Amber Nicole Dilger Music Studio
Amber Nicole Dilger Music Studio
Amber Nicole Dilger:
Teaching Bio & Philosophy
Nationally recognized music teacher National Association of Teachers of Singing NATS
I offer an extreme amount of patience, an abundance of enthusiasm, and have been told I’m a super-good smiler :)

I love helping people find their confidence in sharing their music and I specialize in helping performers of all sorts overcome music performance anxiety/stage fright.
Teaching Bio...

Nationally Recognized Music Educator: Proud recipient of 2020 Joan Frey Boytim Award for Independent Teachers from the National Association of Teachers of Singing

2022, awarded a full scholarship to study at the Stilson Institute at Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, exploring the connection between voice, mind, and body.

Amber Nicole Dilger is a licensed Music Educator and has had her teaching license for teaching k-12 for over 23 years. Her educational journey includes:

Ball State University
  +Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance
  +Bachelor of Science in All-Grade Choral Music Education
  +Piano Performance minor
  +Honors College Graduate

Additional Training
Indiana University: Masters program work toward Vocal Performance
Vienna Centre Program in Vienna, Austria
Mindful Schools: training for teaching mindfulness through the Mindful Educators Essential program
The Stilson Institute at Cincinnati Conservatory of Music: studying the connection between historic voice pedagogy, modern sound-inspired modalities, science-based biomechanics. Voice|Mind|Body
Triton College: additional training for teaching children with special needs and teaching in early childhood settings

National Association of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Coaching
Somatic Voicework (sm): Level One Certification for teaching contemporary commercial music vocal styles
Estill Voice Training: Level One and Level Two for teaching contemporary commercial music vocal styles

Music Teachers National Association (MTNA)
National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS)
Actors Equity Association (AEA)

As an associate with the Center for Educational Improvement, she has written about neuroscience and education.
Group Teaching & Directing
Amber Nicole has taught Musical Theatre classes, workshops, and camps throughout the United States. Teaching Artist highlights include:

Training with Disney Musicals in Schools and having a full semester residency helping Glendale Elementary School in Madison, Wisconsin, prepare their inaugural musical production.

Five years of community outreach concerts in the Madison area with Four Seasons Theatre; full school year residency with Historical Perspectives for Children in Chicagoland k-12 educational programs.

Working multiple seasons with Waunakee High School choir students to prepare them for the Wisconsin School Music Association Solo & Ensemble festival.

Girls Rock Madison 2018 camp vocal instructor.

Group teaching highlights include classes in creative drama, acting, musical theatre, group voice, and overcoming performance anxiety at Hinsdale and North Shore Schools for the Arts, Elmhurst Park District, and Mayer Kaplan JCC all in Chicagoland.

In Madison, Wisconsin, she taught Musical Theatre and Voice classes at the University of Wisconsin's Summer Music Clinic, and Performing Arts Camp at the Madison Creative Arts Program (MadCAP). She is proud to be a Master Adjudicator for WSMA Solo & Ensemble festivals and a judge for the National Association of Teachers of Singing auditions.
Performing Artist
Along with teaching, Ms. Dilger is an active performer in concert settings and in musical theatre productions throughout the country (for more information visit her performing website.

She is a member of the professional actors union, Actors Equity Association.

In the midwest she has been seen on the Chicagoland stages of Light Opera Works (now called Music Theater Works), Drury Lane Oakbrook, and also at the Ravinia Young Artist Program for Musical Theatre, among others.

Other highlights include playing Sara Jane in the one-woman musical "Arlington," Lily in "The Secret Garden," and Maria in "The Sound of Music" with Music Theatre of Madison; Aunt Spiker in "James and the Giant Peach," and Gertrude in "Seussical" with First Stage Theatre in Milwaukee; and singing with the Madison Opera Chorus.

In North Carolina she has sung with the Greensboro Opera Chorus and North Carolina Opera Chorus, White Iris Light Opera, and had the privilege of playing Jo in June Guralnick's new play "Little (Women)" produced by the Justice Theater Project in Raleigh.
Teaching Philosophy... "Excellence, not perfection."

New private students are required to fill out an application for lessons. I think it's only fair if the teacher answers the questions, too, and I'd like to share a few of my thoughts about the overarching interest that is the center of my teaching and performing (and life in general, really).

Why is Story important to me?
The Art of Storytelling has always been at the center of my life. As a young child I was captivated by stories told in books. I was deeply moved by stories singers sang, emotionally touched by performances of actors and dancers, and enthralled by stories told instrumentally. I found it fascinating how especially the wordless parts of stories played upon our shared cultural expectations of sounds and patterns in order to influence our emotions and ideas.

I started to become aware of the stories we tell ourselves in order to learn new skills. Learning and functioning within our understanding of the world is directly related to the stories that our minds and bodies hold so tightly. Peeking into the studies of neuroscience (and specifically cognitive neuroscience) made my years of studying education as an undergraduate click into place with new clarity.

I am intrigued by each day that I get to spend in this lifetime, diving into deeper understanding (and deeper puzzlement) about how and why we humans do the things we do. I feel as if I'm a detective, collecting details of this complexity and applying it to the characters I portray, as well as helping others discover paths and pieces that work for them. I love participating in a student's realization that sometimes their physical or mental self is getting in the way of them achieving their mission, and then helping them find detours around the tension or blockage so that new paths can be created. I love playing with the integration of our body and mind as the instrument of our storytelling in its myriad of forms.

In short, I am excited by teaching, by performing, by learning, by living, and Story seems to be the thread that binds it all.

Supporting Documents
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