Amy Tarantino-Trafton has taught and coached a wide range of students of diverse backgrounds, ages 2 ½ to adult, in both private and class settings. She has a Doctor of Musical Arts diploma in piano performance, and 30 years of teaching and performing experience. Her piano lessons are highly adaptable, geared towards her students' musical interests and aspirations.
Dr. Tarantino-Trafton has performed extensively as a soloist and chamber musician in the U.S. and Europe, and has held staff accompanist positions at the University of Miami, Oberlin College Conservatory, and at summer festivals such as the University of Miami’s program in Salzburg, Austria and the Franco-American Vocal Academy in Perigueux, France. She received a Doctorate of Musical Arts in piano performance from the University of Miami, and Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music. In addition to performing traditional repertoire, Ms. Tarantino-Trafton enjoys working with living composers, and received a Presser Foundation Music Award for research on her doctoral paper, Unconventional Notation: A Pianist’s Guide to Intent and Execution. She has been featured at the Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music, Southern Chapter conferences of the College Music Society, and the Society of Composers, Inc. national conference. She currently resides in Hagen, Germany.
University of Miami Frost School of Music, Coral Gables, FL
Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano Performance (2006)
The Cleveland Institute of Music, Cleveland, OH
Master of Music in Piano Performance (1995)
Bachelor of Music with honors in Piano Performance (1993)
Case Western Reserve University Mandel Center for Nonprofit Management
Certificate in Nonprofit Management (2002 )
Post Graduate Studies in Piano Performance – Conservatory of Berne, Switzerland (1995-1996)