- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
My name is Amanda and I love helping students become accomplished pianists.
An Etude is a piece of music that focuses on one area of technique, but is then performed because of its artistic merit; I think learning to play the piano should function the same way. In lessons I teach technique and theory to develop your overall musicianship, but we also enjoy the music and have fun because creativity should be enjoyed!
I received my B.A. in Music Education with an emphasis in both Piano and Voice from Vanguard University of Southern California, and have taught private piano lessons for the last eight years. I specialize in beginning students, children with developmental disabilities, and those who have taken lessons before but were not taught how to read music/theory.
Each student is taught not only how to play the piano proficiently, but to be a well-rounded musician. Everyone has a unique learning style, and the curriculum is tailored to match those needs without compromising in any area of musicianship. The curriculum includes aural (ear) training, music theory, composing, sight reading, and musical expression. Each lesson is also fun! We play music games, composing activities, and play hard while we work hard (yes, even if you're an adult student). Music is a skill, but an exciting one, and lessons reflect the balance between creativity, fun, and hard work that makes playing the piano so rewarding.
As the Elementary Music Teacher, I taught grades Kindergarten-Fourth, as well as teaching an after school percussion class.
I developed the schools Music curriculum, which was accredited through ACSI and is still being used.
I wrote, choreographed, and directed the Elementary Christmas Production, which included original songs, and was performed by over 250 children.
I taught at-risk and developmentally disabled children group piano lessons. Lessons included theory, repertoire, and group playing. The curriculum was developed by myself and a college professor, and we held an end-of-year recital with all students.
I received extra training and certification from Harmony Roads Music courses, which specializes in beginning piano students and teaching methods.