Amber James

Amber J.

New York, NY
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Amber passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Amber delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 6+ and special needs

Teaching since:
1996

Hello! My name is Amber and I can't wait to begin music lessons with you! I've been teaching private lessons since 1996 when I was 15 and have loved helping my students accomplish their goals regardless of the level. I have a Bachelor's degree in piano and music education, a Master's degree in Vocal Performance, and am finishing a dissertation to complete my Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy. I love to teach all ages and styles whether on the piano or voice. I have extensive training in opera and musical theatre. I am also a professional accompanist. I look forward to hearing from you and would love to help you reach your goals!

Experience

Private Voice and Piano Instructor
Aug 2015 - Present
Self-Employed

I teach private voice and piano full-time in the city. My studio currently has over 40 regular students.

Graudate Teaching Assistant
Aug 2012 - Jun 2015
University of Southern Mississippi

I worked for the university as a teaching assistant while working on my doctorate. Duties included teaching voice to college students, classical and musical theater styles.

Private Music Instructor
Aug 2012 - Jun 2015
Bass Memorial Academy

I taught weekly piano and voice lessons to high school students. I also prepared them for semester recitals and college auditions for music programs.

Accompanist/Vocal Coach
Aug 2008 - May 2011
Southern Wesleyan University

I worked as the staff accompanist and vocal coach for college voice students earning degrees in music.

Music Teacher
Aug 2004 - Jul 2007
Grace Lutheran School

I was the music teacher at Grace Lutheran School and taught students private piano and voice lessons after school hours. I also did this from 2011-2012.

Education

Doctor of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy
Aug 2012 - Present
University of Southern Mississippi
Master of Music in Vocal Performance
Aug 2008 - Dec 2010
University of Georgia
Bachelor of Arts in Music Eduation and Piano
Aug 1999 - May 2004
Southern Wesleyan University

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Affiliations

Opera America
Sep 2015

OPERA America draws on resources and expertise from within and beyond the opera field to advance a mutually beneficial agenda that serves and strengthens the field through programs in the following categories: Creation: Artistic services that help artists and companies increase the creativity and excellence of opera productions, especially North American works; Presentation: Opera company services that address the specific needs of staff, trustees and volunteers; Enjoyment: Education, audience development and community services that increase all forms of opera appreciation.

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Photos & Videos

University Production of a Musical Review - "Climb Every Mountain" from The Sound of Music
DMA Lecture Recital, Hattiesburg, MS, September 2016

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"Fly, Fly Away" from Catch Me If You Can
Climb Every Mountain

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Recording session in Brooklyn, July 2017

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"Fireside" by Jim Brickman
"Fly Me to the Moon" - Gershwin
"Make You Feel My Love" - Adele
"Ecco l'orrido campo" from Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera

53 Reviews

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Ivan Cabrera Feb 13, 2017
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Amber is a magnificent teacher. She has tons of experience, and can identify problems and resolve concerns instantaneously. She is not forceful and will gladly work in accordance with the preferred pace of the student. Overall she is incredibly knowledgable and if you work with her and adhere to her notes and suggestions you will notice immediate qualitative improvement.

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Wesley Ruiz Feb 2, 2017
Vocal Training ·

Would definitely recommend anyone to work w/ Amber. She's great, listens to you, provides feedback and does her best to get you where you want to be w/ your vocals.

Grant Gillespie Jan 3, 2017
Vocal Training ·

Amber is such a positive person that it's hard to leave a session without feeling better about your voice and yourself. I am a complete novice and Amber is the perfect balance of encouraging, patient and challenging. Can't say enough good things about her...

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Serena Jang Dec 16, 2016
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Amber is an exceptional teacher. She explains the complex technical parts of singing in a very easy-to-digest way. She is personable and makes singing enjoyable and easy to do. Her encouragement is a great boost of confidence and I would recommend her with enthusiasm.

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Nikita Banerjea Nov 18, 2016
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Love Amber! She made me feel super comfortable and relaxed. Definitely would recommend.

Jing Qi Sep 22, 2016
Piano ·

I am taking both Piano and Voice with Amber, and she is very nice.

