Andrew Dethloff

Andrew D.

Houston, TX

Lesson Details



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

Teaching since:
July 2008

Music is my life. As cheesy as that phrase goes, for me, it holds true. Everything I do and have been doing has been geared towards music. I've been in one working/gigging band or other without break for the past 10 years. I began intensely learning to play guitar at the age of 9 and have not stopped. The second I started learning I knew that that was what I wanted to do. Fast forward to now, and here I am loving every minute of it. I took lessons of my own as a kid, which helped shape me greatly. I then picked up bass at the age of 13.
I've taught personalized lessons for over 7 years now without a single complaint. At this point in my musical career, the majority of my experience and attitude has come from being "in the field". I've played South By South West, Austin City Limits, Westheimer Block Party, opened up for bands like the Misfits and the Shins, shared the stage with bands like The Wallflowers, Minus the Bear, and Echo and the Bunnymen, and been on tour and lived the whole life more often than not!
YOU can be an active musician. If you have the passion and desire. The first step though, is learning your instrument. Learning an instrument is something that stays with you for the rest of your life. It's an unfaltering companion that can benefit you in so many ways. I like to toss out the strict "teacher/student" regiment and create a laid back, fun, easy going atmosphere. I want to be buds and SHARE music with each other and introduce you into this world that I have grown to love so so much. There is nothing more rewarding. I promise. So let's get started!

*** Lesson Details ***
I am very laid back. Your progress is directly linked to you. I will give it my all to teach you and help you, but if you don't practice or soak it in, that's on you! I hate having a tense, seminar type lesson atmosphere. Lessons with me will be easy going and relaxed. I don't want to have to put on a sweater vest and wag my finger as a I scold you. That's just not me.
However, I DO expect you to get things done. Why waste your time with lessons if you're not going to take them seriously on any level? The curriculum will be totally personalized for YOU. After all, not everybody likes the same music and style. The first lesson or two will be getting a handle on exactly what YOU want to learn and what YOU want out of it. Finding out your favorite bands/artists, guitar players, bass players, etc. There's nothing worse than being taught something you have no desire for, but having it drilled into your head week after week! So whether that be blues, folk, metal, whatever, that's the first step. With that information I'll begin constructing and laying out the rest of your lesson plan.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Although I assume you have an instrument of your own (if not I recommend getting one, it sort of helps), if you're looking to just try things out at first I have more than a few extra that I'd be happy to let you use. My teaching studio doubles as a recording studio as well. This means 2 things: if ever you would like to record some of your music you know where to go! And also, I have the means to record the entire lesson if you'd like. You'll need to supply the blank CD(s) of course. It's not a requirement to record the lesson, just an option! Basically, I have everything you could ever possibly need for music lessons here. So you're set.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitars, amps, etc. anything that would be needed I've got!

*** Specialties ***
I am versed in blues, rock, metal, folk, hardcore, acoustic-finger-style and various other acoustic styles, and more. Through teaching and experience as a working musician I have mastered most genres and styles. When sitting at home jamming in my free time, I probably most frequently find myself playing acoustic finger-style, blues, folk, or hardcore, but love and appreciate most styles. So, bring it on!

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Professional Entertainer (Piano, Guitar, Drums, Bass, Vocals)
Mar 2015 - Present
Howl at the Moon Dueling Piano Club

English/Grammar Tutor
Aug 2009 - Present

Music Instructor
Jun 2009 - Present

Music Instructor
Sep 2008 - Present

Sustained Working Musician
Jan 2007 - Present
Lion Among Men

Touring, gigging, booking, promoting, etc.


BA (in progress) Philosophy
Sep 2013 - Present
University of Houston
Associate of Arts
Sep 2010 - Jan 2016
AA Liberal Arts & Humanities
Sep 2010 - May 2013


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Fluent / Native Proficiency


Take Lessons Certified
Jun 2009
Take Lessons


Honorary Member of Phi Theta Kappa
Mar 2015
Phi Theta Kappa
Honorary Member of the National Society of Leadership and Success
Sep 2014
National Society of Leadership and Success
Musical Artist of the Year - Houston
Dec 2013
Raw:natural born artists
Nominated for Houston Press Best New Act
May 2013
Houston Press
Honorary Member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars
Oct 2011
National Society of Collegiate Scholars

Photos & Videos

Trina Cash Photography

An arrangement I did for a student turned good friend and excellent singer! You can check her out at
Lion Among Men's 2013 summer single "The Visitor"
Photo by Andrew D.

