Adjunct – Instructor of Music, Strings
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Amanda Hernandez is an avid violinist and pedagogue originally from West Texas and now based in Wichita Falls. With a passion for music education, Ms. Hernandez currently reaches students K-12 in WFISD in her roles as Artist-in-Residence for the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra and as Suzuki violin instructor for the Gail Key Academy of Music. She also serves as a strings coach for the Wichita Falls Youth Symphony Orchestra and as Adjunct Professor of Music at Midwestern State University where she teaches string methods.

Ms. Hernandez holds a Master of Music in Violin Performance with Suzuki Pedagogy Emphasis from the University of Hartford, a Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance from the University of Houston, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Houston. Her primary violin and chamber coaches include Katie Lansdale, Kirsten Yon, Steve Larson, and Emlyn Ngai. Her primary Suzuki teacher trainers include highly esteemed pedagogues Teri Einfeldt and Christie Felsing. Ms. Hernandez is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas and the Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society. She currently serves on the advisory council for the Gail Key Academy of Music with the mission of eliminating barriers to quality string education to elementary students in WFISD.

As a performer, she has participated in music festivals such as the Texas Music Festival, International Music Academy of Pilsen (Czech Republic), and the Cambridge International String Academy (UK). She has performed in professional orchestras in both the south and northeast in ensembles such as the Midland-Odessa Symphony and Chorale as well as the Nutmeg Symphony Orchestra.