Lessons are available for adults and children age six and older. Students learn solid technique so that they play the guitar with good posture and hand movements. Basic music theory is taught along with reading music notation, chord construction, and knowledge of the fret board. Amy teaches her students to become well-rounded musicians and encourages them to attend local concerts and perform in recitals that she frequently organizes. She has prepared students for acceptance at university music programs, The Orange County High School of the Arts (OCHSA), and the Academy for the Performing Arts (APA). Amy is on the Guitar Syllabus Committee for the Certificate of Merit program with the Music Teacher's Association of California (MTAC), and many of her students participate in the Certificate of Merit program each year. Amy is very patient and works well with people of all ages and backgrounds.
Guitar lessons are scheduled for the same time each week for either half hour or hour sessions. Lessons are paid for monthly on the first lesson of each month. Please contact Amy directly to schedule lessons.
Highlights, Specialties & Features
- Certificate of Merit
- Musical Arts Competition of Orange County (MACOC)
Professional Associations & Certifications
- Music Teacher's Association of California (MTAC)
- Guitar Foundation of America (GFA)
- Masters of Music in Classical Guitar Performance
|Address||27439 Lock Haven Ct|
|Phone Number||(714) 496-6395|
Amy is a classical guitarist from Huntington Beach, CA and has been playing the guitar since 1989. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Masters Degree in Classical Guitar Performance from California State University, Fullerton, where she studied under David Grimes. She has been performing and teaching since 2005.
Along with providing music for hundreds of weddings and private events, Amy has performed full concerts as a soloist and with the Los Angeles Guitar Duo at local universities and music societies, most recently completing a tour in 2012 with performances at the American Guitar Society, Long Beach Classical Guitar Society, Sacramento Guitar Society, Ventura County Classical Guitar Society, and the Nixon Library & Museum. She was a member of the Fullerton Guitar Orchestra from 2006 - 2010, during which they performed throughout California and on a three-week tour of Bulgaria, which culminated with a concert at the U.S. Embassy in Sofia. Amy is a founding committee member and current performer of the Orange County Guitar Orchestra. She is also a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique. Amy teaches private guitar lessons and has prepared students for acceptance at university music programs, The Orange County High School of the Arts (OCHSA), and the Academy for the Performing Arts (APA).
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Amy teaches classical guitar. Students learn to read music and build a repertoire over time appropriate for their level. She also incorporates other styles into the lessons, such as folk, rock, and country, when desired by the student.
Learning a new instrument takes a combination of skill and dedication. Those considering beginning guitar lessons should plan to dedicate at least 30 minutes every day to practicing the guitar. Students will learn different ways of reading music, including tablature and notation. Music theory is taught along with playing the guitar; this helps the student understand what they are playing. A repertoire of music is built over time and students have songs and scales to take home to practice each week. Physical technique is a focus in lessons, allowing the student to learn to play with ease using free and natural movements.
It is never too late to learn how to play the guitar. Adults of all ages and children 5 and older, from beginners to advanced players, are welcome. Amy has a strong background teaching children and helps them have fun while learning about music.
I am one of Amy's students and I've been studying with her for about a year now. Besides being well cultivated on the guitar, she is also very passionate about performing and teaching. She truly loves and enjoys her job and her passion for classical guitar is pretty contagious as well.
Amy has always been patient with me since day one and teaches through positive reinforcement. She gives technique based criticism and advice to improve playing but always gives encouraging feedback and praise. Amy has structure to her teaching like sight-reading pieces and technical exercises but has never discouraged me from learning what I want. A lot of my lesson times are based on pieces that I choose to work on which is awesome. After learning from Amy, my appreciation for guitar and music has grown immensely. Through Amy, I learned that great playing doesn't have to be a perfect performance and to just embrace and enjoy the learning process and most importantly to have fun while doing it!
If you want to have fun while learning an instrument, Amy is your teacher!
I have been taking guitar lessons with Amy for just about four years now. My continuing attendance with her is indicative of her vast guitar knowledge, adaptability to different learning styles, attention to detail, and overall effectiveness as a teacher.
Whether you are looking for something fun, or want to learn as much as possible about the guitar, I highly recommend Amy as a guitar coach.
My daughter has been taking guitar lessons with Amy for the last four years. I highly recommend her as a guitar instructor. Amy is a talented musician and gifted instructor as well. She is well equipped to teach both children and adults. (My husband has taken lessons from Amy as well, and was very impressed with her.)
Amy is talented, prepared, patient, responsive, and a lovely person. She emphasizes proper technique and tailors the lessons to her students. It is obvious that Amy enjoys teaching and sharing her knowledge and love of guitar. My daughter has learned so much from her. Amy is a fabulous guitar teacher!
It's been about three years that I have been training under Amy, and her eagerness in classical guitar has made me comfortable and satisfied in her class! I am pleased that her guidance has lead me as far as getting accepted in the Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA). When I first started practicing guitar with Amy, I didn't even know how to grip the instrument properly. After getting used to Amy's friendly vibe, I started to look forward to guitar lessons, and I would assure anyone at any level in guitar, that you've got the right teacher!
I am pleased to endorse Amy Hite's classical guitar instruction. Having recently retired, for the past year I have been taking lessons with Amy. Each week, I look forward to meeting with her. She is a great teacher and an amazing talent. Her passion for the guitar is contagious and her patience combined with positive reinforcement has made learning to play the classical guitar both fun and rewarding.
I've been taking guitar lessons from Amy for about 2 years now. When I started, I didn't even know how to hold the guitar properly, but now I'm playing all my favorite songs. Amy gives positive reinforcement with a very encouraging tone. I look forward to my lessons every week to see what new songs she'll give me to work on. She never gives me more than I can handle for the week. I'm very happy my dad found her for me! I can't imagine taking lessons from anyone else.
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Alexander Technique workshops for musicians are held on the first Thursday of each month from 6:30 - 7:45 PM PST on Zoom. All musicians are welcome in the workshops, any level of musicianship and any instrument! Each workshop will explore new aspects of mindfulness and movement for musicians. The cost for attending is $20. Contact Amy at AmyHiteGuitar@yahoo.com or (714) 496-6395 to register. Throughout our lives, we create habits that interfere with the natural way our bodies are intended to move.
Register for an online group yoga class! Class Description: This class will include standing poses that focus on alignment and building strength and balance. Warm-ups and cool-downs are often done sitting, on hands and knees, or lying on the back. Modifications will be suggested for those with injuries or limitations. Yoga for Musicians is designed for anyone who plays an instrument. No previous yoga experience is required! As musicians, we make the same repetitive movements and hold static postures that can lead to wear and tear on the body over time.