Laura Amoriello is a pianist, pedagogy specialist, and mindfulness instructor. She teaches secondary piano lessons and classes, piano pedagogy, and electives in mindfulness and meditation. Fascinated by the learning process as well as the mind-body connection, Laura teaches students to improve their ease of movement at the instrument, calm their thoughts, and focus their minds.
Prior to joining the Ithaca College faculty, Laura served on the faculties of Westminster Choir College and The College of New Jersey. She is a member of the Wellness Committee for the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy and has written for The Piano Magazine, Piano Pedagogy Forum, and the Music Teachers National Association e-Journal. Laura is an Associate Teacher of the Art of Practicing Institute, where she continues to study piano and pedagogy with Madeline Bruser. She has directed teaching studios in three states and has taught students ages 3 to 67 privately and in groups; her students have been admitted to the Eastman School of Music and Berklee College of Music. With a keen interest in underrepresented composers, Laura regularly teaches and performs works by Capers, Price, Smith, Okoye, and Suesse.
Laura holds a Doctor of Education degree in college music pedagogy from Teachers College, Columbia University, and master's and bachelor's degrees in piano performance and pedagogy from Penn State University and Westminster Choir College. She lives in Ithaca, NY with her husband, writer Pete Croatto, and their spirited preschooler, Olivia.