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I offer lessons in:

  • Accompanying
  • Adult Piano Methods
  • Children's Music
  • Children's Piano Methods
  • Choral Performance
  • Choral Conducting
  • Advanced Music Theory
  • Classical Organ
  • All Other Piano
  • Classical Voice
  • Broadway Voice
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    Amy KouyeasOffering private lessons in
    Snohomish, Washington
    About MeContact Me
    Music. Connections. Here at The Ark, we are all about forging deep connections- connecting families, connecting with people, connecting with nature, connecting with your community. As a universal language, music allows us to connect in a more personal way. Studies show that students of the arts perform better in all forms of scholarship, including STEM programs. Our primary goal is to help each student discover that music is more than just playing the right notes at the right time, but a way to communicate a moment, a picture, a memory, an emotion.

    My Teaching Background
    Pianist, organist, and singer Amy Riffle-Kouyeas has made numerous appearances throughout the east coast and midwest. Favorites include: Canal Place, Frostburg State University, University of Maryland (Baltimore), Winthrop University, The Maryland Theatre, Shepherd University, Potomac State College, West Virginia University, Mount Union College, Porthouse Theatre, Kent State University, Taylor University, and Windsor Hall. As a musician, Amy is as comfortable in the classical world as she is in musical theatre, jazz standards, and pop. Most recently, Amy was the Director of Music at Mountain View United Methodist Church in Kingsport, Tennessee, where she led and directed both traditional and contemporary services.

    In high demand as a teacher, Amy's students have been recognized by numerous venues and events such as the Maryland All-State Choir, the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship Program at Johns Hopkins, the Cleveland Solo and Ensemble Festival and more. As a teacher, some of her favorite moments have included watching students perform with Parlament/Funkadelic's Bernie Worrell at Nelson Ledges, and teaching music workshops at DelFest with such music greats as Joe Craven and Ronnie McCoury. Her dedication to music education has been recognized by former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley and both senators Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski.

    My Teaching Philosophy
    Connecting families, friends, and people
    Music Movers coming soon!- Our Mommy and Me class for preschool kids ages 2-5
    ​Family Discount- It is fun to play with family! We offer a 10% discount to families because we want everyone to participate.
    Duet Literature- It's fun to play with friends! Duets make regular appearances in the studio, and combining lessons helps everyone grow.
    Group Piano Classes coming soon!- Not sure piano lessons are for you? Come meet new friends and try it out with a group. All ages and abilities are offered.
    Outdoor and large play space for kids- Coming as a whole family, or with friends? We've got a large fenced in yard and play area so waiting can also be fun.
    Connecting with School
    Over the years, there have been many studies demonstrating how music study improves students' performance in school. Here are just a few ways music draws from the various subjects students study in school:

    Spatial Development- reading of intervals, hand-eye coordination.
    Math- use of fractions in rhythm, understanding intervallic relationships.
    Science- anatomy and physiology in developing technique, understanding acoustics, the mechanics of the piano.
    History- brief overview and understanding of when and why and the background of the time period a song came from.
    English- and communication- Stronger understanding of alphabet for young children, Understanding and communicating lyrics appropriately, sentence structure and breathing, Inclusion of Italian and German vocal literature at upper levels
    Connecting with nature
    Beautiful setting- a quiet, large, rural, park-like setting complete with mature flowering bushes and plants. Come and recharge.
    Outdoor seating area during lessons available- On beautiful days, why sit inside? Step out onto the patio and enjoy a book, or soak in some vitamin D while others are playing or singing.
    ​Enjoy seeing chickens and bees and flowers- We've raised chickens for the past 5 years- this new flock will be our 3rd, and our 3 year old loves visiting the chickens. We'll be adding bees to our menagerie next, while continuing to work on maintaining and improving our bee, butterfly, hummingbird friendly flowers.
    Connecting with communities
    Community has always been important to us- knowing our neighbors, our schools, our local business community, and leaders. We're new to Snohomish, but have fallen in love with it's history, it's river, it's mountain views, and it's beautiful downtown district. We're looking forward to getting to know Snohomish and being a part of it's future.

    Rates And Availability
    30 minute lesson: $35/week
    60 minute lesson: $60/week
    Sibling/Family Discount: 10%
    Registration is on a month-to-month basis.