- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+
- Teaching since:
- October 2003
Music has been a lifelong pursuit for me. I have played many instruments over the years while performing with various groups in and out of school. Eventually I decided that music was how I wanted to make my living. Since earning my degree in Instrumental Performance/Jazz Studies from University of the Arts in Philadelphia, I have been performing and teaching professionally. I have had the pleasure of studying and working with some of the finest musicians. Each day brings new and exciting challenges to be met. I have really enjoyed the journey to this point and am looking forward to more great things in the future.
My lessons are available to anyone who wants to grow musically. They can be as simple or as challenging as you like. I move at your pace and strive for every lesson to be a fun and rewarding learning experience. Whether you want to learn how to play your favorite songs or write a masterpiece of your own, I will help give you the tools to make your musical dreams come true.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Music teaching room, amps, stands, effects pedals
*** Specialties ***
Rock, Jazz, Funk, Blues, R&B, Latin, Country, theory, improvisation, reading, learning songs, ear training, grooving and HAVING FUN.
if patience is a virtue ... Andrew is a saint. encouraging, but firm. inspires student to explore creative and fun aspects of playing while still focusing on the technical. upbeat even on the difficult days so struggles don't make you feel like giving up but push you to succeed.+ Read More
Three lessons in and so far, so good. Andrew is a great instructor. His patient and encouraging manner really make lessons both productive and fun.
Thank you for teaching me how to play B chord on the guitar.
Andrew was very attentive to my personal goals and level of knowledge with the guitar. I felt encouraged and inspired to work on the material he gave me. A great experience!!
I've been taking lessons from Mr.Connors for quite a while now, and I must say that he is the greatest guitar teacher I have ever had. A year ago, before I met Mr.Connors, I used to be a the worst guitar player ever. I used to spend hours over hours in front of the computer screen trying to learn a song or some music theory, but I never seemed to get any better. I still continued to try, though, because I had a particular interest towards the instrument, but I couldn't shake off the feeling that i wasn't going in the right direction and that I needed someone to guide me. Mr.Connors was just the person I was looking for. He identified my skill level immediately and steered me in the right direction. Each song I was taught had a unique skill that I needed to master to make it through to the end. This made me realise the importance of the subtleties involved in playing guitar.
I just recently dived into music theory and sometimes feel overwhelmed by the amount of theory that I have to learn, but Mr.Connors knows how to light my spirits up. Watching him play, I realise that I can take my guitar to the next level with just a little more effort. This motivates me to spend more time on the instrument, and I got to say I have never been more interested in the guitar than I am right now.
Overall Mr.Connors is nice, polite, patient, funny, and an exemplary guitar player and teacher (If that wasn't obvious already). Looking back I realise I've come a long way from a year ago, and I have Mr.Connors to thank for everything. I know I'm going to keep learning from him as long as i still want to get better.
I have been taking guitar lessons from Andrew for some time now, and I must say that he is by far the best teacher I've ever had. He never rushes you out and he genuinely cares about your musical development. I started taking lessons from Andrew to prepare for my music auditions for college. He put much effort into teaching me all that I know about ear training, music theory, improvisation, and my technique as a guitarist. I accredit Andrew in playing a fundamental role in my acceptance into Berklee College of Music. Not only has he helped me get accepted into Berklee, but within a short time of taking lessons with Andrew, I soon had the ability to play songs that once were beyond my skill level. I never imagined that I would be able to replicate Toni Iommi's riffs and John Mayer's finger-picking patterns, but Andrew knew how to solve the problems in my playing that I was struggling with. I honestly never thought I would get past those problems. He knows how to teach you in a way that makes an intimidating lick, not so difficult to play after all. He also teaches you HOW to practice to perfect your technique, which improved my playing dramatically.
All in all, I feel so blessed to have found Andrew and been a student of his. He's not only a fantastic musician, but overall he's an amazing person - friendly, caring, funny, down-to-earth, encouraging, patient, and honest. I consider Andrew not only my guitar teacher, but a mentor and trusted friend. Going to lessons is something I look forward to every week. I cannot thank him enough for playing such a big role in my musical journey and impacting my life in such a great way. You rock, Andrew <3
Very patient. Excellent teacher
Had a good lesson!
Very knowledgeable, friendly and easy to work with. Generally awesome to work with.
