Our two sons took piano lessons from Mr. Andy starting in Kindergarten at five years old, our older son for four years and younger son for two. They love playing piano, and this is in great part because of their teacher. Andy’s background in both music and early childhood education allows him to really “get kids.” He understands that they aren’t going to be perfect; his expectations are realistic and his lessons are fun. We feel very fortunate that Andy has established such a strong musical foundation for our children.
I have benefited greatly from Andy's expertise in music. I went into my first lesson unsure of myself and my abilities as a musician. However, through Andy's encouragement and guidance. I have seen vast improvements in my playing and overall musicianship. Andy truly loves what he does, and it shows in his work. Every lesson Andy is always happy and eager to pass on his expertise. He is caring, genuine and passionate. And I would not be where I am today without Andy's mentorship and support.
--Benjamin, music major at UMass Amherst
Before starting piano lessons with Andy as an adult beginner I’d had a range of experiences with music, but never managed to stick with anything long enough for playing to be its own reward. During our first few lessons Andy took the time to learn about my musical tastes and past experiences with music. Together we made goals that were motivating and achievable. He structured our work together around those goals which helped sustain me through the difficult beginner period. Andy has great patience, an amazing memory, and a seemingly inexhaustible store of concrete ideas to help me improve my practice and playing. With his help I’ve gone from someone with a wistful love of music but no confidence that I could get past a beginner level to a person who takes joy in playing and is even willing to play for others.
Our six year-old son has been taking piano lessons with Andy for the past year. Andy creates a fun, enthusiastic environment to learn not just the piano but the appreciation of music. Our son looks forward to his lesson each week and always leaves Andy's class happy and proud of what he has learned. We would give him our highest recommendation for anyone looking for a piano teacher for their child. In the words of my 6 year old: "Andy is the best teacher because he is fun!"
Andy is a great coach and role model. He always welcomes my son and makes him feel comfortable. My son is always surprised when he completes a music sequence after saying, "I can't do that." Somehow Andy encourages and motivates my son to do better than he believes he can...My son looks forward to his weekly lessons and has gained confidence in his musical abilities. I highly recommend Andy as a piano teacher.
Andrew was very diligent in identifying weaknesses in my piano playing and helping me correct these problems. Being very experienced in the educational and pedagogical setting, he is very effective in improving his students’ skills in piano playing. I feel I have gained a lot of confidence and comfortability in my playing over the year that I had him as my instructor.
--Ryan, music minor at UMass Amherst
I've been working with Andy for almost two years. In that time we've put on three recitals together. He is a thoughtful musician, a brilliant collaborator, and a valued colleague. His careful approach to choosing repertoire and attention to detail in rehearsals are just part of what make him a joy to work with.
--Olivia, NYC-based cellist and frequent collaborator