Amanda Odish

Amanda O.

Mountain View, HI
Teaching Locations:
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Teaching Locations:
Profile-location-online Online
Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Aloha!! The ukulele is an incredibly fun instrument to learn! I currently offer lessons from beginner to intermediate levels. My method of teaching ukulele includes learning chords, rhythm, and picking the melodies. You will learn to read tablature and to even sight read with the ukulele if you so desire! Otherwise, you can learn to play beautiful ukulele chords and sing along!

In these lessons you will learn:
*How to make chord shapes and eliminate buzzing/muted strings
*Build knowledge and skills through learning 30+ chords on the ukulele
*Strum patterns (from easy to advanced)
*Rhythm and how to keep a beat, plus more complex rhythms
*How to sing along with your ukulele accompaniment
*Basic music theory knowledge to help you understand concepts
*How to pick the strings
*The notes on the ukulele
*How to read tablature
*To expand and have fun playing such a relaxing instrument!

Also, I love to teach children and adults alike! No one is too young or old to start playing the ukulele!!! You can learn to play the ukulele!! Let me help you discover your hidden potential as a multifaceted musician!!!

I love teaching online! There is no difference in quality of learning between in-person and online lessons through my experiences with numerous students. How I teach online is through Skype or FaceTime and I write the lesson's notes in the message board for every lesson so that each student has a quick and easy reference for practice. I take detailed notes so that my students feels confident about their week's practice assignments. This also makes it easier to keep track of my students' progress through time and how I can best assist all of my students with each of their unique learning requirements. I really enjoy teaching online and it gives my students the flexibility to learn from the comfort of their own home, to have a structured and predictable format, and to enjoy their lessons without having to drive anywhere.

It is also my belief that the true quality of musical progress is measured by the student's dedication and commitment to learning and implementing the techniques, so whether online or in person, the student's actions are that which generates success. You can succeed at whatever you put your mind to!

Feel free to send me a message if you have any questions! I look forward to meeting you! <3

About Amanda O.

Hello everyone! My name is Amanda O., and I am a Harpist, Voice teacher, Therapeutic Musician, Life Coach, Alternative Medicine Practitioner, and Vocalist who has over 21 years of experience as a classical vocalist and performer. By 8 years old, I began training as an opera singer and have merged my love of classical vocals with the therapeutic harp. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Diego State University, with my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and am currently in my graduate program at Chaminade University of Honolulu studying to obtain my Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology. I graduated from the International Harp Therapy Program as a Certified Therapeutic Harp Practitioner and have completed an internship at Apreva Hospice. I have experience playing therapeutic harp music at over 30 different facilities around San Diego, such as Narzerath House, Bay View, Bella Vista, Monte Vista Village, and La Mesa Health Care Center, as well as making In-Home visits. I also have experience playing therapeutic music at over 20 facilities in Oahu, Hawaii, where I currently reside. These include independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, and memory care facilities! I also have experience playing for the actively dying for hospice and consider it an honor to be of musical assistance for people in transition.

I love to teach and can make my harp and voice lessons unique to each individual based on their current skill level. I love watching people expand and grow through music. Your lessons will be engaging, compassionate, fun, and organized! Each lesson will encourage you to become excited about your musical growth and inspire you to continue. I offer something unusual for a harp teacher in that I can teach both improvisation and music theory for the harp. This means that you will get the best of both worlds!

I also have obtained education from the Self-Heal School of Herbal Studies here in San Diego, where I have learned about herbal medicine. I am well versed in many alternative therapies (such as E.F.T., mindfulness meditation, therapeutic music, Ayurvedic medicine, amino acid therapy, etc.) and can provide compassion, understanding, and strategies for alleviating suffering as a Life Coach. My education towards my Master's degree in Psychology also helps me increase my understanding of the human condition and offer additional support for anxiety, depression, addiction, and other stresses. I believe that everyone deserves to live a life of freedom, safety, comfort, and relaxation. I hope to provide loving assistance for anyone seeking someone who cares and will put in the time to truly listen and provide helpful feedback.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and please let me know how I can be of service to you!


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24 Reviews
Allison F.

Beautiful energy and attention.

Posted Jan 10, 2020
Profile-location-online Online

My son's voice has improved after only two lessons. He really enjoys the lessons as well. Amanda is very easy to work with

Posted Nov 10, 2019
Jeff P.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

In all things, there is ‘good’, ‘better’ and ‘best’,
My first lesson with Amanda was excellent. She clearly falls in the
‘best’ category.

Posted Nov 9, 2019
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

I have to say, Amanda’s guidance & cooperation is phenomenal! She is very patient & understanding about giving instructions, directions, tips as well as the consideration of small praise for new accomplishments, preventing any discouragement. She gives the satisfaction of accepting new challenges that are feasible & ensured it was within my understanding, not to mention to focus on the basics & create that strong foundation of yourself. Even when I was just learning something or not, I will always walk out with something new to help me play ukulele. It’s very exciting & the wonderful vibe that she gives makes it that much better and to look forward for my next lesson!

Posted Nov 6, 2019
Profile-location-online Online

I had fun my dreams is about to come true

Posted Sep 10, 2019
Profile-location-online Online

Great first lesson!

Posted Apr 26, 2019
Profile-location-online Online

My daughter has been learning Ukulele with Amanda for 2 months. she likes Amanda so much, saying that Amanda has the most beautiful voice. In 2 months, my daughter learned to sing several songs she liked while playing Ukulele, it was amazing and very happy experience.

