About Andrew L.
I have been an active professional musician in the Utah Valley for the past 4 years. I came to Utah from Portland, Oregon in 2011 to study at Brigham Young University under Ray Smith, where I earned a BM in Saxophone Performance in 2018. While there, I performed as a member of the BYU Synthesis Big Band as a performer and featured soloist, sharing the stage with the likes of Gladys Knight, Peter Hollens, Konrad Herwig, Ed Calle, Corey Christianson and others. In 2016 I went with Synthesis on a tour of Eastern Europe, where the band and I performed at the Salkrastu Jazz Festival. I can be heard as a featured soloist on the tracks “Laura” and “Downtime” from the BYU Synthesis Album “Downtime” (2018). On the classical side, I was selected as a finalist three years in a row for the BYU Concerto Competition, played tenor saxophone from 2015 to 2017 in the BYU Wind Symphony, and played principal clarinet in the BYU Symphony orchestra in 2018.
In addition to my performances at BYU, I have performed and collaborated with numerous groups and artists on the Provo and Salt Lake music scenes as both a commercial and studio artist, such as my collaboration with Utah-based vocalist Emily Merrell in her performance at the 2018 Jazz Education Network Conference in Dallas, Texas. I also returned to the northwest in 2015 to take part in the Port Townsend Jazz Festival, where I studied with jazz greats such as Terrell Stafford, Steve Wilson, Bob Mintzer and others.
I am a passionate teacher and am happy to take students of all levels, over Skype or in person.
Saxophone Performance from Brigham Young University
Awarded BM in Saxophone Performance from Brigham Young University
Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Very friendly, helpful, patient. 12 year old really enjoyed it. Said he was very informative
Great with kids, also good mix of teaching by ear and the book
Andrew helped me learn how to breathe more efficiently, so the notes sound smooth and not choppy. Good first lesson.
Kyla enjoyed her lesson. Andrew was patient with her...she had fun.
Took online saxophone lessons with Andrew for a few months. It was my very first time ever playing the sax and Andrew was very patient and understanding, teaching me the basics, answering any questions I had, and showing me how to play some songs. It was my first time taking online lessons, and though I wasn't sure how it would work out at first, it went very smoothly and was a lot of fun.Show More
Andrew has been an awesome instructor. I've had two lessons online with him so far (and have many more scheduled). He's patient and able to work around my irregular schedule. He gives me exercises and songs to work on, and I feel like I'm learning something every time I practice. I would highly recommend him - especially as a beginner.Show More
Andrew is patient and kind with my son, but not too soft on him. He is doing very well with my middle schooler. He is teaching him things on a one-on-one level that his band director isnt able to in such a large group setting. Thank you Andrew! I appreciate you pushing him and inspiring him.Show More
My son has completed 5 lessons with Andrew and it is amazing to see his progress! Andrew is punctual, professional, and very good with my son.
We just completed the first lesson. Andrew is very nice. He is very knowledgeable. He plays the saxaphone well. I think we are going to have a good student- teacher relationship.
Andrew explains concepts and techniques very thoroughly and patiently. He is very nice and helpful. He is encouraging and has helped me become a better sax player.
Andrew teaches my 12 yr old son. He looks forward to his lessons which is great! Andrew is patient, encouraging. I would definitely recommend him.
Andrew is a very dedicated teacher! He accomondates our schedule as well whenever I request a last minute change. He is very patient to his student and knowledgeble of the subject matter. Thank you ver much!!
Andrew is a wonderful teacher who is patient and with passion to teach. Thank you very much!!
Andrew has made taking saxophone lessons so much fun for my son. He is very dedicated to working with students at their level of ability and makes it fun by including their own personal interests. For example he has worked with my son on several Star Wars themes and other songs that got my son interested in playing saxophone in the first place. We highly recommend Andrew. For reference my son is 14 and at a beginner level.Show More
Andrew was recommended to us by the BYU music faculty, when I contacted them to see who might be a good private instructor for my teenage daughter (who has a background in other instruments but wanted to learn more with sax than her band teacher could provide in a classroom setting). Andrew has always been very knowledgeable, extremely personable, and willing to match our needs with his expertise. When we went to a local music store to get some additional accessories, one of his peers assisted us--and he described Andrew as "insanely talented" on the sax. I would fully recommend him!Show More
My 6th grade son really enjoys his lessons with Andrew and gives him this 5 star rating. I have been impressed by my son's progress and his enthusiasm to practice and learn more.
I found Andrew to be knowledgeable and personable which is a great combination to have in an instructor.
I recommended Andrew as a teacher for a student that I tutor. She's a slow learner and requires a lot of special attention, but Andrew was a perfect fit! He really takes students where they're at and teaches them the way that is best for them. He's capable of teaching any level of student. He's also passionate about what he does and has a lot to offer as far as knowledge.Show More
Andrew is such a great teacher! He really knows his stuff and I learn something new, without fail, at every lesson. 10/10 would recommend!
Andrew is an absolute treat. He is an extremely capable player and has a fantastic way with words. I have always felt comfortable and respected as he helped me grow in my musicianship.
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Brigham Young University
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Brigham Young University
BYU Symphony Orchestra