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San Marcos Music Academy

565 North Arizona Avenue

Chandler, AZ 85225

(480) 292-7955


565 North Arizona Avenue

Chandler, AZ 85225

(480) 292-7955



Larry Likes

Larry Likes earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Iowa. He taught music and played professionally for more than 20 years before becoming a school counselor, principal and superintendent, where he was always a supporter of music and the arts. Today he continues his passion for music by teaching beginning and intermediate levels of flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet and trombone.

Larry’s passion for music began as a child learning to play clarinet and saxophone. By high school was teaching private students in the studio where he himself had learned to play. He led his Illinois high school stage band and was drum major in the marching band. He moved on to the music program at the University of Iowa where he studied woodwinds and brass with Himie Voxman and William Gower who were the authors of the Rubank series of music instruction books.  

Upon graduation Larry became a recognized band director in Illinois public schools and has continued to teach privately for many years. He also had his own professional dance band that performed regularly throughout Illinois. Even when he became a school administrator in Arizona, he stepped in to start and direct the band program in his schools.   

Larry specializes in teaching beginning and intermediate level students to play flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet and trombone.  He emphasizes teaching the fundamentals of an instrument as the basic platform to become an accomplished musician. He develops organized practice routines to maximize learning music and habits that carry over to other facets of life. Larry strongly believes that learning and developing skills and a passion for music can and will improve academic achievement. He also believes that private lessons will provide skills to band students that will raise them to the top performance levels in a band.

Contact Larry at (602) 291-1895 or at llikes@hotmail.com for information regarding lessons in flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet and trombone.  

"My son has been taking clarinet lessons from Larry for nearly a year and he has recently helped him to start the transition to saxophone. We are grateful to have found a teacher who is willing to tailor the lessons so that my son can move quickly through the things that come easily for him and get extra practice where he needs it. I would highly recommend him as a teacher. Larry always finds a way to keep things interesting and my son enjoys his lesson time every week. I know he will be well prepared for high school orchestra in the fall."

Becky C. (parent)