Amy Wilhelm

Amy W.

7 Reviews
Saint Paul, MN

About Amy W.

Background check: Last verified 09/26/2014
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Amy teaches: Ages 3 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: May 1997
Last sign in: 2 days ago

Overview

As I child I had an early interest in music, dancing and creative things. I took piano lessons and excelled at my chosen instrument, the flute, in band at school. I continued with my music training at Northwestern College in Roseville, Minnesota and graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Music Education in 1992. I worked for 11 years in my profession in various settings before I took a break to start my family. My experience includes teaching students in classroom general music, choir, band, piano lessons, and school plays/musicals. I spent six years at a private school (grades K-8), three years at a charter elementary school and 2 years at a public elementary school. Also, since graduating in 1992 I have spent a total of 16 years teaching private lessons both at Hovland Conservatory of Music and in my home. Along the way I further broadened my background by accompanying church choirs and congregations, playing for weddings, and volunteering to lead children’s music time at church.

I love music of all kinds and have a strong belief that everyone should experience the joy and power of it in his or her life. It is very rewarding for me to help students develop their skills as they discover a meaningful way of self-expression using a universal language. Teaching music is something I love to do and I know that fact reflects to my students resulting in an enjoyable experience for them as well.


*** Lesson Details ***
What can a student/parent expect from lessons with me? I can provide my students with a solid foundation of proper technique. This is so very important because you do not ever want to have to unlearn bad habits. I also include appropriate music theory, ear training and improvising for each level. I purposefully pace the lessons to prevent students from feeling frustrated. Instead, I work to generate excitement about the learning process and keep students motivated by their own progress. Furthermore, I am willing to accommodate a student if they have a special interest in a certain musical genre or a personal goal they are working towards. I encourage, but do not require students to take advantage of recital and performance opportunities that I provide.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Large music room: piano, flute, clarinet, mouth pieces for trumpet, trombone, french horn and sax, snare drum

*** Specialties ***
I have a lot of experience teaching students who are brand new to their instrument. I believe the beginning is a very important time to start building a solid foundation for all future musical growth. I love being able to help my students establish good habits from the beginning and influence the overall direction of a new student’s musical experience.




I love music of all kinds and have fun playing and teaching all the instruments that I listed. However, the two instruments that I have the most training on and have performed on are the piano and the flute. I would be a great teacher for private lessons to help a student excel in band at school or for a high school student preparing for contests or auditions. Also, I am very patient with beginners and would be ideal as a child'€™s first piano teacher or for an adult who has always wanted to play a certain instrument of his or her choice.

Photos and Videos

SPRING RECITAL 2014 (Four of my students were absent. Two of those were adults who chose not to participate.)

Education

Bachelors of Arts in Music Education Sep 1987 - May 1992
Northwestern College (now Northwestern University) in Roseville, MN

Languages Spoken

English Fluent / Native Proficiency
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7 Reviews on Amy W.

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Katie W. Feb 23, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
We have only taken 3 or 4 lessons so far with Amy but from what I can tell she is great! Amy is very patient in our lessons which really shows that she is great with beginners. Amy is also always right on time which is always great to have. Amy is a friendly and kind person and that really helps make the lessons fun for my daughter.
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Roxanne A. Jan 8, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Thank you Amy! It is now 2 years since I started piano lessons with you as an adult beginner. I enjoy my lessons and even like to practice! You are a great teacher.

Anyone out there who thinks they are too old to start music lessons - I started at 68 and think playing the piano has actually helped keep my arthritic hands limber.

Go for it!
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Jeanne L. Aug 17, 2014
French Horn · In studio
Verified Student
We enjoy Amy and everything she has to offer us.
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Roxanne A. Aug 11, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
It has been a year and a half since I (an older adult) started piano lessons with Amy. I get to choose the type of music I play and am now able to play for enjoyment. I am having fun and love my lessons! Thanks Amy!
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Maggie L. Mar 12, 2014
Flute
Verified Student
always patient and professional

as an adult learner i had some trepidation about taking flute lessons again. however, it is so good to be taught by amy, she breaks down music and offers a manageable script. i was a better flutist after my first lesson and continue to improve.
i love the setting in her home. it is a warm inviting space that puts me at ease.
in her instructions she is always clear and patient. she is professional in her home even with her family near.
it has been a joy getting to know her family, as well.she is able to function masterfully in her own home.as ateacher.
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Roxanne A. Feb 20, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Very happy with my teacher.

I was hesitant to begin piano lessons at my age (68), but Amy makes each lesson fun and interesting. She is patient and encouraging and I'm very much enjoying the experience!
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Mike L. Feb 15, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Learning with Amy has been great for my daughter.

My nine year old daughter has been a student of Amy's for over five months, and it has been a great experience for her. Amy has a respectful and professional teaching style, and she is very nice to work with.
I recommend Amy to anyone.