Amy Boyes 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).
While a graduate student at the University of Alberta, Amy was the principal instructor for the class "Fundamental Keyboard Skills" for two years. Amy's graduate research topics included identifying student personality types and learning styles. Amy presented the resulting paper "Strong Connections" to the Edmonton Branch of the Alberta Registered Music Teachers (ARMTA), the Ottawa Region Branch of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers (ORMTA), and at the Music Teachers' National Association (MTNA) Conference in New York City in 2012. The paper was published in February 2013 in the MTNA E-Journal.
Amy is Second-Vice President of ORMTA and is Past-President of the Ottawa Region Branch. Amy also chaired the Planning Committee for the ORMTA Convention 2018 and is a Zone Representative to Provincial Council 2017-2020.
Amy is a member of the Royal Conservatory of Music's College of Examiners and is a Certified Teacher in Elementary/Intermediate/Advanced Piano, History and Harmony.
A member of the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicators' Association and an executive council member-at-large, Amy has adjudicated music festivals throughout Eastern Canada (Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island; Canadian Music Showcase in Ottawa, ON; Cornwall, ON; London, ON). Amy adjudicated in both Kingston, ON and Stirling, ON in 2015; Brockville, ON and Hearst, ON in 2016; Renfrew, ON and Manitou, MB in 2017; Cornwall, ON for a second time and Haliburton, ON in 2018; Renfrew, ON for a second time and Haliburton, ON again in 2019.
As a writer, Amy has music-related articles published in the American Music Teacher Magazine ("Ten Tips for Healthy Relationships with Students" February/March 2019, and a book review in April 2019), the Canadian Music Teacher Magazine ("Thick Skin, Warm Heart" Fall 2019) and the Piano Magazine (formerly Clavier Companion, "Don't Make Me Use My Teacher Voice" Spring 2020).
As a speaker, Amy presented "Ten Tips for Healthy Relationships with Students," in Winnipeg, MB, July 2019, during A Century of Sound Connections, the CFMTA/FCAPM National Conference" and co-presented with Dr. Janet Lopinski, "Well-Rounded Musicianship: The Pathway to a Lifetime of Music Making, in Ottawa, September 2018.
Amy maintains a busy teaching schedule and her students are regularly featured in events throughout Ottawa such as the Kiwanis Music Festival, Kanata Music Club, ORMTA student events, and studio recitals.