Dan Elbert
Boston, MA
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Dan Elbert

Dan E.

Boston, MA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Music is, and has always been, an obsession for me.

No one had to force me to practice, or transcribe, or listen. It's just something I love to do.

You can force yourself to learn music. But it's so much easier, and more fulfilling, when it's something that excites you; when you can't wait to pick up the horn.

Every student has their own version of this: a lens through which everything about music feels exciting and natural. My job as a teacher is to help you discover it.

For beginners, you might call this developing an interest or passion for music. Whether you're young or old, this is one of my favorite challenges as a teacher.

For advanced players, it may be more about finding your voice, or dealing with issues of ego, purpose, technique, etc. Having spent years studying with some of the best musicians in the world (Joe Lovano, Danilo Perez, John Patittucci, Kenny Werner, George Garzone, and others), I combine lessons from the masters with my own approach to help you grow.

As an internationally touring musician and music educator, I have worked with hundreds of students in one-on-one lessons, educational workshops, and outreach concerts around the world. No matter your age, experience, or goals, I would love to help you become a better musician.

About Dan E.

Originally from San Francisco, I have been playing saxophone for nearly 20 years. I have been fortunate to perform all over the world, including recent tours in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Panama, and Costa Rica, and have shared the stage with many great artists, including Danilo Perez, Kenny Werner, Ralph Thomas (Sun Ra Arkestra, Quincy Jones), Benjamin Koen (David Murray, Cecil Taylor), Uriel Barthelemi, Opor Red, R&B singer Allen Stone, and singer-songwriter Amanda Palmer.

I have spent many years working with private students ranging of all ages and levels. I have also served as the Performing Arts Director at the prestigious American Pacific International School, leading their concert band and music education programs.

I hold degrees from the University of California, Berkeley; Berklee College of Music; and am currently pursuing my masters at Berklee as part of the prestigious Berklee Global Jazz Institute (BGJI).

Before moving to Boston, I spent many years teaching and playing professionally in Asia.


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I look forward to my lessons with Dan every week. I’m a beginner alto player and Dan does a great job patiently answering all my questions and giving comprehensive advice. He’s very analytical and gives you the detailed context of why what you’re learning is important and how it fits into the context of playing in a band, different styles etc. He will flex lessons based on what you need to know but also what you’re interested in. Most importantly he’s fun and just an all around great guy. He’s the man, what else can I say.

Posted Nov 5, 2019
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Dan is kind and caring. He was very patient going over the super basics with a brand-new player! He gave good, clear instruction, and is focused on mastering the fundamentals so players can start with good habits and good sound, and so players can make future advancements more smoothly.

Posted Feb 7, 2017
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Dan is a fountain of knowledge; an incredibly talented and eclectic artist. I have been struggling with alto sax for years but with Dan’s approach, I finally feel, I am making some progress. Dan tailors the lessons to fit your needs; making it challenging, comprehensive, engaging and fun. He helps me transcribe small parts of licks I like, which has been an invaluable experience for me. He makes sure that you REALLY get the material you are studying. Don’t just shake your head and say “yes”.
He is always there to answer your questions (no matter how dumb they may seem), encourages and motivates you.

Posted Oct 30, 2016

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Jul 2017 - Present

Self Employed

Giving clinics on jazz improvisation and saxophone technique at various conservatories, music schools, and jazz festivals around the world, including in Panama, Costa Rica, China, Thailand, and Taiwan.

Private Instructor
Jan 2014 - Present


Working with saxophone students of all levels in the US and Asia

Music Director
Sep 2014 - Jun 2015

American Pacific International School

Led the middle and high school band programs at the prestigious American Pacific International School in Chiang Mai, Thailand


Masters in Contemporary Performance (Global Jazz Concentration)
Jul 2019 - Jun 2020

Berklee Global Jazz Institute

Diploma in Saxophone Performance
Sep 2015 - May 2019

Berklee College of Music

B.S. Business Administration
Sep 2004 - May 2008

University of California, Berkeley

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