Megan Merta Photography

Megan Merta Photography

Photo by Andrew D.

Photo by Andrew D.

Trina Cash Photography
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31 Reviews

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Jim T. Oct 26, 2017
Guitar · In studio

Andrew is a great teacher. He is a very nice guy who puts you at ease from the beginning. His love and appreciation of music is infectious. After each lesson with Andrew I feel excited about becoming a musician. He explains things in a way that makes sense to a beginner and it’s obvious that he wants to help his students become good musicians. I’m glad that I found a guitar teacher like Andrew. I look forward, with Andrew’s help, to making my life-long dream of being a guitar player finally come true.

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Liz Oct 12, 2017
Guitar · In studio

This guy is not only talented but an amazing human being that has the love for music and making you better.

He is patient, funny and easy going. He makes the class fun and zero stress. Day 1 to where I am now is unbelievable and it's due to my practice but Andrew's lessons and guidance.

Thanks buddy!
You should seek him out for sure!

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Jennifer Oct 7, 2017
Guitar · In home

Andrew does a great job of going at the pace of the student and making learning the guitar an easy process!

Libby R. Jun 30, 2017
Guitar · In studio

I felt like I learned a lot, and I am excited to learn more! He is a fantastic teacher that I would recommend to anyone!

Danny Apr 3, 2017
Guitar · In home

I just finished my third lesson with Andrew and I am enjoying my lessons very much. In my first lesson I did not even know how to hold a guitar and he was very patient with me and teaches at a pace I was comfortable with. He is keeping me motivated to learn by introducing new skills and lessons and critiques me in a way that I want to improve. He always sends me home with assignments that I can use to practice and we typically spend the beginning of the next class going over it. He will make sure to correct any bad-habits that I may be developing and shows me ways in which I can improve. I feel this helps build a solid foundation that I hope to build upon in the years to come. I highly recommend learning guitar from Andrew.

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Mark Apr 3, 2017
Guitar · In studio

Andrew is the best teacher I could possible ask for. He is able to break things down where they are easy to understand and he tailors the lessons perfectly for each student.

Alexander Feb 25, 2017
Guitar · In home

Very knowledgable! Knows how to cater your lessons to you and what you know and want to learn, a very natural instructor.

Would highly recommend!

Justin Jul 3, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Excellent first lesson with Andrew. I have a song I needed to learn on acoustic for a wedding. He gave me a good breakdown at a pace I needed.

Mike May 26, 2016
Guitar · In home

I am starting from scratch, with no background. Andrew is a great teacher, very personable and a great communicator. Looking forward to the next lesson.

jeremy S. May 2, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Andrew was VERY helpful in breaking down the basics of the guitar. He was very nice and polite and knowledgeable.

jeremy S. May 2, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Andrew was VERY helpful in breaking down the basics of the guitar. He was very nice and polite and knowledgeable.

Andrew S. Feb 26, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Andrew will quickly identify your goals and develop a curriculum that will teach you exactly what you need to know to become the guitarist you want to be.

Jay B. Sep 12, 2015
Guitar · In home

Very talented. Patient. Creative lessons. Great instructor.

Kelly Y. Jul 7, 2015
Guitar · In studio

Great teacher, actually cares and tries to help his students improve.

Janet I. Feb 27, 2015
Guitar · In studio

I’m a total guitar beginner and have been taking lessons with Andrew for about 6 months. He’s easy going, fun, encouraging and definitely talented. I have learned so much from him and with his guidance, I’m certain I will continue to progress. I’m glad I stumbled across him, great teacher.

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Jill S. Nov 4, 2014
Guitar · In home

In the month that I have been taking lessons with Andrew I have progressed further than I have in a year of lessons with a different instructor.

Marianne V. Sep 7, 2014
Guitar · In studio

He is very knowledgeable and nice!

Joslyn J. May 7, 2014
Guitar ·

Amazing teacher

Andrew is really an amazing guitarist and teacher. As a female, at first I was nervous to show up at a "random" male teacher's door, but he made me feel really comfortable right away. I feel I'm really progressing with him, more than I could ever have done on my own.
Thanks Andrew!

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Adam A. Apr 6, 2014
Guitar ·

Andrew is an incredibly knowledgable and talented teacher

Andrew impressed me from our very first lesson. He listened to what I wanted to get accomplished with my lessons and adapted to my requests and my skill level. His knowledge of music is just one of the things that makes him such a great teacher. His patience and enthusiasm also make him the perfect instructor!

