Hello there! If you are reading this then you or your child must be interested in learning how to read and play music. I am so excited for the journey you are about to begin!
My name is Amy and I am a certified music teacher. I graduated from Western Michigan University with a degree in instrumental music education and I am nearly finished with my Master's degree in Band Conducting at American Band College. My primary instrument is clarinet. I have taught instrumental music for 10 years in the Valley.
I enjoy teaching students of all ages and abilities, especially beginners! I teach beginner lessons in piano and brass instruments, beginner to intermediate level woodwinds, and beginner to advanced high-school level clarinet.
*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons with me will be tailored to each student's needs and goals, however note and rhythm reading will be a strong component in each lesson - especially for beginners. I have a very laid back and patient personality but I do feel that practice at home is very important and expect it from my students in order to give them the best chance at success.
As a general rule, young students and those with less than a year of experience on their instrument will likely do best with a 30 minute lesson. More advanced students may opt for the longer 45 minute lesson.
Students with intermediate or advanced ability on their instrument will have the opportunity to have lessons directed towards specific interests such as preparing for chair placement tests, honor band auditions, or solo and ensemble festivals.
*** Required Equipment ***
I have a full size (88 key) digital piano with attached pedal in my home studio for lessons. It is extremely important that students taking piano lessons have an instrument to practice at home - a keyboard is fine if an electric or acoustic piano is not available.
Students playing wind instruments will need to bring their own instrument and supplies (reeds, oil) to their lessons.
Students should rent or purchase an instrument prior to beginning lessons. If you are uncertain what brands are best I would be happy to provide assistance so please don't hesitate to ask any questions that you have before making a decision.
*****Parents and Guardians*****
Parents are welcome to run errands,take a walk, or stay in the car during lessons if that is their preference, just be sure to return on time.
There is a lazyboy and magazines for parents who like to stay for the lessons as well as a table and chairs for those that have work to do.
*** Specialties ***
Working with beginners of all ages.