New Orleans Piano Teacher & Music Producer

New Orleans Piano Teacher & Music Producer

5.0 (5)
2 hires on
1 employee
7 years in business

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New Orleans, LA 70130
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5 Reviews


  • Jake Cosden

    Great vibes and super competent teacher. Thanks, Andrew!

  • Marcus Piccirillo

    Kind, professional, very patient with me

  • Sweet Dupuy

    My daughters have been fortunate enough to take piano lessons with Rathbone for several years. We could not be more grateful for his classical training, expertise, and enormous talent, and especially his passion for all forns of music. This love of music is shared by my daughters and they greatly admire him, which in turn inspires greater devotion to the piano. We love that he encourages their own tastes in music and incorporates that in their pieces and practice. He is an exemplary teacher.

  • Kelley Mackenroth

    Very patient with my 3 children and taught each of them the way they would learn best. Was very accommodating with lessons via Zoom during the pandemic.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I assess their level by having them play something they know from memory.  I come to understand what their motives are for learning piano.  Do they want to learn a certain style?  Most of them have a reason for starting lessons.  Perhaps it is a specific piece of music that has inspired them.  Whatever it ends up being, I have that as our goal and then we start to build towards it.  Along the way, I teach the fundamentals of piano performance and sight-reading.  I also focus strongly on music theory and ear training.  I am very passionate about music and want to instill in my students that sense of inspiration.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I received a Bachelor's degree in Piano Performance from the Univ. of Mississippi.  In 2008, I received an award for "Outstanding Pianist of the Year" during my senior year for my work on Mozart. 

From 2010-2015, I held numerous residencies at New Orleans hotels and clubs as a jazz pianist, including the Windsor Court, Roosevelt, Hotel Monteleone and The Inn on Bourbon. 

I have worked in New Orleans as a full-time professional musician for almost 15 years.  From 2010-2014, I taught music as a choir director at the Academy of the Sacred Heart.  I have served as a private instructor at McGehee School since 2016.  

I have written music for film and won the award for "Best Score" at Southern States Film Fest (2017).  I have played Voodoo Fest, Gretna Fest, Family Gras and French Quarter Fest.  My original music has been featured on TV and reviewed in news publications such as The Advocate, The Times Picayune and Offbeat Magazine.  My original music was featured on NY Times Bestselling author Chris Rose's story-telling shows about Hurricane Katrina.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

I charge by the month (4 lessons at a time). 

I have different rates, depending on the length of the lesson (30 mins or 1hr).  Most commonly, my lessons are 1 hour, unless the student is under 10 years old.  

30 mins: $150/4 lessons

1hr:      $300/4 lessons

How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching piano after I graduated from college.  I began by putting up fliers in coffee shops and posting on Craigslist.  Soon after, I became a choir director for a middle school and began teaching more private lessons.

What types of students have you worked with?

All kinds!  Literally.  I have taught some as young as 5.  Some of my "students" are retired and are learning piano as a hobby.  I have taught absolute beginners and I have taught advanced players.  Some just want to learn pop songs; some want to learn intense classical pieces!  As I said, I take the student where he or she is at and we improve from there.  I am very keen on how to make things interesting for my student.  There is a whole world of music and so there is always something to find interesting!

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Playing piano for Allen Touissant, before he passed.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

What are your goals?  What are you inspired to learn?  Why do you want to learn piano (or any other musical instrument)?