Hello prospective students--thanks for visiting my profile! I am a full-time musician in the Twin Cities area teaching piano and voice lessons. I specialize in working with school-age and college students though I would welcome greater age diversity in my studio!
As a teacher, my goal is to cultivate good practice habits through intrinsic motivation--a.k.a. I make music fun through games (younger children) and by studying pieces that my students love to play.
I have a bachelor's degree in music with an emphasis in vocal performance and am finishing up a master's at U of M in music theory. I also cantor and accompany at several churches in the metro including the Basilica and St. Lawrence. Lastly, I taught music theory and ear training at the U for the last two years and transitioned to teaching and performing full-time this spring.
If you have any questions or requests, please send me a message!
Amanda has everything - she is a fantastic musician, a wonderful teacher, and she is great at working with kids. She individualizes her instruction to meet the needs of each student and takes great care in providing a great music education for each of them. I highly recommend her as a teacher!
Amanda is very patient and creative in her instruction. Our six year old daughter started piano lessons with her about 5 months ago and loves it. Amanda came very highly recommended by a friend and I would not hesitate to recommend her myself. She understands young children, child development, and motivation very well, and she differentiates lessons for different styles of learners. I'm very impressed and satisfied with our experience!
Amanda is the BEST! I wish that I could get my kids to listen to me as well as she does during their lesson time. She is so musical and artistic, but also understands the basics students need to learn that will trip them up later if they don't. It seems like it would be a challenge to keep students engaged while ensuring they have a solid foundation to foster a life long love of music... but she always seems to find a way for our kids to be excited for the next lesson and practice time during the week.
Amanda is phenomenal! She has been working with my girls, 6 and 10 since November and they are doing great and love her. She is patient and so creative in making it interesting and fun for them. Highly recommend!
My process generally depends on the age and goals of each student.
We decide on a method book or other course of instruction based on their experience level, preferred style of music, talents, and goals.
I keep a log of pieces/activities assigned in a practice sheet that also serves as a daily practice log. For younger students, I reward practice with stickers that they can accumulate to earn prizes.
My teaching goals are twofold: to cultivate an enjoyment of music and instill good practice habits. In order to do that I work to find pieces that students are really excited to work on, and reward practice and hard work, regardless of achievement.
I have two years of experience teaching college students in one-on-one and group settings as well as many years of teaching young students. As the daughter of a teacher, I started young, helping in the classrom and teaching swimming lessons to kids age 12 to 6 months (yes, babies can learn basic water safety). I studied education in my undergrad and spent over 100 hours in diverse classrooms in addition to my coursework. I have been teaching full-time for about 6 months now and am loving every second of it! Dream job: achieved.
I charge $25 per 30 min lesson in my home studio and I give a 10% family discount for each additional student in a family.
A few things are important to have in mind:
1. It is good to develop a clear idea of what kind (or all kinds) of music that you want to study and advocate for that in your lessons. We, as music teachers, want you to study what you love. If a teacher is not enthusiastic about working within your desired repertoire, keep looking for one that is.
2. In regards to the developing voice, I would not advise learning to manipulate vocal tone until the student has reached high school. Young singers, however, are very well served by learning to read music, sight-sing, and develop good intonation.