Hello! My name is Andrea Mendoza. I’d like to take a moment and tell you a little bit about me and my qualifications as a music educator. I have played piano for over 25 years. During college, I played standard solo piano literature and accompanied choirs, instrumentalists and vocalists. In 2008 I graduated from Southwestern College with a Bachelor’s in Music Education. For two years I taught K-12 music in a public school before deciding to stay at home to raise my children. A decade ago I started my piano studio with just a few students and have loved watching it grow into a full studio.
I continually seek to grow myself as a teacher and musician through continuing education opportunities and networking.
Last year I began my journey to finish a Masters Degree in Music Education from Wichita State University where I will graduate in May 2021. I also take piano lessons over FaceTime with a certified instructor in the Taubman approach to piano technique. This approach continues to help me recover from piano-related injuries, and in the process has transformed how healthy piano technique is taught in my studio.
For the 2020-2021 year I will be a Graduate Teaching Assistant at WSU in the music education department where I will teach preschool music and work on research projects. To be back in the classroom with students has been so joyful and such a wonderful experience.
I am a member of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA). MTNA at the local level provides a chance for me to network with other area teachers, and the group offers extra performance options during the school year. Through MTNA, I will apply to become a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music by the end of the school year 2020.
When I am not teaching, preparing for lessons, or taking care of my family, you will most likely find me watching favorite shows on Neflix or sewing simple projects.