Amy (Nobles) Lyday
Hello Friends, my name is Amy Nobles. Thanks for stopping by to check out my piano and guitar studio. To get a feel for who I am and what I do, I thought I would share a little bit about my musical journey because it lays a foundation for my teaching philosophy.
God gave me a gift and ear for music. At age 4 I began playing the piano by ear, and by age 5 my parents enrolled me in private lessons where I learned to read music. I had formal lesson training until I was 18 years old, and then I moved on to college to get a degree in Education. Even though I did not study music in college, I was deeply committed to our church’s music program. I played church offertories, sang in the choir and was a member of the college praise band. During those college years I was reintroduced to improvisational playing and began growing in my skill of singing while playing the piano by ear. Basically, I learned how to serve the church by leading worship from the piano and guitar. For the last twenty years I have led worship, recorded three worship albums, and have been privileged to serve the Church nationally and internationally.
My musical background combines reading music with improvisational playing. I think that both skills are very important. People always assume that if you can read music, that you can play any song request. That is not true. Reading music and playing by ear are two very different skills. Looking back, I often wish that I had been taught both how to read and how to play by ear as early as age 5. At age 17, I had a teacher who began teaching me improvisational playing and showed me that it was possible to play without music. I was immediately hooked! It took me some time, but I eventually began to learn how chord theory worked. It also made all the grueling hours of doing theory homework as a child become relevant. I never understood why theory was important until I began playing by ear.
Because I have a wonderful background of reading Classical music, I have a great appreciation for it. I believe it is important that students are exposed to the greats (Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, etc) but I think it is equally important to keep students engaged by teaching them their favorites. Students stay with their lessons if they are playing songs they enjoy and can share with their friends. At my piano recitals, you might find one of my students playing a little Beethoven and another playing the latest from Taylor Swift!
God gave us a great gift in music. I teach my students that music is a gift to be enjoyed and shared. My prayer is that my studio is filled with grace for all who come learn. It is a great privilege to walk alongside any student and share my love of music with them.
If you would like to learn more about my music ministry, you can visit www.amynobles.com.