Ms. Amelia Seyssel

Voice, Piano Teacher
Voice Teacher Trainer

Amelia Seyssel

SAA Member


Poughkeepsie, NY
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Amelia Seyssel is a Suzuki Voice Teacher Trainer living in Poughkeepsie, NY. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Vocal Performance and Literature from Mills College, CA, a Diploma from the European Suzuki Association, and a Certificate from the Talent Education Institute of Singing in Vantaa, Finland, directed by Suzuki Voice Founder Dr. Päivi Kukkamäki. She is co-author of SAA’s Voice Teacher Training Syllabus, first established in May 2022. In the course of her Suzuki Voice teacher training studies, Ms. Seyssel acquired extensive international experience in Finland, Australia, Japan, Mexico and the USA as well as personal experience with every Suzuki Voice Teacher Trainer in the world. Her international teaching experience includes Faculty positions at two international conferences focusing on the growth and development of both students and teachers. More information is available through her Music Studio website: Amelia Seyssel Music Studio and her Performance website:

Ms. Seyssel is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), the Music Teacher’s National Association (MTNA) and its state and local affiliates, and earned Level 1 Certification with the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association (ECMMA).

In addition to her graduate work, Ms. Seyssel’s varied background includes workshops, classes and coursework in Dalcroze (eurythmics), Alexander Technique, Theater Acting, Early Music Performance, Ethnomusicology, Orff-Schulwerk Applied curriculum, Musikgarten Early Childhood Music curriculum, and a degree in Anthropology including work in Anthropological Linguistics.

Voice Background: Ms. Seyssel’s performing debut was in California while studying with Donna Petersen, a San Francisco Opera and Metropolitan Opera Audition Judge for the West Coast. While at Mills College, Ms. Seyssel also studied with visiting professor Jane Manning (London, BBC Recording Artist), a distinguished exponent of contemporary vocal music and author of the book ‘New Vocal Repertory’.

Subsequent to concluding her Master’s degree, Ms. Seyssel continued her vocal studies at the Manhattan School of Music Vocal Arts Institute, including workshops with Nico Castel, Cynthia Hoffman, Lou Galterio and Margaret Hoswell, at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, including a vocal master class with Dalton Baldwin, and many years of study with Joyce McLean of The Juilliard School’s Evening Division. She was a regular soloist at The Poughkeepsie Reformed Church (Hooker Ave) in Poughkeepsie, NY, and is currently active as a recitalist, specializing in Art Song repertoire of the English, Spanish and French language composers with a special focus on her work with pianist Maria Rivera White and recently also incorporating Marla Rathbun, violinist. See her performance website for programs: Amelia Seyssel Art Song Recitalist. Her accomplishments include an all-Spanish language repertoire Art Song CD: Amelia Seyssel—La Música Resuena.

Piano Background: Ms. Seyssel began her study of piano at eight years old and continued to study independently throughout her college and post-college years. Her background in Piano Pedagogy includes registered teacher training with the Suzuki Association of the Americas and completion of the Bigler—Lloyd-Watts Complete Piano Pedagogy course, as well as many years of specializing in and developing methods of teaching the acoustic piano to the very young.

She independently authored an Early Childhood Music Program combining Musikgarten materials with group piano instruction for 3- and 4-year-olds, subsequently also authoring the “Pre-Twinkler Piano” course which was offered at Dutchess Community College Music School from 2000 to 2007. In Fall of 2000 Ms. Seyssel was invited to create and operate the Suzuki Piano School at Dutchess Community College Music School, which she directed and coordinated until Fall of 2007.