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Amanda J Teaches OnlineOnline
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Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Flute, Bass Guitar, Ukulele, Mandolin, Recorder, Keyboard, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, R&b, Gospel, Musical Theater, Latin, Funk, Hip Hop, Electronic, Salsa, Showtunes, Spirituals, Reggae, Merengue, Latin Jazz, Swing, New Age, Samba, Bossa Nova, Soul, Marching Band, Punk, Avant-Garde

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Amanda J Teaches Online
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Flute, Bass Guitar, Ukulele, Mandolin, Recorder, Keyboard, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, R&b, Gospel, Musical Theater, Latin, Funk, Hip Hop, Electronic, Salsa, Showtunes, Spirituals, Reggae, Merengue, Latin Jazz, Swing, New Age, Samba, Bossa Nova, Soul, Marching Band, Punk, Avant-Garde

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 5-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:

AA, Citrus College, Fine Arts/Music BA; Ottawa University, Human Services major, Psychology minor; Master's of Education, Curriculum and Instruction Member of the National Association for Music Education

Awards:

2000-2001: Blue Note Swing Orchestra Japan/Hawaii tours 2005: National tour, FourWayFree 2006-2017: Teaching Artist for ETM-LA, Music Center, and other prestigious institutions and non-profits 2012: Cruise ship entertainer on Royal Caribbean and Celebrity cruise lines

Overview:
I am a multi-instrumental teaching, recording, performing, and touring musician from Southern California. Since I started playing flute in 6th grade, I knew that I wanted to be a music educator and began playing any instrument I could get my hands on. From school orchestras and jazz bands to private lessons, I became a versatile multi-instrumentalist teacher and professional performer on guitar, bass, piano, flute, and voice. My education continued at Citrus College and in the Los Angeles music scene where I honed my performance and teaching skills as a local musician, national and international touring performer, recording producer and artist, and teaching artist with private lessons and in during- and after-school programs. I have been teaching music to students of all ages for over half of my life and have worked with numerous teaching and non-profit organizations to provide music education varying from guitar classes to entire ensembles, songwriting to recording, and vocal music to preschoolers. I have taken and taught many professional development courses to further my skills and those of classroom teachers and other music educators. Although I loved my work in Los Angeles, I have relocated to the Kansas City area to continue growing as a musician and educate students on the many possibilities that music can offer them through instruments, recording and editing, music notation, performing, and advanced music theory. Real-world experience combined with education in many different environments means each student receives lessons most suited for their learning style from a young yet experienced educator!
EXPERIENCE
Since I became aware of my destiny to be a music educator, I observed all of my music and general education teachers so that I could be better prepared for taking on students sooner. At 15 years old, I started taking on private students for flute so that after dabbling in music retail during college, I had a full roster of private students for piano and guitar as well by the time I was 21. By the time I was 24 years old, I had 60+ private students every week and included bass as one of my lesson and professional performance instruments. With music education in schools all around the Los Angeles area, I taught every kind of music class imaginable from preschool up through high school. Professional developments through many of the non-profits that I worked with provided me with additional skills in Bloom's taxonomy with lesson and curriculum planning, classroom management, teaching to the different styles of learners (visual, audio, kinesthetic, observational, etc.), and school subject integration. This has also allowed me to provide professional developments for classroom teachers to incorporate with their lessons for their students of all levels. These skills I also apply to my private lessons to customize for one-on-one students so they get the most out of their musical learning. A great music educator is constantly pushing their learning and educational skills through training in the professional music field and teacher developments. Learning to be flexible and improvise, as a musician AND a teacher, allows for life's interruptions to not be disruptive to a student's process!
METHODS USED
For all instruments, I teach students to utilize ALL resources available to them, such as the Internet for finding sheet music with specific websites, YouTube for instructional videos and karaoke, tablets and phones for metronomes and tuners, and different ways to learn music through all of their technological devices that go beyond typical music notation. Students are given incentives for practice through a system of 5 A's in a row: if they achieve this goal, they get to choose whatever song they learn next. Music is then customized to incorporate their current skill levels with the challenges that bring them into the next. All instruments, including voice, learn the Major and minor scales with other scales being reserved for more advanced students. Repertoire will be centered around the scales the student is currently learning. SPECIFIC INSTRUMENT METHODS: GUITAR, MANDOLIN, and UKULELE-starting out with simple TABs to focus on parts of the instrument, body and hand positions, and utilizing the ear to hear rhythms within the internalized beat. Progress to rhythm notation over more challenging TABs, power chords, and open chords. From there, rhythm notation is applied to strumming with more complex rhythms using ties, as well as hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides, and bends on TAB notation. For those interested in learning to read music notes on the staff, Mel Bay method and custom well-known melodies I notate personally are provided. PIANO-beginning with note names on piano with note-name notation that utilizes rhythms by rote (by ear) to establish internalized rhythm, body and hand positions, and finger positions. Alfred's Basic Piano method or Bastien Piano method levels are determined for the student after assessing how they did with the first part in order to learn music notation with notes on the staff and rhythms. Customized melodies for their rewards always utilizes note-name and/or music notation. Once students are ready for the challenge of changing positions, Hanon exercises 1-5 are introduced. VOICE-establishing good habits of breathing from the diaphragm, relaxing the throat, and utilizing air to sing instead of "hit" the note starts out our vocal lessons. Warm-ups using scale degree numbers and syllables with steps, skips, and controlled scooping eventually progress to solfege and harmonies. For repertoire, enunciation is a crucial habit that naturally makes the voice louder and words easily understood, and pieces are chosen collaboratively by myself and the student so that they are challenging but not discouraging. If students are interested in specific singing genres, such as Pop, Rock, Musical Theater, or Jazz, we then focus on techniques for those styles. BASS-much like the guitar except instead of chords, students are taught walking bass lines with 12-bar blues and progress to using chord notation to write their own walking bass lines. Berklee Bass Method is used for notation reading, as well as Jamey Aebersold for the jazz-minded. FLUTE-the hardest thing to do on flute is get the initial sound. Once that's done, the rest starts to fall in place! Body position and proper breathing techniques are taught with sound production, reading fingering charts for G, A, and B get the student started on simple 3-note melodies, applying the notes they learn to simple music notation as they learn more notes, and then getting into the Rubank method to challenge their music reading and finger combinations for notes.
LESSON STYLE
Lessons are customized to the student's learning style and behavioral challenges. Any behavioral management is done with expectations set ahead of time, respectful reminders, and consistent consequences so that students get the most out of their time. Usually, I don't have too many issues with this as lessons are engaging through the use of technology, musical and pop-culture jokes and references, and opportunities to record audio and video for keeping a record of their progress and/or sharing with loved ones. I am so fortunate to get to talk about music all day long and hang out with kids of all ages!
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Misty Shelley

