“Music is the memory that knocks at your door, hits you, wakes you.
Memory that connects, discovers ancient resonances, guides.
Music is the flavor, the instant, the journey.
and there is no journey without Alchemy,
and there is no Alchemy without discovery.”
- Maria Escribano
Maria Escribano was the first music teacher that I ever had. I was two years old, and
she taught me much more than piano technique. She encouraged me to improvise, to
laugh, to play games through music, and to compose. This style helped me to learn my instrument while enjoying and challenging myself at the same time. As the years passed,
I learned to explore music from a different perspective every day.
I feel very fortunate to have had extremely caring and dedicated mentors throughout my musical life. Mentors like Maria de Macedo, Ludmil Angelov, Seth Knopp, Amit Peled, and Ralph Kirshbaum have influenced me in ways that will never leave me. I started so young
that, as far as I can remember, discovering music has been present throughout my whole existence.
Cultivating my excitement towards music making and welcoming the substantial influence
my mentors have had on me has been a very important part of my teaching philosophy.
I found that reflecting on my own development as a learner has provided me great
perspective regarding my own students.
I believe that a teacher carries an extremely important and beautiful responsibility, and
I am passionate about providing that commitment to those who seek my guidance.
For the past two years, I have been teaching at City College Academy for the Arts in New
York City, which has allowed me to continue exploring creative teaching style and provide guidance to a wide range of students’ needs and levels.
I have also had the opportunity to work privately with undergraduates at The Juilliard
School, as well as at Skidmore College, both of which have been very rewarding experiences.
I focused on both cello and piano throughout my university studies, and I currently teach
a small private studio in New York for students in both instruments as well.
I have learned that being curious and creative throughout my practice sessions has greatly enhanced my own development. Imparting that same excitement of discovery in my students as they journey into a new piece is central to my teaching style. It is essential to me that
they feel emotionally connected to the learning process.
I am a meticulous, challenging, but also warm and encouraging mentor. Creating a supportive environment is equally important to me, where someone may have the freedom to explore new concepts, take risks, try new techniques, ask questions, and, ultimately, form their own opinions to find out what their path with music may be.
Working with Andrea Casarrubios
Working with Andrea is always such a rewarding experience. Her calm demeanor paired
with her incredible talent as a teacher and player allows her to create a welcoming and encouraging space for lessons. After every lesson I had, I always felt like I was leaving with
a whole new set of skills and ideas that I could start applying to my playing. On top of all
of this, Andrea is very clued in to where a student is in regards to their level of playing,
and is able to tailor the lesson for that students needs. Even year to year, I found that
Andrea was able to change her teaching style to accommodate exactly what I needed.
George Dilthey, cellist
Skidmore College '16
Andrea Cassarubios came to my school to teach in the fall of 2014. I knew from our first phone conversation that she was highly creative, thoughtful, and empathetic. I have been
so blessed to know her and work with her for two years. Together we facilitated concerts, composition projects, art projects, instrument building, and even essay writing. Her talents are many (she is of course a world class cellist). As an educator with 20 plus years experience, I would say that her biggest gift was being available to the students as a person who cared about where they were as budding artists and as human beings. I highly recommend her as a teacher or coach.
K-12 Music Teacher
New York City
I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to take a lesson with Andrea during the Spring ’16, as part of Ensemble ACJW’s Residency at Skidmore College. The lesson I took
with Andrea was one of the most inspiring and motivating hours of my musical career thus far. She approached the piece I was working on at the time, Myaskovsky’s Sonata No. 2 for Cello and Piano, with a holistic style. She focused on enhancing broad aspects of my playing that would benefit me in the future. Her warmth and kindness made for a relaxed atmosphere during the lesson, allowing me to more easily grasp the ideas she was looking
to convey. By the end of the lesson I had acquired a more enlightened perspective towards the cello, and also its relationship to the human body. She demonstrated that it is
extremely important to be conscious of your body and surroundings while playing, not just your instrument. Her love for music and the cello is clearly visible when she teaches and performs, it is truly inspirational.
Olivia Cox, cellist
Skidmore College Class of 2018
Double Major in Political Science and Music
Andrea and I met in Los Angeles where I was enchanted by her beautiful playing. When she moved to New York, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to work with her and I
found her to be a very supportive, sensitive, and effective teacher. She was always there
for me when I needed it. Andrea was tremendously helpful during my preparation for
various competitions and recitals. Being such an experienced artist herself, she is deeply knowledgable about performing, bringing hours of work to the stage. I thank her for
helping me become a more complete musician, both technically and intellectually.
Yi Qun Xu, cellist
Kovner Fellow, B.M. '18
The Juilliard School