- Teaches students:
- Ages 1+
- Teaching since:
- October 1994
I started playing piano when I was 8. I started writing compositions around 9. Since I was singing in the choir, I began to fuse piano and singing, until I wrote my first song with words when I was twelve. Along the way I learned guitar, bass, drums, and various forms of composition and recording techniques. I toured with my band The Navigators for several years and I have had compositions of mine in TV shows like "The Unit" and in the documentary "Dreamriders" as well as various independent films. Along the way I have taught every age group from six months of age up to adult.
*** Lesson Details ***
I'm not a big fan of the "one-size fits all" teaching method. I prefer the "snowflake" approach- every student is different. Some just want to learn to play guitar to play their girlfriend a few songs- others want to dedicate their lives to being a musician. I can help them both, but I'll go about it differently. What a student accomplishes is determined by their motivation, discipline and passion. My job is to amplify their motivation, refine their discipline and direct their passion. I like to think of myself as a sherpa- the student has to climb the mountain themselves, but I'll be there to help guide them along the path.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Electric 88 weighted keys; guitars (electric & acoustic); cables/amp; I also have recording gear for students interested in making recordings of their performances.
*** Specialties ***
I have extensive experience in the pop field. Genres include folk, pop, rock. I have composed music for film and television, so I am strongest in composition. I have taught other subjects in every age range from 6 months to 18 years of age.
I requested Mondays because I work 4-10 hour days, with Monday off. The first lesson was a Monday night. The teacher had a prior commitment on Monday evening, so the lesson was moved 1/2 hr later than originally scheduled. Lessons are provided in the instructor's home. I had to take my 3 yr old grandson along the first night and waited with him in tow, in the family room area where instructor's toddler daughter sat watching TV. Wife arrived near the end of the class and was obviously disturbed by our presence. I was soon asked to reschedule to Wednesday night at 7pm and agreed to accommodate, though this was very difficult for me since I work downtown until 5:30. That evening I walked granddaughter to the door. Instructor was friendly, but wife gave very aloof stare. I sat in my car and did so each night thereafter. Instructor communicated by email about class schedules but never responded to my inquiries about practice suggestions, or any detail of the class time.
Andres is terrific, versatile and my granddaughter is enthused about learning
Andrew has been very patient and encouraging with my daughter. She is loving the lessons, and is beginning to become more confidant. Andrew is very talented, with a passion for music. I am very satisfied with our choice in selecting Andrew as our teacher.
Lessons for Elias
Andrew,Thank You for teaching Elias.To those who are out there deciding on a teacher,you will not be disappointed with Andrew.Andrew is a fine teacher and you will be very happy with him.Elias has learned a lot and will continue to work on what has been taught to him.Thank You! Andrew for ALL that you did for us. Bridgid
Andrew is a terrific teacher that I highly recommend. Without his help I wouldn't be anywhere near where I'm at in my piano playing. He's patient and extremely helpful in getting me where I need to be in my playing. Do yourself a favor and skip any piano lesson videos and just go to a teacher.+ Read More
My 13 year old daughter began voice lessons with Andrew a month ago and loves her lesson time! Andrew is a professional instructor with an easy going friendly personality. She feels she has already learned so much in only 3 lessons so far! She is excited about her potential growth over time and looking forward to her next lesson with Andrew!+ Read More
Andrew is terrific! So patient with the kids who are all beginners. They are really enjoying it. I love having the on-line component as well for them to use.
Andrew K. is musically gifted, and he has a real talent for using that gift to teach others. He has the ability to customize his lessons for students at all levels. He explains things very well, and I feel that I am getting a lot out of each lesson. I'm so glad I found a vocal coach who really knows what they're doing!
Dewey has been teaching my 17 yr old son learn to love to pick up and enjoy the guitar. In just the2 months since starting, he is sitting in his room playing singing...it's great to hear. Jon doesn't have a lot of time to devote to learning an instrument with college prep and sports at this stage of his life and Dewy has just been tremendous.+ Read More
never in my wildest dreams did I ever think about playing the Bass Guitar, after my first lesson, i was already playing along with the CD and Bass method book that Andrew left me for my practicing, he's a Great Instructor, I recommend him 100%, he's no joke, muchas gracias Andrew
Andrew is a great instructor
He explains things very well and give great suggestions
My 8 year old is turning into a musician!
Dewey has worked with my 8 year old daughter since December and she has already learned how to site read music! She has mastered some basic chords and can now play along with some songs when others begin to play teir guitars. Dewey has been very patient with her and the experience has been great.
Dewey has been the perfect teacher for me; just enough music reading knowledge to jump right in to everything. I look forward to future lessons!