Amber Stickerod brings to Music Academy of the West several years of experience working in marketing and development with various arts organizations along the Central Coast, including Festival Mozaic (formerly The Mozart Festival) in San Luis Obispo, Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, Santa Barbara Revels, and Arts for Humanity!. Ms. Stickerod is also a psychologist who utilizes the expressive arts for healing, and believes, in the words of Ludwig van Beethoven, that "music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy."