I love bringing out the best in people!

– André van Berlo

My name is André van Berlo and I am the father of 2 awesome kids and husband to my amazing wife Renée. We’re originally from the Netherlands but have lived in Nelson from 2015 to 2022. After the whole pandemic we moved back to the Netherlands in 2022 to be closer to family. This move didn’t last very long as we dearly missed our Nelson community and lifestyle. Within months we started planning our return to our Kootenay home.

I’m incredibly grateful my children get to grow up here. Some of our favourite activities are skiing, hiking, camping trips with friends, mountain biking, gardening, making music, fishing, and so much more. It still amazes me how much this place has to offer!

Next to music and all the outdoor activities I also have a deep interest in learning behaviour, performance psychology, and personal development. I have found that this knowledge has helped myself, parents, and my students in numerous occasions. It is probably the reason why I absolutely love the coaching aspect of being a music instructor. Being able to have a positive impact, however small it may be, feels very fulfilling.

I think people experience me as a lighthearted, comforting, and caring person. There’s always humour in my lessons but when needed there’s a warm and serious side to me where students are free to express what’s on their mind. If you are interested in connecting with me, please send me a message.

Some Of My Music

Music: Joe Satriani
Performance: Andre van Berlo

Music: Gareth Evans & Andre van Berlo

Music: Adele
Performance: Bethany Petch & Andre van Berlo

Music: Nino Rota
Performance: Paul Landsberg & Andre van Berlo

Music: Barrios Mangoré
Performance: Andre van Berlo

Music: Tommy Emmanuel
Performance: Andre van Berlo

Music: Extreme
Performance: Rob Lundgren & Andre van Berlo

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Rotterdam Conservatory, Bachelor Degree (Music Instruction & Performance)
Rotterdam Conservatory, Master Degree (Performance & Composition)
Vancouver Community College, PIDP (Delivery Of Instruction)


2010-Present Guitar Instructor, Contemporary, YourGuitarWorkshop.com
2015-Present Guitar Instructor, Contemporary, Nelson Guitar Academy
2016-2020 Guitar Instructor, Contemporary, Selkirk Music College
2010-2015 Guitar Instructor, Classical, Crescendo Music School
2004-2010 Guitar Instructor, Classical, Kreater Music School
2002-2015 Guitar Instructor, Contemporary, ToBe Music School
1994-2002 Guitar Instructor, Contemporary, Self Employed

Wonderful People I’ve worked With!

“On a personal level I’ve known André as a highly intelligent and competent person and guitarist. Teaching with him, writing music with him and even, with over 20 years personal experience playing guitar, 6 of those as a guitar teacher, learning many things from him. He has a knack for explaining things in a slow methodical manner. He really has a natural skill for it.”​

Gareth Evans – Guitar Instructor at Goliath Guitar Tutorials

“His drive to make things a success is something that I love in him: always enthusiastic and positive to make things happen.
All his students had their own program. He wrote music, arranged compositions they loved for electric and acoustic
guitar, organised band coaching evenings and was above all a nice and open person to work with for students and colleagues.”​

Pieter Jan Den Hartigh – Coordinator Education and Music, ToBe Music Foundation

“André is a highly educated professional with an amazing variety of qualities in teaching, leading, arranging, and composing. Due to his open,reliable and charming personality and the before-mentioned qualities, I’m convinced André is an enrichment to any music department and an inspiration to any student that he will teach!”​

Matthias Haffner – Master Percussionist / Educator


André is a highly skilled instructor and master guitarist. I really appreciate how he has focused on lesson plans that hone my skills and challenge my abilities. He is accomplished in being able to play a multitude of different types of music. This makes it much easier to try new things in different styles.I was quite surprised to see that he was actually taking notes on my progress. The fact that he will at times record a particular exercise or section of a piece of music we are working on is also extremely helpful.I enjoy his enthusiasm, insight, and great sense of humor. Very happy to have him as a guide on my musical journey!

Absolutely wonderful...a great teacher. Supportive, knowledgeable, and makes it fun! The best decision I made to learn Ukulele.

Andre is a fantastic guitar teacher! My son would do lessons everyday if he could. Andre is patient, kind and works with the student's interests which makes my son so happy. I can't believe how much he has learned in such a short time. Look no further for a guitar teacher, Andre's the best!

Been taking guitar lessons from Andre since September 2017. Very very knowledgeable teacher, any way you want to go with your playing he will be able to lead you in the right direction. Has technical ability as well as real world knowledge about applying what you learn to your songwriting, improvisation etc. Highly recommend.

Andre is a great guitar instructor. Every lesson is fun and interesting and makes me want to come back for more. Always in good humour, Andre knows how to get the best from me and from our time in each lesson. I am looking forward to renewing my lessons for the second half of this season and can unconditionally recommend Andre.

My son, age 13, has taken lessons with André for a year. I'm stunned with the progress he's made in such a short time with guitar lessons. He's playing his favourite hits! He's inspired, clearly, as he practices heaps each day and looks forward to his lesson days. He says that André is an excellent teacher, patient, very descriptive, explains things very clearly and it feels intuitive for my son. He appreciates how André takes the time to understand his learning style and supports him accordingly. We can't recommend André highly enough!

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