Andrew McAfee

Andrew M.

Indianapolis, IN

Lesson Details


Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Andrew has degrees in Percussion Performance from Indiana University and Cal State University Long Beach. He has studied a number of different instruments with some of the best players in the business. You may study any kind of percussion whether it is classical, jazz, marching, or world that you wish to learn.
See all subjects

Andrew teaches



Andrew delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
September 2004

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.

+ Read More


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

+ Read More
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

+ Read More


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


Fluent / Native Proficiency


College Reading and Learning Assoiation
Dec 2007
Bakersfield College


Zildjian Scholarship
Oct 2013
Indiana University

Photos & Videos

Photo by Andrew M.
Photo by Andrew M.

Photo by Andrew M.

Photo by Andrew M.

Photo by Andrew M.

This is my marimba arrangement of the Radiohead song Let Down.
Photo by Andrew M.
Photo by Andrew M.

Photo by Andrew M.
+ 1 more

10 Reviews

Write a Review
Sean C. Nov 6, 2017
Percussion · Online

To the extent of what I learned in my experience, Andrew is a great percussion teacher for students looking to join a band or marching band. He obviously had a great amount of knowledge and experience with the instrument itself but also the teaching of it. By the end of the first lesson we had already moved to patterns with 8 strikes on each hand and was presented with an arsenal of other exercises for afterwards to find a rate of improvement when given time. He is a very patient teacher and is sensitive to mistakes and which ones to focus on. I could safely recommend him to any of my friends who are also into percussion, and can speak from experience that any nervousness of getting a new teacher quickly dissolves after the first lesson. Great teacher.

+ Read More
Tasos Sep 20, 2017
Algebra 1 · In studio

Excellent teacher!

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.

+ Read More
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)

+ Read More

You may want to revisit

Previously viewed teachers: