Lori Amada

Lori A.

Avondale, PA

About Lori A.

Lori teaches: Ages 3 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: June 1986
Last sign in: Today


Hello! Thank you for your interest in my profile.
I teach piano, horn, trumpet, theory & ear training, and coach ensembles, performance class as well as music and movement class for ages 0-6, and drum circle and cultural literacy for adults.

I am a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, and I've played all over the world. I've played with soloists from Frank Sinatra to Diana Ross, Frankie Valli and the 4 Seasons to Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo. I still perform and consider this important to my teaching as well.

Some major accomplishments include an invitation to the White House, over 50 solo performances with orchestras starting with The Philadelphia Orchestra at age 15, a performance for the Princess of Thailand, and early television performances starting at age 7. In order to accomplish these things, I had great teachers, a regimen of discipline and practice, an expectation I have of my students, and all the rewards that have lasted a lifetime. Properly taught music lessons are life lessons and are never a waste. I incorporate fun into the lessons as discipline and fun must be combined for success and enjoyment at all levels.

My teachers included Eleanor Sokoloff, Susan Starr, and Dale Clevenger.

I've taught for 29 years, and have a proven track record of success. I've taught at Universities including The University of Notre Dame, The University of Tennessee, The Chinese University and the Academy of Performing Arts in Hong Kong. I adore my students. Each one needs to be assessed and taught differently. Something you cannot learn in school, only through years of experience!

I teach in Avondale-Kennet Square-Chaddsford, Bryn Mawr-Villanova, PA, Hockessin-Wilmington,, DE, Newark, DE, and Cherry Hill, NJ with possibility of travel 10 minutes away. Please note: If you want in home piano lessons, you need a reasonably high quality instrument, and must maintain the tuning. I have perfect pitch and it will be crucial to me.

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PIano Instructor

Feb 2013 - Present
Jacobs Music

Assistant Band Director

Aug 1999 - May 2000
University of Notre Dame


Sep 1991 - Sep 1998
Academy of Performing Arts , Hong Kong

Top Arts College in Hong Kong

Piano Teacher, Trumpet Teacher, Horn Teacher

Sep 1992 - Aug 1998
The Peak School, Hong Kong


Sep 1991 - Aug 1998
Chinese University, Hong Kong

Principal Horn

Aug 1991 - Jul 1996
Hong Kong Philharmonic

Principal Horn

Aug 1988 - Jul 1991
South Bend Symphony

Principal Horn

Aug 1987 - Aug 1988
Knoxville Symphony Orchestra


Master of Music

Sep 1999 - May 2000
University of Notre Dame

Bachelor of Music, horn

Sep 1981 - May 1986
Curtis Institute

Languages Spoken


Limited Proficiency


Music Together Teacher

Sep 2014
Music Together

I teach music and movement


Presidential Scholar

May 1981
Presidential Scholars

Philadelphia Orchestra Junior Student Competition

Jan 1980
Philadelphia Orchestra
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3 Reviews on Lori A.

Gina Mar 7, 2016
Classical Piano · In home
While I had previous experience playing an instrument MANY years ago, I never played the piano and started taking lessons with Lori as an adult. In almost no time I was able to read the bass clef (left hand) notes and within the year I had learned all the scales (majors and relative minors - both harmonic and melodic) and arpeggios (root and inversions). I was also playing "real" pieces of music.

Lori stresses good technique and good practice habits and can suggest more than one way to master a concept. She also makes learning the piano fun.
Jimmy Feb 8, 2016
Classical Piano · In home
She taught me some important techniques on the piano.
Jimmy C. Feb 5, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Lori is amazing and I highly recommend her!! She is terrific!!

Jim Craig
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