Walking into the living room of Norma Amacher (59) is like stepping into a music hall, complete with a grand piano and the sounds of Brahms and Beethoven. For more than two decades, Amacher taught voice and piano to hundreds of adults and children in Hendersonville, setting the stage for many students who later studied music in school. After spending 15 years living in Franklin County, Tenn., Amacher has returned to Sumner County, where she is accepting new students and reconnecting with the old. She began teaching after graduating with a music degree from Belmont. "Most of my friends in the (school) music department didn't want to teach, but it suited my personality," Amacher said. "Since then, I've taught thousands of students. This is what I love. I can sit for hours and play the piano."
In addition to teaching, Amacher is also an accomplished artist, specializing in oil portraits. She has studied with Middle Tennessee artists Marion Cook and Paul Shwab and held a one-woman show at Leu Gallery in Nashville. "I just like to stay busy, and music and art are the two things I love doing the most," Amacher said.