Andre Mallinger: Private Lessons, Workshops and More

Private Lessons


In addition to being Nokuthula's music director, Andre Mallinger is also a consummate music teacher.  She first began teaching private percussion lessons in high school and working with school drum lines while in college.  Just a few years after picking up the Zimbabwean-style marimba, she became the primary instructor and later the music director of the Low Flying Knobs, the longest running marimba band in Boulder, CO.  Andre held this position for close to 15 years.  


In 2000 a friend bought Andre an old upright piano and she began giving piano lessons, reconnecting with her first and, possibly, deepest love affair with music.  Since then, Andre has taught many dozens of students of all ages, including toddlers still in diapers and an 80-year old retired Army Colonel.  She mostly works with beginning to intermediate piano students ages 5-adult, and is thrilled to be able to share her love of music and the joy of creating music with her students.


Andre's teaching style is warm, engaging, flexible, creative and always positive.  In addition to piano, Andre also teaches private percussion lessons on hand drums, drum kit, Zimbabwean-style marimba, classical marimba, xylophone or vibraphone.



Andre also offers classes and workshops in hand drumming, general music and Zimbabwean marimba.  Group lessons may be scheduled to study a specific musical concept or piece, and ongoing classes for children or adults are available.


Andre's newest classes, Improvisation and Theory for the Zimbabwean-style Marimba, focus on marimba technique, music theory, rhythm and improvisation in order to help students develop the skills necessary to be able to play freely and spontaneously, and to develop their playing in such a way as to contribute more musically to any ensemble.  Classes and private lessons are available live in the Boulder, Colorado area, or remotely through the purchase of audio recordings.  




Andre's recordings include:

  • Tobatana Marimba, Zin'anga (2007), artistic producer
  • Natural Fire: Humanspiration (2006), guest marimbist
  • Low Flying Knobs, Sahwira: Friends Across the Water (2002), artistic producer
  • Tryptych: In the Cold Morning Mist (2002), guest percussionist
  • Marimba Ava Murewa: Mazuva Ano (1997), guest marimbist

For information about private or group lessons, recording or any sort of piano or percussion performance, please contact Andre at: