André de Quadros began his school teaching career in 1979 as the music specialist at Saint Mary's School in Altona, Melbourne. This was followed by similar teaching positions in Kingswood College and other Catholic primary schools (Saint Thomas More, Our Lady of Perpetual Help). From 1981 to 1985, he taught primary and secondary music and movement at Billanook College in Mooroolbark, Melbourne. From 1986 to 1992, he taught at the Presbyterian Ladies College, one of Australia's leading girls' private schools, and directed the music program in his final year there. He pioneered the development and teaching of several courses in movement and dance and creative music and composition. His teaching philosophy is highly influenced by the Orff Schulwerk approach.