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.

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“Classical and jazz pianists play the same instrument and are governed by the same physiological principles. The physical freedom offered by the Taubman approach is the perfect companion to the creative freedom pursued by improvising jazz pianists.”

Don Glanden, Professor, The University of the Arts