Very patient and encouraging!
I am really enjoying lessons with Andrew.
I just started taking guitar lessons and Andrew has been an excellent teacher. He has the patience and teaching knowledge to inspire even the most novice player. His lesson plans are customize to the needs and goals of the student which makes learning fun. He provides a good mix of practical application and music theory. I am amazed what I have learned so far because of Andrew's ability to break down complexities and help the student build cords sequentially. I highly recommend Andrew as a guitar instructor.
He's awesome and really understanding. I can't wait to work with him further.
Andrew has given my daughter the knowledge and the confidence that as a beginning guitar player is giving her much success. He offers a very comfortable atmosphere and is very friendly and has a great personality that makes it even easier for my daughter as a new player. Also he is very accommodating as far as scheduling of the lessons.+ Read More
Andrew is a great teacher! He is really patient and easy going. He makes my daughter feel really comfortable during the lessons which I think is very important for a beginner. I would definitely recommend Andrew to everyone!
Andrew naturally has an ear and talent for music, always has. His passion for music started self taught and advanced throughout his professional career. His music range is wide spread stylistically, thus as a teacher he can focus on many different areas with each of his students. His improvisation skills are effortless both on stage and in our jam sessions. Andrew has a way of teaching that makes learning music very approachable. He is patient and well thought out about the process. Always fun to watch on stage and a joy to work with.+ Read More
Andrew is a fantastic teacher!
He will go at your pace and make sure he is focusing on what you really want to accomplish. not to mention he is an actual gigging musician so he plays a lot. If you want to play in a band or play with a group he has feedback on that information for you as well!
I personally don't think you could go wrong with a teacher like Andrew.
Andrew's fantastic musicianship mixed with a low key personality,
is the perfect recipe for a great music instructor.
Aspiring bass players should capitalize on his ability to play
both fluid single note lines-and this is key-his incredibly
funky bottom end. Non-bassists, never fear. He also has the solid music
theory thing down so there is something for everyone to take your musical knowledge to the next level.
Andrew is a very professional teacher. He taught me a ton about music theory. He is an excellent guitar and bass teacher. There is no one I would rather have teach me. I would highly recommend Andrew as a teacher to anyone who wants to learn how to play guitar.+ Read More
I have known Andrew for a long time professionally and personally. Besides being a great friend, he is a wonderful professional musician with a knack for teaching. Being very personable, Andrew is easy to get along with. He takes the time to explain things and is very patient.+ Read More
Andrew is more than a capable and patient music instructor. He is an outstanding and insightful musician himself. Not only does he listen carefully to what the student wants to learn so that he can carefully tailor the lesson to meet their needs and wants, but he cares more than most and puts his heart, soul and 110 percent effort into making sure each student reaches their goal. Andrew is reliable, knowledgeable, always professional and extremely talented.
I have never been disappointed in Andrew's ability as a musician and teacher. If you hire him for music lessons, you will not be disappointed, and you will learn more than you thought you could... especially if you practice. ;)
Set Me Up For My Career
Andrew was my first bass teacher and I think that he's still one of the best teachers I've had. I had already been playing for a few years, but I felt like I was missing some of the knowledge that all musicians should have.
Andrew was extremely patient and very knowledgable. When we were learning things I was unfamiliar with (I.e. Modes, syncopation, reading, etc.), not only did he explain these things completely, but he then showed me how to use them in the real world. He taught me effective practicing routines, helped me with my horrible left and right hand technique, and showed me that theory really isn't as scary as it sounds.
I'm now living in Nashville pursuing the whole music thing. I don't think I would have been as successful down here without Andrew's help. Loved our lessons! Thanks, dude!
Great Bass lessons for all levels
Andrew is an amazing musician and bassist. He can instruct in all components of bass playing: music theory, technique, ear training and more. I have been playing for many years and get great benefit from Andrew's lessons.
I have been studying the bass with Andrew for just over two years with a concentration on Jazz theory. Andrew uses a step by step approach geared to my learning style - we have switched directions several times. Andrew's attention to detail and his desire for me to learn the right way is more than impressive. There have been lessons where I have not played a note but instead focused on reviewing different concepts. I'm fifty-seven years old and things don't come as easy as they use to and I really appreciate Andrew's patience and availability. I highly recommend Andrew for someone who is serious about learning to play the bass.