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Faculty Spotlight: Amy Vaughn

Updated: Nov 5, 2023

Get to know Mobile Music Lessons violin and piano faculty member Amy Vaughn! Learn more about her on our faculty page. Read more faculty spotlights on our blog.

Q: When did you begin playing the piano? A: I began playing music when I was five years old. I grew up in a very small Iowa town and my first piano teacher was an elderly lady who lived out in the country on a farm. I went to her old farmhouse each week for my lessons and have loved music ever since!

Q: What is your favorite piece or composer? A: Since I was a young girl, I have always loved Dvorak and enjoy all of his music. I love that his music has an almost folk like feel and I love the fact that he lived in Iowa for a time!

Q: Why is music important to you? A: I love that music is a way for me to be expressive and creative. Through my music, I tell a story or paint a picture for my audience. When we can accomplish drawing the audience into our performances and reaching them with our music, we are true artists!

Q: What is your teaching philosophy? A: I love teaching! I love working with my students. Each student is different from the other- no two are ever the same! I love challenging myself to be an effective teacher and I love striving to individualize my instruction for each student. One of the reasons I love teaching private lessons is the fact that I am able to narrow my teaching and instruct the student on a personalized one-one-one level. It brings me great joy to know I have helped a student learn and begin to become a successful musician!

Q: Why do you enjoy teaching for MML? A: I enjoy teaching for MML because it allows me to do what I love and what I feel that I do best! MML does a fantastic job of allowing me to work with my students one-on-one and I love that they offer consistent performance opportunities for students. The regular recitals and Des Moines Piano Festival have been excellent opportunities for my students!

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