Guitar, Piano, Music Therapy
Amos Fisher hears music in everything, and everyone. He seeks to share this perspective through an empathic and holistic teaching style informed by music therapy, improvisation, nada yoga (sound-based), his own Philosophy of Listening, and the Nordoff-Robbins notion of the music child, a musical sensitivity innate to all people, of all ages. Music is not merely to be taught and constructed in the image of the teacher, but cultivated organically from its roots in the student. What is the music currently waiting in you to emerge? Let’s find it, grow it, and craft it together!
“It goes like this, the fourth, the fifth, the minor fall, the major lift—the baffled king composing Hallelujah” —Leonard Cohen
Amos was classically trained on clarinet and composition at the conservatory level, and has twice been recruited to tutor undergraduate students in aural skills, theory, and history while engaged in his own studies. As a rebellious youngster Amos maintained original punk rock bands concurrently with his early training, touring several times before his second year of college. Later explorations in improvisation, various types of jazz, the avant-garde, and electronic music opened his ears to soundscapes out of notation’s reach. Add to this rich musical spectrum Amos’s twenty five years of diverse meditation and his music psychotherapy degree from NYU 2020, and his studio space becomes a potent playing field of potential, exploration, and discovery, both inner and outer. Amos’s adaptability to unique learning styles and needs helps students such as neurodivergent or nonverbal to navigate their particular relationship with music in their particular way, by “turning their obstacles into stepping stones,” as described by his mother, director of choirs and children’s choirs at Unitarian Universalist Churches for over twenty years. This ethos has long shaped Amos’s life and philosophy.
“It is astonishing how elements that seem insoluble become soluble when one listens, how confusions that seem irremediable turn into relatively clear flowing streams when one is heard.” —Carl Rogers
Amos believes that the key to all growth, learning, striving, and personal transformation lies in our ability to listen deeply, purposefully, and sensitively. This sort of Listening is not learned didactically, but rather is triggered naturally in people when we feel heard and affirmed—the natural response is to listen back. This collaborative journey fueled by interpersonal connection on a musical level characterizes the essence of Amos’s approach.
“My favorite music is the music I’ve never heard before.” —John Cage