Hello! My name is Amber and I can't wait to begin music lessons with you! I've been teaching private piano and voice lessons for over twenty years and love helping my students accomplish their goals. I have a Bachelor's degree in Piano and Music Education, a Master's degree in Vocal Performance, and am preparing to defend my dissertation to complete my Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy. I love to teach all ages, styles and levels. I have extensive training in opera and musical theatre and have served as a professional accompanist at Southern Wesleyan University, University of Georgia, Clemson University, and the University of Southern Mississippi. I have five years of professional experience as a School Music Instructor in Florida and South Carolina. Currently, I teach a full-time studio in downtown Manhattan of 45 students and actively sing for a small opera company. Former students have gone on to prestigious music programs at institutions such as the Berklee School of Music. I also have former students actively performing in International Tours, at Disney World, and other National Theatre companies. I look forward to hearing from you and would love to help you reach your goals!
My agenda is your agenda. Whatever goal(s) the student has is what I aim to deliver. I've been described by my students as knowledgeable, caring, creative, flexible, and approachable.
For piano, I use several different resources. I teach from Alfred's "Music for Little Mozarts" for the young beginner. I continue mostly with Alfred with young students and adults but am also using Hal Leonard resources, among others.
For voice, I use a series of exercises to train singers that I have developed over years of teaching. I also use supplemental exercises and information from the top pedagogy books of our time. Since I continue to actively study voice with a professional opera singer and a coach at the Met, new resources are always being realized to share with my students. The actual repertoire chosen to study in a lesson is up to the student. I gladly offer repertoire suggestions when requested.