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Amanda Roberts

Teaching Artist Statement
I believe that music plays an important part of each student's education as well as their own self-expression. My short-term and long-term expectations for each of my students differ, based on their individual goals. I feel that it is my responsibility as a teacher to help students realize their own potential on their instrument through positive encouragement, by prompting individual creativity, and most of all, having fun!

Teaching Bio
Violinist Amanda Smith Roberts has developed her passion for teaching over the past 13 years. Her students have ranged from the avid beginner, all the way through the advanced college level. Having joined South Shore Conservatory’s faculty in fall 2013, she holds her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in performance and studied under renowned pedagogue Paul Kantor during her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Dr. Roberts has performed internationally as a soloist, and nationally with her husband, pianist Dr. Jonathan Roberts, as a member of The Stardust Duo. She was one of the first teachers to become certified in the emerging Mark O’Connor American String Method. Through her encouraging instruction, she enjoys guiding students to reach their highest potential as creative and versatile artists.

Performance Bio
Violinist Amanda Smith Roberts has performed both nationally and internationally as a soloist. Having joined South Shore Conservatory’s faculty in fall 2013, she holds her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in performance and studied under renowned pedagogue Paul Kantor during her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Dr. Roberts has soloed with numerous professional orchestras throughout the southeastern United States, and has also competed in, and won, national competitions.  In 2008 she and her husband, pianist Jonathan Roberts, founded their duo, The Stardust Duo, named after Hoagy Carmichael’s jazz tune Stardust. Their duo specializes in performing and commissioning classical works influenced by popular musical styles, namely jazz and blues. Dr. Roberts shares her love for various musical styles through teaching and performing. Twice she was even awarded the Mississippi State Fiddling Championship. Dr. Roberts was also one of the first teachers to become certified in the emerging Mark O’Connor American String Method.  Through her encouraging instruction, she enjoys guiding students to reach their highest potential as creative and versatile artists.