Amy Noonan

Amy N.

Frederick, MD
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Learning piano should be EASY and FUN! I don't want my students to be floundering for what to do, so we train the ear to pick up on rhythms and notes right away. Meanwhile, we follow along in an instruction book to learning the necessary components of reading and interpreting music.

You can learn piano at ANY age. I have worked with students aged 3 through 89; beginners at both ends of the spectrum. My delight is teaching others music and serving the world in this way. If you are on the fence, send me a note so I can help you determine if we might be a good fit.

Take advantage of my lowered prices during the COVID-19 pandemic. I wish you good health and wellness during this time! And I sincerely hope you'll consider learning piano!

About Amy N.

Hi! I'm Amy, and I am thrilled that you've arrived at my profile. I'd love to work with you. Feel free to send me a question or inquiry today!

Teaching is my passion. Every student, lesson, and class I teach lights me up! Everything I do outside of teaching (performing, practicing a healthy lifestyle, exploring new things and furthering my education) is in service of my current and future students. I am forever grateful that my profession is what I love. My hope is that you will be led to your own life and musical passion through my example.

What distinguishes me from other teachers is my ability to understand the needs of the student, adapt and make-up exercises for specific physical and mental blocks in learning/practicing music, and my constant availability between lessons to answer questions, review videos sent by students and provide encouragement for all outside musical pursuits. While I am understanding that mistakes happen, I care deeply about the progress of my students and so I make a point to not let students play mistakes over and over during lessons.

I study and practice Alexander Technique, which is a practice that aims to cultivate the natural function of the body through enhanced self-awareness. I bring this practice into my teaching so that my students play pain-free and even work through injury whether music, profession, hobby, or life-related. My students gain further understanding of how to sense their own wellness and learn how to implement the practice in their music and lives. My practitioner is one of the highest-level and longest-practicing people in the nation.

Looking forward to working with you!

Cheers,
Amy

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Candice L.
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Amy is a wonderfully gifted teacher! My teen daughter loves her teaching style and encouraging personality. Amy has a knack for understanding a student's strengths and weaknesses and guiding them to reaching their potential. We highly recommend her!

Posted Apr 11, 2018
Finnian Jones

My 2nd grade daughter is enthralled with learning the guitar and Amy deserves much of the credit. Her teaching skills are perfect for my daughter - fun, interactive and at the right level! I am thrilled we found Amy and look forward to watching my daughter's guitar skills grow! - Jen

Posted Jan 27, 2017
Harini Iyer

Amy is a super friendly and knowledgeable tutor! I loved all our lessons and hope to get more lessons with her in the future.

Posted Jan 22, 2017
Jeremiah Conlon

Excellent, adaptive guitar teacher.

Posted Aug 22, 2016
saliha dobardzic

Amy is an excellent, fun instructor. My 5 year old has really taken to her & I wish I knew how to engage him the way she does.

Posted Jul 31, 2016
Jason Huang

A complete newbie like me could hardly ask for a better introductor (is that a word?) to music than Ms. Amy. For instance, Amy contacted me ahead of time before even our first lesson and gave me some tips on what to expect and do. When she finally arrived, she brought a wealth of resources and notes for me practice with. Additionally, her background music knowledge is such we could spend time talking about basic theory as well, in between playing. In addition, unlike the hardass Asian teachers of my youth, Amy is unwaveringly patient. I sometimes have troubles keeping up playing outside of class, so Amy recently gave me some tips to manage my everyday life (helpful advice for a student about to go off to college). If you want a professional music teacher that can teach theory as well as skill, you could do no better than Amy.

Posted Jul 24, 2016
Raytevia Evans

Amy is really understanding. She was willing to work around my schedule. She's easy to work with and takes her time throughout the lesson, which allowed me to pace myself and learn a little at a time. She's ridiculously nice, so it's easy to talk to her about concerns with your progress or other little issues you may catch while practicing on your own.

