Amy Hite

Classical Guitar
6 Reviews
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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.

Masters of Music, Focus in Classical Guitar Performance, from California State University, Fullerton Member of the Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) Member of the Music Teacher's Association of California Guitar Syllabus Committee Chair for Certificate of Merit (MTAC)

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

Reviews of lessons with Amy Hite

Amy was very helpful in working on my classical guitar technique. She is able to break things down and explain them in a way I can understand and I enjoyed our lesson.
George Aubrey, Verified Student
July 9th, 2020
I have really enjoyed my lessons with Amy. During my lessons, we have gone over various pieces I have been working out. She emphasized being more relaxed, breathing, improve position and musicianship - how to 'bring the music' out - we also addressed some purely technical issues - but these things have really helped and improve how I am playing those pieces. This week we worked on one of my more challenging projects - Recuerdos de la Alhambra, and I was amazed how much improvement came from focusing on these things., .
Patrick Mawet, Verified Student
May 19th, 2020
Amy is a wonderful teacher. She helps sets goals and objectives. She teaches on a ‘whole person’ basis. By The use of Alexander techniques, her methods have lead to and easier, clearer style of playing. As a ‘senior’ student, I appreciate that aspect of learning. I am a better player for working with her.
Howard Dutra, Verified Student
May 10th, 2020
Excellent. I have been playing for some time and wanted to get back in lessons. Amy is a very knowledgeable teacher and I learned a lot just in first lesson with her.
Patrick Mawet, Verified Student
April 7th, 2020
I learned a lot in my first lesson with Amy!
Verified Student
March 17th, 2020
Amy is top notch! I felt so comfortable and at ease with her. She is calm and very patient and very passionate about teaching. I felt her instruction was clear and gave me things to work on during my practice. I can't wait to take another lesson!
Chrissie Oppedisano, Verified Student
March 13th, 2020
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