Andree-Ann Deschenes

Andree-Ann D.

Los Angeles, CA
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Andree-Ann delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
September 2004

Hello!
Welcome to my profile - I can't wait to start working with you!

I have been teaching piano and general music topics for over 10 years; I have taught private lessons, college lectures, and high school classes - needless to say, I've seen students from all ages, all backgrounds and all levels. Lucky for me, they all one thing in common: a strong desire to learn music, and an open mind!

Some of my younger students have gone on to audition for arts high school in the greater LA area, and I've also helped a few prepare for college auditions. I've also been working with several students to prepare Certificate of Merit exams (in California) and I have been affiliated with the Southwestern Youth Music Festival as well. Other little ones were quite content learning how to play their favorite Christmas song or impress their friends at their school's talent show.

I have also taught adults, who used to play and decided to pick it up again - or newbies wanting to discover the wonders of jazz standards.

In short, whatever your personal goal is, I can help you achieve it and hopefully inspire you to set a new goal to achieve right after that!

I can also help with music theory entrance exams, tutor for AP music classes or college classes, etc.

*Quick note on online lessons:
Many prospective students are wary of online lessons and not sure if it's the right way to go for them - I always tell them that you'll never know until you try it for sure! I have taken online lessons myself in the past and loved the experience. I can also attest that several students get a much deeper musical understanding this way, because teachers can't just play an example and have the student copy it - the teacher actually needs to explain how to perform the passage, which leads to the student understanding clearly what is expected and how to achieve it, rather than just copy someone's hand movements without understanding why they are doing it in this particular way. I'm sure you'll also be more relaxed in the comfort of your own environment, at your own scheduled time!



Professional Bio:


Through her four albums and extensive performance schedule across North America, Canadian pianist and doctoral candidate Andree-Ann Deschenes is recognized as one of the world’s foremost advocates of the Latin American piano repertoire. For her efforts, The Whole Note celebrates her as a “very gifted pianist” with “a tremendous amount of energy, humour and astonishing talent”, while her career has gained the attention of outlets such as The Villa-Lobos Magazine, Classical Post, MainlyPiano, and Voyage LA.

Characterized by its catchy melodicism and evocative chromaticism, the music of Latin America has held a special reverence in Deschenes’ heart, beginning with her pursuit of a master’s degree in Afro-Latin music. “Some of history’s most brilliant composers,” Deschenes says, “come from Latin America, but the average audience has never heard of them or their work. My mission is to create a resurgence for this music, which deserves to hold equal weight with more familiar European composers in the canon.”

At the age of 30, Deschenes’ recording career is formidable, with an output as decorated as it is prolific. All of her first three albums–Cervantes, Lecuona & Nazareth (2014), Milhaud & Ginastera (2016), and Villa Lobos & Castro (2017)–were each awarded a Silver Medal for Outstanding Achievement by the Global Music Awards. Praise in the media comes from the blog Music for Several Instruments, who remarked that Deschenes “puts across the regional Brazilian folkloric flavour with cool clarity,” as well as The Whole Note, who celebrated her third album, Villa Lobos / Castro, as “a rich program revealing… skill and artistic mastery.”

Further recognition has come for her most recent album, The Ovalle Project (2018), a comprehensive two-disc record that revives the work of late Brazilian composer Jayme Ovalle—as of now the only commercially available recording of his piano works. In reviewing the album, Classical Post called Deschenes “the perfect person to take on [Ovalle’s music] and bring life back into his works,” while Mainly Piano remarked that “the variety in the moods, intensity and tonal colors is vast [in The Ovalle Project], and Ms. Deschenes has taken the time and attention as well as research to get inside of the music.”

Based in Los Angeles, Deschenes maintains an active lecture and performance schedule. A three-time semi-finalist for The American Prize, she currently serves on faculty for the California School of the Arts, Los Angeles.

Her education includes a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Claremont Graduate University, a Master of Music degree in Afro-Latin music from California State University Los Angeles, and an Advanced Diploma in Jazz from Toronto’s Humber College. She is grateful to her pedagogues, Dr. Jenny Soonjin Kim, Dr. Paul De Castro, Dave Restivo, David Virelles, Linda Brady, Yvan Leduc, and Elisa Chaput. Deschenes’ albums can be found on all major retail and streaming platforms.

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Experience

Faculty
Aug 2018 - Present
California School of the Arts - San Gabriel Valley

Music Faculty for Academic & Conservatory classes

Classes taught include AP Music Theory, Piano, Music Fundamentals, Music History, etc.

