- Teaches students:
- Females 4+ and males 4 to 18
- Teaching since:
- April 2009
Hello, I'm excited you're thinking about music lessons! It is my passion to provide high-quality education to young learners. I obtained my B.M. in Violin Performance from West Chester University. I have been furthering my teaching skills as an active American String Teachers Association member, through Suzuki training, and pedagogy study at The Juilliard School during the Starling-Delay Symposium on Violin Studies. I perform with the Livermore-Amador Symphony and the Awesome Orchestra Collective.
I work to help students create and achieve their musical goals. I pride myself on clearly communicating lesson topics and assignments so every student knows exactly what must be practiced for the upcoming lessons. Teacher clarity helps students practice in a more focused fashion so they can improve as steadily and quickly as possible. I ensure my students get the most out of each lesson by using a variety of teaching styles and tools. Students with longer lessons (45 minutes or more) can benefit from music theory workbooks and games which I incorporate into the lessons. My goal is to make every lesson fun and challenging for my students!
Students will have the option to advance through ABRSM or ASTACAP certificate programs. Hard-working students will prepare for auditions with local youth orchestras.
I offer multiple performance opportunities each year. For the past three years I organized formal spring recitals where all my students gained the experience of playing with an accompanist in a recital hall. This past year I invited a few select students to perform in an honors recital. Another performance opportunity I offered a few years ago was a more casual Duet Day where my students and I performed duets for their family and the community in a park. Of course, these opportunities change from year to year, but the emphasis is always on giving a performance to be proud of!
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I participated in the introductory course for Suzuki instructors and learned the ideas behind the Suzuki method of teaching. I am excited to be able to incorporate these ideas into my instruction.
The American String Teachers Association, founded more than 60 years ago, is a membership organization for string and orchestra teachers and players, helping them to develop and refine their careers. ASTA's members range from budding student teachers to artist-status performers. The organization provides a vast array of services, including instrument insurance, an award-winning scholarly journal, discounts on publications and resources, annual professional development opportunities, and access to collegial network of colleagues throughout the string profession.+ Read More
It is my pleasure to recommend Amanda as a violin instructor. On very short notice, she enthusiastically agreed to help my daughter prepare for a middle school orchestra audition, even though we were not on Amanda's roster of clients. In two 30 minute private lessons she was able to acclimate my daughter to the two challenging audition pieces, address questions about technique and also taught her how to tune her instrument. Thanks to Amanda's excellent teaching and flexibility, my daughter had a great experience for her first audition.+ Read More
Amanda is an excellent instructor and I like her work ethics and her dedication to teaching music.
Amanda is very nice and patient with my girls, they really like learning with her. They have really learned a lot in only 3 lessons. We will definitely keep taking lessons with Amanda:)
Amanda is very patient, very understanding and a true professional. She teaches with passion and is very dedicated to the success of her students. I'd highly recommend her.
My daughter recently started working with Amanda, and I've been impressed all around. She has a great style, pays very close attention to technique, and has a personality that puts my daughter at ease and gives her someone to look up to. I would highly recommend Amanda!+ Read More
Amanda has impressed me by her excellent way of teaching violin to my 6 years old. I highly recommend her.