Amy Hunter

Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, CA

Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, CA

Amy Hunter

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Biography

A native of the lake and foothills region of Maine, I had the good fortune of growing up in a musically rich and vibrant area with exceptional music programs. In 1998 I left Maine to receive a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in Piano Performance from Temple University’s Esther Boyer School of Music and Dance in Philadelphia, PA, where I studied with Dr. Charles Abramovic. I remained in Philadelphia after my studies where I taught group and private piano, accompanied numerous choirs and soloists, and learned to play the organ. I was a church organist for nine years at various denominations throughout Philadelphia.  

 

In 2011 I moved to Washington DC where I continued teaching, and worked as Education Associate at Washington Performing Arts Society. At WPAS I administered numerous outreach programs that brought art and music to DC and surrounding metro area schools.

 

In February 2012 I moved to San Jose, CA and started Amy Hunter Piano School. I ran this private studio out of my home as well as instructed K-5th grade general music 5 days a week in various schools throughout San Mateo, Redwood City, and San Carlos school districts through the non-profit organization, Music for Minors. In fall 2014 my private studio was growing and I was anxious to be able to offer more musical opportunities for my current students, and reach out to more prospective students. I began the journey of finding a new place to teach from that would give me the freedom to expand.  In March, 2015 I found a building perfect for starting “The Hunter School of Music”. Over the years HSM grew and I was able to offer more and more classes and opportunities until it grew to a 3 studio, 6 instructor music school offering lessons in piano, ukulele, guitar, composition, and music theory.

 

At the end of 2020, after 6 wonderful years, I sold HSM and it continues to prosper and grow under new leadership with the same values, excellent instruction, and performance opportunities for students of all ages and abilities. My family moved to Portland, Maine in March 2021 and we are thrilled to be back in my hometown state and be a part of the music community here. 

Teaching Philosophy

Music has been an important part of my life for as long as I can remember. In my teaching studio I am dedicated to sharing my love for creating music and finding the right musical path for each student. I believe that every person should have the opportunity to learn an instrument, learn the language of music, and discover how exciting and FUN it is to play!

 

I accept students of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities, and work with you/your child’s interests and musical desires to design a lesson that fulfills your individual goals and provides you/your child with a balanced musical background. Lessons with me include learning music theory, history, sight-reading, as well as important fundamental technical skills.

 

The dedication, concentration, and creativity that goes into learning an instrument is a positive force in children’s lives, helping them to gain confidence, focus, and develop a beautiful outlet for expressing themselves, and communicating their inner voice. I also believe that certifications, performance opportunities, competitions, and other events are a wonderful way to continue to challenge yourself, share your musical abilities with others, and I encourage students that are interested to partake in these activities. 

 

Other Interests
In addition to making music I love exploring the outdoors, mountains, and traveling. I am an avid backpacker, snowshoer, runner, and completed my first marathon in September 2018. If I am not outdoors you can find me cooking and eating just about anything! I enjoy spending time with my husband, family, friends, and of course my two adorable dogs, Roscoe and Odie.

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