Patrick Jones Sep 17, 2016
Vocal Training ·

Amber is great. She has a lot of good stories to help me remember different exercises and makes sure I have things I work in in between lessons

Amanda Cicarella Sep 12, 2016
Vocal Training ·

I have had 3 lessons so far with Amber. My 4th one is tomorrow! She has so much knowledge to share. I took a long long break from singing. I also injured my voice a while back. Amber has been super patient with my slow recovery in confidence and technique. I wish I met her 20 years ago. She is teaching me so many things about my voice I have never been told before. Amber is awesome!

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Lena Nakkash Sep 2, 2016
Piano ·

I've only had 2 lessons so far but Amber has been an amazing teacher! She is understanding and goes at your pace, no matter what your experience. I am continuing my lessons with her and scheduling time to practice because of how encouraging she is!

Holly Sutton Aug 8, 2016
Piano ·

Amber has been an absolute joy to work with! I'm new to learning how to play the piano/read music and am incredibly impressed with her patience and ability to teach, she always leaves me excited for our next lesson. Amber is incredibly kind and talented, I couldn't have picked a better instructor!

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Tapish Kushwaha Aug 1, 2016
Piano ·

Amber has a very relaxed manner and is very patient with training a newbie like me. She lets me set my own pace and is very good with explaining concepts.

Tomer Tal Jul 30, 2016
Vocal Training ·

Amber is a super professional teacher.
On top of that, she makes the experience smoother and easier by giving great examples and constructive criticism.
If you're looking to improve your vocal abilities - she's the address.
Very recommended.

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Justin Fowlkes Jun 20, 2016
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Amber is fantastic and charming! She is very patient and knowledgeable and is always trying to find ways to communicate new concepts by tailoring each technique individual students!

She is a singer by trade and can show you what you're are doing and how it affects the sound which is a really valuable resource!

Plus, she plays and teaches piano too which is plus unto itself!

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Chip Kraemer Jun 14, 2016
Vocal Training ·

Encouraging and inspiring, Amber is everything I could ask for in a coach and cannot wait to continue studying with her! If you're considering beginning, or continuing your coaching/training/learning Amber will meet you at your level.
I haven't sung in 6 years, but after 1 coaching, and a few days of exercises, singing is so much easier than it has been, and I'm already remembering how great it is.
Train with her. You won't regret it.

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Rainne Wu Jun 4, 2016
Vocal Training ·

Amber is an incredible teacher. She cares passionately about her students, and also is super sharp and observant. She'll notice, for example, during drills that your voice hitched when you hit the high notes, and will suggest yet *more* drills to work on, say, tongue tension, or lifting your palette! She's also incredibly helpful with visualization techniques. Aside from the very important and helpful practical advice and applications, she's also an incredibly warm person, and beautiful inside and out. I'd recommend her to anyone!

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Ting Lin May 31, 2016
Vocal Training ·

Amber is the best vocal teacher I can ask for! Every time I see her it's like a music therapy session because we are in a room sharing our love of music! She has a way of creating a serene and supportive environment for me to express my voice in the songs I choose, yet providing constructive advice to how I can improve each time. She posts notes from the previous lesson on the Reverb lessons site so I can go back to them when I practice at home. She truly cares about each student and their progress whether as a singer or a music enthusiast! Also a shoutout to Reverb lessons site for providing helpful tools including easy lesson rebooking options and occasional discounts! This site has made the whole process pleasant!

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Zach Chang May 30, 2016
Vocal Training ·

Amber is both an expert in vocal studies (currently working on her PhD in the subject) and a fantastic teacher. Her breadth of knowledge and her experience working with a variety of voice types in a variety of styles shows in every lesson. Over the past few months, I feel that I have progressed very far as a singer and have enjoyed every step along the way.

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Inbal Zingman May 27, 2016
Vocal Training ·

training to surprise my fiancé at our wedding, I've got 0 experience, and Amber has been very encouraging and my fiancé is already noticing a difference in my voice, more clean and confident, when I sing at home. Looking forward for more lessons!

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Jennifer Adams May 15, 2016
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Amber is really awesome and nice. I've only taken four lessons with her and I've already noticed a dramatic improvement!

natalie tagher May 14, 2016
Vocal Training ·

Amber is a wonderful teacher! I had no training prior and can't read music so I was intimidated to start. She made it so easy to just jump right in and made me feel really comfortable! I love working with Amber -- definitely hire her!

Jene Wallace Apr 8, 2016
Piano · In studio

I've been working with Amber for a few months now and she's great! I played for 10 years when I was younger and wanted a teacher who could get me back up to speed, which she has. She gives great tips for practicing difficult spots; is easy going but also not afraid to correct you and is versatile in all types of music (I was used to only learning classical). She's tailors her teaching to how you want to play, whether it's for fun or more seriously. I also appreciate that she is flexible around my constantly changing work schedule. I highly recommend Amber!

