Instruments: Drums, Piano, Electric Bass
Rock, jazz, blues, reggae, funk, country
Location: Olney, Silver Spring, Bethesda, NW DC
Why I work well with kids?
I believe that music should always be fun and so should learning music. My lessons are all about the essentials of the instrument and being a musician. The approach is how to enjoy practicing as well as performing, and I make sure that kids have a good time at my lessons.
Andrew G. Bio and Resume
Location of Birth: Washington, DC
I started playing drums at 14 and started teaching a few years later. Received a BA in Jazz Studies from The New School For Jazz & Contemporary Music in NYC. This is where I learned my piano and bass playing skills. I perform regularly with various bands throughout the DC & NYC area as well as nationally and make a living as a professional musician and educator.
Private Teacher (2006-Present)
- Instructing youth-based participants and groups in various genres and styles including jazz, rock, rudimental and classical snare drum pieces, and much more
Swing Week/Blues Week Instructor (2008-Present)
-Conveying drum set fundamentals in swing, blues, and other genres to individuals and groups
Professional Freelance Musician (2008-Present)
-Performs with various groups in a myriad of genres. Performance settings include clubs, studio work, festivals, and national tours
-Drummer in renowned DC-area ensemble The Pietasters (2010-Present), featured nationally
-Extensive experience in musical instruction to both youth and adults
-Consistent delivery of pedagogic methodology including ear training, rhythm, notation, technique, and improvisation
-Ability to convey musical concepts tailored to student needs and level of understanding
-Adaptive personality to suit learners in consistent progress and success
-Experience in mastership of various genres and styles
-Demonstrates leadership and problem-solving skills
The New School For Jazz & Contemporary Music, New York City, NY
B.A. Degree in Jazz Studies
Most Influential Musicians/Bands:
Led Zeppelin, Bob Marley & the Wailers, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Rancid, The Dropkick Murphys, The Meters, James Brown, The Slackers, Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers, Miles Davis, Grant Green
“Music should always be an adventure.” – Coleman Hawkins
Almost Heroes, Caddyshack, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Toy Story, Ghostbusters, The Blues Brothers
Boston, New Haven, NYC, Long Island, Rochester, Tampa, Ft. Lauderdale, Cocoa Beach, Pittsburgh, Austin, Atlanta, San Francisco, Los Angeles, etc.
How Friends Describe You:
Energetic, fun, caring.
Spending time with friends, seeing live music
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