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 maintains a busy teaching schedule and her students are regularly featured in events throughout Ottawa such as the Kiwanis Music Festival, Kanata Music Club, ORMTA student events, and studio recitals.
Amy is a Member at Large for the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators' Association Executive Council, Vice President of ORMTA, Public Relations Chair for the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers' Association and a member of the Royal Conservatory of Music's College of Examiners.
Amy's writing can be found in the "Piano Professional," "American Music Teachers’ Magazine," "Piano Magazine," "Canadian Music Teachers’ Magazine," and the Humber Literary Review. She has been a guest blog writer for the Melanie Spanswick, No Dead Guys and Crossed Eyed Pianist blogs.
As a speaker, Amy presented "Ten Tips for Healthy Relationships with Students," in Winnipeg, MB, July 2019, during A Century of Sound Connections, the CFMTA/FCAPM National Conference 2019. She co-presented with Dr. Janet Lopinski, "Well-Rounded Musicianship: The Pathway to a Lifetime of Music Making, in Ottawa, September 2018.