Lori Amada

Lori A.

Avondale, PA
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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, Hockessin-Wilmington,, DE, Newark, DE, with possibility of travel 10 minutes away. Please note: If you want in home piano lessons, you need a working instrument, and must maintain the tuning.

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  • Speaks Spanish
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Awarded Presidential Scholar from Presidential Scholars

Reviews (5)

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Victoria C. Nov 18, 2019

She was very knowledgeable and very helpful!!

Timothy N. Feb 18, 2017
Classical Piano · In studio

Outstanding start.

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.

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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

Lori is amazing and I highly recommend her!! She is terrific!!

Jim Craig

Lesson Details

Ear Training

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

This is the class where you learn about intervals, singing and hearing pitches, solfeggio, and gain an understanding of music. Ear training goes hand in hand with music theory.



PIano Instructor
Feb 2013 - Present

Music Studio

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



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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