Saxophone Lessons in Amsterdam - Jazz - Pop - Classical
Do you or your kids have a dream to learn to play the saxophone? Are you interested in learning jazz or pop tunes? My name is Andrius, I am an all-round Amsterdam based saxophone player and enthusiastic and motivating saxophone teacher.
All Ages and Levels
I teach Tenor, Alto and Soprano Saxophone from beginner through to advanced level and specialise in Jazz improvisation, pop, funk, soul and contemporary classical music. My students range in age from youngsters to retired people.
Fundamentals are important, but playing music should be fun from day one! We'll work on learning to play melodies and tunes with which you are already familiar.
My studio is located in NDSM (8min ferry ride from Amsterdam CS) The lessons can be arranged at your place too.
Online Sax Lessons
I also offer fun, comprehensive and motivating online saxophone lessons for beginners, intermediate and advanced. Live feedback and instructions! Book a trial lesson or buy & try the 3 lesson Starter's Package!
Saxophone is a very versatile instrument and able to sound in many different ways. For that I prepared for you easy exercises that will improve your sound, articulation and dynamics. You will learn a correct finger placement and posture, how to read music, basic music theory, proper breath control and timing. Enjoy playing basic melodies and tailor made exercises and of course your favourite songs!
As you progress through your saxophone lessons you will explore more difficult keys and time signatures, dynamics, improvisation, and various styles of music for the saxophone such as Jazz, Funk, Pop, Soul and more!
Learning to improvise is a lot of fun! It's so creative right from the start. Imagine playing a solo over a groovy backing track! Now imagine that all of the notes you play fit perfectly with the harmonies in the background. Can you imagine how great it would feel when every note you play sounds gorgeous?
You’ll learn to improvise your own music through a modern method and progressive exercises that anyone can do
Many of the books which we use to supplement lesson materials contain play-along CDs which enhance the learning experience and add a performance element to lessons and practice. Play along tracks on your smart phone!
Music theory will help to develop a deep understanding of how melodies interact with harmony. Book a trial lesson and discover!
What to expect?
- Body Placement - learn how to place saxophone in your body to have the most relaxed hands, neck, and throat.
- Embouchure - everything you need to know about healthy and natural embouchure.
- Warming up/Overtones - different exercises that I have discovered during years. How to get into harmonics for a beginner.
- Technique - how I approach playing fas.
- Altissimo - why and how I play on saxophone higher than hight F#
- Articulation - different ways to place your tongue and techniques to get more control.
- Sound Expansion - what I have discovered over years on how to think and develop a flexible and unique sound.
- Tuning - how to practice it fun by yourself and with others.
- Fx Setup - my pedal setup, from how I connect everything to how I record it and deal with it on a laptop.
- Circular Breathing - why it is important and how to start working on it even if you never had done it.
- Recording - what microphone and recording devices I use and the philosophy of recording yourself.
No Saxophone yet?
If you don’t have an instrument yet, I can help you finding an instrument to rent or to buy for a good price.
Born in Klaipeda, LT, Andrius Dereviancenko had his first musical experiences at the age of 12 when he was exposed to classical music and began playing the Birbyne, a Lithuanian folk instrument. He received his first saxophone at the age of 17 and enrolled at the Klaipeda Stasys Simkus music high school where he was introduced to jazz by playing big band and dixieland music. After 4 years of studying and performing in Lithuania, Andrius relocated to Netherlands for one year of Erasmus studies at the Prince Claus Conservatorium in Groningen, then subsequently at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam where he received his Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Saxophone. During his studies in Amsterdam, Andrius regularly performed with various jazz groups within Europe including several international competitions. In 2013, he won the Leiden Jazz Award with the Andrius Dereviancenko Quartet and won the Public and Best Composition prize at Tremplin Jazz Avignon with the band Morgan Freeman in 2016.
Following his studies and a brief period in Copenhagen, he moved back to Amsterdam where he currently resides and is active in the experimental music scene throughout Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, Poland, Denmark, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Russia, Spain, Italy and more.
2012 Mateusz Pulawski Quartet - Cold Year in Amsterdam
2014 Glitchpuke - Dissect Your Brain
2015 MorganFreeman - Blessed Virgin Mary's Face-To- Face Encounter with the
2016 Old Men In Khaki - Scissors
2016 Paaprika - Jonk
2017 MILD - Tea Time
2018 Asger Thomsen - Ham On Rye
2018 The Zebra Street Band - ZeBrass
2019 Into The Wind - Vision (Single release)
2020 Scrambled harmonies - Stella Art
2020 Into the Wind - Tusheti