Andrew Ingkavet is an educator, author and coach.
His belief that learning a musical instrument builds skills vital to success in life has led to a thriving music school in Brooklyn, NY. Internationally, Andrew helps music teachers with the Musicolor Method®, an online curriculum/training he created for early childhood music education as well as a 5 star-rated book, “The Game of Practice: with 53 Tips to Make Practice Fun.” He is also founder of 300 Monks Music, a licensing company.
Born to Thai/Chinese and Korean parents, it wasn’t easy for Andrew growing up in an all-white suburb. It wasn’t until he discovered rock music that he found a way to connect with his peers. At 14, Andrew started practicing guitar up to 9 hours a day eventually winning a scholarship to NYU for education / performance. The traits he learned through intense focus, practice and performance made a huge impact on his life and career and is what he shares with his clients, students and teachers.
As Andrew’s personal sense of limitations expanded he quickly grew from music marketing rep to actor off Broadway to television and film scoring & songwriting. In 1991 he was selected as one of the first on-air personalities for the new MTV-Asia based in Hong Kong. While there, Andrew’s curiosity with the new Internet led to his cofounding the first digital media agency in Asia, and upon returning to New York, joining several tech startups including Music Boulevard and agencies Digitas and FCB as Creative Director.
Andrew is a regular contributor to Teachwell, Music Teachers Helper and the Musicolor Method blogs. He has written for several music industry publications, has appeared on television MTV, CNBC, MSNBC and in print media AsiaWeek, Asian Wall Street Journal, and the South China Morning Post. He has guest lectured at film festivals, computer user groups, Toastmasters, NYU, Fordham and Brooklyn College.
Andrew is available for comment and public speaking on life skills through music, why music matters and education reform.
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Andrew Ingkavet’s work has been heard in concert halls, film, television, theater stages and even the United Nations.
Credits include several independent features “Noelle”, “Elizabeth Gunness”, “Other People’s Children” and “The Mighty Humble Blueberry.” He has scored dozens of shorts, animations, and student films as well as several award-winning theater productions.
Andrew started his “visionary music” career in his NYU dorm-room where he scored a student film for Adam Sandler. He also was part of a theatrical rock band called “The Zoning Board” which went to number one at several college radio stations and was described as an unholy marriage between Monty Python and Zappa’s Mothers of Invention. After moving to Hong Kong in the early 90’s to be a VJ for MTV-Asia, Andrew began scoring Chinese films, television programs and advertising promos. He was signed as a singer-songwriter to the MMA Music Group Asia and opened for several well-known international bands including Bon Jovi. Returning to the States in 1996, Andrew pursued his interests in digital media rising up with the dotcoms to become a Creative Director of Interactive for Digitas, Music Boulevard and Interpublic/FCB.
Andrew has also contributed music for major commercial clients including American Express, MetLife, Compaq, Fisher Price, Little Tikes, Reebok, Nike, Timberland and Pfizer. His sound has been described as “mystical, fantastical and magically real.” He is equally at home creating orchestral scores as he is with intimate eclectic ensembles.
Andrew has a formal music education with a Bachelors of Music from New York University where he studied with Gene Bertoncini, Joe Lovano, Michael Cochrane and others. He has studied orchestration with Scott Smalley, and at Mannes College of Music with Rudolph Palmer. He studied composition and opera composition with Conrad Cummings at Juilliard. In 2006, Andrew was invited to participate in the prestigious ASCAP/NYU Buddy Baker Film Scoring workshop under the direction of Dr. Ron Sadoff.
|Variety – Dec 9, 2007 – Film Review “Noelle”
“Beecher Cotton’s moody lensing of Cape Cod winterscapes and Andrew Ingkavet’s delicate musical score are the film’s standout production values.”See full article.
“Andrew is one of the most patient and sensitive artists I have ever worked with; a composer who is not only capable of creating beautiful music, but of creating music that accurately serves the essence of the film itself. He possesses the uncanny ability to translate the language of the filmmaker – ideas, words, images and moods – into a score that loses none of its own uniqueness and originality along the way.
“…but it’s Maguire’s words, and the haunting original music by Andrew Ingkavet, that are the driving force here. Each word of the script seems chosen with great care, even during scenes in which people are speaking nonsense. The Tower is closer to a full-length poem than a play. And the profound nature of this layered work will not soon be forgotten by anyone who experiences it. ”
– BackStage West review of “The Tower”