Dan Elbert

Dan E.

Boston, MA
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

I have been very fortunate to have had some incredible teachers over the years - George Garzone, Kenny Werner, Billy Kilson, Ed Tomassi, Shannon LeClaire, and many others - and I know how much of a difference the right teacher can make.

I love to teach, and have been teaching both privately and in a school setting, as a band director, for many years. I have worked with students of all ages and levels, from complete beginners to advanced players. Whether you want to learn how to read music, improve your technique, work on your sound, practice the fundamentals, develop your soloing, or all of the above, I can help take you to the next level.

I hope to work with you!

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

Teaching since:
January 2014

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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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 - Present
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

Photos & Videos

Photo by Dan E.

Playing with the great Allen Stone in San Francisco
Performing in Dalian, China with my quintet, 'Abacus'
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2 Reviews

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M Feb 7, 2017
Saxophone · In studio

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.

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Lenka Oct 30, 2016
Saxophone · In studio

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.

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