Andrea Yau

Piano Teacher in Downtown Toronto.

Current Availability

(Last updated: February 12, 2024)

I currently have the following time slots available in my teaching schedule:

1. Biweekly: Tuesdays @ 12:45-1:30pm (EST)

2. Biweekly: Tuesdays @ 1:30-2:15pm (EST)

3. Biweekly: Fridays @ 1:45-2:45pm (EST) PENDING.

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Andrea Yau Piano Teacher Downtown Toronto

About Me

What was Beethoven’s favorite fruit?

…Ba-na-na-nah!

Hi, I’m Andrea.
I’ve been a piano teacher since 2003 and a Torontonian all my life. I love to excite students with music and to nurture musical ability – which I believe everyone has innately.
I graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Music with ARCT diplomas in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy. I also hold degrees in Music, Education, and Piano Pedagogy Research at the University of Toronto (B.Mus, B. Ed) and the University of Ottawa (M.A.). I’m a certified member of the Ontario College of Teachers, the Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association, and the Royal Conservatory of Music for the Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced piano levels.
I love a good Dad joke or musical pun (the cornier, the better!) Looking forward to meeting You.

Here is a complete list of my qualifications.

About My Piano Lessons

LESSON FORMAT

Private 1:1 lessons offered In-Person, Online, or in Hybrid form.

In Person Lessons are taught at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 73 Simcoe Street in Downtown Toronto. Students will learn on a 1982 refurbished Kawai UST-7 Studio Upright, tuned several times per year by a Registered Piano Technician. *Please note that I do not offer in-home piano lessons.

Synchronous Online Lessons are taught via Zoom. I utilize highspeed internet, multiple cameras, and professional mics to ensure high quality sound and picture quality.

Hybrid Lessons are taught in an alternating schedule of In Person Lessons and Synchronous Online Lessons.

STUDENTS

I accept students age 5+ including Adult learners at all stages of life.

I work with terrified beginners up to RCM Gr. 9 Level.

I work with all types of learning styles and celebrate neurodiversity in my studio.

WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

1. Piano repertoire – The core material is music in the Western Classical Music tradition, supplemented by Contemporary Music.

2. Healthy piano technique – how to play the instrument effectively & expressively.

3. Comprehensive musicianship skills – how to listen to music, to play by ear, to read music notation, to compose, arrange and perform.

Learning programs are tailored to each student’s unique learning needs: As such, I loosely adhere to the Royal Conservatory of Music and Conservatory Canada piano certificate systems and blend in other materials – the amount and content of which will depend on each student’s particular goals.

I will prepare students for piano examinations if they choose to do so but will also design learning projects around each student’s particular interests.

LESSON STRUCTURE

A typical lesson is structured as follows:

1. Warmup 2. Review Homework /  Previous concepts

3. Work on New Piece(s) / New concepts

4. Other learning activities (Ex. Ear Training, Music Theory, Composing, Improvising)

Lessons for particularly wiggly children will be a mixture of off-bench and on-bench activities.

Scheduling

I teach Mondays – Fridays from 12:30-9:00pm (EST) for approximately 34 weeks in a typical piano studio year. No lessons on Statutory Holidays, Christmas Break, March Break, and End of June. I do teach through the Summer months but on a flexible schedule.

 Lessons are directly booked through me on the following schedules:

WEEKLY

 Lesson at the same time & day every week.

  RECOMMENDED for all students to ensure consistent progress. Mandatory for students aged <17.

BIWEEKLY

Lesson at the same time & day every other week.

Available to students aged 18+ with some music lessons experience.

CONSULTATION

One-off lessons taken on an occasional basis.

Lesson Fees

All tuition is prepaid, 1-3 months at a time.

*Please note that fees for books, materials and instruments are additional.

Weekly

Starting at

$64.50

and up

per 45 min. lesson

  • $40 once per year registration fee
  • Tuition reserves a lesson time for the student in Andrea’s calendar every week
  • Mandatory for students aged <17
For a complete list of my rates, Contact Me

cONSULTATION

$98.00

per hour

  • $25 One Time registration fee
  • Student books available lesson times as they go.
  • Students aged 18+ only

Student Testimonials

Andrea is an amazing teacher. As an adult learner, Andrea is able to adjust lessons to meet my constantly changing needs (often depending on how my day is going). She makes every lesson stress-free, fun, and yet I always learn something. With Zoom teaching, she has made it very easy. I continue to look forward to every lesson every week.

Pamela

Adult Piano Student

Andrea changed my perspective on learning. She has given me so much confidence in my ability to learn anything I put my mind too. I always never felt academic enough to learn music – especially reading it. She has been so kind, thoughtful and somehow magically gave me the skills to learn piano. Honestly an amazing instructor, and creates a fun non judgmental learning environment.

Nathan

Adult Piano Student

Andrea is a superb instructor, with an excellent knowledge of the repertoire and pedagogy for her students. She puts an emphasis on living Canadian composers, showcasing the talent in this country, and knows how to motivate her students well, with a combination of choice repertoire, games, and rewards. Andrea is personable, reliable, tireless, and is quick to respond to queries and concerns. I highly recommend Andrea to anyone who is looking for the right piano teacher.

Kenarkady

Musician & Parent to a 7 yr. old Piano Student

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