amy beresik

Amy Beresik

Adjunct Professor of Music Education
Mary Pappert School of Music
Music Education

Music, Room 319
Phone: 412.396.6080


AGC Music Learning Theory, University at Buffalo
M.M., Duquesne University
B.M., Grove City College

Amy Beresik holds music education degrees from Grove City College and Duquesne University. She is the choral director at Dorseyville Middle School (DMS) in the Fox Chapel Area School District where she has three grade-level ensembles and two award-winning Honor Choirs. Under her direction, the DMS Honor Choirs have received consistently Superior ratings in competition, and the Girls Chamber Chorus was invited to sing for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Annual Conference in 2013. The choirs have been featured in annual competitions as well as local and regional events.

Mrs. Beresik has worked with vocal and instrumental students of all ages, both privately and in the classroom. She is passionate about the development of musicianship and literacy skills in young musicians through the principles of Music Learning Theory. Mrs. Beresik holds a GIML Level 1 certification in elementary general music from Temple University and the Gordon Institute for Music Learning, and an Advanced Graduate Certificate in MLT from the University at Buffalo. She has used the principles of MLT to develop practical curricula for general music, choral, and theory classes, as well as inform her writings, resources, and professional development sessions.

As a vocalist, Mrs. Beresik has enjoyed performance opportunities with the Grove City College Touring Choir, The Duquesne University Pappert Chorale, the Chester County Choral Society, the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, and she served as the assistant director of Belle Voci of Pittsburgh, an intergenerational women's choir based in the Fox Chapel Area. She enjoys working with developing singers and has prepared youth choruses for performances with the Duquesne University Pappert Chorale, the Pittsburgh Concert Chorale, and the Fox Chapel Area School District's performances of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana, and John Rutter's The Mass of the Children.

Mrs. Beresik is an active guest conductor and clinician and has presented conference interest sessions at PMEA, ACDA-PA, ACDA Eastern Division, ACDA Voices United, the GIML 5th International Conference for Music Learning Theory, and local and regional professional development sessions. Session topics have included directing the MS choral program, the boy's changing voice, repertoire selection, conducting, and teaching literacy using the principles of Music Learning Theory. She is a member of PMEA, ACDA, NAfME, and GIML.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Music Learning Theory
  • Curriculum Design
  • Vocal / Choral Pedagogy
  • Adolescent Learners