Alongside Andrea's performing career, she has had much success as a teacher. She has always been determined to help others achieve their full potential. Andrea is passionate about bringing music into people's lives and feels that learning an instrument can bring extensive benefits to individuals, including gaining confidence in themselves, enabling them the opportunity to take part in group playing and a lifelong appreciation of music.
Andrea has a wealth of teaching experience at all levels. She took on her first pupil at the age of 15 when she started helping out the younger ones in her youth orchestra. She found she had a skill for communicating ideas and has continued to educate ever since. Her range of teaching has been very varied having taught in the state and private sector, at primary and secondary level and also for many years at University level.
Andrea has been responsible for the flute teaching at Edinburgh Napier University now for 27 years. During this time, as well as one to one teaching, she has delivered masterclasses, chamber music coaching, art of teaching workshops, orchestra coaching, examining and auditioning.
In addition to her University work, Andrea has always taught at schools and privately in her own home in the south side of Glasgow. Over the years she has experimented with new ways of teaching and her methods have developed having been inspired by attending courses such as the NYCOS Kodály Musicianship weekend. She also studied for two years to obtain an Advanced Diploma in Jazz from the University of St Andrews.
Andrea enjoys teaching enthusiastic adults and in 2011 formed an amateur flute choir, Flutes Unlimited, for experienced flautists of all ages.