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 the 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.
Amy Chaplin is a pianist, teacher, speaker, blogger, and podcaster. She shares her passions for piano teaching, organization, productivity, and good food at PianoPantry.com and on The Piano Pantry Podcast.
Chaplin has a Master’s in Piano Pedagogy and Performance from Ball State University, and a Bachelor’s in Music Education, Choral K-12, from Huntington University. She graduated magna cum laude from BSU in 2011 and was given the MTNA StAR Award for student excellence. In 2016 Chaplin was awarded an MTNA Teacher Enrichment Grant to obtain a certification in Music Learning Theory (MLT) and its practical application 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 President of Indiana Music Teacher’s Association, VP of Membership, Website Editor, AIM Development and is now serving as a trustee of the association.
She has had articles published on Alfred Music Blog and in The Piano Bench (Digital) Magazine and has appeared on the Key Ideas podcast with Leila Viss. One of Amy’s former sessions, The Wild West of Marketing: How do you know what really works?” is now part Tim Topham’s membership site Top Music Co. (formerly The Inner Circle).