Andrew Arcello believes in music as a cross-curricular subject, using student-centered lessons that allow for discovery, inquiry, fun, and accountability. He believes that the performing arts provide pathways into our cultures, both past and present. It is essential for students to study and appreciate the performing arts in order to grow in inquiry, appreciate themselves, and step out of their own boundaries to become diverse people, shaping our future world. Kinaesthetic movement and mind-body connections are essential in his lessons, as students of all ages build coordination, performance, and ensemble skills. Andrew believes in the learning experience as a family endeavor--parents can expect frequent updates and involvement regarding their child’s voice/piano lessons. A strong student-teacher-school-parent relationship is essential for continued success.
With simple goals of instilling an appreciation for this phenomenal multi-cultural art form, allowing students to discover themselves through exploring others, and guiding students to find their own artistic path, he has become a dynamic music teacher who is committed to students of all ages. Goal-setting, reflection and continued exploration are part of every lesson!
Throughout his career, Andrew has taught HS choral and general music, elementary general music, early childhood music, private piano and voice lessons, directed musical theatre productions, and choral ensembles, in the US, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates. He has worked in public schools, private international schools, summer camps, private studios, and churches with students ranging in age from early childhood to senior citizens.
Andrew holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Providence College (USA), and a Master of Music degree in Music Education from Boston University (USA).
He makes his home in Ottawa with his wife, Meghan, and their daughter, Evelynne.