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As Varied and Dynamic As The Students He Teaches

Andrew's eclectic background and decade long teaching career has given him the opportunity to guide students with varying aspirations and abilities. Whatever the goals may be, Andrew's expertise and approachable methods will guide the student towards success.

More Than Just Piano Lessons

A large number of studies point to the positive effects of music lessons


Studying music encourages self-discipline and diligence, traits that carry over into intellectual pursuits and that lead to effective study and work habits.

Michael E. DeBakey, M.D
Baylor College of Music

Cognitive Function

Our data has confirmed a rapid transfer of cognitive benefits in young children after only 20 days of training on an interactive, music-based cognitive training program. The strength of this effect in almost all of the children was remarkable.

Dr. Sylvain Moreno
Psychological Science, November, 2011


Music majors are better readers and more successful med school applicants. A study of 7,500 university students revealed that music majors scored the highest reading scores among all majors including English, biology, chemistry, and math.

Peter H. Wood
The Case for Music in the Schools, Phi Delta Kappan, February, 1994


In addition to the pleasure that it brings and to its possible contributions to linguistic, mathematical, and spatial capacities, academic performance and even IQ, music may be beneficial in yet another way, promoting empathy when experienced as group interaction.

Rabinowitch, Cross and Burnard
Psychology of Music April 13, 2012

About Andrew

Rooted in Toronto's comedy scene, Andrew Loay serves as the music director for some of city's premiere improv troupes. This has afforded Andrew with many opportunities to play in high-profile performances entertaining thousands at shows such as Just for Laughs, Nuit Blanche, and Anime North.

As a composer, Andrew writes in a variety of genres ranging from video game music (Crave Robber), to pop (Vanity, debuting at the iconic Joe's Pub), to jingle writing (Dragons' Den, Season 5 Episode 15).

Presently, Andrew is focusing his energies as a composer, writing music for Toronto's thriving game industry as well as maintaining a successful teaching practice.

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What others have to say about Andrew:

"Andrew came highly recommended to me by a friend. He is passionate about music and teaches piano in ways that connect with his students. Introducing contemporary music, besides classical music, has kept my son excited about playing."

Lisa H.
"Andrew is a very patient teacher. He always teaches to his student's strengths and keeps them interested. My son has been taking lessons with Andrew for two-and-a-half years and my daughter is just waiting until she's old enough to start lessons."

Alex Y.
"Andrew gets it! He is receptive to unique learning styles and needs. He provides a positive, thoughtful and meaningful experience for the student that increases student confidence, enjoyment and ability. I would highly recommend!"

Yolanda P.
"Andrew is a wonderful teacher. He is able to teach to your learning style. He is never critical but rather very encouraging and thoughtful in his feedback. He is very patient and always looking for ways to help you in your studies. "

Renata B.

Frequently asked questions:

Is My Child Too Young to Take Piano Lessons?

Andrew is one of the few teachers in Canada using the WunderKeys program to teach students as young as three years old. This program was specifically designed to address the specific needs of the preschooler. A combination of music and math is used in these lessons fostering the creative and intellectual growth of a child. Click here to find out more about the WonderKeys program.

Can we practice on a Digital Piano?

Absolutely!!! Digital piano technology has come a long way since the 80s and continues to improve itself every year. Aside from a much lower cost of upkeep, digital pianos also provide many benefits including always being in tune, having a smaller footprint, introducing students to music technology, and enabling students to practice at any time of the day.

How many times should my child practice?

To maintain steady progress, the student should aim to practice five days a week. The recommended length of practice varies depending on a variety of factors including age, length of study, and personal goals. After the intial assessment, Andrew will be able to recommend a detailed practice schedule.

Where do you teach?

Andrew provides private piano lessons in Toronto servicing the Bloor West, Clairlea and Greektown areas on various days. Click on the button below to ask about Andrew's availability.

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