Andrea is a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston with a dual Bachelors degree in Professional Vocal Performance and Music Business.


In the course of Andrea's life in music, she has worked professionally in film and television composition in Los Angeles, producing tracks for multiple cable television shows including 3 DVD releases for comedian Margaret Cho, the AOL launch of Jack Black's "School of Rock" and four independent albums and a live multi-media stage show with her band, Jariya, that was featured in small Hollywood theaters. Jariya's two albums, "Yaya" and "The Prejudice of A Certain Personality Type" are currently available on iTunes and numerous digital distribution sites.

In 2008, Andrea moved to Las Vegas and began performing in various Vegas venues including the Monte Carlo, THE Hotel, Sunset Station, the Stratosphere, the Tropicana, Fremont Street, the Cashman Center and numerous lounges and clubs. For two years, Andrea was a featured blogger for Live2Play Magazine covering pro skills and music technology reviews, and from 2010-2013 was the first female panelist for song review internet radio Music Scene Investigation, which can be viewed on YouTube.

Since adding teaching to her toolbox, Andrea's primary focus has been how to bring this wide range of music and life skills to her students by improving their confidence with a specific focus on achieving excellence at all they do.

In 2013, Andrea's voice/piano student Anna Christine was a featured performer on the national TV show America's Got Talent, making it to the semi-finals of the show to perform live at Radio City Music Hall, and seven of her voice students have been accepted at Las Vegas Academy of Performing Arts.

 

Andrea co-owns two Vegas cover bands: The VIBE and Cross Country Road, which can be seen playing The Strip and Vegas' large performance venues. She currently teaches voice, piano, guitar, bass, sight singing, audition prep, ear training, theory and songwriting.

Andrea is also a writer who has blogged professionally for music ezine and site Live2Play Network.

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Listen to Andrea talk about her student Anna Christine singing on America's Got Talent, life in the Vegas performing scene, and review three indie artist's tracks on Music Scene Investigation.

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