Meet Amy

Hey there! Thanks so much for stopping over. Let me tell you a little about myself. I’m Amy Chaplin.

I’ve been playing the piano since I was seven and teaching since I was nineteen. My grandmother was a church organist, so I grew up playing piano for church services.

A native of Jay County, my husband, Drew, and I have lived in Wells County since 2003, when I took my first job out of college as the middle school and high school Choir Director at Bluffton-Harrison M.S.D. In 2006 we moved to Australia for his work but moved back to the area in 2009.

Even though I had already been teaching piano part-time for ten years, at that point, I decided to make it my full-time career. I went on to obtain a Master’s in Piano Pedagogy and Performance from Ball State University and opened Studio 88 in Bluffton in 2011.


Professional Biography

Amy Chaplin is a pianist, teacher, speaker, blogger, and podcaster. She shares her passions for piano teaching, organization, productivity, and good food at and on The Piano Pantry Podcast.

Chaplin has a Bachelor’s in Music Education, Choral K-12, from Huntington University (2003) and a Master’s in Piano Pedagogy and Performance from Ball State University (manga cum laude, 2011). In 2011 she was given the MTNA StAR Award for student excellence.

In 2016 she received a special 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 the Indiana Music Teacher’s Association, VP of Membership, Website Editor, AIM Development, and is now serving as a trustee of the association.

She frequently speaks at the local, state, and national levels on topics related to studio business, marketing, digital organization, and music learning theory applications.

Chaplin has had articles published on Alfred Music Blog and in The Piano Bench (Digital) Magazine and has appeared on several podcasts, including Key Ideas, Piano Teacher Primer, and Duet Partner.

One of Amy’s former sessions, The Wild West of Marketing: How do you know what really works?” is now part of Tim Topham’s membership site Top Music Co. (formerly The Inner Circle).