Ms. Andria Anderson
Andria began her first music studies on the accordion at age 5. You have to remember just how popular Lawrence Welk was in the 1950’s! Then, in 4th grade, she was thrilled when her dad moved a used piano into the basement. Her fascination with all things musical continued with bassoon in the school band, tenor saxophone in the jazz band, and always her beloved piano at home in the evenings.
There really was no waffling in the choice for a major in college. It was just way too much fun showing youngsters how they, too, could enjoy this musical wonderland. Andria earned her Bachelor’s of Music Education from Drury University, Springfield MO, in 1974 and has been teaching music ever since. She has taught band, orchestra, choir and general music in public schools and led children’s choirs in church. In the 1970’s, Suzuki lessons were only for violinists. But by the time her first son was drawn to the cello in 1983, the method had been adapted to all sorts of instruments.
Andria had always admired the musicality that Suzuki students brought to violin playing and she was excited by the possibilities the method now opened to her piano students. She began her training at Suzuki Institutes with Mary Craig and has studied under a variety of other master teachers over the years.
Andria’s motto on her business cards is “Beautiful Music For All Ages”. Of course, young students consistently produce beautiful music using the Suzuki Method, but it’s a special treat to watch how many of her parents (and some grandparents) attain the same excellence. What a beautiful experience for the entire family.