Amy Cain

Amy C.

Columbus, OH
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Beginner, Intermediate
Students in Amy’s studio are trained using a multifaceted approach that includes the study of repertoire (classical, folk, jazz, and more), etudes, technical skills, ear training, sight-reading, theory, composition, music history and performance practices. All of these skills lead to the development of well-rounded, versatile musicians!

About Amy C.

Welcome to Amy's Piano Studio! Over the past several years, Amy Cain has taught piano to students of all ages and levels in Ann Arbor, Boston, and Columbus. All of the students in Amy’s studio are trained using a multifaceted approach which includes the study of repertoire (classical, folk, jazz, and more), etudes, technical skills, ear training, sight-reading, theory, composition, music history and performance practices. All of these skills lead to the development of well-rounded, versatile musicians!

Learning an instrument is beneficial for many reasons: aside from the obvious enjoyment one gets out of playing beautiful music, working at a skill week after week helps young people build confidence, increase memorization and focus, create and work toward goals, and become self-directed learners. These are not just skills that musicians need to have—these are useful skills for all areas of life!

Amy descends from a long line of musicians (both her mother and great-grandmother were piano teachers). She has studied piano since the age of eight. She is a creative person through and through—she earned her BFA in Creative Writing at Goddard College ('14) with a Minor in Music, and she earned her MFA at Boston University ('16). She holds an ARCT Performer’s Diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music and is in the process of getting her Music Teacher's Certification through the National Music Teacher's Association. She has training in piano, music theory and pedagogy. Amy is a current member of the Central East Ohio Music Teacher's Association; she regularly attends trainings and conferences in order to grow as a teacher!

Amy coaches her students to take pride in their accomplishments, to exude an air of assurance and poise at the piano, and to become self-directed learners. Performing is a key part of one's music education, thus all of Amy's students are given the opportunity to perform in recitals, small group classes, and in Royal Conservatory of Music exams if they choose.

METHOD:
Young beginners (ages 4 through 8) will start with Tales of a Musical Journey Book 1 by Irina Gorin, who is one of the most prominent piano pedagogues for children in the United States and beyond. Written in chapter book form, Tales of a Musical Journey uses a fairytale setting and characters to introduce and expand musical concepts. The book is entertaining, and the logically interconnected stories develop a young student's understanding and appreciation of music and piano playing.

Older beginners (ages 9 and up) will use Piano Safari for the Older Student — Level 1 by Julie Knerr and Katherine Fisher. This method uses a blend of rote pieces and reading pieces to teach beginning pianists beautiful technique AND strong music reading skills. Students learn to read music in this book using the intervallic approach, which helps them become adept at seeing the contours of melodies, as well as interval and chord shapes, rather than reading note by note.

Each of the aforementioned piano methods contains two books; when students finish both, they will move to the Royal Conservatory Series of piano books, of which there are ten levels plus two preparatory levels that may be skipped, depending on the student. At this point, students will have the option to take part in the Royal Conservatory Certificate Program. Even if a student opts out of the program, they will still use the Royal Conservatory books. All of the books contain classical selections from the four major periods of classical music history: Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary. I feel it is important for students to have a strong classical foundation so that they understand and appreciate the history of the piano. Royal Conservatory books also include jazz and swing selections, folk song selections, and other non-classical music that appeals to young people.

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Frank B.
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Extremely happy with her teaching method. I would highly recommend her.

Posted Jul 19, 2018
Ali R.
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Very engaging first lesson! Ali is excited to continue.

Posted Jan 9, 2018
Jasmine R.
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We had our first piano lesson today and Amy was absolutely fantastic. My daughter left very excited and looking forward to her next lesson.

Posted Nov 16, 2017
Mickey M.
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Amy has been great. She adjusted quickly to my skill level (somewhere between beginner and intermediate), tailored what she taught me to my interests, and is generally very patient and helpful. She's skilled, knowledgable, and is great to work with!

Posted Feb 23, 2017
Am Gi

Amy is one of the best piano teachers you will ever find. She loves music and is able to pass that passion on to her students. She works with each one as a unique individual, no rote formula or one size fits all approach. We drive from Dayton to Columbus every week because it's worth it to have Amy as a teacher. I would recommend her anytime to anyone seeking quality, enjoyable music instruction.

Posted Sep 17, 2016
Beth D.

My 6 year old daughter takes lessons with Amy and it's been a wonderful experience. She is excited to show us what she's learned and really enjoys her lessons. She was very comfortable with Amy from the start and many times she is shy with new people. I would highly recommend her to anyone wanting to learn piano.

Posted Sep 16, 2016
julie db

My 6 years old daughter had a wonderful experience with Amy in Boston, MA. In general she has issues focusing on tasks, but Amy was always able to keep her attention and motivate her to do her best. Amy is very personable, professional and most of all patient, a very important skill to have when dealing with young students. She assigns homework and rewards students for it, helping them to practice with consistency and take pride of their accomplishments. I highly recommend Amy if you are in Columbus area and looking for a positive and enjoyable learning experience.

Posted Sep 16, 2016
Meredith Smith

My daughter just started lessons with Amy and she loves it. She has clicked with Amy and enjoys going to get lesson and wanting to practice to show Ms Amy how much she's learned. I would recommend Amy to anyone in the Columbus area looking for a piano teacher.

Posted Sep 15, 2016
Isabella Sorvillo

Amy is teaching my daughter her in Columbus and she is really really enjoying it. Amy makes it fun and has a great structure for piano lessons that allows her to enjoy practice and look forward to the fun - thank you!

Posted Sep 15, 2016
Kim Bonenberger

Amy taught my children piano lessons in Ann Arbor, MI and I highly recommend her. The kids responded really well to her teaching and enjoyed the lessons. She focuses on posture, technique, has them play songs that they enjoy and can't say enough great things!

Posted Sep 15, 2016
Lindy
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Amy is a wonderful teacher! She is very skilled and experienced, as well as very enthusiastic. My 6 year old son started with her and absolutely loved his lessons, and more importantly grew a love to play. Amy is reliable, flexible, makes the lessons both fun and technical and can tailor to your preferred kind of music.

Posted Aug 24, 2016
Samantha
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Amy is kind, organized, and has a diligent, positive approach.

Posted Oct 2, 2015

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Education

MFA in Creative Writing
Aug 2015 - Jan 2017

Boston University

Minor in Music
Sep 2010 - Jul 2014

Goddard College

BFA in Creative Writing
Sep 2010 - Jul 2014

Goddard College

Certifications

ARCT Performer's Diploma
Aug 2014

Royal Conservatory of Music

High School Diploma in Piano Performance
Jun 2005

National Guild of Piano Teachers

Affiliations

Music Teachers National Association
Oct 2016
The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.
Royal Conservatory of Music of Canada Music Development Program
Jan 2015
The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program (Music Development Program) provides a recognized national standard of musical success through an effectively sequenced course of study from beginner to advanced levels.

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