Anderson Music Academy was founded by Pittsburgh educator and performer, Scott Anderson. Mr Anderson's primary instrument is piano, and all students are required to study to improve their piano skills, even if piano is not their primary instrument. But he also offers instruction in composition, arranging, music theory, Jazz, improvisation, Music Technology, Recording Studio techniques and much more!
The studio is located in Peters Township, in Pittsburgh's South Hills near Upper St Clair.
To provide excellent music instruction in an exciting, innovative learning environment. Instructional methods and curriculum encompass traditional piano pedagogy as well as customized instruction tailored to the student. Alternative areas of study include improvisation, transcription, music theory, composition and studio technology.
Beginning students, especially younger beginners, are taught in a friendly but structured environment using traditional teaching materials. Instruction in music theory is included alongside traditional piano technique and repertoire.
Intermediate students continue this approach, but with an added emphasis on developing ear training and improvisational skills applicable to contemporary pop music or Jazz. Students may be taught to learn music “by ear” and transcribe it. Traditional repertoire is augmented by selections the students wish to learn, typically contemporary. Jazz harmony and improvisation can be introduced at this point, as well as composition.
Advanced students and older students can proceed at teacher’s discretion with a customized curriculum that focuses on almost any area of their choosing, including traditional Classical study, Jazz improvisation, Jazz theory, Rock and Pop styles, songwriting, studio techniques, recording technology, composition, commercial music, playing in a group setting, or any combination. While this course of study is developed with the student’s individual interests in mind the curriculum will always be designed to be challenging and will require a strong commitment from the student.