Amy Kathryn Kuney
Lecturer in Music Industry (Songwriting) , Music Industry

Ames was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, but spent her most formative years in San Pedro Sula, Honduras living as a ‘missionary kid’ with her siblings and parents. While being raised in a fundamentalist Christian home, she came to the early realization that she was queer. “…The ‘dissonance’ between my identity and my environment has strongly influenced my music throughout my career.”

Ames began performing at four years old, competing in classical piano competitions around the state of Oklahoma. She also began singing in church, taking part in various praise and worship groups while accompanying herself on guitar. In 2004 Ames moved to Los Angeles and began her solo career as a singer-songwriter, performing shows around the country and opening for such artists as The Veronicas, Andy Grammar, and Gavin Rossdale.

After signing with Kobalt Music Publishing in 2015, Ames began co-writing with other artists like Kelly Clarkson, Rita Ora, Kali Uchis, AKON, Jason Mraz, and Chappell Roan. She’s worked alongside Grammy-Award-winning producers such as FINNEAS, Dan Nigro, and Patrick Carney of the Black Keys. Along with Molly Kate Kestner and Nick Ruth, Ames had cuts on Kelly Clarkson’s “Meaning of Life”, which was nominated for a Grammy in 2018.

Ames’ performances and songs can be heard in a multitude of TV/film placements including The Blacklist, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, One Tree Hill, Gilmore Girls, The Equalizer, and Warrior Nun. She has also secured commercial campaigns with Samsung, Kleenex, Macy’s, ESPN, and Pringles.

As well as lecturing at the Herb Alpert School of Music, Ames also teaches songwriting at the Berklee Summer Sessions at the Colburn School of Music DTLA.


Don Franzen
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Jason Feinberg
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Lauren A. Spalding
Lecturer in Music Industry (Music and Activism, Artist Management)
Robert Fink
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Lauren Kop
Lecturer in Music Industry (Digital Production and Beat Design)
David Leaf
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Musicology, Music Industry (Music Documentary, Songwriters)
Jonathan Beard
Lecturer - Electronic Music, Audio Engineering
Catherine Provenzano
Assistant Professor of Musicology, Music Industry (Critical and Contemporary Perspectives on Music Technology)
Stig Edgren
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Monica Chieffo
Lecturer in Music Industry (Influence and Data Mining)
Catherine Gregory
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Hans Fjellestad
Lecturer in Music Industry (Music Supervision)
David MacFadyen
Mark Tramo
Adjunct Associate Professor of Neuroscience (Music, Mind, and Brain)
Jeffery Jampol
Lecturer in Music Industry (Artist Management and Promotion)
Tony Brancato
Guest Lecturer in Music Industry (Influence and Data Mining)
Kathryn Frazier
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Natasha Pasternak
Lecturer in Music Industry (Songwriting, Touring, Songwriter’s Workshop)
Judith Finell
Adjunct Professor in Musicology (Forensic Musicology)
Dae Bogan
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Jessica Schwartz
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Lee John
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Adam Moseley
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Thomas Hodgson
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Justin Paul
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Robert Beamer
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Allison Wolfe
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