Andrew McAfee

Andrew M.

Long Beach, CA

About Andrew M.

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Andrew teaches: Ages 5 and up
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Teaching since: September 2004
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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.

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Private Tutor
Sep 2008 - Present
Club Z Tutoring

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

Front Ensemble Instructor
Jul 2013 - Jul 2014
Tell City High School

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


Masters of Music in Percussion Performance
Aug 2012 - Aug 2014
Indiana University
Bachelors of Music in Percussion Performance
Aug 2008 - Dec 2011
CSU Long Beach
Associate of Arts in Mathematics
Aug 2005 - May 2008
Bakersfield College

Languages Spoken

Fluent / Native Proficiency


College Reading and Learning Assoiation
Dec 2007
Bakersfield College


Zildjian Scholarship
Oct 2013
Indiana University

8 Reviews on Andrew M.

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zain Mar 28, 2016
· Algebra · Online
he is a good teacher
micke Feb 3, 2016
· Algebra 1 · In studio
very good teacher
Jacob H. Aug 28, 2015
· Drum · In home
My five year old son had his first drum lesson and loved Andrew. He makes learning about music fun and is great with him. We are looking forward to many more lessons.
DJ P. Aug 14, 2015
· Drum · In home
My son is really inspired by Andrew. He makes it so much fun, and DJ is progressing well under his guidance and encouragement. Andrew has been very good about making sure that DJ is learning the stuff he wants to focus on, not just being a slave to an instruction book. We highly recommend him.
Susan Jul 12, 2015
· Marimba · In studio
Friendly, knowledgeable and patient.
Ali O. May 1, 2015
· Drum · In studio
Great teacher.
Mandaly L. Apr 13, 2015
· Conga Drums · Online
Awesome lesson! Andrew is knowledgeable with the conga techniques. Can't wait to progress with him down the line!
Zachary S. Mar 7, 2015
· Drum · In home
Lets start off with Andrew, he is a great teacher. He is straight-forward when he needs to be, and doesn't beat around the bush. However he is highly considerate and friendly. As a high school student in a high competition area, my fellow percussionist lack guidance in terms of what to know about drums/percussion. I came into the year having bad technique, poor reading skills (reading music), and not a lot of confidence in playing in front of my class (solos required by school). Andrew was able to help me with all of those things. Also, i never feel rushed, and you can go at your own pace, yet some how there is always improvement. If your having any doubts, one lesson would clear those up. All in all, Andrew is a great teacher, and i look forward to continuing my lessons with him. (I have had about 18 lessons with him so far)
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