Andy Wen
San Antonio, TX
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Andy Wen

Andy W.

San Antonio, TX
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have been teaching and performing professionally for over 30 years at all levels, from beginners to post-doctoral professors at major universities. I am a retired professor of music and have taught many music theory courses, both for music majors and non-majors and both in classes and individually.

About Andy W.

My students have described our lessons as being fun, intense, humorous, and thought-provoking. Lessons are always tailored to the individual student, because the lessons are about the student making progress toward their goals, not about me. I put a great deal of thought into how to approach each student individually, to help them in whatever way I can. I bring a vast amount of teaching and performing experience toward the lessons.

I grew up in a small own in Ohio and took saxophone lessons from the age of 12. This allowed me to begin playing saxophone the proper way with very few negative habits, which looking back was very important in my development. I also started with good practice habits which helped tremendously. I went on to study saxophone in Ohio, France, Indiana and got a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Georgia. All of my degrees are in saxophone performance. I have taught as a full time professor in Arkansas, Pennsylvania, and Texas. I have won several competitions and so have my students.

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Alexa
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Dr. Wen was the best professor and lesson instructor I have ever had. I took lessons with him for over seven years starting in high school and throughout my entire college. He shares his expertise in music theory, techniques, and instrument mechanics. He really helped me gain confidence in my playing abilities, showed me how I should be practicing in order to get the most of each rehearsal, and taught me so much about myself as a player. His ability to instruct on every aspect of playing the instrument is something I really admire. Need help rhythmically? He will help you understand time, measurement, and notes. Need help technically? He has all the ways to practice to get that much closer to perfection and how to maintain it. Need help with scales? He will help you to truly understand the scale in order for you to play it better. Not only will he help with the "how-tos," he will explain the why. Needing help with breathing techniques or articulations? He will take you through exercises that will enhance every aspect of your playing. He sets the standards high, and helps you reach your goals. I will always recommend Dr. Wen!

Posted Apr 29, 2020
Valerie
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Dr. Wen is an outstanding saxophone instructor, performer, and technician! I learned more from him in my first two 30 minute lessons than I had in 15 years of playing.
He will teach you how to make your practice time more productive, alternate fingerings to play more in tune, techniques to make note transitions easier, how to prepare new reeds for playing.... and on and on.
I had not played for a very long time. Dr Wen got me from there to where I was playing in a University Wind Ensemble, a quartet, and a community band. He also knew exactly where my saxophone needed to be adjusted to make it play better.
Dr Wen was my instructor for approximately 7 years. I learned a tremendous amount from him. You can’t do any better than Dr Andy Wen. He’s outstanding!

Posted Apr 27, 2020
Suzy
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Excellent instructor. Highly knowledgeable in music theory and the mechanics of the instrument. I took lessons from Andy for many years. He always kept it challenging - never boring, pushed me to do more than i thought I could. Well worth the money. Can't go wrong with this one!

Posted Apr 20, 2020
Gabriel
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I had weekly lessons with Dr. Wen from Fall 2018 - Spring 2019. He opened up my playing beyond the notes on the page and helped me understand musicality. We worked together on etudes and pieces that pushed my technique, and playing the difficult passages was never to be at the expense of phrasing and musicality. From how to physically hold and play the instrument to alternate fingerings and phrasing, Dr. Wen improved every facet of my playing. More than that, he left me with the tools to keep improving. He will do the same for you!

Posted Apr 20, 2020

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Experience

Professor of Saxophone
Aug 2007 - May 2019

University of Arkansas Little Rock

I taught Saxophone lessons and other courses and retired in May 2019 and moved to San Antonio, TX.

Adjunct professor
Aug 2012 - Dec 2015

Hendrix College

Taught Saxophone lessons.

Chair of Music Department
Jun 2002 - Aug 2007

Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, TX

Adjunct Professor
Aug 2006 - May 2007

Texas A&M University Corpus Christi

Taught Saxophone lessons.

Professor
Jun 1996 - May 2002

Millersville University

Taught Saxophone lessons and various other courses.

Professor
Aug 1992 - May 1996

University of Arkansas Monticello

Taught Saxophone lessons and various other courses.

Education

Doctor of Musical Arts in Saxophone Performance
Sep 1988 - Jun 1992

University of Georgia

Master of Music in Saxophone Performance
Aug 1986 - Jul 1988

Indiana University

Bachelor of Music in Saxophone Performance
Sep 1982 - Jun 1986

Ohio University

Médaille d'Argent (Silver Medal) in Saxophone Performance
Sep 1984 - May 1985

Conservatoire National de Bordeaux, France

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Treasurer
Nov 1997

North American Saxophone Alliance

National winner of Woodwind Division, 1990
Mar 1990

MTNA

Affiliations

North American Saxophone Alliance
Mar 1985
The North American Saxophone Alliance is an organization made up of individuals who share a common interest in the saxophone. Members include professional performers, university professors, public school teachers, students of all levels, and others who have an interest in the saxophone. In addition to the Alliance's emphasis on disseminating information concerning the saxophone, the organization also works to provide opportunities for its members to make music, fostering fellowship among saxophone enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds.

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