Andy Robinson

Andy R.

San Diego, CA
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Levels taught:
Pitch training, tone production, music reading, singing easy songs to start and progressing to popular songs or student favorites as quickly as possible!

About Andy R.

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!


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26 Reviews

Knowledgeable. Very patient with my 5 year old. Great experience. He can’t wait to see Andy again. Highly recommend.

Posted Nov 22, 2019
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Andy has been teaching my 3 kids drumming classes for a month now. I have a 12, 7 and a 4 year old. I had no idea how it would go but Andy was up for the challenge hahaha and let me tell you he surprised me! My kids look forward to their class with him on Wednesday, they all want to go first, and when it is their turn, Andy is able to get their undivided attention for 45 mins. He’s very patient and a nice guy. Now im learning some beats through my kids. It is good for all.

Posted Nov 19, 2019
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Awesome first lesson! Andy is a great fit for me and I am looking forward to my next sesh!

Posted Jun 28, 2018
Racquel R.
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Andy is very knowledgeable and passionate about what he does. He starts with the fundamentals and doesn’t move too quickly. Looking forward to more classes with him!

Posted Oct 24, 2017
Josh H.
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Andy did a great job of listening to what I was looking for, giving suggestions and making a plan. I’m excited to be learning from him.

Posted Oct 10, 2017
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My 12-year old son was very nervous about meeting Andy and learning to play the drums but Andy was great with him and had him practicing his first drum beat before the end of the session.

Posted Jul 14, 2017
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Great first lesson! Andy is patient, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. We look forward to future lessons.

Posted Dec 30, 2016
Gabriel Z.
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My son had a great first lesson! We can't wait to continue with Andy!

Posted Sep 22, 2016
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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!

Posted Jun 1, 2016
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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!

Posted May 25, 2016
Peter D.
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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.

Posted May 20, 2016
Braxton W.
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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!

Posted Mar 27, 2016

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!

Posted Jan 20, 2016
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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.

Posted Jan 18, 2016
Michael R.
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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.

Posted Jan 12, 2016
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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.

Posted Jan 12, 2016
John D'Agostino

I met Andy Robinson when we were students at SDSU. I was a drummer between bands, and Andy was the drummer in the great local prog-rock band, Horsefeathers. We became instant friends, and when I attended my first Horsefeathers concert, I became a fan of the band and of Andy's drumming. After graduation, I closely followed Andy's music career as it went through many changes, each new endeavor more impressive than the last, and none more impressive than his solo work, which allows for the most focused appreciation of his diverse talents. Although I have great respect for drummers who are technically precise timekeepers, my favorite drummers are not metronomes but those who play with passion and personality, which is one reason why Andy Robinson remains one of my all-time favorite drummers.

Posted Jan 12, 2016
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I met Andy back around 1979 through my friends in the band “Elton Duck.” He played drums in that band,skillfully and always tastefully. He also wrote songs, one of which I learned and recorded for him as a demo. Since then Andy has become a accomplished musical artist and invents and releases new music. A fine musician and a fine artist using music as his medium.

Posted Jan 12, 2016
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I played keyboards in a music group with Andy for 8 years. He really knows his stuff because he's built his life around music and performing. To him, everything comes down to playing. So I'd recommend him to anyone starting out on drums. With music, practice is important, but passion is everything. And Andy's got the skills and passion required for a great teacher.

Posted Jan 12, 2016
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I first "met" Andy online in 2011 and have thoroughly enjoyed his virtual tutelage, occasional in-person instruction (we're nearly 400 miles apart) and backstories. Whether you're a first-timer or experienced, Andy can create a custom routine to make you a better drummer. He's the Obi-Wan of octobans!

Posted Jan 12, 2016
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Andy is knowledgeable, patient and encouraging, and has such a top notch sense of humor, you will not only learn a lot, but have a great time doing so! I've known Andy for 15 yrs as a fellow musician, he knows his stuff and knows how to impart it to others.
Whether you are professional working drummer, or someone just starting out, Andy is a perfect pick for your instructor!

Posted Jan 11, 2016
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I've known Andy for many years, and have enjoyed playing music with him.

He is a top-flight musician, and I would highly recommend him to anyone who is
is considering taking drum lessons.

Posted Jan 11, 2016
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I was in a band with Andy years ago, and he's an amazing drummer and communicator! I can't imagine anyone more patient and talented and encouraging for anyone to learn from!

Posted Jan 11, 2016
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Andy's got a gift. I've known him for years and we interact frequently due to my role as CEO of a small record company. There's something about him and his music that's hard to describe; kind of a "lightning in a bottle" thing. But he shares the gift so well, and everyone who spends time with him seem to walk away happy.

Posted Jan 11, 2016

Full disclosure--Andy is my brother but I'd find a diplomatic way to avoid praising him publicly if I didn't think he deserved it. Truth is, he does deserve it--what makes Andy such a good drummer is that he is first and foremost a good *musician.* He thinks like a composer and multi-instrumentalist, so his drumming always fits the music without calling too much attention to it. This sounds simple, but it's actually the holy grail of most music: knowing what to do for the *song* as opposed to just filling every space and showing off.

Andy was also my first drum teacher. I was impressed with his discipline and steadiness, and I don't think I ever got close to his powerful rock playing. Odd time signatures didn't scare him either--he would simply figure out the role of the drum set and play it.

Posted Jan 11, 2016
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I have never taken drum lessons from Andy, but have mastered and album of his and have first-hand experience of his musicality.

Andy is an excellent musician, and clearly has a strong desire to communicate. I would steer anyone interested in drums or dulcimer (or songwriting) in his direction.

Posted Jan 11, 2016

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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

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