with Amy Panetta, MA

About Amy Panetta, MA

Teacher Bio

“If you can walk you can dance, and if you can talk you can sing.” – Proverb from Zimbabwe

In my 13 years of teaching, I have taught virtually all ages, from newborns to senior citizens.  I teach a variety of music on instruments, including piano, voice, woodwinds, brass, strings, and percussion, as well as music theory and beginning music writing. 

 

My own music teaching experiences followed quite a journey.  After studying at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pennsylvania, I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education with a concentration in Piano and minor in Art.  As a native from New Jersey, I went back to my home state and taught for four years in public school, at first as a general music teacher in sixth and seventh grades, and then a K-5th grade general, choral, and instrumental teacher. 

 

In 2009, I decided to take a brief hiatus to study at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at University of Limerick in Ireland to receive a Masters degree in Ethnomusicology.  I was grateful to get this opportunity to pursue my academic interests since I have always had an interest in studying the larger cultures that surround a variety of world music traditions. 

 

In 2010, I again went back to New Jersey, and in 2014, relocated to Vermont.  Since 2010, I had the opportunity to serve urban, suburban, and rural school communities with various educational philosophies, such as Montessori, Waldorf, as well as a Charter school with a mission in environmental sustainability, an independent college preparatory school, and a professional music school.

Throughout the years, I completed the following professional development training and continuing education:

  • Kodaly Levels I, II, II, and IV

  • Orff Level I

  • Handbell Pedagogy

  • Drum Circle Facilitation

  • Kindermusik

  • Circle Singing

  • “The Mood of the Fifth” Early Music Education, Waldorf Philosophy

  • Storytelling and Crafts, Waldorf Philosophy

  • Non-Violent (Compassionate) Communication
     

In addition, when possible, I continue research in academic research topics as an ethnomusicologist, such as the sacred music written in dedication to Saint Brigid, one of the patron saints of Ireland, and West African Drumming.

In 2016, I decided to exclusively teach independent private lessons and group classes at students homes in the Central Vermont and Burlington areas.  In 2018, I moved outside of the Montreal area.  While I teach out of my studio located in Sainte-Brigide-d’Iberville, Quebec, I still teach students in Vermont, as well as in Montreal and the South Shore/Montèrègie, and Brome-Missisquoi areas.  I also teach online piano lessons to students around the world.

Here is a map of the areas I serve (give or take).  Click the map for a closeup to see if your town is included.  If you are interested in having me come teach group classes outside of this area, please send me a message and see if we can work something out!

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