Amy Gardner grew up just outside of Columbus, OH, where she was incredibly lucky to have a musical family and several amazing music teachers in the public schools she attended. She earned a B.A. from Barnard College while studying violin with Burton Kaplan at the Manhattan School of Music. Following her undergraduate studies, Amy spent several years abroad working as a musician and educator, first in Beijing, China and then in Quito, Ecuador, before returning to NYC in 2016. Excited and proud to be a member of the growing El Sistema movement, Amy also currently teaches with UpBeat NYC in the Bronx. Amy is a Suzuki-registered teacher and holds a M.Sc. in Education from SUNY Buffalo.