BIOGRAPHY

Amy Boyes is a piano and theory teacher from Ottawa, Ontario (soon-to-be, Warman, Saskatchewan). Her students regularly participate in festivals, recitals and examinations. 


She holds Associate Diplomas (ARCT) in Piano Performance and Teaching from the Royal Conservatory of Music and a Licentiate Diploma from Trinity College (UK) in Piano Recital. She studied at Brandon University with Alexander Tselyakov (B Mus) and at the University of Alberta with Janet Scott Hoyt (M Mus).


As a speaker, Amy has presented at Music Teachers' National Association (MTNA) and CFMTA Conferences in both Canada and the US on topics as such studio management, strong interpersonal relationships with students and diversifying students’ repertoire. This includes, "Diversifying the Repertoire" during Connecting Canada, CFMTA Virtual Conference in July 2021, "Ten Tips for Healthy Relationships with Students," in Winnipeg, MB, July 2019, during A Century of Sound Connections, the CFMTA National Conference, and a co-presentation with Dr. Janet Lopinski, "Well-Rounded Musicianship: The Pathway to a Lifetime of Music Making," in Ottawa, September 2018 for the Royal Conservatory. 

Amy's music-related articles have been published in the American Music Teacher Magazine, Canadian Music Teacher Magazine, Piano Magazine (formerly Clavier Companion, and Piano Professional, and as guest blog posts on Melanie SpanswickNo Dead Guys, Cross-Eyed Pianist and Piano Dao. Other writing has been published by The Globe and MailHumber Literary Review, In Parentheses, and Signature Editions. 

 

A council member of the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators' Association, Amy has adjudicated music festivals throughout from PEI to ON to MB, both online and in-person. She is also a member of the Royal Conservatory's College of Examiners for both piano and history and is a Certified Teacher in Elementary/Intermediate/Advanced Piano, History and Harmony.

 

Currently, Amy is the Public Relations Committee Chair for the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers' Associations and was the Finance Chair and Vice President of ORMTA (2019-2021). Amy was President of the Ottawa Region Branch of ORMTA (2016 to 2018). During her time as President, Amy chaired the Planning Committee for the ORMTA Convention 2018.

Amy is a recent recipient of the ORMTA Contribution to Teacher Award (2022) for which is she very grateful.