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Amy Rucker

Joined CYM in 2018

Amy is a National Teacher Trainer for Musikgarten and the immediate past president of the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association. She completed her first early childhood music training with Dr. Lorna Heyge in the late 90’s and has been teaching the Musikgarten curriculum for over 20 years. She has taught piano since 1988. Amy holds degrees in Piano Performance, Music Education, and a masters in Piano Pedagogy. While at SMU, she studied piano with renowned concert artist, Joaquin Achucarro. Upon completing her masters, she was hired full time with the Meadows School of the Arts at SMU, where she taught pedagogy for six years. Mrs. Rucker spent many years teaching in the schools as a choir director and accompanist. She has had articles published in Keyboard Companion, and Musikgarten Messenger. She has music directed numerous musicals, and in 2018 was voted Best Music Director by BroadwayWorld Columbus Awards. In addition to her work at CYM, she is part time faculty at Duquesne University, where she teaches group piano to music majors, and supervises choral music education student teachers. Mrs. Rucker lives in McMurray with her musician and conductor husband, Rob. Their son is at University of Pittsburgh, and their daughter is a working actor in Cincinnati, Ohio.

A Favorite Musical Moment: Singing with a 500+ voice choir in Bern, Switzerland, under the direction of Sir David Willcocks

Education & Certification

- Plays French Horn
- Musical Director

What Parents Are Saying
It was important for us that she be matched with a nurturing teacher with patience and enthusiasm. I’m so thrilled my intuition regarding you was spot on!! I’m so grateful you put in so much thought into each child and are so open to involvement by the parents. – Diya Gaur, parent 
We wanted to reach out to say THANK YOU for a wonderful class! We are so appreciative for your willingness to teach this class… And we could not have been happier with it! The music and songs, the dancing, all other exercises and the overall atmosphere that you created in this class were so beautiful. Not to mention that all four of us get to enjoy the music, to sing and dance along in the car and at home! [Our daughter was] so lucky to have had this experience with a teacher of your credentials and personality. We hope she is able to take another class with you in the future! – Artemisia Apostolopoulou

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Amy Rucker in action

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