Born in Trinidad and Tobago, Amanda is a violinist, music educator and yoga instructor, currently residing in St. Paul, Minnesota. She teaches individual violin, ukulele, guitar and piano to students between the ages of 4 and 70.
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 Fesitval 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 currently teaches vinyasa, yin and gentle yoga classes at Studio One Yoga in Roseville, Minnesota where she trained, and is very excited to be part of the YAM community!