Andrew Dethloff
Houston, TX
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Andrew D.

Houston, TX
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Hi there. I'm Andrew. I have been teaching for about 10 years now and it has become one of the things I truly love to do. When I am not writing, reading, gigging, touring, or recording, I love to teach people the things that have made my life so colorful.

With a little push in the right direction, you can become an active participant in the things you love. No more watching from the sidelines. Become the musician, writer, speaker, reader that you have always wanted to be. It's never too late! Trying something new or asking for help can be intimidating, but I am happy to show you that the rewards far exceed the costs. Trust me, I speak from experience. I've taught personalized lessons for nearly 10 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 everything from small dive bars to music festivals with crowds of thousands and been on tour and lived the whole life more often than not!

In terms of guitar, I am well-versed in all styles and genres. So, no worries! Whatever you may be into, I've got you covered.

About Andrew D.

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 nearly 10 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 tiny dives to music festivals with crowds of thousands 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 rock, but love and appreciate most styles. So, bring it on!


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36 Reviews
Belyn J.
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I appreciated that Andrew has taken the time to get to know my child and what she’s interested in about learning guitar. She is excited to learn with me, which is what every parent wants!

Posted Aug 5, 2020
Candice C.
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Andrew has the patience of a saint! He will put you at ease and teach you step by step. I feel very lucky to have a found such a nice, patient teacher! Can't wait to learn more from him!

Posted Nov 15, 2018
joe S.
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Andrew is an amazing teacher and my son is so happy learning from him!

Posted Sep 10, 2018
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my son has taken an interest in guitar. good summer experience may become serious interest. only time will tell.

Posted Aug 3, 2018
Melissa H.
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I am a brand new student to guitar and Andrew is very patient. He knows how to put instructions into a demonstration for me to understand when I am having difficulty. He won’t let you fall into bad practices and has already helped me through several hurdles in only 2 months time. He is very accomplished musician and I recommend him to beginners or advanced guitarists.

Posted Mar 23, 2018
Jim T.
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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.

Posted Oct 26, 2017
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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!

Posted Oct 12, 2017
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Andrew does a great job of going at the pace of the student and making learning the guitar an easy process!

Posted Oct 7, 2017
Libby R.
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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!

Posted Jun 30, 2017
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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.

Posted Apr 3, 2017
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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.

Posted Apr 3, 2017
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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!

Posted Feb 25, 2017
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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.

Posted Jul 3, 2016
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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.

Posted May 26, 2016
jeremy S.
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Andrew was VERY helpful in breaking down the basics of the guitar. He was very nice and polite and knowledgeable.

Posted May 2, 2016
jeremy S.
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Andrew was VERY helpful in breaking down the basics of the guitar. He was very nice and polite and knowledgeable.

Posted May 2, 2016
Andrew S.
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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.

Posted Feb 26, 2016
Jay B.
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Very talented. Patient. Creative lessons. Great instructor.

Posted Sep 12, 2015
Kelly Y.
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Great teacher, actually cares and tries to help his students improve.

Posted Jul 7, 2015
Janet I.
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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.

Posted Feb 27, 2015
Jill S.
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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.

Posted Nov 4, 2014
Marianne V.
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He is very knowledgeable and nice!

Posted Sep 7, 2014
Joslyn J.

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!

Posted May 7, 2014
Adam A.

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!

Posted Apr 6, 2014
Ron B.

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.

Posted Feb 28, 2014
Richard D.

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.

Posted Dec 4, 2013
Caleb S.

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.

Posted Jul 31, 2013
Danny L.

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!

Posted May 29, 2013
Erica F.

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 (:

Posted Jan 24, 2013
Julie N.

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.

Posted Oct 30, 2012
Chandra G.

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.

Posted Sep 19, 2012

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

Posted May 18, 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.

Posted Feb 27, 2012

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.

Posted Aug 2, 2011

Great Teacher!!!!

Posted Apr 14, 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 :]

Posted Apr 6, 2011

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Professional Entertainer (Piano, Guitar, Drums, Bass, Vocals)
Mar 2015 - Present

Howl at the Moon Dueling Piano Club

Music Instructor
Jun 2009 - Present


Sep 2008 - Present


Sustained Working Musician
Jan 2007 - Present

Motion Hotel

Touring, gigging, booking, promoting, etc.


BA Philosophy
Sep 2013 - May 2017

University of Houston

Associate of Arts
Sep 2010 - Jan 2016


AA Liberal Arts & Humanities
Sep 2010 - May 2013




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


Apr 2011
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National Society of Collegiate Scholars
Sep 2010
The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) is an honors organization that recognizes and elevates high achievers. NSCS provides career and graduate school connections, leadership and service opportunities and gives out a million dollars in scholarships annually. NSCS members are deeply committed to scholarship, leadership and service and as a result, are impacting their campus and local communities every day.
Phi Theta Kappa
Sep 2010
The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa shall be to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa shall provide opportunity for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.

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