Andrew Larsen

Andrew L.

Provo, UT
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Saxophone

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
If you want playing the saxophone to feel as natural as singing in the shower, then this is the course for you! I teach all levels of students from beginner to advanced, with a heavy focus on transcription and ear training. Everything in my curriculum is designed to make playing easy, natural and fun. Whether you want to play like Charlie Parker or learn all of the Beatles' greatest hits, we'll work together to help you make the music you've always wanted to.
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About

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Andrew delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
2017

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.

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Experience

Saxophone/Clarinet
Mar 2018 - Present
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Education

Saxophone Performance
Aug 2011 - Jun 2018
Brigham Young University

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

BM in Saxophone Performance
Apr 2018
Brigham Young University
Principle Clarinet
Jan 2018
BYU Symphony Orchestra
Lead Tenor Saxophone
Jan 2016
BYU Synthesis

Affiliations

ASCAP
Sep 2017

ASCAP is a membership association of more than 625,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers. We uphold the value of our members’ music, and help them thrive alongside the businesses that use their music every day.

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19 Reviews

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Maria M. Jun 24, 2019
Saxophone · Online

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.

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Brian Apr 19, 2019
Clarinet · Online

Andrew Mar 29, 2019
Saxophone · Online

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.

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Guy Mar 18, 2019
Saxophone · Online

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.

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Kristi Mar 4, 2019
Saxophone · Online

Connor Feb 27, 2019
Saxophone · Online

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.

Roger Jan 7, 2019
Saxophone · In studio

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.

Irene Nov 26, 2018
Saxophone · Online

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.

Isaac Nov 14, 2018
Saxophone · Online

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.

Emily L. Nov 10, 2018
Clarinet · Online

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!!

Ethan L. Oct 20, 2018
Clarinet · Online

Andrew is a wonderful teacher who is patient and with passion to teach. Thank you very much!!

Brian Oct 12, 2018
Clarinet · Online

Tawn Oct 3, 2018
Saxophone · In studio

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.

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Jenny Sep 29, 2018
Saxophone · In studio

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!

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Vincent C. Sep 28, 2018
Saxophone · Online

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.

Kevin Sep 26, 2018
Clarinet · Online

I found Andrew to be knowledgeable and personable which is a great combination to have in an instructor.

Kimberlee Aug 27, 2018
Saxophone · In studio

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.

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Bri Aug 22, 2018
Saxophone · In studio

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!

Henrik Aug 22, 2018
Saxophone · Online

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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