Mrs. amanda gonzalez
Amanda Gonzalez is an accomplished pianist and violinist originally from Albany, New York. She began playing the piano at age five, studying under her great-aunt Margaret Byrnes, founding member of the music department for the College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York. Amanda began playing the violin in fourth grade and continued to study through middle school, high school, and college. She performed in the orchestra (moving up to second chair of the first violin section in high school), chamber ensembles (including a student founded string quartet), and in the pit orchestra for a production of "Cinderella". Amanda was also the head of the dance team in high school and studied tap, ballet, jazz, and hip-hop dancing at her local dance studio. She was also cast as a Jet Girl in a local production of "West Side Story" her junior year. Amanda graduated from Shenendehowa Central High School in June, 2006.
Amanda relocated to New York City to attend Hunter College in August, 2006. She majored in music at Hunter College, studying both the piano and the violin. Amanda performed with the Hunter College Symphony on the violin, and in chamber ensembles on the piano. Amanda was also a founding member of the Hunter College Cheer Squad. She became good friends with her current colleague, John Licari, and many other wonderful musicians during her time at Hunter College, graduating in 2010.
In 2011, Amanda decided to head back to school to obtain her teaching certificate from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College. While working on her teaching certificate, Amanda began teaching at Gymboree Play and Music, an early childhood education center which offers parent-and-me classes for children ages birth-5 years old. After receiving her teaching certificate in 2013, Amanda began teaching with Education Through Music, a not-for-profit organization that helps implement music programs throughout New York City, Los Angeles, and Brazil. Her first school was in the Bronx, where she helped to expand the music department, creating her own curriculum, growing the beginner string orchestra, and adding a select choir, called the Songbirds. While teaching, Amanda continued her education and received her Masters degree in music education from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College in 2015. Amanda began teaching at PS/MS 84 in the fall of 2016, specializing in early childhood music education and beginner strings.
Amanda is an active member of NYSSMA, NYASTA, and NAfME, professional music educator organizations. Amanda believes in quality music education for all students and that all students are able to accomplish musical learning and creativity. Through different musical pedagogies, games and literature, Amanda brings fun, creativity, and energy to the music classroom
She is married to her wonderful husband, Daniel Gonzalez and they have one son, Frederick, together.