- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Andrew is also very adaptable, understanding that each student is different, responding to unique learning styles and approaches that suits them better than others. But one thing remains the same, and that is the ability to enjoy the work as well as feel clear and measurable progress. This is any student's ultimate goal, and Andrew has a proven track record of success when it comes to learning the instrument.
Andrew will work with you to establish clear goals, if you don't already possess them, and be a steady and comforting guide for you on your journey - no matter how far you intend to go.
- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
Andrew started playing piano at the tender age of 3. His mom wanted him to spend his endless energy on something artistic so she started him on piano lessons. Very early on it was clear Andrew had a natural, unique ability to connect with the piano. He played in school bands throughout grade school and began performing around DC in high school. While Andrew also plays guitar, drums, and bass, the piano has remained his first love and primary instrument.
At the age of 17 Andrew left DC and started college at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City. Andrew studied Jazz Piano but also led big bands, wrote and arranged music, produced and engineered. Shifting from Jazz to Rock in his early 20s, Andrew joined the band Ambulance LTD with which he played all over NYC and the US as well as internationally.
Upon returning to New York from a hectic performance schedule, Andrew began assisting younger students at The New York Piano Academy—helping them to develop their playing skills, as well as their composing and arranging pursuits. The experience exposed his innate ability to build students’ talents through patience and encouragement, consistently taking them farther than they thought they could go. Andrew discovered his passion for teaching and began working with students of all ages, from 3 year-old children to seniors. As a teacher, Andrew focuses on making learning enjoyable while teaching all types of music—pop, rock, jazz, classical, and even Broadway. He tailors his programs to the students and teaches them not only how to play, but also how to hear, enjoy and love music.
Andrew is a gifted teacher and musician. I was beyond 50 when I started lessons with him, sure there was no way I could actually learn to play the piano. His patience, kindness and expertise overcame my fears and deficit of innate talent. I love his lessons and I enjoy practicing and I can actually play a few tunes!!! He is great at mixing things up - interweaving melodies and theory - and creatively finding new approaches to overcome obstacles.+ Read More
My 7-year-old daughter had her first lesson today. Our goal was for her to enjoy it so that she would stick with it. When it was over, she told us she thought she had the best piano teacher ever, and she wished she had lessons every day. We couldn't be happier.+ Read More
Andrew has been an outstanding instructor! I was a beginner/novice when we started, and he helped me with my note reading so I could start playing songs I love. Andrew is very patient and encouraging during the lessons, and I highly recommend him to anyone who wants to enjoy learning the piano.+ Read More
Andrew was excellent with my daughter - allowing her interests to drive lessons and in tailoring his instruction to her style and needs from day one. This helped her be confident in pushing beyond her normal comfort zone. He's patient and provides appropriate context and coaching. Always flexible with scheduling, he's a great one on one instructor!+ Read More
Andrew was a great piano teacher, and I highly recommend him. I'm an adult with an interest in electronic music , and I wanted to learn a bit about playing the piano. I was particularly interested in better understanding music as a whole, so that I could use this knowledge to pursue interests in other instruments as well as the piano. Andrew was a patient and fun teacher, and he understood my somewhat different desires with respect to the topics I wanted to learn about, and catered his lessons to my interests.+ Read More
I would highly recommend Andrew! He's a VERY patient instructor and in tune enough with his students to help them make adjustments where necessary!