Nancy has both an undergraduate degree and a Masters degree in vocal performance from Temple University. She has a strong involvement with county, district, regional and state choirs. She has received the Arion Award from Council Rock High School as well as being part of the Beaver College Workshop for Gifted Vocalists and Pianists for three years.
Nancy is also a long-time member of the National Thespian Society. Her Broadway appearances include the Fantastics and Sweeney Todd. In the realm of rock music, she has been in such acts as Prizner, Thunderbow, Blues Alley and MLC.
For her experience in being a teacher of music, she thanks her own teachers: Dr. Lucy Caroll, Dr. Clara Meyers, Prof. Phillip Cho, Dr. Gretta Chonka, Jan Pierce and Nancy Evers.
Nancy’s greatest credential is her love and devotion to music and teaching children.
Nancy provides both voice and piano lessons.
Andy picked up his first guitar at age 7 and then took weekly lessons for 10 years with Bucks & Philly great, Ed Flanagan. Andy played the Jersey shore circuit with in the late 70’s with the R&B funk masters, Dead in the Water.
Andy began teaching in 1980 at the Music Barn in Warminster, PA. He attended BCCC and Temple University, earning his musical BA in 1986. His band, Prisoner, was a popular opening act in the 1980’s for Philly bands the A’s, Robert Hazard, and New Jersey’s Pretty Poison. It was also during this time that he met his wife Nancy.
As a self-described “gear hound” and “ethnomusicologist”, Andy is well versed in variety of playing styles. He does not believe in the usual published books method of learning. Instead, he creates custom learning plans that enable his students to achieve their goals on the guitar and bass. Prior to joining Absolute Music School, Andy had been teaching privately since 1992.
Andrew Cohen is a former student of AMS who's returned to share what he's learned from the New York stage. Andrew started taking piano lessons with Nancy when he was 6 years old. After one particularly bad lesson, Nancy stood up from the piano and told Andrew "enough, you're a singer now". He hasn't looked back since.
After finishing school at Central Bucks South, Andrew atteneded New York University's Steinhardt School for Musical and Performing Arts Professions. There he played a variety of roles in shows like The Pirates of Penzance and Anything Goes. After a year, he decided to transfer to NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study to gain a better grasp on the industry at large, and to work with a variety of techniques. Taking classes from the Tisch School of the Arts and the Stern School of Business, Andrew was involved with a variety of organizations and productions. Highlights include producing the first production of a "lost play" called Clorilli which had not been performed for 500 years (documentary of the process can be found on youtube). He was a business intern and partner at the Broadway Comedy Club, where he produced shows and revitialized a maligned comedy troupe. He also has been a producer at 54 Below, and has performed at cabaret's both there and Haswell Green.
Andrew finished his degree at NYU and began working at a prominent New York casting company, involved with projects like Bestie Picks Bae and The Misery Index. He could not be more deligted to share his knowledge with Absolute Music School and to help students navigate the process both of college selection, and acting/singing skills.