Andy Robinson

Andy R.

San Diego, CA

About Andy R.

Background check: Last verified 01/10/2017
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Andy teaches: Ages 5 and up
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Teaching since: January 2000
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I have been playing drums and mountain dulcimer since the late sixties. My musical background is in rock but I am comfortable playing and teaching most styles of popular music. I've done a fair amount of recording and have performed in every kind of venue, from private parties to concert situations where the band I was in opened for national touring acts. I'm an encouraging teacher, and I especially like working with beginners (of any age - you are never too old to learn to play an instrument). If you have played before, I can listen to you play and suggest a custom practice routine to address and strengthen any weaknesses. Learning should be fun, so I encourage my students to begin playing songs they like as soon as possible in addition to building their skills. Click the green button to request a lesson!

Photos and Videos

Here I am, sitting in with my brother's trio on a recent trip to San Miguel de Allende!


Musician, composer/songwriter, bandleader, producer
Jan 1976 - Present
Brontosaurus Music

Feel free to contact me through with questions about drumming and drum lessons and mountain dulcimer lessons.

Music Teacher
Sep 2016 - Oct 2016
Jamul Arts and Music Concil

I developed my own curriculum and taught two after-school music programs, "Percussion Fun," and "Write Your Own Songs," at Jamul Intermediate School during the Fall and Winter of 2016. I had a total of thirteen students, and the classes were very well received by the students and their parents. Each 6-week session culminated in a performance/presentation for parents in which students spoke about what they'd learned and either played percussion as part of an ensemble, or performed songs they'd written with various partners throughout the course. Some students from the class have begun private lessons with me. I will be returning to the school in January, when I will probably add a beginning guitar course.

Music Director
Apr 2016 - Jun 2016
San Diego State University Research Foundation

I was hired to write and co-facilitate an eight-week curriculum for a National Science Foundation-funded project designed to study how middle school children learn about the overlaps in music and mathematics. I, along with a colleague from the Ruben H. Fleet Science Center, held eight weekly sessions with twelve students from the Boys and Girls Club of Chula Vista. The students experimented with playing percussion, making up their own unique systems of musical notation, teaching music to each other, writing and singing song lyrics, and choreographing their own dance steps with specially-designed software that interpreted their physical movements as graphics on a monitor.

Here is a quote from my supervisor:

"Andy, thanks again for all your hard work on this program. You really emerged as a hardworking, reflective teacher during this time and I sincerely look forward to collaboration with you more in the future!"

Molly Louise Kelton, MS, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, San Diego State University, Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education,

20 Reviews on Andy R.

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Jonah Dec 30, 2016
· Drum · In home
Great first lesson! Andy is patient, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. We look forward to future lessons.
Gabriel Z. Sep 22, 2016
· Drum · In studio
My son had a great first lesson! We can't wait to continue with Andy!
Ming Jun 1, 2016
· Drum · In studio
I started taking drumming lessons from Andy in February and I am just having a blast. I am 57 years old and I had absolutely no musical training. I grew up in the 70’s and I enjoy listening to classic rock. I have many friends that play music and they often get together and jam in a garage. A few months ago, I decided that I would pick up drumming so I could participate. I found Andy online and he has since shown me a wonderful world that I can now begin to break down and understand.

Andy explained to me the different types of music from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s to the present. He also showed me the different drumming styles from the different genres and culture. It is so much fun to listen to him. I often feel like a kindergarten kid that is not taking full advantage of a college professor’s vast knowledge. Most of all, Andy is a very nice and cool guy. He is patient and he takes time to explain everything to me. Andy is very precise in the drumming techniques. I remember a couple of months ago at a jamming session, I was able to see certain drummers’ bad habits and limitations. That was exciting to me because I knew that I was on the right track. My goal is that when I retire, I can jam with my friends and have garage jamming be one of my regular activities. I am confident that with Andy’s help, I can achieve that.

Andy is experienced and knowledgeable. I think he has done pretty much all the things that a drummer could dream of doing, and he is there to help me. I really enjoy my lessons. It is a good way to relax and decompress. If you are thinking of picking up drumming or improving your existing techniques, you ought to give Andy a call. Take it from me, you are never too old to learn!
Aubrey May 25, 2016
· Drum · In home
I have been going to Andy for about 5 lessons now and am already feeling really comfortable on the drums. I have gone home with great assignments Andy created based on my progress on lessons. He is a talented musician and definitely knows a lot about how to teach beginners (like myself). Music seems to come naturally to him and he is personable, helpful, and encouraging. Not only are the in-person lessons progressive at a good rate, he utilizes email to send other helpful videos, links, and sound recordings that help students correct and further work on their techniques. I highly recommend for anyone who wants to pick up the drums or improve their current skills!
Peter D. May 20, 2016
· Drum · In home
Andy is a great teacher. Our daughter wanted to learn to play snare for marching band, and he gave her a solid grounding in the fundamentals. He came up with a customized learning plan, which allowed our daughter to learn a lot in a short period of time. Highly recommended.
Braxton W. Mar 27, 2016
· Drum · In home
My grandson and I asked Andy to give a crash course in the playing of the drums.
This was for an eight year old! He did it!
Chuck Jan 20, 2016
· Drum ·
Andy is an amazing artist—creative, collaborative, committed, fun, and always pushing the envelope. He dedicates his whole self to everything he does. His drum and percussion background is rich and deep, and he shares it generously. I've worked with Andy on many projects, and they've all been terrific experiences, and I know yours will be too!
Dan Jan 18, 2016
· Drum · In studio
As a long-time multi-instrumentalist and guitar teacher, I believe Andy's approach to teaching is one you should always look for in a first teacher. His priorities are to make you fall in love with music-making, and to get you playing the music YOU want to play as soon as possible. His passion for music is as infectious as his smile, and he is a patient, knowledgeable guide into the world of this wonderful art form.
Michael R. Jan 12, 2016
· Drum · In home
Intuitive teacher, patient and fun. Andy adapted to my level and assisted my learning of world rhythms and patterns previously unconsidered. A highly skilled and professional teacher. It is my pleasure to recommend Andy Robinson.
Sven Jan 12, 2016
· Dulcimer · In home
Andy Robinson possesses a fine ear for music and arranging, with particular emphasis on organic melody and texture. His instruction doesn't just show how to play an instrument, but how to play that instrument with others, resulting in a much more rewarding musical experience.
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