Born in Trinidad and Tobago, Amanda is a violinist, music educator and yoga instructor, currently residing in the Twin Cities in Minnesota. She runs her own private studio, Legato Music and Yoga, where she offers violin, ukulele, guitar and piano lessons.
Amanda has received scholarships to attend music festivals at Dartington International Summer Festival and the British Isles Music Festival, both in England, and the Tuckamore Chamber Festival in Newfoundland, Canada. She has performed in masterclasses with Priya Mitchell, Oliver Lewis, Nancy Dahn and Vernon Regehr.
Amanda holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of the West Indies, as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts in the Performing Arts, specializing in Music, from the University of Trinidad and Tobago. She also has a diploma in Western classical music. Amanda graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) with a Master of Music in Music Education in 2018, where she studied with Dr. David Edmund and Rudy Perrault. While at UMD, she became a Level 1 certified yoga teacher with YogaFit in order to conduct a study on yoga and performance anxiety for undergraduate music students. During this study, she led yoga and meditation classes three times a week for six weeks, focusing on breathing techniques and yoga poses to alleviate the symptoms of performance anxiety in the weeks leading up to these students’ recitals.
In the spring of 2020, Amanda became a 200-hour vinyasa yoga teacher, with the goal of specializing in yoga for musicians. She is also certified in yin yoga, and teaches yoga with cats, as well as yoga for musicians. She is thrilled to be part of the YAM family!