Wonder why my name is in all caps? My initials have always spelled my name (Amy Marie Young). When I was married I just added Escalante.
I'm originally from the North, but my parents moved my older brother and I to NC when I was in grade school. After my years at ASU, I worked in sacred music and performed professionally. I then decided to devote myself to teaching full time. I've since taught in both Tennessee, North Carolina, and even three years out of the country. But, my love for my family brought me back to NC and I'm happy to have planted roots in Charlotte. During the summer months I spend a great deal of time in Blowing Rock, NC where I perform regularly and direct the college singers of the Shirl Blackwell Memorial Choir at the Blowing Rock Methodist Church. I enjoy traveling, going to hear and support live music, and spending time with my friends, family, and my sweet dog Koda.
Philosophy of Education
“I believe that the music classroom requires a balance between boundaries and creative freedom. I strive to create a welcoming, high energy and inspiring learning environment that maintains structure and consistency. It is of utmost importance to me, as a teacher, that all of my students feel successful. I will teach that mistakes and exploration are a part of becoming a good musician. My goal is to develop music students who can work well in an ensemble and have a desire for personal musical growth. We achieve all of this while having fun and respecting others.”
~Amy Marie Young Escalante
Amy Marie Young Escalante is in her 14th year of teaching. She has taught in traditional public schools in both NC and TN. She has also taught for 3 years at an international school in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is a graduate of Appalachian with her Master's in Music and has her teaching certification from Milligan College. She has experience teaching middle and high school choral, musical theatre and an extensive background in elementary general music. She is both Orff I and II certified.