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Doctoral candidate in music performance, Rice University, Houston
MM in music performance, California State University, Northridge
BM in music performance, California State University, Northridge
Clarence Jefferson Prim Prize in percussion 2012
Born in Los Angeles, Andy started playing piano at age five and by age thirteen, he was studying the viola as well. He played in his school’s string orchestra, the Conejo Youth Symphony, and was awarded the opportunity to perform at the Music Teacher's Association convention in Sacramento. In high school, Andy started playing drums as a hobby but soon found it to be yet another instrument he was passionate about. He has played for many bands including rock, jazz, heavy metal, country, contemporary Christian, and African. Andy has recorded records for various bands and three independent film soundtracks in addition to playing for our troops on a USO tour.
At California State University, Northridge (CSUN), Andy studied classical and world percussion. He was a member of the Wind Symphony, the Symphony Orchestra, and was appointed section leader of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Andy received both his B.M. and a M.M. from CSUN and now he is studying to become a Doctor of Music at Rice University,
Andy has been teaching private lessons for thirteen years and has educated students ages five through seventy-five. He teaches drums, percussion, piano, violin and viola and incorporates all styles including classical, jazz and popular music. Andy has a strong background in music theory, aural skills and improvisation, and tries to include all aspects of music into his lessons. Andy is very familiar with many teaching methods and can adapt his teaching style to suit any student.
Drumset: Realistic Rock (Appice), Advanced Funk Studies (Latham), Contemporary Drumset Technique (Latham), Drumset Independence and Syncopation (Black), Syncopation (Reed), Encyclopedia of Double Bass Drumming (Rondinelli).
Percussion:Fundamental Studies for Snare Drum (Whaley), Intermediate Snare Studies and Advanced Snare Studies (Peters), Stick Control (Stone), Instruction Course for Xylophone (Green), Exercises, Etudes and Solos for Timpani (Carroll).
Piano: Alfred Little Mozart Series, Alfred All in One Series, Keyboard Strategies for the Later Beginner (Stecher), Hannon.
Violin/Viola: Strictly Strings book 1, Suzuki Method books 2 and beyond.
Fun and engaging! Andy tried to find the musical interests of each student to keep them practicing and wanting to learn more. Andy uses method books, but also sheet music of the student's favorite songs to balance technique with enjoyment. Andy is well versed in all styles of music in addition to theory, ear training and improvisation, giving his students a well rounded experience with music.
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