- Graduate Diploma in Piano Pedagogy Research (University of Ottawa)
- B.Mus, B.Ed (University of Toronto)
- ARCTs in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy (Royal Conservatory of Music)
- OCT (Ontario College of Teachers)
- Suzuki Piano Book 1 Certification
- Foundation Level (Dalcroze Canada)
- Certified Teacher (Royal Conservatory of Music)
Andrea Yau is a pianist and educator based in downtown Toronto. In her piano lessons, Andrea has 3 main goals: to inspire, provide expert instruction, and to bring joy to students through positive learning experiences. She helps students of all ages and abilities discover (or rediscover) a passion in studying music, develop better cognitive and fine motor skills, and to gain exposure to different styles and genres of music. Her students have been working on several projects over the past few years including: practice challenges, music compositions, improvisation, and community outreach events in the greater Toronto community.
Besides teaching in the piano studio, Andrea is involved in several other activities: As a graduate student of the University of Ottawa’s Piano Pedagogy Laboratory, she conducts research on various topics related to improving piano teaching and learning. Currently, Andrea is researching the concept of “ear training”, its definitions, and different approaches used by music teachers to teach ear skills. Andrea also serves as secretary to the Central Toronto Branch of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association, an organization of registered private music teachers working to promote and improve music education in the province of Ontario. In addition, Andrea is an active piano adjudicator and teacher of early childhood musicianship classes. When not teaching music, Andrea is an occasional teacher for the Toronto District School Board, where she teaches Math, Writing, and Science. She has particular experience working with elementary school children from vulnerable neighborhoods who have behavioral or special needs.
Andrea is an avid fan of corny jokes. Her favourite piano joke is: “What’s the difference between a piano and a fish?”. “You can tune a piano but you can’t tuna fish!” Andrea welcomes students to share their favourite jokes and puns with her. She looks forward to working with prospective students and providing them with an enriching musical experience!