Amy holds both Master of Music (2005) and Bachelor of Music (2003) degrees in Piano Performance from Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC. Post grad-school, Amy has continued her piano study with Brenna Berman, (Certified Master Teacher of the Taubman Approach and Associate Faculty with the Golandsky Institute – 2019 to present) and Kenneth Thompson, (Executive Director of the Musical Arts Center of San Antonio – 2007 through 2011).
Her study of piano has also included the following teachers: Mary Therese Soper (Pennsylvania), Benjamin Whitten (Pennsylvania), Anne Morton (South Carolina), and David Lehman (South Carolina).
Amy has been teaching piano since she started graduate school in 2003. She currently teaches all ages and levels but specializes with school-age children, intermediate-level and beyond.
Currently, Amy is a member of the following musical organizations: Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), Colorado State Music Teachers Association (CSMTA), Boulder Area Music Teachers Association (BAMTA), and Broomfield Music Teachers Association (BMTA). As of June 2009, Amy became a nationally certified piano teacher through MTNA. Amy also served as an adjunct theory and piano instructor for Northwest Vista College while living in San Antonio, Texas from August 2009 – December 2010 before moving to Colorado early 2011. Current professional roles include the following: chairperson for the Broomfield Piano Festival as well as the Achievement Day chair for Colorado State Music Teachers Association as of the 2019-2020 school year.
For the 2018-2019 school year, she had several students awarded at various competitions:
Broomfield Piano Festival –
Division 2 (5th – 6th grade): 2nd place
Division 3 (7th-8th grade): 2nd place
TASHCO Piano Competition –
Beginner B Division: 3rd place
Junior Division: 2nd place
Yamaha Piano Competition –
Competitive Group 2 (grades 4 – 6): 2nd place
Competitive Group 3 (grades 7 – 9): 1st and 2nd place
Rising Stars Competition (state level) –
Upper Elementary division: 3rd place
Junior Division: 3rd place
Other activities and accomplishments of her students in previous years are as follows: coachings with high-level teachers in Texas – Dr. Kasandra Keeling (University of Texas San Antonio), Kenneth Thompson, and Dr. Carolyn True (Incarnate Word University), both Texas and Colorado students placing in various competitions from 2010 – 2019, and participation in other competitions and non-competitive festivals such as Schmitt Music Competition, Kawai Piano Competition, Yamaha Piano Competition, Achievement Day festival (through CSMTA), and the Music Achievement Program (partnership of the Royal Conservatory and Carnegie Hall).
Amy’s Passion: “It is my desire that students of any age and level develop a passion and understanding of music and piano that will benefit them now and for the rest of their lives.”