Amanda Johnson

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Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Blues Piano, Piano, Electric Guitar, Country Voice, R&B Voice, Bass Guitar Set Up, Guitar, Keyboard, Singing, Rock Voice, Jazz Piano, Blues Guitar, Neo Soul Guitar, Metal Guitar, Bluegrass Guitar, Fingerstyle Guitar, DADGAD Guitar, Reggae Guitar, Rock Guitar, Jazz Guitar, Lead Guitar, Rock Piano, Pop Piano, Piano Composition, New Age Piano, Gospel Piano, Classical Piano, Boogie Woogie Piano, Melodica, Flamenco Piano, Worship Piano, Ukulele, Mandolin, Voice, Musical Theatre, Jazz Voice, Metal Voice, Pop Voice, Voice Diction, Vocal Analysis, Guitar for Singers, Piano for Singers, Choral Arranging, Classical Orchestration, Commercial Music, Concert Band Arranging, Contemporary Composition, Counterpoint, Electronic Music Composition, Jazz Arranging, Jazz Composition, MIDI Orchestration, Orchestral Arranging, Pop Arranging, Rock Arranging, Vocal Arranging, Composition, Orchestration, Live Sound, Noteflight, Finale, Musescore, MIDI Programming, Music Theory for Producers, Songwriting, Demo Production, Lyric Writing, Songwriting Arrangement, Songwriting Form, Songwriting Harmony, Songwriting Melody, Audio Editing, Audio Recording, Audio Ear Training, Improv, Arranging, Guitar Set Up, Music, Band, Ear Training, Music History, Rhythm Training, Sight Reading, Transcription, Music Theory, Improvisation, Students with Special Learning Needs, Music Practice Personal Training, Audacity, DAWs, Flute
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For over 31 years as a musician and 27 years as an educator for all grade levels and teachers alike, I have the experience of learning from my previous students and applying more efficient techniques to current and future ones. Much like my students, I work towards learning the most innovative techniques while foreseeing the trends of the future in music and education. Although I have focused a lot of my own education on equitable access to students that would otherwise not have music learning in their grasp with various nonprofit work with my Masters of Education in Curriculum & Instruction and Bachelors of Arts in Human Services (Social Work) at Ottawa University, I am an expert music theoretician that decided that a performance degree as an instrumentalist would be better utilized in the field. Nonprofits I have taught a variety of instrumental and music classes with are Education through Music Los Angeles,  Music Center LA, and Guitars in the Classroom nationally and online. As a private instructor, I have taught in-home lessons through my own lesson studio for 27 years but have also taught in music lesson studios with Alta Loma Music, Mike's Guitar World, Aimee Art Productions, and Music House. 

From national and international touring to television work, musical theater orchestra pits to concert halls, I have real-world experience with educational expertise that focuses on students being able to accomplish their goals with patient guidance. I've played in music theater orchestra pits with many different productions in Los Angeles area with the Norris Theater, Carpenter Center, Lewis Family Playhouse, and beyond on guitar, mandolin, banjo, keyboards, and bass. While touring internationally with Blue Note Swing Orchestra as a guitarist and flutist in 2001-2002, I was able to experience many areas of Japan as well as relax in Hawaii while doing hotel gigs in the Lahaina/Kaanapali area. Over the past 20 years, I have played in many different cover bands as a full-fledged member (Crash Dance, Tribute to Rush, Lucid Crew, etc) and as a reliable sub (Ozzy Osbourne tribute, Noches con Platanito TV show) on guitar, bass, piano, flute, and voice.

Check out my website to see videos, expansions on my educational experience, and my lesson methodologies.

Taking ownership of your own learning while applying previous skills to the next level of techniques is my main objective for all students. Utilizing backwards design, Gradual Release of Responsibility model, and information processing theory , collaborating with students on identifying their biggest goals and aspirations and planning out the steps for how to get there makes it much easier to achieve milestones in an abstract and patient art form like music. With my expertise in curriculum and instruction (Masters of Education from Ottawa University) and professional musician (guitar, bass, piano, flute, and voice), I am able to provide students from beginning to advanced levels with instruction tailored to their specific needs.

Ottawa University: Masters of Education in Curriculum & Instruction and Bachelors of Arts in Human Services (Social Work)/minor in Psychology

National Assocation for Music Education


Backward Design: identifying the BIG IDEA (main goal) and planning deliverable goals through engaging lessons

Gradual Release of Responsibility Model: "I do, we do, you do" takes teacher modeling into student ownership over their learning

Information Processing Theory: sensory memory, short-term memory, and long-term memory skills for optimal music learning, practice, and performance

Eclectic curricula based on student goals, needs, and abilities: from Suzuki to Kodály methods, Alfred to Mel Bay, many different resources are utilized and customized based on the overarching main goal for each student. As a curriculum specialist, I also create a customized website for feedback and resources to support practice between lessons.

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