Andrew is a dynamic educator with years of experience teaching students of all ages. He recently graduated from the prestigious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where he studied classical percussion, jazz, and Afro-Cuban music. A native to southern California, Andrew obtained his bachelors degree from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University Long Beach.
Andrew's love for teaching has been on display in private settings, as well as classrooms. He enjoys learning new techniques to inspire and challenge students to maximize their potential while also providing a fun environment.
Throughout his career, Andrew has performed both solo and ensemble music in numerous venues across the country, including the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles and Carnegie Hall in New York. His performance career started when he joined the Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets as a snare drummer in 2003. During his membership, the corps won the Best Percussion Caption Award twice and the DCI Open Class World Championship in 2008. His passion and dedication as a marimba soloist were on display when he performed the world premier of Nathan Daughtrey's Halcyon Days with the CSULB Percussion Ensemble. Since beginning his studies at the Jacobs School of Music, Andrew has recorded and performed as the bongocero with seven time Grammy nominee Wayne Wallace in the IU Latin Jazz Ensemble.
Teach concepts for math classes including Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, and Calculus to students ages 6-50
Adapt teaching strategies to address diverse cognitive styles and needs, ranging from young children to disabled veterans
Develop methods for enhancing test taking skills by focusing on confidence, concentration, and the ability to check work effectively
Assess the abilities and strengths of students in order to plan an effective supplemental curriculum
Instruct a percussion class of 12 students so that they may learn, prepare, and execute their marching band performance
Challenge students to improve their professionalism by assigning them the position of section leader
Communicate with teachers, students, and parents to address their needs with regard to equipment maintenance and inventory