Amy Hite is a classical guitarist, music teacher, and Alexander Technique educator living in Temecula, CA. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Masters Degree in Classical Guitar Performance from California State University, Fullerton, where she studied under world-renowned professor David Grimes. She taught at Riverside City College as an Associate Professor of Music and has been performing and teaching workshops and private lessons since 2005.
Amy has had an extensive performance career, playing hundreds of private events as a soloist and with various chamber groups. She has performed with singers and flutists, in guitar duos, trios, and quartets, and with numerous guitar orchestras. She was a member of the Fullerton Guitar Orchestra from 2006-2010, during which they performed throughout California and on a three-week tour of Bulgaria, which culminated with a concert at the U.S. Embassy in Sofia.
Amy was a founding committee member of the Orange County Guitar Orchestra and currently holds the position of Chair of the Guitar Syllabus Committee with the Music Teacher’s Association of California, with whom she created a Certificate of Merit classical guitar curriculum for the state.
She has published many collections of arrangements and original compositions for classical and finger-style guitar. She has recorded three albums, including Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite on four guitars with the Campanella Guitar Quartet.
Amy became a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique through the Contemporary Alexander School in 2019. She completed two summer internships at the Meadowmount School of Music teaching Alexander Technique to instrumentalists from all over the world. She is passionate about the Alexander Technique as it applies to playing an instrument as it helps musicians decrease pain and prevent injury as well as increase musicality and enhance the enjoyment of making music.
She approaches music from a holistic perspective. In addition to her training with the Alexander Technique, Amy has also studied Body Mapping for Musicians, Craniosacral Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, Feldenkrais, and Chakra healing, and has practiced yoga and meditation daily for over 15 years.
Amy's classical guitar lessons are structured so that each lesson builds on the last, helping students increase their understanding of music and playing abilities incrementally each week. Students learn all aspects of playing the guitar, including music theory, sight reading, performance techniques, and musicality. Students receive guidance to find a comfortable setup for playing their instrument. Amy teaches anatomy as it applies to musicianship to ensure that her students learn to move easily and create healthy habits while playing their instrument.
Students learn to play scales, chord progressions, and music of all time periods from the Renaissance through 21st Century in an expressive and musical way. Amy structures curriculum based on standards of the Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) and Certificate of Merit programs for classical guitar. Her students have the option of taking leveled examinations with RCM, and if they choose to participate in the exams, she will help guide them to ensure success.
Amy is enthusiastic about teaching music and keeps her students engaged and having fun while learning.
Methods for Beginners:
Classic Guitar Technique Vol. 1 by Aaron Shearer
Solo Guitar Playing One by Frederick Noad
Methods for Intermediate and Advanced Students:
Royal Conservatory: Guitar Repertoire and Etudes