...Music enhances self-expression & self-esteem...
André Echeverría was born and raised in Guatemala City, Guatemala. He was introduced to the world of music when he began taking classical piano lessons from his grandmother at the age of 4. Throughout his years in his native country, he expanded his musical horizons by teaching himself how to play several other instruments and, in the process, explored different genres. His fascination with versatile experimenting eventually lead him to the world of music composition. Soon, André was passionately writing songs for various ensemble settings, as well as numerous solo piano works. These early years marked the beginning of what a dedicated life conducted by music would be like.
At the age of 18, André began teaching private piano lessons to students of all ages. He also taught ESL classes at IGA, a government-backed institute for English learning, and went on to teach ESL at several other academic institutions. In 2010, André moved to the U.S. to pursue a career in music. He graduated from the University of Texas in Arlington where he successfully completed his Bachelor’s Degree, graduating summa cum laude, in Music Composition under Dr. George Chave and Audio Engineering under Micah Hayes. He also received advanced classical piano lessons from internationally renowned pianist Dr. John Solomons. André subsequently completed his Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Music Business from Southern New Hampshire University and Berklee College of Music, and he is dedicated to implementing the knowledge acquired to expand The Cadenza Company School of Music.
Throughout these years, André has had the opportunity to perform solo, as well as with several ensembles and bands, in Guatemala and Texas. One of the highlights of his career was singing with the Dallas POPS Orchestra and Choir for a live music screening of The Lord of the Rings: "The Fellowship of the Ring" at the Music Hall in Fair Park in Dallas, TX, in 2013. He also worked as the Sound Designer for the Mountain View College’s theatrical production, Dearly Departed. From 2014 to 2017, André wrote, recorded and performed as lead singer and multi-instrumentalist for his original alternative pop band, Forever Canvas, as well as keyboardist for Boston-based instrumental, progressive rock band, Zombie Frogs. He now produces the music for his solo project, Andreäs. In addition, André became a filmmaker in 2018 when he produced, acted in and composed the music for his own short film, Hellena's Circus, which is currently screening at various festivals around the world and has won several awards, including Best Soundtrack.
He teaches piano, voice, guitar, bass, drums and flute for private lessons, as well as the iPad Ensemble & Kids Pop/Rock Band group classes, always striving to incorporate a balanced combination of performance, music theory and ear training to provide the most complete music education possible. He also offers lessons in songwriting, music composition, music production, and film scoring. Thanks to years of formal instruction, as well as self-learning, he now has a broad understanding of musical concepts, which he enjoys sharing with his students.
André is thrilled and thankful for the opportunity to be instrumental in providing quality music lessons to children as well as adults. Both he and the faculty here at The Cadenza Company School of Music are dedicated to creating a positive, dynamic experience that provides a music education which caters to each student’s learning style, while never losing sight of their strong commitment to excellence.
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