Amie has been a piano performer and teacher for over 20 years. She received her B.S. in Music Education from University of Idaho with her certificate to teach K-8 general music and choir with a minor in piano performance. At the University of Idaho, she studied piano performance with Jay Mauchley and taught piano lessons and piano classes under the supervision of Sandra Mauchley. With her certificate to teach general music in public schools, she taught K-6 music in the David Douglas School District for the three years right before starting her full time studio in 2001.
To further her growth in performance and teaching, Amie completed her Masters in Piano Performance under the direction of Lisa Marsh at Portland State University in 2014. She was awarded the Graduate Teaching Assistantship at PSU, requiring her to both assist Dr. Susan Chan with her classes and teach several piano classes for music majors and non-music majors while enrolled as a full time student. Amie completed the Coordinate Movement sequence while at at Portland State as well as independent studies on Baroque piano technique, piano pedagogy, and piano class teaching strategies.
As a certificated teacher, Amie understands the sequencing to teach music fundamentals to young children and adult beginners in a positive, nurturing environment that supports their individual goals. Her graduate work in performance as well as her teaching experience at The University of Idaho and Portland State University instilled the skills to meet the needs of more advanced students. Currently, she teaches applied lessons to Portland Community College and Mount Hood Community College students as well as students younger and older at her Woodstock Neighborhood piano studio.
She has studied The Alexander Technique as well as brain science in learning and continues to take workshops in the area to continue her professional growth both as a performer and music educator.