Amy Likar, flute and piccolo, is a San Francisco Bay Area based performing and teaching artist. Equally at home in an orchestra, as a chamber musician or as a soloist, Amy is also a passionate and committed teacher of all ages. As member of the Oakland Symphony, she is committed to the symphony’s mission of classical music for all and mentors for their Music for Excellence Program and advocates for music education on a regular basis.
For almost twenty years she has been an innovator and educator for musicians’ wellness as a teacher of Body Mapping and the Alexander Technique. She is the Director of Training for the Association of Body Mapping Education (formerly Andover Educators), a not for profit organization of music educators committed to saving, securing, and enhancing musical careers by providing accurate information about the body in movement.
Amy has been a soloist and guest artist at colleges and universities throughout the United States and Europe and a frequent performer and presenter at conferences and conventions throughout the world.
Amy Likar has been a Powell player for 23 years and is pleased to be a Powell Performing Artist.
She is accepting advanced students.
I am a teaching and performing artist who combines a love and passion for music with the practical, whole body approaches of Body Mapping and the Alexander Technique.
My work as a musician allows me to practically apply the knowledge I’ve gleaned over almost 30 years working in the fields of Body Mapping and the Alexander Technique. My work as a coach facilitates the process for others seeking greater ease and embodiment while creating compelling musical performances.
I find that the most confident musical performances come from ones that have been well thought out and practiced. I love coaching people to find ways of practicing that improve their musicianship by aiding them in understanding how the whole body works. Most discover they play more easily and comfortably while their joy of making music increases as well as their confidence as performers.
Amy’s teaching practice varies with all ages of musicians. She is a teaching artist mentor for the Oakland Symphony’s MUSE program, Instructor of Flute at St. Mary’s College of California, Director of Training for the Association of Body Mapping Education and regularly teaches the Alexander Technique.
I combine my 30+ years of teaching experience with the flute, Alexander Technique and Body Mapping to help each student uncover their own personal comfort at the instrument.
My favorite resources for students:
Move Well, Avoid Injury DVD, available for digital download at www.movewellavoidinjury.com
The Breathing Book for Flute available at www.mountainpeakmusic.com
Planning to Play in Tune for Flute by Kathy Blocki available at www.blockiflute.com