Amy Valentine Brookes

Amy Valentine Brookes

Amy Valentine Brookes has studied with Elizabeth Swarthout for 22 years, and with John Bloomfield since 2009.  She has a music minor from U.C. Santa Cruz and is a board member of the Music Teachers’ Association of California (Alameda branch).  She teaches out of her studio based in Berkeley, California.  Amy is also a drummer, and has applied the Taubman Approach to her drumming to play pain-free and with ease.

Level of Certification: Instructor, 2016
Taubman Teacher: Elizabeth Swarthout
Mentor: Elizabeth Swarthout and John Bloomfield
Location: Berkeley, CA
Educational Background: B.Sc. Marine Biology, Minor in Western Art Music (piano): U.C. Santa Cruz; Masters in Quantitative Marine Ecology (University of Sydney, Australia)

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“The amazing thing to me is that Dorothy Taubman never set out to develop a method to cure injured pianists. Her main intention was to teach people to play as virtuosos, but, in doing, so, she realized that the motions that were involved in virtuoso playing also cured injuries.”

Barbara Banacos