Amali Premawardhana

Amali P.

Teaneck, NJ

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Amali delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
April 2003

Born in Chicago to a musical family, Amali began piano lessons with her mother at age five, and cello lessons a few years later at the Merit School of Music. She completed her formal studies at the Manhattan School of Music in 2007 where her primary teachers were Julia Lichten and Margo Tatgenhorst-Drakos. Recent performance experience include the New England Symphonic Ensemble, Zero Gravity Contemporary Music Ensemble, and in master classes with cellists Yo-Yo Ma and Ron Leonard. Amali has taken part in festivals such as the Mannes Beethoven Institute and the Tanglewood Institute and has taught at summer programs such as the Kinhaven Music School. She currently plays in Tiger Lilies, a duo project that seeks to blend folk music with creative improvisations and arrangements as well as alice., a pop and jazz based septet that has recently completed it's second full-length album, a.443. She enjoys an exciting performance and teaching schedule in the New York City area, and believes that one of the most rewarding benefits of playing music comes from being able to share it with others.

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to emphasis a relaxed and gentle approach to the instrument. Making music should never cause you physical pain and so it's important to build a strong and solid technical foundation based on a balance between strength, flexibility and relaxation. Over time, this physical freedom allows for natural musical expression and creativity.

I always give my students the choice in the direction they like to take their lessons, whether it be learning simple tunes to perform for friends or mastering classical repertoire for the concert stage, I am open to lots of ideas! We always begin with assessing the student's musical goals and then form appropriate musical projects to work on. Meanwhile, we make sure to cover the necessary elements of music making, ranging from proper instrument position to music theory and musicality.

I also strongly encourage regular individual practice in order to reinforce what we learn. My aim as a teacher is to guide each student along on their own musical journey...

*** Studio Equipment ***
Upright piano, keyboard fully weighted 88 keys, amplifier, cello, violin, guitars, electric and upright bass. All necessary chords and cables. Stereo, tuners, metronomes, etc, computer, recording equip,

*** Travel Equipment ***
I travel with my own instrument and require students to have their own instrument as well.

*** Specialties ***
Cello: beg to adv

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8 Reviews

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AntoniaS Apr 21, 2012

A very patient kind teacher. My daughter is very pleased with her teaching method and loves attending her weekly classes.

NatalieW Mar 14, 2012


Hello Customer Service,My leaving had nothing to do with Amali's wonderful tutoring style. My daughter really loved going to her and presented get skills with her. Amali is very patient and obviously knows what she's doing. I wish continued success with her students. We are leaving for person reasons. Thank you.Natalie Ward

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SusanL1 Feb 19, 2012

We love Amali!

Amali is great. She's very patient and gentle with kids. She makes the class FUN!! At the beginning, my daughter, who is 6, was apprehensive about the idea of learning and playing piano. Now, she looks forward to Amali's classes on Saturdays! We are so happy to work with her!

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SamH Feb 7, 2012

Great Teacher!

Amali is a great instructor. She is very patient and will work with you until you get it. For a tune deaf person like me, trying to hear tempo and beats was a tall order, but Amali was able to guide me on the road of enjoying music on a whole new level.

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AndreaW1 Oct 18, 2011

Amali is a great piano instructor. She adjusts her lessons to the student's needs. She is very calm and explains things well.

JacquelineD Sep 10, 2011

Amali is wonderful!

Amali P. was my second music instructor, first for the cello. She is very patient, always answering the million questions (as a music novice) I brought to each session. She is understanding, but quick to gently correct. Her focus on form was very important for me as a beginner in cello. I would highly recommend her for both children and adults.

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MyrnaG Jul 21, 2010

Feedback for Amali

Amali is very sweet, very patient and is a great teacher. My 5 y/o daugther is really enjoying her piano lessons.

EricD Jun 3, 2010

A Wonderful Experience

In my opinion, Amali is a great cello instructor. She emphasizes the importance of proper form and technique, while making the lessons fun and enjoyable. I can't wait to get home and practice. Highly recommended!

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