Amy has adjudicated music festivals throughout Eastern Canada, from Prince Edward Island to Manitoba. She enjoys workshopping with students at the instrument and tries to bring out the best in every performer, regardless of age or experience.
For every adjudication, Amy touches on the following:
1. Progress made so far. Every performer is encouraged to reflect on how far they've come. Did the student perform with musicality, rhythmic vitality, and an appropriate tempo but used the score instead of memorizing like the rest of the class? Amy is sure to congratulate them on their obvious efforts to bring the performance to its current state.
2. Big picture issues. Many festival classes that feature the same repertoire or style of repertoire will have similar technical or musical challenges. By leading the adjudication with a "big picture" summary, Amy makes all the performers feel at ease as they realize that often everyone struggles with the same things.
3. Background Information: What is a passepied anyway? How is a sonata structured? By explaining the historical circumstances of a composition, Amy helps students to understand the reasoning behind interpretation suggestions.
4. Specifics. Amy highlights areas for improvement plus age-appropriate practice suggestions. Students will leave the event with specific ideas for their practice time.
For online adjudicating, Amy offers video recordings in addition to written adjudications. An example can be found here: https://youtu.be/Vc9XESqpujc
Amy Boyes is a piano and theory teacher. Her students regularly participate in festivals, recitals and examinations.
She holds Associate Diplomas (ARCT) in Piano Performance and Teaching from the Royal Conservatory of Music and a Licentiate Diploma from Trinity College (UK) in Piano Recital. She studied at Brandon University with Alexander Tselyakov (B Mus) and at the University of Alberta with Janet Scott Hoyt (M Mus).
As a speaker, Amy has presented at Music Teachers' National Association (MTNA) and CFMTA Conferences in both Canada and the US on topics as such studio management, strong interpersonal relationships with students and diversifying students’ repertoire. This includes, "Diversifying the Repertoire" during Connecting Canada, CFMTA Virtual Conference in July 2021, "Ten Tips for Healthy Relationships with Students," in Winnipeg, MB, July 2019, during A Century of Sound Connections, the CFMTA National Conference, and a co-presentation with Dr. Janet Lopinski, "Well-Rounded Musicianship: The Pathway to a Lifetime of Music Making," in Ottawa, September 2018 for the Royal Conservatory.
Amy's music-related articles have been published in the American Music Teacher Magazine, Canadian Music Teacher Magazine, Piano Magazine (formerly Clavier Companion, and Piano Professional, and as guest blog posts on Melanie Spanswick, No Dead Guys, Cross-Eyed Pianist and Piano Dao. Other writing has been published by The Globe and Mail, Humber Literary Review, In Parentheses, and Signature Editions.
A council member of the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators' Association, Amy has adjudicated music festivals throughout Eastern Canada both online and in-person. She is also a member of the Royal Conservatory's College of Examiners for both piano and history and is a Certified Teacher in Elementary/Intermediate/Advanced Piano, History and Harmony.
Currently, Amy is the Public Relations Committee Chair for the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers' Associations. She was Finance Chair and Vice President of ORMTA from 2019 to 2021. Amy is Past-President of the Ottawa Region Branch of ORMTA. During her time as President, Amy chaired the Planning Committee for the ORMTA Convention 2018.