After graduating from Ithaca College with degrees in Vocal Performance and Music Education I spent three years teaching music in public schools. During that time I taught Kindergarten - 4th grade, as a long term substitute, and then 6th - 8th Grade Chorus to 430 students. During my time teaching my program grew at a rate of 30% annually compared to the band and orchestra who struggled to gain 5%. I attribute this success to my style of teaching which is accessible to everyone.
No matter the age, I will find out about what you are interested in besides music and use that as a hook to help you understand what's going on in our lessons. Although I am tough, because I want you to get the most out of your time, I am positive and love to laugh.
Besides teaching in the public schools, I have also taught members of my own private studio from ages
10 - 60, and worked as an Associate Director of Music for a church in North Carolina.
I recently graduated from the Manhattan School of Music and am pursuing my dream of becoming a professional singer. While auditioning, I work as a Real Estate Broker in NYC.
*** Lesson Details ***
During the first lesson we will talk about why you are coming and what you want to learn. Once I have a sense of what direction you'd like to go, I'll come up with a plan to take us to your goal. We will work on basic fundamentals both by themselves and through the music that we choose for you to work on.
I encourage all of my students to be actively picking music that they would like to sing and I will supplement that with pieces I think you should have in your repertoire. We will work hard to reach your goals while enjoying the process. No matter the venue, you will see success as long as you are present in our lesson time and put forth effort outside of the lesson as well.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room with piano
*** Specialties ***
I am most at home with Classical Vocal music but have also sung as a lead Cantor at a church, in musicals, and operas. I also play piano.
Sell and rent residential Real Estate in New York City
Teach Private Lessons: Voice and Piano
Sang in the Professional Riverside Church Choir in New York City
Taught 6-8th Grade Chorus
Andrew is an extraordinary teacher. In the first couple of weeks, he immediately identified my strengths and weaknesses and crafted individualized lessons to strengthen my piano skills. I can see an enormous difference already; he's taught me skills I could never have learned on my own. He's personable, has a good sense of humor, and holds me accountable for weekly lessons without being a taskmaster. I recommend him highly and I'm incredibly grateful for his patience, high energy, and commitment to his students.
Andrew is patient friendly and knows his technique. I was able to feel and hear growth within a few lessons.
From the first meeting, Andrew put me at ease and began to work with me to draw out my voice. He patiently explained what he wanted me to do using easy to understand references and modeling the behavior so I knew what he wanted and providing immediate feedback on my execution. Andrew is a pleasant if demanding teacher and doesn't let you settle for less than excellence. He will push you to do your best while always being friendly and humorous through the entire experience.