McLelland Piano Studio
Amy Aberg McLelland, NCTM
Primary studio location:
and worldwide via Skype
If you are thinking of investing in a music education for yourself or your child you want it to be the happiest, most productive experience possible. At the McLelland Piano Studio, students will find an upbeat, rewarding program which will provide the basis for a lifetime of musical understanding and enjoyment.
For over 30 years McLelland Piano has helped students of all ages and levels of advancement achieve their goals and dreams as pianists using a wide range of instructional venues.
Nationally Certified Teacher of Music in Piano Performance, MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) and Certified Teacher at Instructor Level with The Golandsky Piano Institute, NYC
“You are so gifted musically and are a true blessing to your students. Your people skills are fantastic, as you are always sincere, caring and are able to appropriately balance the difficult skills of listening and sharing.” -- Adult student
Enjoy your lessons with a friendly, professional, and highly qualified teacher. Amy Aberg McLelland, NCTM is an award-winning pianist who holds bachelor and master degrees in piano performance and is nationally certified with the Music Teachers National Association and certified at the instructor level with the Golandsky Piano Institute, New York City.
Since 1986, McLelland has taught students of all ages and levels of advancement in private studios and colleges including William Carey College, Mississippi College, and other institutions such as the Golandsky Piano Institute’s International Summer Symposiums at Williams College and Princeton University in New Jersey.
Past president of the Birmingham Music Teachers Association, McLelland has been a long-standing member and officer in numerous professional organizations. These memberships afford students the opportunity to participate in recitals, festivals, masterclasses, auditions, workshops, and scholarship programs and students who choose to participate in auditions always receive the highest ratings.
"Your Liszt was ravishing … a wonderful variety of tone colors and nuance of interpretation … a good ear for color.” -- Review of a television performance by Amy McLelland
Through regular private lessons , group classes, special events, performances, and masterclasses with guest teachers and clinicians such as John Bloomfield of New York City, students receive specialized training in piano, theory, sight-reading, ear-training, piano technic, injury prevention, development of performance skills and more.
Goals and objectives are carefully developed for each student based upon age, ability, and interests. A wide selection of repertoire is carefully selected to match the needs and strengths of each student.
“Thank you for making piano so much fun for [my sons] and recognizing their efforts. Piano is becoming their “thing” and I know we have you to thank for that.” -- Parent of 3rd graders
[My son is] really enjoying piano lessons. I am glad that we found you! " -- Parent of 6th grade student
Excerpts from private lessons:
“I think you are tops with listening, playing, and teaching. You care a lot about what you do and it shows.” --Frances Schwemmer, NCTM, AMTA Teacher of the Year
“I just need to tell you how immensely grateful I am for your mastery, knowledge, expert approach, and unbeatable enthusiasm for both music and children, all hidden behind an unassuming and cheerful appearance. I can tell you that to (my child) you are everything—an absolute authority, an inspiration, an example, an ally, a friend. " -- Parent of 2nd grader
The primary studio overlooks a scenic lake in Hoover, Alabama and is convenient to I-459 and I-65 access. McLelland also travels to other locations including Atlanta, Georgia, and offers internet lessons via Skype.
The well-equipped studio features grand pianos, digital pianos, a large reference and music library, numerous teaching aides, and a computer lab which is available for self-study prior to or following each private lesson.
"I always knew when I came in, no matter how bad my playing had been, you found something good in what I did, always patient, never hurrying, never critical, only encouraging.” -- Teenage student
In addition to performing and teaching, McLelland regularly presents workshops and lectures on many topics with a focus on helping pianists learn the important principles of a healthy, coordinate piano technic.
The "Taubman Approach" to piano playing is "a groundbreaking analysis of the mostly invisible motions that function underneath a virtuoso technique and has helped pianists from all over the world overcome technical limitations, improve tone production and other components of expressive playing, as well as cure playing-related injuries." (Golandsky Piano Institute)
"The pain and numbness in my hands is completely gone now! I thought there was no hope of ever playing again and I can't thank you enough for giving music back to me. I'm so thankful to be out of pain and I can honetly say that my playing has improved from before my injury. I'm most impressed with the quality of sound now -- it used to be so thin and now it's full and rich and warm. Also, I never would have believed piano playing could feel so easy. I was raised to believe that tension and effort was required but I've learned that, actually, piano playing can feel absolutely delicious and effortless in the body. I highly, highly recommend this approach [Taubman Approach] to all pianists and musicians. You are an amazing teacher!"
“I just wanted to touch base with you and let you know that I survived the holidays with very little pain and discomfort thanks to you and your great guidance you gave to me!” -- Injured pianist/organist, after 5 lessons at McLelland Piano
“I’m so proud of you! [Your students] sound great and their hands look wonderful. You’re such a good teacher and fine musician, Amy, and that really comes across. Congratulations to you and [your students] too." -- John Bloomfield, faculty chair of the Golandsky Piano Institute, NYC
The public and students alike will benefit from the many studio-sponsored workshops, festivals, masterclasses, and performances. Designed as a motivational and educational tool for students and their families, these programs are presented by Amy McLelland and visiting clinicians including college professors, other independent teachers, concert artists, composers and other professionals in the music industry.
Special group musicianship classes are held periodically throughout the year. These small, group classes foster fellowship among students and help to build confidence and develop strong performance and listening skills.
The classes also provide opportunities for additional instruction in music theory, notation, and ear-training, and the music games and activities are always a hit with all ages and levels of advancement.
Adult students enjoy periodic Wine and Cheese gatherings to enjoy discussions on piano literature, technic, and other topics, as well as casual performance opportunities.
Excerpts from special group events:
Student Performance Excerpts:
“I just want you to know how much we appreciate the fact that you do these extra competitions for your students. We appreciate the sacrifice you make to work on your day off, to prepare the students, and just the hassle factor that goes in to going the extra mile in challenging these kids. As always, I’m so glad you are our teacher!” -- Parent of 5th grade students
"I really like the fact that I can play so many different styles of music. Right now I’m learning a sonatina by Beethoven, but I also enjoyed a piece by Burgmuller, called “The Storm” and some fun jazz pieces by Christopher Norton."
Playing a musical instrument really does make you smarter!
“I truly appreciate all the kindness and consideration you ALWAYS show. The only way I can show you just how much I appreciate all of your efforts is to be the best student I can be.” -- Adult student