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Amanda J. - Audio engineering, Bass, Ear training, Flute, Guitar, Music composition, Music production, Music theory, Songwriting, Piano, Voice Teacher
$50per hour

Music Instructor

Audio engineering Lessons

ProTools, Cubase, Logic, and Garage Band proficient with mixing, fine editing, MIDI, and live-instrument recording.

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Int
Adv
Specialties
All styles
Ages
8 and Up

Bass Lessons

All styles, 4- and 5-string, music notation, TABs, ear-training, and bass-specific techniques.

Levels
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Int
Adv
Ages
7 and Up

Ear training Lessons

Rote learning with basic rhythms and pitches all the way up to advanced application of transcription through music theory principles.

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Int
Adv
Ages
5 and Up

Flute Lessons

All styles, music notation, ear-training, and flute-specific techniques.

Levels
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Int
Ages
7 and Up

Guitar Lessons

All styles, acoustic, electric, and classical, music notation, TABs, ear-training, and guitar-specific techniques.

Levels
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Int
Adv
Ages
6 and Up

Music composition Lessons

All levels and music genres of composition for all instruments, including using recording technologies, notation, and call-and-response as composing tools.

Levels
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Int
Adv
Ages
5 and Up

Music production Lessons

Recording technologies, promotional materials, booking, and professional skill development to be a successful pro-performer, recording artist, engineer, and/or producer.

Levels
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Int
Adv
Ages
8 and Up

Music theory Lessons

Numerous pedagogies, from Kodály to Orff for establishing internalize rhythm and pitch to advanced music analysis of compositions in all genres, all help to establish a foundation for learning and transcribing songs of all genres that use the 12-note scale and subsequent chords and modes.

Levels
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Int
Adv
Ages
5 and Up

Songwriting Lessons

All genres, instrument application, and resources utilizing recording technologies, music theory, and notation to compose songs from simple rewrites & parodies to completely original compositions.

Levels
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Int
Adv
Ages
5 and Up

Piano Lessons

All genres, progression of music notation & rote learning, and positional playing with piano-specific techniques.

Levels
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Int
Ages
5 and Up

Voice Lessons

All genres, instilling confidence, and recording/performance prep with vocal-specific techniques.

Levels
Beg
Int
Adv
Ages
6 and Up

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, in-school, and after-school programs.

For over half of my life, I have been teaching music to students of all ages 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!

PERFORMING EXPERIENCE

Various professional cover and tribute bands of many genres (guitar, bass, keyboard, vocals), musical theater orchestra pits (guitar, bass, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, keyboard), house band for late-night Mexican television show, "Noches con Platanito" (bass), professional solo artist (vocals, guitar, piano), national tour with original rock band (bass), international tour with big band jazz and orchestra (guitar and flute)

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Private lessons (guitar, bass, piano, flute, and voice) for 21 years. In-school curriculum and afterschool classes (any music class you can think of, I've taught!), 11 years. Professional developments for teachers and administrators (training teachers how to integrate music into their core curriculum), 7 years

AFFILIATIONS

National Association for Music Education, February 2018-present: NAfME brings music educators together with advocates, support services, professional development, business and development partnerships, and resources for research content.

Guitars in the Classroom, November, 2016-present:
Teaching Artist (co-teacher & training facilitator) and Regional Coordinator for the Midwestern U.S.

ASCAP, August 2011-present, Composer/Songwriter:
Composer/songwriter of music for various ensemble types

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM VOCAL LESSONS

Beginner - Intermediate - Advanced
BEGINNING: 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.

INTERMEDIATE: vertical and horizontal range expansion, belting, and versatility.

ADVANCED: focus on specific styles to master vocal techniques that will help a student succeed with auditions and gigs.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM PIANO LESSONS

Beginner - Intermediate - Advanced
BEGINNING/LOWER INTERMEDIATE: 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.

HIGHER INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED: Scales, applying music theory to repertoire and composing, and specific genre studies to expose the student to various styles of playing while finding what they would like to focus on most.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM GUITAR/BASS LESSONS

Beginner - Intermediate - Advanced
BEGINNING/LOWER INTERMEDIATE: Starting out with simple TABs to focus on parts of the instrument, body and hand positions, and utilize 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/finger techniques 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.

HIGHER INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED: improvisation, composition, applying more advanced music theory to the instrument through scales and chord theories, and challenging repertoire using all styles of notation.

TEACHING 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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Education

Bachelor's of Arts, Human Services/Psychology mino

Jan 2017 - Jun 2018Ottawa University

Associate's Degree, Fine Arts/Music

Aug 1999 - May 2006Citrus College

Master's in Education, Curriculum and Instruction

Jun 2018 - Ottawa University

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Teacher's Home Studio
Roeland Park, KS
Near Mission and 50th
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