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About Andrea Simpson


Andrea began piano at the age of 6 with a Star Trek obsessed, migraine suffering piano teacher in her home town of Newborough, Victoria. She attended various local and regional eisteddfods each year with numerousAndrea Simpson successes and as well as the occasional embarrassing performance, and sat AMEB exams irregularly, completing her A.Mus at the age of 17. She was particularly happy when she won money rather than those dinky little trophies. She began teaching at 15 and was only allowed to charge $2.50 for 30 minutes otherwise her Mum wouldn't let her do it. Any money made went toward fluorescent nail polishes, bubble skirts and other glorious 80's fashions (which sadly enough, are now back in fashion).

At 18 she went to study music at The School of Music, Melbourne University (commonly known as "The Con") with teacher Dr. Ian Holtham for four years, completing her Bachelor of Music in 1993. She then took a year off and did nothing of note except have a very nice time and very little sleep.

In 1995 she set up The Music Collective, a music school based at Carlton Gardens Primary school in Rathdowne St. Carlton. It grew to include 7 teachers of various instruments, dance and genres and the end of year concerts became disturbing long. After 10 years of her Directorship, Andrea decided to end the Music Collective and moved her teaching to her home in inner city Melbourne where she now happily resides. Other teachers involved with The Music Collective also went to their respective happy place and good cheer was felt all round.

Andrea now teaches lucky students who do and do not practice regularly, and have many successes and a few embarrassing failures of their own. She is particularly fond of interesting excuses for lack of practice and is always keen to hear a new one. She is very interested in teaching adult students and encourages anyone who wants to return to lessons or has always wanted to try to give it a go!

Andrea was the Conductor and Musical Director for Squawkestra, an orchestra for adult beginners or rusty players, since its inception in 2006 - 2010. Rehearsing in Northcote fortnightly, the orchestra aims to give adult beginners a place to explore playing and performing in a large ensemble with other like minded musicians. For more information please visit www.squawkestra.com.au

Bachelor of Music (B.Mus) from the School of Music, Melbourne University
Associate Diploma (A.Mus.A) from the Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB).

29 years of teaching piano both privately and in schools.