Andrew is a music educator and advocate with a focus on community programming and youth development. After earning a degree in music from Central Michigan University, Andrew started his education career as an ESL teacher in Budapest, Hungary. When returning to the US, Andrew went on to teach middle and high school music for nearly 5 years. Along with years as a classroom teacher, he has held education and operations positions for several nonprofit organizations including the Doseum, Youth Orchestra San Antonio, and the Smithsonian Institution's Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. In 2018, along with musical partner, Nick Visser, Andrew became co-owner of Dellview Music, San Antonio's second oldest music store and lesson studio. Andrew is a passionate private instructor and educator and active multi-instrumentalist. Andrew lives in San Antonio with his 3 dogs and partner, Natalie.
Nicholas Visser grew up in West Michigan and studied classical guitar performance at Central Michigan University with Dr. Brad DeRoche and at Roosevelt University in Chicago with Denis Azabagic. After moving to San Antonio in 2015 Nicholas started playing around town with Andrew Walker as the close harmony duo Midwest Armadillo and began teaching private lessons at a local music store. In addition to maintaining a private lesson studio Nicholas and Andrew have run two music and art summer camps in collaboration with San Antonio College and the pair have run various after school guitar/music clubs. Nicholas lives in San Antonio with his wife, Alice, and their two dogs Buddy and Peanut.
Our Board of Directors
Kari Garcia is an architectural and graphic design director with over twenty years of experience in global retail. She has worked on projects across the country and hopes to bring her ability to coordinate people and events to The Dellview Music Foundation. She met Andrew & Nick through her son’s drum lessons at Dellview Music Center. Through conversations about community outreach, she learned of their non-profit endeavor. Kari’s desire to broaden the scope and impact that musical education has on the community is a shared goal with Dellview Music Foundation.
As a proud student of Dellview Music School, I've personally experienced the excitement and self-assurance that learning a new skill brings. When Nick and Andrew shared the Foundation's mission to impart this same joy and confidence to those who might not have the financial means for lessons, I was deeply moved and honored to join the cause.
Jorge is a native San Antonian and aficionado of its local music. While taking guitar lessons from Nick at Dellview Music Store, Jorge got to know Nick and Andrew and their vision for the Foundation. He appreciates the opportunity to serve on the Foundation's Board and help realize its mission.
I began my teaching career at Eisenhower MS in 2003. Because I remember the excitement I had starting to play an instrument in 5th grade, I consider it a privilege to teach this age. I am most excited watching students learn to play music at a young age and grow into young musicians.
My professional affiliations include YOSA, TODA, TMEA and now being part of Dellview Music Foundation. My favorite part about teaching music is building relationships with students. Through these relationships, I have been able to witness tremendous growth in each of them, both personally and musically. I enjoy listening to all types of music and how they affect, inspire, and move us.
I am a longtime proponent of music education in the San Antonio area and am fortunate to be working with Andrew and Nick and these fine board members in the growth of The Dellview Music Fondation. I was born here 67 years ago and as a young musician saw Dellview history firsthand. I knew Don Pack and feel there is no greater supplemental music education legacy than the one this foundation stands on. I am grateful for the opportunity to be involved as The Dellview Music Foundation links a proud past with a hopeful future for young San Antonio musicians.