Andrew Shantz - piano, Hindustani vocal, songwriting


vms Co-Founder and Faculty member Andrew Shantz has taught and performed music for over 15 years. 

Graduating in 2003 from the prestigious William Paterson University jazz program with a degree in piano performance, Andrew has performed widely and developed a distinctive sound and approach to piano and vocal improvisation. Since 2008 Andrew has been immersed in the world of Hindustani classical music, traveling three times to Kolkata, India to study and maintaining his studies in the US with Pt. Sanjoy Banerjee of the Kirana classical vocal lineage. 

"My approach to teaching is to move a little slowly, but steadily through the beginning phase so students have a solid base that will sustain serve them through the years to come. When a student learns something very thoroughly, it stays with them even long after they may have stopped lessons. My hope is that my students always remember the things they learn and can play piano even through the many changes over their lives."