The First Note
Andrew has had a love of music from a young age and was always performing whenever possible. His musical instruction began when he joined the National Youth Choir of Scotland at the age of 8. Here he learned to read and understand music and trained his ear using techniques that he has incorporated into his own teaching style. In high school he thoroughly enjoyed learning keyboard, drums and guitar and chose to begin learning the guitar and formed his own band where he was lead singer and guitarist. At this point his father, an accomplished singer, suggested he undertake piano lessons which he began at 16.
By the end of high school, he had achieved his ABRSM grade 6. What began as a hobby grew into a fully-fledged passion: although initially en route to study medicine, he changed course in order to pursue the piano full time and has never looked back since. Immediately after school he began studying a two year course at the Music Box at Edinburgh College, where he attained his Grade 7 and 8 within his first year. He also began learning the violin and achieved his grade 8 within just a year and a half. At this point he felt reassured that a career in music was where his future lay.
Andrew then attended the University of Aberdeen as they offered a joint degree in Music and Education and it was his aim to become a high school music teacher, like the ones who had inspired him. Here, he improved as a pianist, furthered his understanding of musical theory and history and learned various teaching skills which he implemented on multiple high school teaching placements. He also enjoyed performing as part of the University Symphony Orchestra, University Chorus and singing as part of the Glee Club. During his time at University, Andrew realised individual tuition was what inspired him rather than teaching curriculum music in High School. So after graduating in 2015, Andrew went about setting up his own business whilst working part time at a health club.
He has now founded the Andrew Walker School of Music and teaches over 45 students a week in three different convenient locations in Edinburgh: Bruntsfield, Elm Row and Barnton Park.
Andrew's personal practice focuses on creating his own virtuosic arrangements of popular pieces. He is also currently putting together a 40 minute concert featuring works by famous composers.
During his time at College and University and since graduating, Andrew has performed at dozens of weddings and various events, either as a solo pianist or accompanying singers. He often performs original arrangements at the request of the employer.
Andrew has experience working at children's activity camps and was very excited to fuse this experience with his love of music and form his own children's summer camp which focuses on singing and performance. He runs this with longtime friend Hanah Hair, who went to the same piano teacher as him in Edinburgh and also studied music at Aberdeen.
Since graduating, he has founded the Andrew Walker School of Music. He now teaches over 45 students a week in three different convenient locations in Edinburgh: Bruntsfield, Elm Row and Barnton Park.
For further lesson enquiries, please email or phone/ text 07584 012635.
Andrew creates his own arrangements of popular songs which he often performs at weddings. Vocalists can be provided.
For wedding performance options, please email or phone/ text 07584 012635.
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Bruntsfield | Elm Row | Barnton Park |
Tel: 07584 012635 |