Hey there, I'm Amanda!
(and "Dame" rhymes with "name" which makes it pretty easy to remember)
I'm a professional flute player, a private flute instructor, and founder of
Virtual Woodwind Academy!
Between going to two of the most elite conservatories in the nation and pursuing private-flute study from the age of 10, I pretty much know all there is to know about flute.
- And I've got two main takeaways from my education -
1. It's SUPER beneficial for students in the long run to have a teacher who is analytical and doesn't ignore any problem (I learned this in my undergrad)
2. Classical musicians don't typically have a lot of fun in their music studies. (why so serious?! Is my main question...)
I believe in making lessons fun, while also teaching students to analyze and critique their own playing.
More about me!
College degrees from...
Peabody Institute, MM in flute performance
Oberlin Conservatory, BM in flute performance
Oberlin College, BA in biology
I've taught at...
The International School of Music
Bryn Mawr School
Virtual Woodwind Academy
Sheppard Pratt Schools
Baltimore Symphony Orchkids program
Arts for Learning Maryland
I won first place prizes as a soloist in...
National Society of Arts & Letters Woodwind Competition
Central Ohio Flute Association Young Artist Competition
Rochester Flute Association Emerging Artist Competition
And I perform professionally with my flute and percussion duo, Duo Sila!