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Written by Linda Palacios   
Wednesday, 08 September 2010 06:28

Instrumental Profession
A passion for piano turned into an entire music academy and stretched into international waters. Find out how that musical dream manifested for one local woman.

When Amy Rose Immerman was in preschool, you couldn't tear her away from her toy piano until a family friend gave her a real piano. Then, in first grade, she discovered a new-to-her concept of piano lessons, and her fate was sealed.


"When you're little, you don't even know that there is such a thing as piano lessons, so in first grade, I started taking piano lessons, and it's just been a total passion ever since," Immerman says.


Flash forward a couple decades (give or take a few years) to 1996, and Immerman's passion was still going strong as an independent piano teacher. Her passion didn't go unnoticed, and Lenore Wilkinson approached Immerman about creating a place for independent music teachers to give lessons.


While the original concept only included women, it wasn't long before voice teacher Paul McCready became part of the mix. And after a search for the perfect space, Immerman, Wilkinson and McCready co-founded the Cincinnati Music Academy.


 That three-teacher organization has turned into almost a 40-teacher academy, and the original four-room suite has grown to a 7,000-square-foot school, complete with a recital hall. The Cincinnati Cincy-Shoes-In-Story-GIF.GIFMusic Academy today offers instruction in piano, guitar, violin, flute, voice and acting, among a host of other musically-related talents.


Immerman's passion for piano goes beyond her personal satisfaction for playing music. As a teacher, she enjoys helping her students, both young and old. "From diapers to walkers, music is just so valuable for so many brain functions," Immerman says.


And her passion goes even beyond her local students as she serves as the director of the East Central Division of the Music Teachers National Association. Taking music even further, Immerman travels across the United States and Canada as a member of the College of Examiners of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. And she even takes her skills on international waters with Yamaha Music's Passport to Music program, as she teaches piano on cruise lines. She lectures. She mentors. She lives music.


For more information about the Cincinnati Music Academy, what they have to offer and how you can get musically involved, check out



Photo courtesy of Amy Rose Immerman

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