Amy Rucker has been playing the piano since the age of four, when her older sister decided to teach her how to read music just for fun. Ever since, music-making has been an integral part of Amy’s life, fueling her passion to give the gift of music to as many students as possible.
Originally from Ohio, Ms. Rucker holds degrees in Piano Performance, Music Education in Choral Conducting, and Piano Pedagogy. Her piano instructors include Richard Tetley-Kardos, Harris Crohn, and Joaquin Achucarro. She served as Adjunct Faculty for Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, where she taught all levels of piano, early childhood music, class piano, and supervised graduate students. While at SMU, she witnessed first-hand the life-long benefits of early childhood music and movement.
In addition to teaching piano, Musikgarten, and playing the French Horn, Amy enjoys music directing Broadway musicals, conducting choirs, and collaborative piano. When not at CYM, she supervises student teachers at Duquesne University, where she serves as Adjunct Faculty.
Amy is a National Teacher Trainer for Musikgarten, a curriculum she has been teaching since 1996. She is a member of and currently serves as President of the board for ECMMA (Early Childhood Music and Movement Association) with an earned Level III Certification.
Amy and her husband live in McMurray and are proud parents of a sophomore University of Pittsburgh Panther, and a working actor at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company.