Adjunct Faculty
Sep 2014 - Present
California State University Los Angeles

Adjunct Faculty for the Music Department at CSULA.

Currently teaching MUS 1031/32 and MUS 2031/32 (group piano classes for undergraduate students).

Private Piano Instructor
Jan 2004 - Present
Andree-Ann D. Piano Studio

- Teach weekly individual lessons to piano students

- Prepare students for auditions, festivals, merit exams

- Develop personalized study plan and repertoire for each student, including ear training and theory when applicable

- Organize semi-annual studio repertoire for honor students

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Advanced Piano Instructor
Sep 2014 - Aug 2018
Joe Ferrante Music Academy

- Teach weekly and bi-weekly individual lessons to advanced piano students

- Prepare students for auditions, festivals, merit exams

- Develop personalized study plan and repertoire for each student, including ear training and theory when applicable

- Prepare students for several recitals throughout the year

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Education

DMA
Aug 2015 - May 2019
Claremont Graduate University
MM
Sep 2012 - Jun 2014
California State University Los Angeles
Advanced Diploma
Aug 2008 - Jun 2010
Humber College

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
French
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Spanish
Limited Proficiency

Certifications

College Music Society
Aug 2017
College Music Society

MTAC
Jul 2017
MTAC

The Music Teachers Association of California is an association of teachers who participate in several yearly programs, including the renowned Certificate of Merit.

Awards

Semi-Finalist, Piano Solo
Dec 2016
The American Prize
Silver Medal - September 2016
Sep 2016
Global Music Awards
Silver Medal - March 2016
Mar 2016
Global Music Awards

Affiliations

Music Teachers' Association of California
May 2016

MTAC aspires to be the recognized leader in (1) Student Programs, which make a positive impact in the quality of music education and in the lives of music students; (2) Member Programs, which inspire quality teaching, the pursuit of ongoing teacher education and member involvement with community outreach; (3) a thriving Foundation, which funds Student Programs and member needs through its investments, donations, and grants.

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College Music Society, The
Jan 2016

The College Music Society promotes music teaching and learning, musical creativity and expression, research and dialogue, and diversity and interdisciplinary interaction. A consortium of college, conservatory, university, and independent musicians and scholars interested in all disciplines of music, the Society provides leadership and serves as an agent of change by addressing concerns facing music in higher education.

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Andree-Ann performing Sorocaba and Botafogo, from Darius Milhaud's Saudades do Brasil.
Andree-Ann performing Danza de la Moza Donosa, from Alberto Ginastera's Danzas Argentinas.
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18 Reviews

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Ellen T. May 24, 2019
Piano · Online

Andree-Ann is coaching my children for an upcoming performance. She is able to quickly assess their level of preparation, identify problem areas and suggest practice solutions. My children showed immediate improvement in their practicing after one lesson. Andree-Ann encourages rigorous attention to detail when practicing technical assignments. She brings a high level of professionalism and confidence to teaching classical repertoire.

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Dena P. Dec 28, 2018
Piano · Online

Madison Jun 29, 2018
Piano · Online

My 7-year-old has had 5 lessons with Andree-Ann so far, and she is really enjoying it. In fact, she asked to take lessons more often with her! My daughter has absolutely no piano background, so I appreciate Andree-Annʻs patience while still ensuring that my daughter plays correctly.

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Dena P. Jun 4, 2018
Piano · Online

First lesson for my 7-year-old and she really enjoyed it. Andree-Ann was very patient! Looking forward to the next lesson. :)

JT Jan 22, 2018
Piano · Online

Andree-Ann does a great job relating to your comfort level and adjusting her technique in teaching to keep you engaged and constantly learning. She understands that an individual will play great while practicing alone but then freeze up a little when you have an audience watching you play. lol She is easy to talk to and explain what you are struggling in. She will push you of you want pushed and relax if you need a little more time. I would highly recommend her for any level of artist.

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Marilyn Jun 8, 2017
Piano · Online

A great teacher who can adapt to all levels. I was worried about the quality of online lessons since it was something I've never tried before, but was astounded by how productive it has been. Andree-Ann is very attentative, knowledgeable, and relatable. She explains things in a way that breaks complex things down into something easier to understand. And she is observant! Even on skype she can catch incorrect fingering, and doesn't let you get away with bad habits. She's brilliant and a great teacher.

