“Patient, USF music grad makes learning music fun!”
Tampa, FL, 33617
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Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Ages: 5 & up
In-Home Lessons: No
In-Studio Lessons: Yes
Online Lessons: No
Subjects Taught In Person
Singing, Piano, Broadway Singing, Opera Voice, Music Theory
Satellite High School - General - 2001-2005 (High School diploma received) University of South Florida - Music Composition - 2005-2009 (Bachelor's degree received)
As a singer, I have equal experience in singing Musical theater, Christian Worship, and Classical Singing. I believe that good expressive technique is the foundation of all singing and this does not vary from style. It is the tone and vibrato that change from style to style.
As far as piano, I am both an improvisatory pianist and a classical pianist. I have given lesson to students using the three hand method to develop students skills playing off of chords. I have also worked with
students teaching them how to read music and play classical to impressionistic pieces.
Andrew enjoys teaching students of all ages and levels, from 5 year old beginners to adult hobbyists and advanced pianists/vocalists. He is full of energy, fun, imaginative, and flexible. He teaches music in all genres including popular, classical,
musical theater, opera, Christian, and jazz . His lesson plans will focus on learning fun repertoire that helps the student develop good technique and become a better all around musician.
Andrew recently finished his Master's Degree in Choral Conducting from USF with research focus on Vocal health. He also received his bachelor's degree from USF in composition.
For Andrew's thirteen birthday, his parents gave him piano lessons. He immediately fell in love with the instrument, spending countless hours fascinated at the pianos orchestral like ability. To him, it wasn't practice, it was play! He quickly progressed to advanced levels and made up for lost time. As a High
School Senior, he gave an hour long recital featuring works by Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Debussy, as well as popular arrangements.
Andrew also excelled as he learned to play the piano by ear. His development in music theory allowed him to pick out melodies and the chords of popular tunes. He has played keyboard for many popular music bands and church bands and has taught several students specifically how to play piano by chords and improvisation.
As a vocalist, Andrew also places a lot of emphasis on Versatility. He studied classical voice for four years at Brevard Community College and University of South Florida singing operatic works and art songs in French, German, and Italian, singing on trips to Austria where he performed works by Haydn and Beethoven. He was recently a principal in USF's production of CARMEN. However, he also has a vast knowledge of Musical Theater repertoire. He performed in the musicals Mame, Sound of Music, 42nd Street, The King and I, and the Music Man to name a few. In addition to musical theatre music, Andrew also developed his ability to sing pop music, as a section leader in Satellite High School's Ten Tones for four years.
Andrew's overall love of music led him to composing. As a college senior, Andrew won the cherished Help's Festival Prize, 'Best Student Composition' for his choral work entitled, "Upon the Shore" for SATB choir, percussion, flute, violin, and cello. He was also privileged to have his Orchestral movement, "Layered Spectrum" played by the Florida Orchestra in April 2009.
He is also a worship leader at a lively church in New Tampa where he plays keyboard and leads vocally. He works with background singers, teaching them how to sing harmonies.
During his collegiate studies, Andrew fell in love with teaching music. He led several church youth choirs and worked with twenty vocal students at the University, coaching and accompanying them. He has taken on several piano students focusing on learning to play from chords and melody in addition to other students who focus on learning how to play classically. He is very patient with his students and tries to help each student learn to take ownership of his music.
In-Studio: Home: keyboard, weighted keys, sustain pedal; USF: upright acoustic pianos in the practice rooms
In-Home: When I travel to students for lessons, I need them to have an acoustic piano or an electric piano with weighted keys.
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