Andrew Dethloff

Andrew D.

Houston, TX

About Andrew D.

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Andrew teaches: Ages 5 and up
Teaching since: July 2008
Last sign in: 4 days ago

Overview

Music is my life. As cheesy as that phrase goes, for me, it holds true. I'm Andrew. 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 6 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 Rage Against the Machine, 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!

Photos and Videos

Lion Among Men's 2013 summer single "The Visitor"

Experience

English/Grammar Tutor

Aug 2009 - Present
Self-Employed

Music Instructor

Jun 2009 - Present
TakeLessons

Music Instructor

Sep 2008 - Present
Self-Employed

Sustained Working Musician

Jan 2007 - Present
Lion Among Men

Touring, gigging, booking, promoting, etc.

Education

BA (in progress) Philosophy

Sep 2013 - Present
University of Houston

Associate of Arts

Sep 2010 - Jan 2016
HCC

AA Liberal Arts & Humanities

Sep 2010 - May 2013
HCCS

Languages Spoken

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Sarcasm

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Take Lessons Certified

Jun 2009
Take Lessons

Awards

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
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24 Reviews on Andrew D.

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Justin Jul 3, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
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.
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Mike May 26, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
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.
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jeremy S. May 2, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Andrew was VERY helpful in breaking down the basics of the guitar. He was very nice and polite and knowledgeable.
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jeremy S. May 2, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Andrew was VERY helpful in breaking down the basics of the guitar. He was very nice and polite and knowledgeable.
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Andrew S. Feb 26, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
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.
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Jay B. Sep 12, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Very talented. Patient. Creative lessons. Great instructor.
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Kelly Y. Jul 7, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Great teacher, actually cares and tries to help his students improve.
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Janet I. Feb 27, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
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
Verified Student
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.
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Marianne V. Sep 7, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
He is very knowledgeable and nice!

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