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Andrea Preston

Vocals

Bio

Singer and performer Andrea Preston is based in Glasgow’s Southside and has had a lifelong connection with Riverside, growing up around the studios in Busby.

Andrea undertook a BA in Commercial Music at the University of the West of Scotland at 17, earning the Court Medal for her studies in 2013, graduating with honours in 2015 and has been working in the creative industries ever since.

In 2014, she wrote, recorded and performed as the lead singer of pop-trio Fata Morgana, releasing a debut EP and playing venues such as The Flying Duck, Stereo and Bar Bloc. She then continued as a soloist, performing original material at The Garage, The Arches and became a regular in the Glasgow Open Mic scene.  By 2019, Andrea was a resident in several Glasgow bars as the house singer for Friday and Saturday night crowds, which she continues to do.

In 2021 she joined the Riverside Music College staff as an Admin and Student Services Assistant and is excited to now offer contemporary singing lessons with an emphasis on Songwriting and Stagecraft as part of the RMC Academy team.

When not performing, teaching or answering emails, Andrea is currently working on releasing her first comedy music EP.

How did you come to start playing piano, and were there any musicians/bands that inspired you?

I’m from a musical family and I always remember there being a piano in the house so I naturally gravitated towards it. Although going down the classical piano route of grades and competitions, I always loved the rock and blues side to piano playing, especially Freddie Mercury and Ray Charles.

How did you come to start playing piano, and were there any musicians/bands that inspired you?

I’m from a musical family and I always remember there being a piano in the house so I naturally gravitated towards it. Although going down the classical piano route of grades and competitions, I always loved the rock and blues side to piano playing, especially Freddie Mercury and Ray Charles.

What advice would you have for someone learning piano for the first time?

As long as you’re having fun with it, the rest will come. There’s absolutely no point to learning piano if you’re not playing the music you like to play and not enjoying it. If you’re looking to work on technique/hand position/dexterity etc, this can all be done using music you enjoy.

What do you usually cover in your lessons?

A typical lesson will start with a catch-up from the week before and any new developments, then on to scales, structures and technique. Repertoire will form the main bulk of a standard lesson, then I always like to finish by finding out what music my lessons are listening to so that I know what inspires them and what they’re enjoying.

How have you found your experience of teaching at the Riverside Academy?

Every lesson is brilliantly different. Last week I was preparing one lesson for ABRSM Grade 8, one lesson for a high school talent show and teaching one their first Disney song. All totally different and so much fun!

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