Amber Gillani

Amber G.

Chicago, IL
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Whether this is the first you're picking up an instrument or your getting started with your seventh, I'm here to help you achieve your musical goals!

In lessons with me you can expect:
-Tailored lessons to meet your musical goals
-Experienced teaching and playing
-Research-based and practical teaching techniques and practice routines
-Well-rounded lessons including music theory (notation, scales, patterns, etc.), history, practical application, ear training, and more.
-A patient and positive teacher

I look forward to making music with you!

About Amber G.

I am certified music teacher licensed in IL and NY and have been playing the trumpet for over 15 years. I've played in a variety of ensembles and teach and play multiple instruments proficiently.

My goal is to help you reach your musical goals and explore the areas of music that you enjoy the most.

In lessons with me you can expect:
-Customized curriculum that is adapted to your goals and needs
-Researched and proven teaching and playing techniques
-Accommodations to meet a variety of learning styles and needs.
-A variety of repertoire from various musical styles
-Well-rounded instruction including history, theory, and the physics of sound and your instrument.

Students also have the opportunity to explore a variety areas in music such as
-Composition software (notation and recording)
-Audio editing
-Music Theory
-Secondary instruments

I look forward to working with you!


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Orchestra Director
Aug 2019 - Present

School District 59

In this position, I mostly teach beginning students on the violin, viola, and cello. I also have the opportunity to work with students who have been playing their instrument for 1-3 years. Working with beginners, here and in the past, has helped me develop teaching methods and activities that help students make music right away while developing positive playing habits.

Music Teacher
Dec 2018 - Jun 2019

Chicago Public Schools

I worked in an Austin neighborhood K-8 public elementary school. In this position I taught general music, beginning percussion and recorder and organized performances for graduation and assemblies. Students worked on projects such as composing rap songs, recording music and working with loops, percussion ensemble, and beginning band. Many of my students had significant needs and required instructional accommodations.

Trumpet Player and Rehearsal Assistant
Feb 2018 - Aug 2018

Stories: Our American Journey

Stories: Our American Journey was a community created and performed musical documentary of the Ismaili community in the USA. Cast and staff memebrs from across the USA and Canada met weekly in LA for 4 months before taking the show on a 7-city national tour. As part of the community and in the show I arranged and composed music for the show, setup and led rehearsals, and performed on trumpet.

Trumpet Player and Section Manager
Sep 2012 - May 2017

NYU Concert and Jazz Bands

In these ensembles, I rehearsed multiple times weekly and performed 2-3 times a year per ensemble. As trumpet section manager, I arranged and led trumpet sectionals.


Bachelor of Music in Music Education
Sep 2012 - Dec 2016

New York University



Limited Proficiency


Initial Certificate-Music
Aug 2018

New York State Education Department

Initial Teaching Certificate in Music
Professional Educator License
Aug 2018

Illinois State Board of Education

Certified teacher with an endorsement in music K-12.


National Education Association
Aug 2019
The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.
National Association for Music Education
Oct 2012
National Association for Music Education (NAfME), among the world’s largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers. The Association orchestrates success for millions of students nationwide and has supported music educators at all teaching levels for more than a century. Since 1907, NAfME has worked to ensure that every student has access to a well-balanced, comprehensive, and high-quality program of music instruction taught by qualified teachers.

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