Teacher Profile: Andrew Weeks

Andrew Weeks

Andrew Weeks

Instrument(s): Guitar, Piano

City: Washington, DC

Education: Victoria University: New Zealand

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    About Andrew Weeks

    Andrew Weeks is a D.C. Area Guitar & Piano Instructor and performer who is versed in music from all over the world. He was born in Memphis TN and spent many years over seas in other countries, like Bangladesh, Uganda and Liberia. His family eventually moved to the Washington D.C. area. By the age of 13, Andrew began his musical journey, inspired to play the Guitar by his uncle. Throughout his childhood, Andrew also studied Piano along with Guitar and became fascinated with music from all over the world.

    Andrew received his degree at Victoria University in Wellington New Zealand, where he studied Balinese Gamelan Music with Master Drummer and Contemporary Indonesian Composer, Wayane Gde Yudane. Andrew also studied at Ali Akbar College of Music in San Raphael, California, where he learned Jazz, European Classical, Hindustani Classical Music ( tabla , vocal ) with several prominent professors including, of course, Ali Akbhar Khan.

    Andrew’s musical horizons were expanded through his studies. After University, Andrew moved to NYC , where he briefly studied "Janggu" Traditional Korean Drumming and was a Performing and Studio musician .

    Throughout his extensive study of music from all over the world, Andrew gained a passion for music education, which has stayed with him since. Andrew teaches Guitar & Piano students of all ages and enjoys expanding their musical horizons and introducing new artists and genres. A big part of his instructional approach is also finding what styles inspire his students and incorporating them into their study -- whether it be pop, jazz, classical, or traditional music from another part of the world. He starts students with technical foundations that emphasize good form, rhythm, and tone, which enables them to explore a wide range of music. Ultimately, Andrew's hope as a teacher is to continue inspiring his students to find what music means to them and develop a new outlet for expression through their study.

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