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Andra Birdsong is a dedicated musician teaching private lessons online and in the Dallas area.
Texas Woman’s University
Bachelor of Music
Music Therapy
Teaching Since 2010
Andra Birdsong
Drum, Snare Drum, Guitar, Piano

Andra Birdsong has been a lover of music from a very early age. Born in Germany, the songs and dancing from the original movie “The Jungle Book” were the only American musical experience she had as a toddler. She moved back to the United States at age 4 and began playing the drums at age 9.

Andra attended Duncanville High School and was very active musically during her school years. She traveled with the school band to New York to play at Carnegie Hall, and later became snare captain during her senior year. Her marching band won the state championship in 2002. Andra graduated from DHS in 2005 and enrolled at Cedar Valley College, where she earned her associate's degree before transferring to Texas Woman’s University.

At TWU, Andra participated in jazz band, Gamelan, pep band, and wind ensemble. She also accompanied the choir and flute choir as a percussionist. Andra graduated from TWU with honors, earning her Bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy.

Andra passed her certification exam June 16, 2020 as a board certified music therapist in the United States. Before graduation, she completed 1040 hours of internship in Denton ISD with Sherri Ross, MA, MT-BC. Even though she became a music educator in the summer of 2016, she has extensive training in social and emotional learning especially for at-risk students ages 5-12 in urban communities. People with autism in on the autism spectrum, pervasive developmental disorder's, intellectual disabilities, Alzheimer's dementia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and people who are deaf or hard of hearing are some of several other populations she has experienced either in three years of practicum or internship. She offers "adaptive lessons" for students or adults with special needs.

Teaching runs in Andra's family (her mother and grandmother are both educators), and she soon found that teaching came naturally to her. She found herself teaching other music students during her undergraduate years, and beginning in 2010, she volunteered at the Denton Juvenile Detention Center, teaching lessons on drum set, snare, and guitar. In 2013, Andra began visiting students' homes for private lessons. She currently offers drum lessons to students of all skill levels, guitar lessons to students at the beginner through intermediate level, and piano to beginners and childen. She also plays in a cover band, The Texas Trail Mixers, that is comprised of Dallas ISD teachers. They perform funk, rock, and other instrumental music throughout the Dallas area. 

Music is Andra’s passion. She loves rhythms and enjoys musical encounters with others. She wants each and every student to thrive in music. Andra is a patient, empathetic, and communicative teacher. If a student is having trouble practicing, Andra seeks creative solutions to help inspire and motivate the student to get back on track. Her goal is success and a positive learning experience for all!

 

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