Hey there! Thanks so much for stopping over. Let me tell you a little about myself.
My husband Drew, and I have lived in the Bluffton area since 2003 when I took my first job out of college as the Choir Director at Bluffton-Harrison M.S.D. In 2006 we moved to Australia for his work but moved back to the area in 2011.
A graduate of Jay County High School (’99), I’ve been playing the piano since I was 7 and teaching since I was 19. My grandmother was a church organist so I grew up playing piano for church services.
Besides my piano studio and other professional endeavors (of which you can read more below), I am currently the pianist and worship leader at Calvary Lutheran Church and play keyboard and sing once a month on the worship team at First Church of Christ on Spring Street where my husband and I are active members.
While I’ve been teaching a handful of students consistently since I was a teenager, I decided to make piano my full-time career and opened Studio 88 in 2011. Up until 2019, the studio was located in the GBM Building behind DQ but is now located in the basement of our home.
For more details on the studio location click here.
Amy Chaplin is a teacher, pianist, speaker, and blogger. She shares her passions for piano teaching, organization, and food at Piano Pantry.com
Amy loves learning and growing her skills as a teacher as well as connecting with fellow colleagues, frequently attending state and national conferences, and local teacher workshops. Her professional growth has included being awarded an MTNA Teacher Enrichment Grant to obtain a certification in Music Learning Theory (MLT) and it’s Practical Applications for piano through the Gordon Institute for Music Learning (GIML).
An active member of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), Amy has served in multiple leadership roles at the state and local levels including State President, VP of Membership, and Website Editor for Indiana Music Teachers Association (IMTA), and Website Editor for Northeast Indiana Music Teachers Association (NIMTA).
She has had articles published on Alfred Music Blog and in The Piano Bench (Digital) Magazine. In 2016 she presented a webinar, The Wild West of Marketing: How do you know what really works?” for Tim Topham’s piano teacher membership site Top Music Co. (formerly The Inner Circle). Other topics Chaplin has presented on include: Music Learning Theory basics and practical applications in a piano studio, digital management strategies for teachers, and online self-education opportunities for teachers.
Chaplin has a Masters Degree in Piano Pedagogy and Performance from Ball State University where she studied piano with Lori Rhoden and a Bachelor’s in Music Education, Choral K-12, from Huntington University (then Huntington College). After graduating magna cum laude from BSU, she was given the MTNA StAR Award.