Andover Educators
Amy Likar

Amy Likar

B.M., Performance and Music Education, Kent State University
M.M. and D.M.A., Flute Performance, The Ohio State University
Licensed Andover Educator, 1998
AmSAT Certified Alexander Technique Teacher, 2002
Director of Training and Sponsoring Teacher, Andover Educators®, 2006
Author of forthcoming book: "The Breathing Book for Flutists" (Mountain Peak Music)
Editor/narrator of the DVD Move Well, Avoid Injury (Andover Productions)

Region: Western United States
Home State: California
Available for:  * individual lessons * workshops

Amy Likar is an active performing musician in the Bay Area of San Francisco, CA. She is a member of the Oakland East Bay Symphony and a frequent substitute musician in several other performing groups. She is also an advocate of new music, an active chamber music performer and has performed recitals throughout the United States and in Europe. She coaches young musicians through the Oakland East Bay Symphony’s Music for Excellence (MUSE) program in addition to maintaining an active private studio.

Ms. Likar has presented Body Mapping workshops at numerous colleges and universities throughout the United States and Europe including a professional development workshop at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England for the past three years.  Ms. Likar has presented at National Flute Association Conventions, Music Teacher National Association Conferences and at Performing Arts Medicine Symposiums.

She holds a MM and a DMA from The Ohio State University and a Bachelor’s in Music Education and Flute Performance from Kent State University. While at Ohio State she won a Presidential Fellowship for her doctoral research on the History of the New York Woodwind Quintet and won the Peter A. Costanza Award for Outstanding DMA Document.  Her principal flute teachers include Martha Aarons and Katherine Borst Jones.  Other influential teachers include Randy Hester, Peter Lloyd, Tim Day and Liisa Ruoho.

She has been teaching Body Mapping since 1998 and in 2006 became President of Andover Educators® and the Director of Training. She has taught workshops on Body Mapping and the Alexander Technique at colleges and universities throughout the United States and Europe. She is an AmSAT Certified Alexander Technique teacher completing her certification in 2002 at the Alexander Training Institute of San Francisco with Frank Ottiwell and also belongs to Alexander Technique International.

Upcoming Events

Body Mapping for Musicians: What Every Musician Needs to Know About the Body

Location: Musician's Union Local 6, San Francisco, CA
Date/Time: September 11 and September 18, 2017, 6 pm to 9 pm

Over the course of two- Monday night sessions from 6pm to 9pm on September 11 and September 18, 2017 Amy Likar will present – Body Mapping for Musicians: What Every Musician Needs to Know about the Body®.

This workshop is an opportunity for performers and teachers to learn the fundamentals of Body Mapping, known for enhancing performance efficiency, reducing performance stress, and increasing each performer’s capacity for expression.

Body Mapping illuminates the accurate anatomical design of movement as it relates to music-making. Workshop topics will include: optimizing attention and the music-making senses, balance for sitting and standing, breathing, and arm and hand movement. Each section of the class includes strategies to integrate into practice and performance.

With the help of Body Mapping, you can learn how to optimize ease, fluidity, confidence and expression in your music making. Plus the workshop will also include some strategies for how to make commuting more comfortable!

Cost is for both evenings. You will want to attend both sessions.

Cost: $75 to $100.
Tickets available at: EventBrite

Lessons and Coaching – On Going

Location: Orinda, CA
Date/Time: Ongoing

By Appointment in my Orinda studio or via Skype or FaceTime.


"I observed Amy Likar's Body mapping course and found it to be a revelation. Not only was it informative in great detail, and relevant in some or all points to all people who walk on two feet, it it was fascinating in the way it dispelled myths most of us carry about our anatomies."

Martha Aarons, Second Flute, Cleveland Orchestra