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Sarah Khan Mar 20, 2016
Vocal Training ·

Great teacher. Makes me feel super comfortable, even tho I'm really shy. Love it!

Christa Imbriale Mar 11, 2016
Vocal Training ·

I really enjoy working with Amber. She's calm, professional and obviously has a wealth of knowledge about vocal training. I know I am going to learn and improve a LOT with her training.

Stacy Bauerlein Mar 9, 2016
Piano ·

Amber is great! She is very patient and understanding of my specific needs as an adult student. She gives great advice on how to practice to encourage improvement, rather than frustration. Highly recommended!

lois samuels Mar 8, 2016
Vocal Training ·

I just finished up my second class with Amber. I have learned so much in regards to techniques I should use to help me 'find my voice. Happy for this experience and highly recommended!

Jillian Joseph Feb 27, 2016
Vocal Training ·

Amber is patient and compassionate with me. She helped me feel at ease with my singing lesson.

Brandon Look Feb 25, 2016
Vocal Training ·

I only took lessons with Amber for a short time but she was extremely helpful and identified things to work on immediately. I feel more confident and have been singing more at home !

Christina Yu Feb 24, 2016
Vocal Training ·

Amber was an excellent teacher. She was experienced, yet lighthearted and gave wonderful advice.

Liz R. Feb 22, 2016
Piano · In studio

Amber is awesome! I highly recommend her!

Liz R.

Joanna Charles Feb 22, 2016
Vocal Training ·

Amber is an amazing teacher! She's extremely talented and knowledgeable. She is also very patient, encouraging, and overall a great teacher. I would definitely recommend signing up for lessons with Amber!

Sofia Ekonomidis Feb 17, 2016
Piano ·

Amber has been teaching my 9 yr old daughter piano, and she has been such a delight. My daughter is inspired and looks forward to class each week. She is excited to show me what she has learned, and looks forward to class each week. Amber is professional, courteous, and helped up to pick out a keyboard for our daughter. I'd highly recommend Amber for a piano instructor.

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Carlos Monteagudo Feb 1, 2016
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I met Amber J over a month ago, had been working with another coach for a significant number of years and took a hiatus from performing regularly. Building a rapport with a new teacher/coach can be challenging but Amber inspires trust, confidence and respect.

After just three lessons, I feel a notable difference in my vocal quality and confidence. Amber takes the time to thoughtfully explain techniques in a way that you can easily apply them in practice and performance. In addition to being a delightful human being, she is a highly skilled artist and anyone who has the fortune of working with her will surely benefit from her expertise. AmberJ is superb and it's a pleasure to endorse her.

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Jocelyn F. Feb 1, 2016
Piano · In home

Amber is a phenomenal teacher. She is encouraging, methodical, and also helps patients work through internal barriers that hold them back. Amber truly cares about her students and she works to ensure they achieve their goals. I searched through so many profiles before selecting a teacher, and I found the best one!

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Wibke Zipp Jan 30, 2016
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Working with Amber has been amazing. She knew from the very start how to get me out of my comfort zone which isn't an easy thing to do. She truly cares about her students and wants them to have a great learning experience. I'm so glad I found her!

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Dana Richmond Jan 18, 2016
Piano ·

I highly recommend Amber as your piano instructor. She is very accommodating with scheduling and she is a very talented instructor. She makes practicing fun and exciting!

Eugene Leventhal Jan 11, 2016
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Amber has been a fantastic teacher so far (and I look forward to more!). As a total beginner at learning how to sing properly, Amber has been patient as she has been teaching me the basics. She's been great at understanding my goals and structuring the lessons appropriately, also adjusting as we go based on what techniques have been resonating with me. I definitely recommend her!

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James Brandon Jan 10, 2016
Piano ·

I'm enjoying my lessons with Amber. I played a little about 25 years ago, and it has been real enjoyable to start playing again.

Amber is a thoughtful instructor who understands what your strengths and weaknesses are and helps you work on them.

kyle Dec 12, 2015
Singing · In studio

Amber's been amazing and very encouraging, her skills as a teacher and singer are very obvious upon first meeting her. She's very engaged as my teacher, tailoring each lesson progress towards building skills, with her sight on my goals. A beautiful laugh and great sense of humor further adds to the wonderful experience.

