His belief that learning a musical instrument builds skills vital to success in life has led to a thriving music school in Brooklyn, NY. Internationally, Andrew helps music teachers with the Musicolor Method®, an online curriculum/training he created for early childhood music education as well as a 5 star-rated book, “The Game of Practice: with 53 Tips to Make Practice Fun.” He is also founder of 300 Monks Music, a licensing company.
Born to Thai/ Chinese and Korean parents, it wasn’t easy for Andrew growing up in an all-white suburb. It wasn’t until he discovered rock music that he found a way to connect with his peers. At 14, Andrew started practicing guitar up to 9 hours a day eventually winning a scholarship to NYU for education / performance. The traits he learned through intense focus, practice and performance made a huge impact on his life and career and is what he shares with his clients, students and teachers.
As Andrew’s personal sense of limitations expanded he quickly grew from music marketing rep to actor off Broadway to television and film scoring & songwriting. In 1991 he was selected as one of the first on-air personalities for the new MTV-Asia based in Hong Kong. While there, Andrew’s curiosity with the new Internet led to his cofounding the first digital media agency in Asia, and upon returning to New York, joining several tech startups including Music Boulevard and agencies Digitas and FCB as Creative Director.
Andrew is a regular contributor to Teachwell, Music Teachers Helper and the Musicolor Method blogs. He has written for several music industry publications, has appeared on television MTV, CNBC, MSNBC and in print media AsiaWeek, Asian Wall Street Journal, and the South China Morning Post. He has guest lectured at film festivals, computer user groups, Toastmasters, NYU, Fordham and Brooklyn College.
Andrew is available for comment and public speaking on life skills through music, why music matters and education reform.