5

Amanda is an amazing musician. She is very patient with my 5 year old who has a little trouble staying focused and has stayed very professional while doing so. I totally recommend Amanda to anyone looking for quality music lessons. We love her!!!

Review posted on Apr 10, 2018

Peng Zheng

5

Amanda is an amazing teacher. She taught my son's piano a year and a half, my son and I both like her so much. She has a lot of passion and different teach style and she love kids. We really miss her so much.Hope she can come back again.

Review posted on Aug 16, 2017

LuAnne Morrow

5

Amanda was the first guitar teacher our son had and she not only taught him the basics of guitar she also instilled in him the importance of practice. Amanda was so willing to let our son follow his own intrigue to learn new songs and took the time to record samples for him to practice with. She was dedicated and positive and his playing improved dramatically. There was not a time when he did not want to go to a lesson with Amanda. Amanda wanted our son to succeed and pushed when needed but also praised and recognized his effort. We miss her!

Review posted on Aug 06, 2017

Jo Ann Zahner

5

She is great. Patient, kind, a lot of fun. She makes might be getting lessons so enjoyable and I'm learning so much. I Recommend her to all ages and all skill levels.

Review posted on Aug 05, 2017

Michelle Farage

5

My daughter took lessons with Amanda for 2 years before she moved away. She taught my daughter how to play the guitar, sing, music theory and recording programs, she helped her with piano and ukulele at times too. She is an absolutely phenomenal musician and teacher. She is very professional and organized, I loved that she would email me updates and videos from the lessons. I love that she is technologically inclined, she utilizes and shows students useful Music technology! She has a very positive attitude and she was very inspirational for my daughter! She is fun but firm, she always goes above and beyond to always puts her student's needs first. Amanda has helped my daughter prepare for countless shows and auditions and provided her with her very first performance opportunities that I know she will never forget! She has been such a blessing in my daughters life and we are so thankful to have had the opportunity to learn from her and get to know her! I can not say enough wonderful things about her!

Review posted on Aug 03, 2017

Tara Coppi

5

My family has known Amanda for about 5 years, when she started to teach my oldest son (then 5 years old) music. I have no musical background and neither does my wife. About 2 years ago, she began to teach my daughter (then 5 years old) music. My son and daughter are very different and they learn very differently. A lot of people have commented on how great of a musician she is, which is very true. Amanda is very talented indeed. However, what makes her a truly remarkable music teacher is her TEACHING ability. I know very skilled artists and professionals who are great at whatever it is that they do, but find it difficult to teach. A completely different set of skills. In my opinion, I am more impressed with her teaching skills and her ability to teach in a variety of ways. This became apparent when I saw her with both my son and daughter, catering to their individual abilities and needs. Combine this with Amanda’s caring, compassionate, heart and you have a rare combination of attributes. She became a mentor to both our kids and we were all heartbroken when she left California, although we completely understood her reasons. Both of my children’s musical abilities grew and even more important, it kindled a love and appreciation of music for both of them. Anyone with kids will be lucky to have her as a teacher, mentor, and friend.

Review posted on Aug 02, 2017

Aimee Young-Hopkins

5

Aimee Art Productions: Building Self-Esteem and Literacy Through the Arts, Owner/Founder/Artistic Director Amanda is amazing! She started working with us when she was only 24 and she already played 7 instruments and was a natural teacher! Since that time I have seen her grow into a master teacher at a very young age, and inspire children of all ages in everything from singing to playing piano, guitar, bass, and ukulele, and writing songs, singing and recording rock songs, making music videos, travelling around the world through song, and even doing musical theatre! Amanda is a multi-talented, multi-faceted, multi-literate musician who can play and teach many musical styles and many learning styles. She is kinesthetic, auditory, and visual, highly creative, intuitive, kind and gentle with her students, and very encouraging. Amanda is also an experienced musician in her own right, and has composed, toured, gigged, and traveled extensively, sharing her gifts with the world. Any student, family or school will be lucky to have Amanda! I am excited to see what she does next!

Review posted on Jun 23, 2017
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