Andrew Hlavinka loves how empowering music is, seeing a student’s confidence grow, giving students access to multiple ways of playing without being confined to one genre, and investing in their passions and strengths while slowly expanding their musical world.
Andrew has a “lead-by-fun-example” attitude when he teaches. His own teachers brought vivacity to each lesson, so he strives to do the same for his students. Andrew invites students and families to his gigs or other artist’s gigs. He loves to hear what artists students enjoy so learning can apply to their interests. Andrew wants to support his students through whichever avenue of music ignites their passion.
Andrew reminds his students that THEY have the power to accomplish their dreams, and they shouldn’t let anybody dampen that belief. We set attainable goals and discuss the steps that could lead to musical/life growth. Andrew uses Faber piano method books as well as excerpts from all eras of classical music, and contemporary music. He practices a balance of technique, ear training, theory, reading, and improvisation.
Andrew graduated from Berklee College of Music earning a Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance and Electronic Production. Andrew started teaching piano lessons privately to all-ages during college, volunteered for an after school club open MIC nights, and also taught piano lessons through the Berklee City Music program. After graduation, he began teaching privately in San Antonio, his hometown, and then in Marble Falls, Texas. Andrew currently teaches private piano lessons at both the Music Masters Studio in San Antonio and the Northwest School of Music in Austin.
Andrew gigs frequently in Austin with other artists in rock, jazz, funk, soul, pop, and electronic genres. He currently play keys and synths in an indie group called Strange Rituals and with soul artist Jo James. He is also slowly learning drums and trying to get better at singing! He says his voice is a pretty heavy bass!! Electronic music production and sound design are also passions he pursues.