Amy Ziegenhorn

Amy Z.

Avondale, AZ

About Amy Z.

Amy teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: October 2004
Last sign in: Today


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.

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Music Teacher

Jul 2012 - Present
Pendergast Elementary School District

Music Teacher

Jul 2005 - May 2012
Phoenix Elementary District #1


Masters Degree in Band Conducting

Jun 2013 - Present
American Band College of Sam Houston State University

Bachelor of Arts in Music Education

Aug 1997 - Apr 2003
Western Michigan University

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency
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13 Reviews on Amy Z.

Emmafaith Mar 23, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Amy has been great for my daughter who is just learning piano for the first time. Very kind, calm, and patient and encouraging. Just what we would want in a piano teacher!
Melissa C. Aug 27, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
She is really patient, easy going and understanding. She explains things in a way my son can understand. Recommend!
Lisa M. Aug 2, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My son loves Miss Amy! He never once gave me a hard time about going to his piano lesson even when I was pulling him away from playing with his friends. Amy is so patient and supportive and always made my son feel special. I am truly grateful for everything she has done to help my son learn and understand music better. Thank you, Amy! You are simply awesome.
Shavon B. Jun 27, 2015
Flute · In home
Verified Student
Amy was a great teacher. My daughter is shy and she was nervous to be a beginner with a flute. Amy was patient with her and made her feel comfortable. I would recommend Amy for any nervous beginner.
Justin B. May 2, 2015
Trumpet · In studio
Verified Student
Amy was very pleasant & worked well with Justin.
Lisa M. Aug 11, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Amy is awesome! My son just turned 5 and his attention span is very short, but Amy is able to keep him on track. She is very patient and always go over the material with me, so that I understand it and I am able to help my son practice at home. I really appreciate her teaching style.
Sarah M. Nov 6, 2013
Verified Student
Amy is Awesome :o)

It would be very difficult to sum up all reasons why Amy is a wonderful music teacher. Amy provides a positive and judgment-free zone for her music lessons. She is both encouraging and inspirational. When my daughter becomes frustrated with a new note or technique, Amy simply reminds her that she is more than capable and all she needs is practice. I appreciate the time and thought Amy puts into making music selections that will both challenge my daughter’s playing abilities while retaining her attention.
John S. Apr 3, 2013
Verified Student
We highly recommend this teacher!

Amy is a highly talented, bright, thoughtful and dedicated piano teacher. We couldn't have asked for someone better to introduce our daughter to the piano. She is patient but she gently pushes our daughter beyond her comfort zone. This is the piano teacher you are looking for...
SidG Apr 24, 2012
Very patient and helpful. Our daughter was getting frustrated with learning her notes and Amy gave her some great tools to help her.
ChristineA2 Mar 28, 2012
My daughter, who is 5 1/2, responded really well to Amy's instruction. This was her first exposure to the keyboard. Amy is a patient teacher but expects she students to be accountable - practice and pay attention in class. Her patience, positive attitude, and kindness shine through at each session. We took only 6 classes with Amy while we had access to a piano while staying in Arizona while my husband was here on business. I wish we could continue lessons with Amy back home. We certainly will continue with lessons now that Amy has laid a positive foundation.

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