I would highly recommend Andrew!

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Ron B. Feb 28, 2014
Guitar ·

If you have an opportunity to study with Andrew, take it.

Andrew is an exceptionally gifted teacher. He knows music through and through. He knows guitar forward and back. His command of music theory, the guitar and performance is so complete (so second-nature to him), he can direct his conscious attention entirely to the needs of the student, adapting his teaching methodology accordingly. And he does it with such ease and comity.

Every lesson I attended was relaxed, cordial, fun and packed with tips, expertise & insight.

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Richard D. Dec 4, 2013
Guitar ·

Andrew gets you excited about learning guitar

I really wanted to start learning an instrument and Andrew has thus far been an amazing teacher. He's fun to work with and as serious as you need him to be. He is very good at explaining how everything works and how to get things done. His relaxed, hands on teaching style makes the learning fun and progressive. Don't be fooled he is very adept at what he does. He can decipher exactly what notes are playing when he listens to a song. You will learn if you try and even if you cant find the time its still a wonderful experience, I would recommend anyone who wants to learn guitar at their own pace to shoot for this great teacher and cheerful personality.

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Caleb S. Jul 31, 2013
Guitar ·

Andrew is a great teacher.

I was very much a beginner when I started taking lessons with Andrew. He was extremely helpful, and catered the lessons to what I wanted to pursue musically. He always made the lessons fun, challenging, and interesting. I took lessons at his home studio. It was a very comfortable and welcoming environment. The only reason I'm not taking lessons with him anymore is because I'm moving. Overall, he's a great teacher and I would highly recommend him to people of any skill level.

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Danny L. May 29, 2013
Guitar ·

Great Teacher and inspirational

Andrew is a great teacher. I've been taking guitar lessons for a little over six months with him now and I have learned a lot. I started off only knowing the basic chords, bits and pieces of a few songs, and a little bit of music theory. Now I understand where chords come from (and what they compose of), scales, a couple of songs of my favorite songs, and a lot more music theory. My strumming has improved and my playing has gotten noticeably better.

Teaching style is very organized and structured to build each lesson upon another. It worked out really well for me because I made sure I practiced almost every night in the beginning. You also have your option to learn what you want (for instance if you want to learn a song, few licks, etc.). He will steer you in the right path.

Andrew as a person did not seem judgmental. I was a bit hesitant to play in front of him at first but I've learned to loosen up. He gives create constructive criticism.

I would recommend Andrew for any of my friends who wants to learn how to play guitar. I had a lot of fun and learned a lot. No regrets!

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Erica F. Jan 24, 2013
Guitar ·

Andrew was the absolute best

Andrew was the best guitar teacher i knew. I was a student of his for over 2 years. He was always reliable and knew how to make a good time out of it. I will always miss him (:

Julie N. Oct 30, 2012

I'm going to tell all my friends about Andrew

Andrew is a really cool teacher. He's funny, good at guitar, and the most awesome-ist teacher I've ever had! He teaches me my favorite songs.

Chandra G. Sep 19, 2012

Andrew is great

Andrew is a very good teacher. I just started and can get frustrated. I can text him anytime and he always answers. He reassures me that I can do it, and keeps me from giving up on myself. It's amazing that he knows if I'm missing one string, and he really seems to care about my progress.

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HelenB May 18, 2012

Andrew is a great instructor, very calm and reassuring, Makes Tyler feel really comfortable and capable.

NilsonD Feb 27, 2012

Very good Instructor

What I like the most about my lessons with Andrew is that I learn without even realizing. Learning something new is scary enough but he is very relaxed and laid back and makes you feel just the same. Lessons are tough sometimes, but they are always fun and definitely always a good experience. I'd recommend Andrew to anyone for sure.

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ColeL Aug 2, 2011

Good Guitar Teacher!

Andrew is very knowledgeable and very patient. His teaching techniques flow very well. I recommend taking lessons with Andrew, you won't be disappointed and you will learn a great deal from the things he has to offer.

LaTishE Apr 14, 2011

Great Teacher!!!!

AdrianneM Apr 6, 2011


I think you're doing really great as a teacher, I feel like I've learned a lot already with just scales and what a marjor7 chord is. I'm super excited about what else I'll be learning :]

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