About Andrew Hamby
Get to know Andrew Hamby
Hello! I am Andrew Hamby, and I am a clarinet/bass clarinet private lesson teacher for Music &
Arts in the Cobb County area. My wife, Melissa, and I moved to metro Atlanta in May 2019 so
she could begin her doctoral degree in physical therapy at Emory University. She has since
graduated and is a Doctor of Physical Therapy at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta. I
have been visiting Atlanta my entire life as I have lots of family members that live in all corners
of the metro area.
I was born in Jacksonville, FL, but I have also lived in Mobile, AL, St. Petersburg, FL, Little
Rock, AR, Conway, AR, and Fort Worth, TX. I began playing the clarinet when I was in the sixth
grade at Madeira Beach Middle School in Madeira Beach, FL and have been playing ever since.
Throughout my middle school and high school career, I consistently made the All-Region and
All-State bands within the state of Arkansas after my family and I moved away from Florida. I
graduated from Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, AR in May 2008, was awarded
my Bachelor’s degree in music education from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway,
AR in December 2012, and was also awarded a Master’s degree in clarinet performance from
Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX in May 2017.
While living in Fort Worth and attending TCU, I soon discovered my love of private lesson
teaching. I began teaching private lessons within the public schools in the Fort Worth area and
quickly built up a respectable studio of nearly forty middle school and high school students as
well as a strong reputation and rapport with several band directors in the area. Many of my
students went on to achieve high honors in the Texas All-Region and All-State bands. My goal is
to mimic that same success here in Georgia!
Currently, I am a bass clarinetist for the Atlanta Wind Symphony under the direction of Dr.
David Kehler. I have been a member of the AWS since September 2020. We typically host five
or six concerts throughout the year at several venues across the Atlanta metro area. Please come
hear us perform; I would love to see you and say hi!
My approach to lessons is very simple. I tailor each of my students’ lessons to their specific
needs and goals along with some general expectations of my own that I have for all of my
students. I am very conscious of my students’ mental and physical health. I never want one of my
students to leave the lesson feeling discouraged, confused, or lost. Music is meant to be enjoyed
in both listening to it and performing it, so it is my philosophy that while there will be
expectations for all of my students to meet, I will always encourage my students and find
something positive they did to bring to their attention! I will also never push any of my students
beyond a point of mental and physical impairment. I am a very honest and helpful person, and I
am always available for my students if they need help!
When I am not playing the clarinet, you will probably find me at home spending time with my
wife. We love cooking in the kitchen, watching movies and TV shows, hosting friends and
family for some fun hangout time, and playing video games together. I also enjoy eating at local
restaurants and breweries around town. Hopefully, I will see you around!