Amy Dobben holds a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Louisville. From the age of seven, she participated annually in the National Piano Playing Auditions held by the National Guild of Piano Teachers. She received eleven certificates at the national or international level and earned the Guild’s High School Diploma. As a rising high school senior, she participated as a music major in the Kentucky Governor’s Scholar Program at Centre College, and she graduated as Valedictorian from Evangel Christian School in Louisville.
Amy received a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Piano from Lee University (formerly Lee College) in Cleveland, Tennessee. While a student at Lee, she participated in numerous recitals in addition to serving as an accompanist for various choirs, vocalists, instrumentalists, and dramatic stage presentations including Annie and Fiddler on the Roof. She served on a panel of adjudicators for the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program, auditioning and selecting high school students to participate in the program. In 1997, she graduated magna cum laude, earning the Music Departmental Award.
Since 1997, Amy has directed choral programs ranging from simple children’s presentations to full-scale dinner theater, including compiling and arranging a choral Christmas concert. In 2004, she opened a private piano studio and continues to teach students of varying levels and styles. Amy is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music in piano and is an active member of the Music Teachers National Association (including state and local chapters). She serves as the local audition chair for the National Guild of Piano Teachers (a division of the American College of Musicians). Amy became a certified Musikgarten instructor in 2010.
Amy lives in Louisville with her husband Jim, 2 young sons Elijah and Ethan, and daughter Emma.
A note from Amy…
I began studying music at the age of six; and throughout elementary school, high school, and college, I never put it down. Of course, my teachers were the most important aspect of my music instruction. They instilled in me a love for music that grew as I grew, and they encouraged me consistently.
Now a music teacher myself, it is my desire to share that love of music with others, and in doing so, honor the teachers who shared their gifts with me. I believe it to be my responsibility to teach my students how to appreciate music as well as how to play notes on a page, and to encourage them to reach their full potential in all areas of life.
Music instruction is a wonderful tool to develop discipline and coordination in younger students. Studies among school-aged children have also shown that it can have a positive impact on other areas of learning, such as verbal memory skills and math. Music instruction provides a creative outlet for all ages and is an enjoyable, lifelong hobby.
My students are like family to me – I love to watch my young students grow and my adult students accomplish their goals. Welcome to the family!
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Amy Dobben, NCTM