinking skills and preparing to become adaptable generalists in the workforce. Experience the transformation of students who have traversed this path as we uncover the profound impact of classical education.


Biography: Eliot Grasso

Eliot Grasso, vice president and tutor at Gutenberg, grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. Eliot joined the faculty of Gutenberg College in 2012 where he teaches courses on art, music, and aesthetics. 

Eliot has performed, recorded, taught, and lectured on Irish traditional music internationally. Scholars, critics, and performers have described him as “one of the finest uilleann pipers in the history of Irish music in America.” Eliot has performed for the National Endowment for the Arts Awards, and John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. As a recording artist, Eliot has produced numerous recording projects in America and in Ireland. 

Eliot holds a B.A. in music from Goucher College, a M.A. in ethnomusicology from the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick, and a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance.

Eliot and Kate Grasso currently reside in Oregon with their three children. A fuller picture of Eliot’s intellectual and artistic endeavors is available at