Mrs. Amber C. Knowland

Violin Teacher

Amber Knowland

SAA Member


Salem, OR
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Starting at the age of 9 in the Salem-Keizer School District orchestra program in Oregon, Amber is now a violin player of almost 30 years. She played with her school’s orchestras through high school and was concert master for her Junior and Senior year. After high school and some college, Amber gave private violin lessons as a hobby until she got married. After getting married, her main focus became raising her children, but she never stopped playing her instrument. Over the years, and with the encouragement of her husband she has picked up a few other instruments as well, including guitar and bass, but has always missed the unique dynamic of playing with an orchestra.

Three of her four children are now mostly grown and are magnificent musicians on piano, cello, and violin. They inspire and challenge her every day to continue growing musically, and to always push past where you think your limits are.

Now that her kids are nearly grown, the time has finally come to pick up where she left off, and pursue a career in music education. Amber has chosen to pattern her teaching style around the Suzuki Method because it just makes sense. In her preperations to become a teacher she found that her philosophies on teaching music were strikingly similar to Suzuki’s and it would be a great fit. She has never been more thrilled to open the next chapter that life has in store for her, and hopes to teach violin for the foreseeable future.