T e a c h i n g

Andrew has enjoyed sharing his knowledge of and passion for music through many unique teaching experiences. He has taught students of varying levels since 2010, working on piano technique, sight-reading, composition, piano accompanying, improvisation, and classical repertoire.  Currently he teaches privately from his home studio. 

Teaching Experience

  • OMTA Syllabus Preparation

  • Shedd Institute Faculty Instructor: Private Piano Lessons

  • Shedd Institute Faculty Instructor: Studio Workshop for Adults

  • University of Oregon Piano Pedagogy Practicum

  • Chamber music coach at Interlochen Arts Camp

  • James Madison University Piano Pedagogy Practicum

  • Assistant to Collaborative Piano Professor at JMU

  • Music Theory Tutor at JMU

Teaching Philosophy

I believe it is never too late to explore music and to study an instrument, whether it is coming to it for the first time or picking up again after having taken a break. Having only studied piano casually up until my senior year in high school, I felt that I was far behind my peers in regards to technical and artistic development as well as musical exposure when I decided to pursue piano seriously. I learned and am still learning how to overcome many obstacles that get in the way of making music at the piano, and I have enjoyed the help of some very supportive teachers. Consequently, I sympathize with and am interested in helping students who want to play the piano but think it is “too late” for them.

As a teacher, I am very patient and gentle. I encourage students to use their ears to listen carefully to their own sound, to internalize rhythm before playing, to strive for not just notes but nuance, and to engage the imagination through creative and personally thoughtful understanding of the music. I would love the opportunity to support you in your pursuits, whether you want to play the piano casually or intend to study music seriously.

© 2016 by Andrew Pham.

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