Posted Dec 12, 2018
Profile-location-online Online

Thank you for teaching Mary the ukulele. She loves learning with you.

Posted Dec 11, 2018
Profile-location-home Student's Home

My 6 year old daughter has learned a lot on the first ten minutes

Posted Jul 28, 2018
Profile-location-online Online

Amanda is doing an amazing job of teaching our daughter to play the ukulele!

Posted Jul 11, 2018
Profile-location-online Online

I was uncertain how online lessons would work, but Amanda was wonderful! It's the early stages, but so far so good!

Posted Apr 30, 2018
Profile-location-online Online

Amanda was very patient with my daughter, an utter novice.

Posted Feb 22, 2018
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Amanda is a very enthusiastic and patient instructor. I look forward to our future lessons together and am happy I found such a great ukulele teacher!

Posted Jun 26, 2017
Profile-location-online Online

I just had my first lesson and I love Amanda already! Looking forward to more lessons

Posted Jul 8, 2016
Ali Marie
Profile-location-online Online

Amanda is great! I look forward to our classes every week. She is very supportive and encouraging for a beginner like me :)

Posted Feb 11, 2016
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

I've only had two lessons and Amanda has already taught me more about singing than I knew existed.

Posted Jan 13, 2016
Sonja T.
Profile-location-online Online

Amanda is a perfect fit for my online harp instruction. I have a very busy schedule and she is able to help me make the most of my practice and lesson times. She is an excellent and very flexible teacher, working with you to achieve your goals for the instrument - classical or improvisational, or both. I am looking forward to learning more about the therapeutic application of the harp in my field of integrative medicine.

Posted Jan 13, 2016
tiffany hawley
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

She is very welcoming and comforting and she knows how to teach what she knows in an easy to underatand way...

Posted Dec 23, 2015
LeeAnne Bielar
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Extremely knowlegable and BEAUTIFUL singer!!! Very pleasant to have in my home and teaching my little 8 yr old!!!

Posted Sep 26, 2015
Ella C.
Profile-location-online Online

I just started, and Amanda is great!!

Posted Sep 16, 2015
Sharon L.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Amanda is a fantastic instructor. She is very positive, kind, professional and encouraging. I had a lot of fun with my first harp lesson. Looking forward to the next one. Definitely very talented and knowledgeable in all aspects of the musical field.

Posted Aug 16, 2015
Adrienne W.
Profile-location-online Online

I love my lessons with Amanda! i recently had surgery on my wrist due to a work injury. After just a few lessons, she's altered my technique so that now I play without pain! PLUS I'm a student at Therapy Harp Training Program and she's a certified therapeutic harp practitioner! I couldn't have asked for a better teacher to guide me in this specialized field. She's a gifted teacher and I highly recommend her!!

Posted Jun 10, 2015
Lesly S.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Amanda is amazing she is patient and kind. She takes her time making sure that you as the student understand the material and can perfect the technique needed for the the harp. The harp is the first instrument I have ever played I didn't think I would be able to play since i have no music experience at all, but Amanda has helped me in every step of the way. If you wish to learn don't shy away from your wish just find a wonderful instructor like Amanda. One who takes her time with you and explains in different ways in case you don't understand the music symbols. She is extremely experienced with the folk harp she is very supportive and doesn't give up on you. Because of her I am excited to go to class and learn new things. My goal is to be an amazing harp player and I know that with her help I will be able to reach that goal. Amanda is just an amazing teacher and I am very fortunate to be learning from her. :)

Posted May 25, 2015
Bina A.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

I hired Amanda to help me with a performance at "the concert under the stars" I had almost 5 classes with her
We hit it off immediately because she was upbeat and committed to the cause as well as very punctual fair and intelligent
She helped me learn a breath technique called abdominal breathing which I will always use
She actually accompanied me at the performance and i really hit the high notes effortlessly because I felt real calm and in control her ukulele was a perfect accompaniment to my voice
I' even received special mention by the organizer
I am now planning to accompany Amanda to other venues
I recommend her without reservation
Bina adigopula

Posted Jun 8, 2014

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Student of Voice
Jan 1995 - Present

from a variety of teachers/ Grossmont College

20 Years experience of training as a vocalist from professionals and experienced teachers.

Internship for International Harp Therapy Program
Dec 2012 - Sep 2013

Apreva Hospice

I volunteered for Apreva Hospice, where I played therapeutic harp at bedside for the actively dying. I have had many encounters with a large assortment of individuals who have taught me a lot about life's lessons. This experience awakened a heart-calling for playing therapeutic music for hospice patients and for those struggling with profound loss and grief. I love to engage in empathetic listening and to help people feel loved and cared for. This experience colors and enriches all other practices I do, such as teaching, life coaching, and performing.


Master's of Science in Counseling Psychology
Jul 2016 - Present

Chaminade University of Honolulu

Bachelor's Degree in Psychology
Apr 2014 - May 2016

San Diego State University

Alternative Medicine & Phyto-therapy
Sep 2012 - Aug 2014

Self-Heal School of Herbal Studies

Associate Degree in Psychology
Aug 2011 - Apr 2014

Grossmont College



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Certified Therapeutic Harp Practitioner
Jun 2013

International Harp Therapy Program

Therapeutic Harpist trained in the ancient therapeutic modes of music and counseling to play for the actively dying in hospice, for special needs individuals, for people with severe pain or disorders, emotional imbalances, and to promote relaxation, comfort, peace, safety, security, empathetic listening, and compassion at all times with music.

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