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Lee Jun 8, 2017
Piano · Online

I've been wanting to learn jazz piano for years and skype lessons with Andree-Ann has made this possible. She's very knowledgeable of the subject and supportive and patient. She's been very willing to individualize lessons to incorporate instructional material and songs I'm interested in working on. From my experience I would recommend her without reservation.

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Hannah Jun 6, 2017
Classical Piano · Online

Andree-Ann is a great teacher! I hadn't formally played piano in about twenty years when I decided to start taking lessons again. It's like she picked me up and scrubbed all the rust off and now I'm playing better than I think I ever played. She's super patient, breaks the music down into digestible parts, tells you what you need to work on but also acknowledges your improvements and the things you've done well. As an adult learner, the pieces I'm working on is mostly self-directed with her guidance, which is cool. I would totally recommend her.

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Adan Apr 1, 2017
Accompaniment · In home

I worked with Andree-Ann for various concerts and recitals and have been impressed by her professionalism, preparation, and musical abilities.

Her solo performances have been noted by various attendees as virtuosic and artistic. In addition, she is very friendly and works well other musicians.

I fully recommend her to teach and guide prospective piano students.

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Marie Apr 1, 2017
Piano · Online

I love my lessons with Andree-Ann! At first, I was a bit apprehensive about taking online piano lessons, but honestly she's helped me so much and I would highly recommend her. I'm preparing for RCM exams in Toronto, and I'm hoping to take level 9 this summer. At this point, I'm not a beginner anymore so I mostly need help with musicality, phrasing, and interpretation, all things that Andree-Ann has been super helpful with! She is a great teacher who expects you to work as hard as she does when she's teaching.

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Ramya Apr 1, 2017
Piano · Online

A wonderful teacher! I started online lessons with her, and I have learnt a lot in the last few months. She works with me on my technique, but also style and how to play with emotion. I definitely recommend her! :)

Jackie Mar 23, 2017
Piano · In home

Andree-Ann is an amazing combination of direct and artistic. She is no nonsense, when it comes to technique but values the beauty of music above all things. Every lesson I feel like we accomplish so much more than I would imagine we could in an hour. She knows my level and challenges me accordingly. I feel like through working with her I am growing as a more well rounded musician in addition to becoming more proficient pianist. Great teacher and stellar pianist.

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Gill Mar 10, 2017
Classical Piano · In home

Andree-Ann is the best piano teacher I know. Not only she is very qualify for teaching piano (she teaches in the university so she knows what she's talking about) but also her standards for the students are high! She knows both styles on classical and jazz, and is very patient for the beginners too so you definately will have fun in her lessons.

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Christina E. Mar 2, 2017
Piano ·

Andree-Ann is an incredible artist and teacher. Her students always come out of lessons sounding polished and professional. She is meticulous, but also patient when it comes to teaching. I would highly recommend her to anyone!

Linh Feb 19, 2017
Piano · In home

I have two little girls, and Andree-Ann has been teaching them both. What I really like is that she doesn't teach them exactly the same thing and tailors their lessons according to their abilities, and their interests. For example, one is super into Taylor Swift and the other one wants to play classical music, so they're both learning things they enjoy. We used to have a different teacher who was only teaching certain pieces and it seemed that all of her students were playing the same thing. At least now the girls aren't complaining about practicing because they're excited to play their music!

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Dennis Feb 19, 2017
Classical Piano · Online

I used to take lessons in-person with Andree-Ann, a few years ago, and had to stop after I had some health problems. Since I cannot drive anymore and moved outside of her area, we both decided to try out online lessons. I love it! I've been able to keep learning my favorite classical pieces despite my mobility issues and I'm glad I was able to keep her as my instructor. I always loved playing the piano, but I enjoy it even more ,because she helped me get to the next level, and I feel so much more musical!

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Alexandra Feb 5, 2017
Classical Piano · In home

Andree-Ann has been teaching both my kids for several years - she expects excellence from her students, but she does gives them all the tools they need to succeed and push them to become better musicians every day! We are currently preparing for Certificate of Merit exams in March for the first time and I feel confident that both my boys will do very well. I definitely recommend her, and have already recommended her to several of my friends whose kids are now also studying with her.

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Joshua Feb 2, 2017
Music Theory · Online

I am a college student and have been struggling with my music theory class. Andree-Ann has helped me immensely to better understand my assignments and thanks to her, I was able to pass the class with a much better grade than I thought I would!

I highly recommend her as a teacher. She is very knowledgeable, responds quickly and knows her stuff.

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