Posted Jul 22, 2016
Seton Pariser

Amy has been wonderful. I would highly recommend her as she is both very knowledgable and has a talent for making the lessons enjoyable. I feel that I have already learned a lot in a short time.

Posted Jul 14, 2016
Natalie Stoughton

We loves Amy and so did our daughter! She was getting frustrated with the violin and ready to quit when we had Amy come in. After the lesson our daughter was beaming with excitement and loved the violin again! She communicated very well with Amy. We look forward to continuing the lessons.

Posted Apr 28, 2016
Nini Forino

Amy has been a patient teacher to my two children. She strikes a balance between learning and fun which is important to maintaining enthusiasm and motivation. I highly recommend Amy!

Posted Apr 4, 2016
Linda Havilland

I have totally enjoyed the 2 lessons I've had with Amy. Prompt, professional, personable and fun. Looking forward to my next lesson.

Posted Mar 14, 2016
Michael Higgins

Amy is totally awesome!!!!

Posted Mar 3, 2016
Erin Treacy

I've really enjoyed my lessons so far. Amy is a great teacher - very personable, patient, and funny, which makes learning a great experience!

Posted Feb 11, 2016
Yardley Sands

I have had a great time working with Amy! I have no prior experience with the guitar and she is very patient and answers all my questions clearly. I look forward to continuing to work with her!

Posted Jan 18, 2016

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Experience

Freelance Musician
Nov 2002 - Present

Self-Employed

My first wedding gig was in November of 2002 and at the same time, I ran an ad in the Penny Saver which led to my first private students. I have been teaching and performing ever since.

Conductor
Sep 2017 - Jun 2019

University Strings, University of Delaware

Conductor/teacher of record for non-music-major undergraduate students of the University of Delaware. Nearly doubled enrollment from 12 to 21 students.

Administrator of Programs
Aug 2011 - Jul 2015

Soli Studios Music, Inc.

Soli Studios Music, Inc. • Sole full-time employee in charge of all administrative duties across five departments: studio, after-school music program, youth orchestra, contracting service, and rental/retail/repair brick-and-mortar location. • Created CRM through Podio to manage and communicate all clientele. • Managed and operated Soli Encore including driving to each campus, transporting instruments, setting up classrooms, and monitoring students and staff. • Taught lessons and recruited students and teachers for Soli Studios. • Contracted musicians in as little as 24 hours for Soli Entertainment events. Developed and maintained a relationship with clients such as the local mortuary, often requesting musicians within one to seven days. • Managed customer relations, sold and rented instruments, performed repairs on personal and rental instruments. Soli Encore: Administrator, Operator, and Teacher • After-school music program dedicated to keeping music education alive in Orange County, CA. Derived from the Orff method, the experience-based program taught students to put fun first in music. Ranging from five to 20 students Soli Encore offered classes for grades K–8. • The primary viola and violin instructor also taught piano and guitar. • Designed lesson plans, recruited and trained teachers, and tripled the size of the guitar class after one semester from 5 to 15 students. • Coordinated recitals involving up to seven schools and 300 students, plus parents, volunteers, teachers, and staff. Soli Studios: Administrator and Teacher • Viola, violin, and guitar instructor. • Helped organize, host, and facilitate three annual recitals.

Assistant Manager
Aug 2011 - Jan 2013

LifeWay Bookstores

Having worked in the corporate world for a brief stint, I understand how to help a business move forward while keeping all the cogs turning. Further details: • Hired as a sales associate, in the first month promoted to “key-holder,” and after eight months promoted to Assistant Manager and transferred to one of the top-ranking stores (procuring 1.5% of sales across 163 stores). • Trained in shipping and receiving, sales, and management. 2012–2015

Education

Master of Music in viola performance
Aug 2017 - Jul 2019

University of Delaware

Bachelor of Music in viola performance
Sep 2006 - May 2011

Azusa Pacific University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Concerto Competition Winner
May 2009

Azusa Pacific University

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