In addition to performing, Andrea is an passionate music educator. She is a teaching artist for The New York Pops where she creates and performs educational concerts at elementary schools around New York City. She also teaches for Jazz at Lincoln Center's early childhood "Webop" program. Andrea spent four months in Mumbai, India serving as Head of the Vocal Department with the inaugural faculty at the True School of Music in 2013. In addition to teaching all classes and representing the school around India, the faculty presented nearly a dozen master classes on a variety of musical styles, concepts and artists to high school and university-aged students . Andrea also maintains a full roster of private voice and piano students.
Andrea completed her Masters of Music at The Manhattan School of Music in 2013. Prior to MSM, Wood received her Bachelors of Music in Jazz Studies from Michigan State University and attended the prestigious Duke Ellington High School of the Arts in Washington D.C. where she majored in classical voice and piano. She also spent a summer in Kingston, Jamaica studying reggae music. Andrea is currently pursuing a masers in Music Education at Columbia Teachers College.
Master Class Video Excerpts:
- All That Jazz - (a look at jazz and its history)
- The Love Concerts - (exploring the theme of love in music)
- An Exploration of American Music - (a look at some of America's home-bred genres and the artists that helped define them)
- Bossa Nova - (a breakdown of one of Brazil's most cherished musical styles)
- Kind of Blue- (the ins and outs of Miles Davis's masterpiece, which remains the best selling jazz album of all time)
- James Brown to Stevie Wonder - (funk, Motown, soul, and all the good stuff in between!)
- Blues to Rock & Roll - (the evolution of blues to early rock stars like Elvis to the British invasion and the Beatles)
- The Modern Jazz Musician - (geared towards students high school or above, an investigation of techniques that help take a musician to the next level: arranging, utilizing odd time signatures, and ensemble communication)
All master classes can be adapted for younger or older audiences, with the exception of The Modern Jazz Musician.
We welcome suggestions of a class topic if you don't see a pre-existing class that fits the needs of your student/audience base.