Meet IHM Piano Department Co-Chair Amy Lee of our summer Chamber Music Intensive, a challenging immersion program for advanced students.
I primarily teach piano. I also coach ensembles — piano four-hands, piano-and-string duos and trios.
What styles of music do you teach?
My main focus is teaching through classical music, but there are “side projects” too. There are over five-hundred years of classical music, a wealth of compositional value and history to share. I’m always introducing my students to unfamiliar composers and have them listen to recordings before they decide on repertoire. The students can develop their individual musical taste. When a student has a curiosity for a pop-song, Broadway hit, jazz, TV or movie soundtrack themes, I encourage them to learn the music and embrace what it has to offer.
Do you actively perform?
Yes! I perform solo, chamber music, collaborating often with instrumentalists and other musicians. It’s enriching to create and perform a work that’s larger than oneself. There is tremendous value in balancing both performing and teaching. It’s a cyclical learning process, which I enjoy immensely.
Why did you choose to study piano?
I played several instruments growing up, but I always returned to the piano. I enjoy the physicality and symmetry of the keyboard. I enjoy how the piano keyboard can cover the entire range of an orchestra.
How long have you been at IHM? What do you like most about teaching here?
I have been at IHM for about five years now. I’m glad we have multiple learning and performing opportunities for students during the school year and summertime. In addition, it is a wonderful, supportive community. I have some fantastic colleagues and friends!
There is so much more to musicianship and music education than a student’s individual, technical mastery at their instrument. How will students play together, collaboratively? It’s beyond counting and rhythms, or knowing your individual part. Students must open their minds and learn how to listen. They will learn how to communicate with other musicians, and how to convey and contribute to a larger-scale work. Students will develop more confidence and intention in their playing.
What do you like to do when you’re not teaching or performing?
I love cooking, baking, making espresso drinks and challenging my palate. I also really enjoy photography, visiting museums and enjoying live music.
Amy Lee is a multi-faceted musician who is passionate about collaboration, chamber music, and education. Her repertoire ranges from Bach and Martino to new music collaborations with young composers. She performs chamber music regularly with Trio d’amis and frequently collaborates with composer Timothy Dusenbury. From concert halls to libraries, salons and jazz clubs, Amy has performed internationally and across the East Coast, with chamber performances in the UK, the Sheung Wan Civic Center in Hong Kong, as well as recitals at in New York, Harvard University, Bentley University, and the Brevard Music Center. An active member of NEPTA and board chair of the Massachusetts Music Teachers Association (MMTA), she also enjoys giving guest music lectures at local colleges and high schools and performing community outreach. She is a graduate of Longy School of Music (U.D. and M.M. in Piano Performance) with additional studies at Boston University and Emerson College. Masterclasses with Leslie Amper, Norman Krieger, Sally Pinkas, Victor Rosenbaum, and Andrius Zlabys. Principal teachers: Randall Hodgkinson, Roberto Poli, and Judith Ross (a student of Nadia Boulanger)
A dedicated teacher and adjudicator, Amy specializes in teaching piano, keyboard theory, and coaching piano ensembles. Her students often perform in community outreach, workshops, masterclasses, recitals, and state-wide Massachusetts Music Teachers Association events. Amy believes in fostering the love of music-making, developing a strong sense of pulse, listening, imagination, curiosity, dedication, and achievement.
Raise your artistry with our Chamber Music Intensive! Hone your individual and ensemble playing skills and polish your repertoire through coaching sessions, guided practice time, and masterclasses with distinguished teaching artists.
Chamber Music Intensive
Aug. 7-11 | 9:30am – 4:30pm
Concert: Sat. Aug 12 | 4pm
Ages 14 – College
Learn more and register!