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Clarinet & Piano

Amber Backus has been teaching music for nearly 15 years and performing from a very young age. She teaches piano to students of all ages as well as clarinet to students who are beginners through high school age, and has a wonderful way with young students.  


Amber Backus graduated from Bowling Green State University in Ohio with a Bachelor of Music Education with Instrumental Concentration.  


Amber is currently the band and choir director at Waltham Schools in Utica and has previously taught in Spring Valley, Grand Ridge, and DePue. She has also accompanied several children’s musicals for the Prairie Arts Center in Princeton, IL.  


In addition to teaching and accompanying, Amber is also an active member of area ensembles, performing with the Spring Valley and DePue City Bands, Illinois Valley Community College’s Wind Ensemble, and the DeKalb Municipal Band.  

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