BIOGRAPHY

Amy Boyes 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. 

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).

 

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. 

 

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

 

Amy's music-related articles have been published in the American Music Teacher Magazine ("Ten Tips for Healthy Relationships with Students" February/March 2019), the Canadian Music Teacher Magazine ("Thick Skin, Warm Heart" Fall 2019) the Piano Magazine (formerly Clavier Companion, "Don't Make Me Use My Teacher Voice" Spring 2020) upcoming in Piano Professional ("Ready for a Music Examination? Practical, specific indicators" 2020), and as guest blog posts on Melanie SpanswickNo Dead Guys and Piano Dao. Other writing has been published by The Globe and MailHumber Literary Review, In Parentheses, and Signature Editions. 

 

As a speaker, Amy presented "Diversifying the Repertoire" during Connecting Canada, CFMTA/FCAPM's 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/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

Currently, Amy is the Public Relations Committee Chair for the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers' Associations and is the Financial Chair and Vice President of ORMTA. Amy is Past-President of the Ottawa Region Branch of ORMTA. During her time as President, Amy chaired the Planning Committee for the ORMTA Convention 2018.