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United Sound is an organization whose mission is to provide musical performance experiences for students with special needs through peer mentorship.

Amy Heavilin


Amy Heavilin is in her twentieth year of teaching, and is currently the Director of Bands at Indian Creek High School in Trafalgar, Indiana (Indianapolis), where she directs all the High School band ensembles, AP Music Theory, Special Education General Music, and team teaches Beginning Band. At Indian Creek, Amy created a music class for the Essential Skills classes of the Middle and High School, which seamlessly lead into a collaboration with United Sound. Amy is a member of the Indiana Music Education Association, where she has served on the Board of Directors as an Area Representative. She is also a member of NAfME and the Indiana Bandmasters Association. 

Amy is both a Life Member and Honorary Member of Kappa Kappa Psi and an Honorary Member of Tau Beta Sigma, and currently serves as the coordinator for the North Central District Intercollegiate Band for those organizations. Kappa Kappa Psi awarded her the A. Frank Martin Award for Service to College Band Members in 2018. 

Amy earned her Undergraduate Degree in Music Education from The University of Akron, and her Masters Degree in Conducting from Butler University. She has a passion for ensuring that every student has a right to a quality experience in band - not just students in Special Education, but for students in schools where teacher turnover is often high: rural and urban schools, and has presented workshops to encourage young teachers to build careers in these communities. 

When she’s not teaching, you can usually find her with her safety goggles on, restoring her 1902 Queen Anne Victorian house with her husband Doug and their two dogs.