Amy Nicole Levine
Amy Nicole Levine, pianist, teacher and songriter, started classical training at age 7 with pianist Marion Winkler, and continued piano lessons, later joining the jazz band in high school and playing in bands with her colleages. She attended SFSU where she studied music and sociology. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology however was not sure how to make a living in music. After spending some years working a day job while writing and performing music with various groups like the Bay Area original Hip Hop band 75 Degrees, sharing the same bill with The Roots, Digital Underground, The Pharcyde, and Common on the side, she discovered teaching piano and it was a perfect fit. Amy found her niche teaching piano and loves helping others reach their music goals. She teaches private piano lessons to both adults and children and continues performing in many different genres such as jazz, latin, classical, R&B, funk, rock, pop, etc.
Over the last 20 years, Amy has developed her own methods of teaching. She continues to study with other instructors who contribute to and influence her own teaching methods. Her classical training helped her ease into jazz where she studied with various jazz musicians such as Susan Muscarella, director of the Jazz School in Berkeley, Peter Horvath, Frank Martin, Colin Hogan, Misha Piatigorsky, and Si Perkoff.
All of the music training and experience has transcended into Amy’s teaching abilities, giving her students a very versatile education in music that incorporates reading, playing by ear, technique, jazz harmony, theory, musical expression and improvisation. Amy encourages students to compose music and reminds them that listening to music is just as important as practicing.