ANDREW HARDEL

Musician, Songwriter, Instructor

 

Andrew began his musical journey at the age of 10, after being inspired by

watching a live concert of Elvis Presley with his father. Fast forward a

few years and his passion for guitar exploded when he came across the

band, Van Halen. Shortly after graduating high school, he found another

passion in music: teaching private lessons. In 2010, a dream came true and

he attended the Atlanta Institute of Music and Media. Upon graduating, he

expanded his student roster and gigged extensively throughout the Atlanta area.

 

In the summer of 2013, he mustered up his confidence to quit his corporate

job and pursue his dream of creating a lessons website, which became known

as RockClass101.com. A lessons site provided him a way to compose,

perform, and teach; Three aspects of musicianship that defined who he

wanted to be and what he wanted to do. The site initially launched

offering instruction on guitar, bass, and drums.

 

In the summer of 2014, he met a young girl who wanted to take ukulele

lessons at the store he was teaching at. So he purchased his first ukulele

and fell in love with this wonderful instrument! Shortly after, he began

creating ukulele lessons for Rock Class 101. The response for these

lessons was incredible and the site transitioned to 100% ukulele in January 2015.

 

Over the last few years, Rock Class 101 has evolved into a learning

community for the ukulele enthusiast, with a specific focus on teaching

folks how to become a well-rounded musician. With thousands of active

members ranging from beginner to advanced (and all ages, 8 to 80+); Andrew

is beyond humbled to be able to help so many people learn to play ukulele around the world!