Amy Ziegenhorn

Amy Z.

Avondale, AZ

Lesson Details



Amy delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 6+ and special needs

Teaching since:
October 2004

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 bachelors degree in instrumental music education and I also earned my Master's degree in Band Conducting at American Band College via Sam Houston University in 2015. My primary instrument is clarinet. I have taught instrumental music for 12 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 (under 12 years of age) as well as anyone with less than a year of experience on the 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 are comfy chairs to put your feet up and magazines for parents who like to stay for the lessons.

*** 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 - Jul 2015
American Band College of Sam Houston State University
Bachelor of Arts in Music Education
Aug 1997 - Apr 2003
Western Michigan University


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Standard Education Certificate with K-12 Music Endorsement
Jul 2005
Arizona Department of Education


Sigma Alpha Iota Sword of Honor
Apr 2002
Beta Eta Chapter - Western Michigan University


National Organization of Women
Mar 2005

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Sigma Alpha Iota (ΣΑΙ)
Sep 1998

Sigma Alpha Iota is a professional International Music Fraternity for women. Formed to uphold the highest standards of music and to further the development of music in America and throughout the world, it continues to provide musical and educational resources to its members and the general public.Sigma Alpha Iota operates its own national philanthropy, Sigma Alpha Iota Philanthropies, Inc.

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Photo by Amy Z.


19 Reviews

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Julie P. Apr 6, 2018
· In studio

My daughter already had a few years of lessons when we started with Amy. Amy was able to quickly assess my daughter's current skill level and knew exactly what she needed to improve. She has been patient and diligent in shaping my daughter's talent. My daughter looks forward to seeing Amy every week.

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Dennayla G. Sep 23, 2017
Piano · In studio

Our first lesson was great the children really enjoyed themselves and are looking forward two additional lessons thank you Amy !

Melissa C. Jun 2, 2017
Piano · In studio

Amy is a patient and dedicated teacher! I highly recommend her to anyone!

Craig Van Engen Mar 23, 2017
Piano · In home

Amy is great! My daughter started lessons at 7 and Amy has been a great teacher for the last couple years. I definitely recommend her!

Hailey Sep 24, 2016
Trumpet · In studio

my daughter really loved her first trumpet lesson. she learned to play two songs already. looking forward to her next lesson!

Tiffany W. Sep 21, 2016
Piano · In studio

Amy is a very good instructor. I would recommend her

Emmafaith Mar 23, 2016
Piano · In studio

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

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

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.

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Shavon B. Jun 27, 2015
Flute · In home

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

Amy was very pleasant & worked well with Justin.

Lisa M. Aug 11, 2014
Piano · In studio

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.

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Sarah M. Nov 6, 2013
Flute ·

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.

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John S. Apr 3, 2013
Piano ·

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...

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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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DevonC Sep 3, 2011

clarinet lessons

Amy is fabulous. She works very well with my daughter and myself. We just recently moved to this area and weren't sure what to do when music lessons were not offered at my daughters school. We found and we found amy and we are thrilled. She is friendly, knowledgable and talented. Were very happy!

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RosaO1 Jul 16, 2011

Excellent teacher

Thanks Amy for teaching Miriam. She is learning a lot from you and really enjoyed it. I can't wait to see her play piano like an expert someday. Thank you so much!

PattyM1 Jul 1, 2011

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My daughter and I both think that Amy is an awesome teacher! She is very professional, patient and kind. Amy gives excellent, detailed feedback, with the right mix of encouragement, as well as highlighting areas that may need improvement. My daughter is switching from the clarinet to the saxophone, and she is struggling with the new embochure, but Amy is very patient with her, and lets her know what to do to be successful. I would highly recommend Amy to anyone considering private lessons

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