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Amy Aberg McLelland, MMus

Birmingham AL | 35244

About me

The McLelland Piano Studio offers quality music instruction in piano and organ for students of all ages and levels of advancement. Amy Aberg McLelland, NCTM, is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music through MTNA (Music Teachers National Association), with over 28 years of teaching experience in colleges and independent studios. Her students are regular prize-winners in piano competitions and many graduates have gone on to become successful college music majors, professional musicians, teachers, doctors and more.

An award-winning pianist, McLelland continues to perform in solo and collaborative recitals. She is in demand as an adjudicator and lecturer and specializes in the Taubman Approach, which promotes virtuosity, eliminates pain, and solves technical and musical difficulties.” Since 1996 she has pursued post-graduate studies in New York City with Edna Golandsky. Currently she is a participant in the Golandsky Piano Institute’s Professional Certification program mentoring with John Bloomfield, Faculty Chair.

McLelland holds Bachelor and Master Degrees in piano performance and is currently a participant in the Golandsky Piano Institute’s Professional Certification Program. She is the immediate past president of the Birmingham Music Teachers Association and maintains memberships in numerous professional organizations including MTNA, AMTA, MMF, NFMC, BMTA affording students the opportunity to participate in festivals, competitions, auditions and other programs at the local, state, and national levels.

Teaching Experience:
1986-present: Independent piano teacher, with studios in Alabama and Mississippi
2003-present: Practice Assistant (assistant teacher) at the Golandsky Piano Institute’s International Summer Symposium, Princeton University, New Jersey.
1999-2002: Practice Assistant at the Taubman Piano Institute’s Summer Symposium, Williams College, Massachusetts.
1990-2000: Piano Faculty, William Carey College (taught all piano majors, piano pedagogy, and piano literature)
1996-1998: Adjunct piano faculty, Mississippi College, Clinton, MS
1991-1993: Adjunct piano faculty, William Carey College, Hattiesburg, MS
1988-1990: Graduate Teaching Assistantship, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
1982-1986: Piano Instructor at Gordon College Community Music Program, Wenham, MA

Specialties

14 years intensive training in the Taubman Approach with the highest experts in the field, including Edna Golandsky, John Bloomfield and others. The Taubman Approach "explores the many motions that make up a virtuoso technique. It allows the trained pianist to avoid injury, play with ease and consistency, and create the desired sounds and timing to fully enable their musical expression."

Lesson details

Through regular private lessons, computer theory lab, musicianship classes and numerous performance opportunities students of all ages at McLelland Piano Studio receive specialized training in piano, theory and technic, sight-reading, ear-training, performance skills, introductory composition and improvisation and much more.

The private lesson format allows the teacher to concentrate on specific musical and personal needs, providing opportunities for individualized advancement. Goals and objectives are carefully developed for each student based upon age, ability, and interests. A wide selection of repertoire is carefully selected to match the needs and strengths of each student.

The primary studio in Hoover, Alabama overlooks a scenic lake and is very convenient to the Galleria and Patton Creek Malls and I-459 and I-65 access. A satellite studio is located in Birmingham on Highland Avenue.

Education and Accreditation

Nationally Certified Teacher of Music through MTNA (Music Teachers National Association)

Bachelor Degree in Piano Performance, Gordon College, Wenham, Massachusetts, Dr. Frederic Broer

Master Degree in Piano Performance, The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL, Amanda Penick

Post-graduate studies in the Taubman Approach with Edna Golandsky in New York City, 1996-present; and with John Bloomfield, NYC and Atlanta, 2000-present; attendance at Taubman Piano Institute's Summer Symposium, 1996-2002, Amherst College, Williams College and Golandsky Piano Institute's Summer International Symposium, Princeton University, New Jersey, 2003-present.

Teachers include: Edna Golandsky, Founder and Music Director of the Golandsky Piano Institute, New York City, 1996-present

John Bloomfield, Faculty Chair of the Golandsky Piano Institute, New York City and Atlanta, GA, 2002-present

Ilya Itin, Faculty Member of the Golandsky Institute, New York, NY

Dr. Jerome Reed, Nashville, TN

Michael Gurt, Professor of Piano at Louisiana State University

Amanda Penick, Professor of Piano at The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama 1998-2000.

Dr. Frederic Broer, Gordon College, Wenham, Massachusetts, 1982-1986.

Dr. Eric Larsen, North Carolina School of Performing Arts, 1978-1979.

Frances Schwemmer, NCTM, 1970-1982.

Member Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society

Participant in The Golandsky Piano Institute Professional Teacher Certification Program

Member MTNA (Music Teachers National Association), AMTA (Alabama Music Teachers Association), MMF (Metro Music Forum of Birmingham, AL), NFMC (National Federation of Music Clubs, BMTA (Birmingham Music Teachers Association); Organ teacher, Dr. Jeffrey R. McLelland, member AGO (American Guild of Organists).

Dr.Jeffrey R. McLelland, organ teacher and guest clinician at McLelland Piano Studio (Degrees held: Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance, University of Southern Mississippi; Master of Music in Organ Performance, Eastman School of Music; DMA, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL)

Prior to accepting the position of Director of Music and Fine Arts at Independent Presbyterian Church, Birmingham, AL, Dr. McLelland was a tenured associate professor of music at William Carey College and Mississippi College. In demand as a recitalist and clinician, McLelland has concertized widely across the U.S. and Europe in such locations as St. Thomas Church, NYC, Coventry Cathedral, England, Musikdagar Sweden, Boston, Atlanta, Orlando, Carnegie Hall, with the Alabama Boy Choir, and has been featured on the nationally broadcast radio program, PIPEDREAMS. Dr. McLelland is the recipient of numerous prizes from National competitions (including the MTNA Collegiate Artist Competition, and AGO NYACOP Competition), McLelland is a former Regional Councilor for the southeast region IV of the American Guild of Organists.

Testimonials

"You are so gifted musically and are a true blessing to your students. Your people skills are fantastic, as you...

"I always knew when I came in, no matter how bad my playing had been, you found something good in what I did,...

"I just need to tell you how immensely grateful I am for your mastery, knowledge, expert approach, and...

”[My son is] really enjoying piano lessons. I am glad that we found you!” (parent of 6th grade student at McLelland...

"I think you are tops with listening, playing, and teaching. You care a lot about what you do and it shows....

"Thank you for making piano so much fun for [my sons] and recognizing their efforts. Piano is becoming their...

"I just want you to know how much we appreciate the fact that you do these extra competitions for your students...

"I truly appreciate all the kindness and consideration you ALWAYS show. The only way I can show you just how...

"I just HAVE to write you to tell you what a wonderful judge I think you are!! Your comments are so upbeat,...

"I survived the holidays with very little pain and discomfort thanks to you and your great guidance you gave to...

Experience

more than 20 years

Rates

$40 - $49

Availability

Monday 1pm - 8pm
Tuesday 3pm - 8pm
Wednesday 3pm - 8pm
Thursday 2pm - 8pm
Friday 11am - 8pm
Saturday N/A - N/A
Sunday N/A - N/A

Teaching location

Teachers Studio

Genre

Chamber Music
Classical

Methods

Alfred Method
Bastien Method
Faber and Faber
Royal Conservatory of Music

Instruments and Subjects

harpsichord
organ
pedagogy
piano
theory – analysis
theory – harmony
theory – music history
theory – rudiments

Levels taught

Beginner
Intermediate
Advanced

Type of students

Children
Young Adults
Adults
Seniors

Languages

English

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