The Briar Thomas Conservatory

The Briar Thomas Conservatory

5.0 (36)
Best of 2022
6 hires on Lessons.com
3 employees
23 years in business

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Puyallup, WA 98373
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5.0

  • Molly Larkin

    Ms. Amora is an incredible teacher with an incredible program! Lessons with her are a highlight of our school week. My children thrive under her gentle and patient guidance and she is an absolute wealth of knowledge and expertise. We all love to spend time in her cozy and tranquil studio. She was able to provide our family with a piano for at home practice free of charge (an expense that had prohibited our children from taking lessons in the past) and the amazing studio field trips are another huge bonus. It's clear just by talking with her how deeply Ms. Amora cares for her students. We couldn't have hoped to find a better piano instructor.

  • Luis Valadez

    The classes are extremely helpful and I have learned a lot about singing techniques in just a few months while working with Ms. Amora. She’s extremely knowledgeable and very encouraging to her students so I couldn’t have chosen a better place to take singing lessons.

  • Tim and Carisa Hetzler

    Ms Amora has built an incredibly well rounded music education program. She goes beyond your basic 30 min music lesson to connect her students to music and the arts in the broader community through experiences that involve not just students, but their families as well. She also provides opportunities for her students to connect with each other and build relationships, study composers, recitals, and compete. Amora's specialty also includes working with students who are neurodivergent and may need, or even require, different approaches. We have watched our Autistic son pick back up after an 18 month step-away from music (due to both Covid and the tragic loss of his first instructor) and flourish with Amora. She is warm, supportive, encouraging and works to help each child feel motivated to achieve. She truly is building an incredible well-rounded music education program- not just detached cold 30 min lessons. She is a gift to the community.

  • Patrick Neal McGovern

    I love seeing the amazing person and mentor you have become. Your dedication to preserving music education is such an amazing thing. It is a vocation that few people will take on. I’m grateful for your sacrifices and love watching your studio grow. Music is such a powerful thing. You are changing lives. Don’t ever stop.


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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Lesson times are divided into subjects following the Faber and Faber methodology. Time is spent covering the main lesson unit of the week, where students are taught musical concepts, dictation, notation, phrasing, terminology and pedaling. 

Technique is then addressed, to help students learn how to apply lesson unit concepts, as well as how to achieve maximum precision and efficiency in the mastering of their instrument. 

Performance pieces are included in each lesson, to train the student in choosing ideal pieces for their level, and personality. It is also an essential aid in learning stage presence, how to play for the audience, as well as performance etiquette. 

Classical Repertoire across a vast variety of genres is chosen based on students level and field of study. These pieces are chosen based on upcoming performances, auditions, adjudications, and entrance exams the student may face throughout the year. 

Students are required to complete all scalar studies, including but not limited to: All major Pentatonics, All Major and Minor Diatonics from memorization in order by the Circle of Fifths, all Modal Scales, Chromatic ascending and descending scales, as well as Whole tone Scales. 

Students (age 8 and above) also are required to study music history, and are asked to submit a weekly biography of a chosen composer covering all genres of composition, as well as major music events in history. 

Each lesson also includes units on Theory and Composition, where students are guided through, theoretical analysis, chord structure, note-spelling, scale structure, chordal analysis, comprehension of complex rhythmical patterns, SATB dictation, key signatures, time signatures, and composition construction.  


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Amora has been a Music Educator for over 20 years, teaching in various settings throughout the Pacific Northwest, as well as Western Europe. A specialist in Piano, Flute, and Vocal performance, Amora also offers extensive knowledge in Musical Theory and Composition. As a highly trained and certified Music Therapist, Amora has worked in schools across Western Europe, bringing music to life within communities of special needs children and adults. Now settled in the great Pacific Northwest, Amora offers lessons to students from all over the country, who come to receive her instruction and expertise.