Amanda Dement is the Music Director for the Mineral Area Fine Arts Academy at Mineral Area College in Leadington, MO. Originally from Fredericktown, Amanda has many memories of a childhood filled with wonderful musical experiences and great teachers and mentors. From a young age she was immersed in a musical atmosphere from her family to her church and in her school activities. Amanda achieved many honors throughout her high school years including all state band, all state jazz band, all state choir, and drum major of the marching Blackcats for 3 years.
After high school, Amanda attended Evangel University in Springfield, MO where she studied vocal and instrumental music and graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors in Music Education. Upon her graduation, she accepted the challenge of rebuilding a 6-12th grade band and choir program in Gainesville, MO. The program nearly tripled under her leadership and from then on, Amanda has been a builder of programs. Amanda returned to her home town in 2009, where she was the 3rd-5th grade music teacher at Fredericktown Intermediate as well as an assistant for the beginning band program. During her time at Fredericktown, she directed honor choirs, musicals and had a private lesson studio in her home. Amanda most recently served the North County Band program for 7 years as the Assistant Director of Bands. Beginning band was her primary focus as she maintained a beginning band program of 180-220 students.