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Dahlia K. Dec 3, 2015
Piano · In home

My daughter loves her. She even loves to practice everyday without me telling her to do it. Not like her previous class, now she loves piano. It all because of Amber is so charming.

Winnie L. Nov 18, 2015
Piano · In studio

Had a wonderful first lesson with Amber! Looking forward to many more!

kyle Roberts Nov 13, 2015
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Amber's been amazing and very encouraging, her skills as a teacher and singer are very obvious upon first meeting her. She's very engaged as my teacher, tailoring each lesson progress towards building skills, with her sight on my goals. A beautiful laugh and great sense of humor further adds to the wonderful experience.

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dana leichus Nov 8, 2015
Piano ·

Amber is a wonderful teacher! She is so easy and fun to work with. She goes at your pace and makes you feel comfortable. I really enjoy my lessons with Amber and highly recommend her.

Miriam K. Oct 19, 2015
Singing · In home

My daughter really enjoyed the class. Amber was a talented singer and a very knowledgable and professional voice teacher.

Ana Oct 11, 2015
Classical Voice · In studio

I had the fortune to have Ms. James as my first voice teacher and with her I started to learn from the basic to advanced new things for me. My experience with her is unforgettable because now my posture, breathing, and singing are what they are thanks to her hard work and patience. I really miss her and I think is good to have a good voice lesson teacher from the beginning of our career, as I did with Ms. James because our base gets very strong and that makes all the future "hard work" easier.
Thanks, Ms. James.

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Emilie Oct 10, 2015
Accompaniment · In studio

I had Amber as accompanist in a college setting and she is truly fabulous. Her extremely broad knowledge of music makes her an asset in the musical journey of any student or professional. As a vocalist and an accompanist, she has a wonderful sense of musicality. I would recommend Amber to anyone! She's absolutely amazing.

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Naz K. Sep 25, 2015
Piano · In home

My 7 years old daughter loves to work with Amber.

Katrin Sep 16, 2015
Broadway Singing · In studio

It was really great. I felt I learned a lot and had much fun

Jo O. Aug 30, 2015
Piano · In studio

I have just taken up the piano as an adult, after years thinking about it. It is the most challenging and fun thing I have done in a very long time. Amber is a fantastic, patient, and inspirational teacher. I highly recommend her.

Mattie Aug 14, 2015
Accompaniment · In studio

Amber is a wonderful accompanist- musical, empathetic, instinctive, and incredibly accommodating to the singer. Having a wide scope of operatic and art song repertoire, Amber also possesses advanced sight reading skills, able to play almost any vocal repertoire placed in front of her. Not only does Amber possess the necessary skills required of a fabulous accompanist, as a person, she is a pleasure to work with and actively works to create a warm, positive atmosphere for her singers/clients. I highly recommend Amber as a coach and accompanist.

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Amanda Aug 13, 2015
Classical Voice · In studio

Amber James was a fabulous voice instructor! I feel like I grew so much in the two years I took lessons from her. Very clear in her instructions and puts new concepts on a level that is easily understandable. She is also very positive and encouraging during lessons which is always a plus!

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Dalles Aug 13, 2015
Classical Piano · In studio

I came to high school with a tiny bit of piano ability, and 6 years of "experience" behind me. Ms. James was very friendly to me the very first time I walked through the door. She helped me get back to where I had advanced to before I slacked off during the summer, and then she helped me scale new heights of my musical abilities. I have progressed more with Ms. James in three years than I have with any other teacher that I've had for three years. She really taught me the essence of hard work, focus, self-discipline, and appropriate pride in my ability and my music that I played. She's very sweet and kind. I would definitely recommend her as a teacher, not only for her abilities as a good teacher, but also for her great social skills.

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Dr. Melanie R. Aug 12, 2015
Classical Voice · In studio

You can't go wrong with lessons from Amber! She's performed herself in both broadway and operatic styles, plus she's taught many, many successful students over the years. She's a top rate accompanist as well. I've never met anyone who could successfully navigate all of these teaching styles, perform them herself, and accompany as well. I recommend her with highest praise!

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Jay Aug 12, 2015
Musical Theater · In studio

I've been with Amber for three years and she's not only been my teacher but mentor. I can trust her, and she always knows what's best for me as a performer! I'm going to miss her!

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