Meet Amy

Hey, I’m Amy, a 30-something piano teacher from Indiana, who has a passion for teaching and cooking. I decided to combine these passions and create Piano Pantry, a blog to share my love and ideas for all things teaching and eating.

I took on my first private student the summer of 2000 as a freshman in college and haven’t looked back. My type-A personality and excitement for teaching piano has only grown as the years go by.

Even more importantly than these things is that I LOVE to learn – no, I need to learn. This drives me to look for the best in all things – the best way to teach, the best way to work, the best way to organize, the best recipe to cook, the best spatula to use – I can’t help it!

Let me clarify. “Best” is not necessarily the most suitable word as there are many ways and styles of teaching, cooking, and living life. I simply enjoy growing and learning from my students and others.

The wild thing about this whole Piano Pantry thing is…being a good teacher truly IS like cooking. Many of us first teach how we were taught just as we first learn to cook the way our mom or dad taught us. Not only that, but being a good teacher is about exploring new teaching strategies and how those ingredients affect the success of our students – the meal – the end product.

I love how these two things tie into each other and look forward to sharing more of my “pantry” with you!


The Completely “Professional”

  • My first real job was selling Cutco knives during the summer of my undergrad years. I hit F.S.M. status “Field Service Manager” with $25,000 in sales. Hey, don’t laugh at my knife sales job…it helped me purchase my awesome 32-piece “Ultimate knife set” and they have a lifetime guarantee!
  • I have a Bachelor of Music in Choral Education K-12 and was a choir director for the first three years of my career. Being a school teacher was one of the hardest things I’ve done in my life next to getting a Masters degree.
  • I have a Masters of Music in Piano Pedagogy and Performance from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.
  • I sang in the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir when we lived in Oz (more on this below).
  • I’m addicted to podcasts – maybe I’ll have one of my own some day!
  • I recently discovered I love giving presentations at conferences. It’s a lot of work, though, isn’t it!?
  • I don’t listen to as much classical piano music as I probably should….shhh…don’t tell!


If you’ve just GOT to know me beyond the professional, read on

Meet my love, Mr. Chaplin. I must say, we’re two peas in a pod. I am definitely of his rib.

And the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. -Genesis 2:22



He amazes me daily with his amazing mind and talents. He’s a Salesforce Administrator, is amazing with numbers and is a private pilot – cool, I know! He seems to know a little bit about everything (and, as I tease him, a lot about nothing) 🙂

  • Because of him, we were able to have an experience of a lifetime living as ex-pats in Melbourne, Australia for 3 years (perhaps a post will appear on that experience someday!)
  • Because of his support, I was able to open the piano studio of my dreams.
  • Because of him, we get to fly just for fun whenever we want for the “$100 hamburger” – that’s pilot talk!
  • Because of him, I have someone to feed my food to every day for the rest of my life! He’ll eat anything I make – even when I won’t!


A few more fun facts
  • Jesus is my Lord and Savior and while this blog is not about that, it is a part of who I am.
  • If you hold my hand during prayer at church you will probably feel my fingers twitching (it’s the piano thing, people!)
  • I’m a foodie that occasionally eats bologna sandwiches and Double Stuffed Oreos…in secret of course!
  • I have one child. He’s a big boy and is pictured above. :-)Since we don’t have children, it means I can give more of myself to nearly 40 other children (yes my students as well as my niece, nephews, and “adopted” children who call us Mom and Dad #2).

    My nephew and I reading “Crumpet the Trumpet.”
  • I’m a little country, a little city.
  • I hate disorganization and having my time wasted.
  • I have short hair because I’m too impatient to spend more than the current 5 minutes a day it takes to mess with my hair – I have much better things to do with my time!
  • I don’t like animals. I’m allergic to those pesky cats anyway. Achoo!
  • I’m completely un-athletic but regular exercise has always been important to me. The 1980’s Buns of Steel with Greg Smithey is my favorite exercise video of all-time. Don’t laugh.
  • I love change. I mean, why in the world would you want to use the same toothpaste your whole life? Boring!
  • I can say the alphabet backward in 5 seconds (thanks to long bus rides and a bus buddy as a kid).
  • I can be gullible.

I’m so excited you’re here and I would love for you to stick around and be a part of my pantry of learning and growing.



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