Amanda holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy from SUNY Fredonia, has studied Vocal Performance and Music Education at Eastman School of Music, and is currently completing a master’s in Creative Arts Therapy at Nazareth College. She brings experience as a board-certified music therapist, rehabilitation therapist, private voice instructor, and youth community musical theatre director. At AC, Amanda manages and directs the Upper School musicals and plays, teaches Upper School theatre classes, leads the Boys Ensemble, and teaches Middle School music electives and Drama Foundations.
What do you love most about your job?
I love knowing that I can teach the way I believe my students will learn best.
What or who inspires you?
Teenagers, and their capacity to take on so much in their lives at once.
What’s your favorite quote?
“The mind is like an umbrella – it functions best when open.” – Walter Gropius
What’s your favorite hobby and why?
Playing piano. I always say music was my first language, as I started to learn piano at 3 years old. When I sit down to play for fun, I can tune everything else out and enjoy the ease of doing something so familiar, but challenging at the same time.