Andy Zacharias

Andy Z.

Signal Hill, CA

Lesson Details

Music Recording

Levels Taught:
My goal is to help you LOVE music. Technique and theory are fun, but they don't help if there is no passion. I am interested in helping you learn what YOU want to learn, and of course I will make recommendations and exercises that will help you progress. Music should be fun, and exciting, and I can help get you there.
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Andy teaches



Andy delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 1+

Teaching since:
August 1994

I have been teaching since 1994. I have a bachelors in bass performance and masters in music composition from CSULB. I am at home teaching theory and technique, but I also use teaching tools like: intuition, creativity, improvisation and song writing. I am comfortable teaching Bach or the Beatles and Mozart or Metallica. In addition to private students I have years of classroom teaching experience at Cypress College and Orange County High School of the Arts.

I have a studio at home, and a fun garden in the yard for parents and siblings to play in during a lesson.


Adjunt Faculty
Jan 2003 - Jan 2015
Cypress College

I taught private lessons and group lesson classes as well as lecture courses in music history and music technology

Jan 2009 - Jan 2011
Orange County High School of the Arts

I taught music composition class and music community service class


Master of Music Composition
Jan 2009 - Jan 2012
Bachelor of String Performance
Jan 1998 - Jan 2002


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Outstanding Faculty Honoree
May 2012
Cypress College Extended Opportunity Programs and Services

Photos & Videos

Colors of the Wind at Long Beach Playhouse cabaret
playing bass, complete with bow tie!

geeking out over synthesizers

playing for a Long Beach Playhouse fundraiser

music directing and playing guitar for Jesus Christ Superstar

slappa da bass


11 Reviews

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Caroline I. Oct 8, 2017
Bass Guitar · In home

Fantastic teacher!

Bob Sep 4, 2017

I love working with Andy and highly recommend him. He is so patient and encouraging. And on top of that he is a really great guy. I have worked with him many times and I know I will again.

Rachel Jul 3, 2017
Musical Theater · In studio

I highly recommend Andy! He is an amazing teacher and is really great at what he does. He is very patient, easy to work with, and I have learned a lot from him.

Kellee Jun 20, 2017
Singing · In studio

Andy is, without a doubt, one of the most honest and informative teachers I have ever had. He helped me find my voice and I am forever grateful for that. Couldn't recommend him more!

Rose Jun 15, 2017
Piano · In studio

Andy teaches piano to my 4 year old daughter. He is so patient and really engages with her. She has made a lot of progress very quickly because she is genuinely interested in practicing at home between lessons. Last week My son hangs out in the garden and play with his son westley. It works perfectly for us.

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Amber Jun 10, 2017
Bass Guitar · In studio

I've actually had the luck of having Andy as my professor in several subjects. I've taken an Introduction to Music Technology course with him as well as the courses that followed after that. I also took an introductory Bass course. He is, first of all, very passionate about music. That makes it very easy to enjoy his classes. He explains everything so well in ways that are very easy to understand. Andy keeps his classes entertaining without losing the subject. He is very involved with his students, making sure they are okay with the pace of the class. I left every class feeling confident that I'd learned the lesson. I can honestly say that the courses I took prepared me for the career I was going into. I've been able to apply all his classes in my songwriting. Thank you Andy! :)

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Susan Jun 8, 2017
Bass Guitar · In home

Andy came to our home and gave our kiddo guitar lessons. He was very calm and patient and Sleet loved working with him! I would highly recommend him for lessons for everyone!

Russell Jun 6, 2017
Singing · In studio

I can without a doubt say performing in Southern California I have never worked with such an amazing, honest, hard-working, and dedicated musical director. He is extremely easy to work with and undoubtably helpful. He has made me a much more comfortable performer and now living in New York City working with other musical directors I am blessed to have met Andy Zacharias! I wish there were more of him. He would be my first call as I hope yours.

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Kari Jun 5, 2017
Singing · In studio

Andy is an absolutely phenomenal Teacher, Coach, and Musician. I have been working with Andy in Musical Theatre since 2012. Andy is so patient, and kind, and can help you learn some amazing vocal techniques and strengths, no matter what level of singer you are! He is also great at helping you conquer your stage fright skills, and making you feel like an absolute star. Andy is basically a musical sevant, and it is just as much of a thrill watching him work, as it is working with him!

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Rachel Jun 3, 2017
Bass Guitar · In studio

Andy is an amazing teacher, I learned a lot about the bass guitar in a short time. He is very nice and you can ask him anything you want to know about your bass playing, he wants to see you enjoy playing bass. You will learn how to read music and tabs, so you can practice anything he gives you. I still play bass guitar and have gone to play in a jazz band and he was there rooting me on.

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Anna May 31, 2017
Piano · In studio

Andy is a fantastic teacher. I have studied both beginner piano and beginner music theory with him. He is extremely patient and very creative in his teaching style.

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