Dan Faulk
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have been teaching privately and in colleges/schools for over 15 years. For all levels, I will help you develop excellent technique on the saxophone and build a strong foundation in music theory. For advanced/intermediate students, I also teach jazz improvisation, if you’re interested! Please bring in the music and songs you want to work on. I believe lessons should be fun and interesting while you learn great stuff, too!

About Dan F.

Hi, I’m a professional tenor and soprano saxophonist. I graduated from William Paterson University with a Bachelors in Jazz Performance. I also have an MA in Jazz History and Research from Rutgers University.

I enjoy helping students to develop improved technique, sight reading, and musicality. For those students interested, I also help them to develop a very solid foundation for jazz improv and theory. I’ve taught hundreds of students over the years, privately, in clinics, and in classrooms at colleges and universities.

As a performing artist, I perform with many top jazz artists, and have performed with trombone legend J.J. Johnson, trombonist Steve Turre, drummer Akira Tana and Rufus Reid (Tana Reid), alto saxophone master James Spaulding, and others including Ed Cherry, Yoron Israel, Cindy Blackman, and Leon Thomas.

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Pete C.
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Dan is really a great teacher.. firstly, he’s personable, friendly and creates rapport with the student, By asking your interests he makes the lessons about YOU by accommodating those interests and the WAY you want to learn.

I’m an adult and have no interest in traditional approaches to learning an instrument; I’ve been there, done that and found it not only terribly uninspiring (twinkle little star anyone?) but In every way overly difficult by trying to mix too many skills together at the same time. Before you even have a relationship with and “feel for” your instrument and have the technical skills to play it even half way decently, you’re trying to understand how long to hold a dotted eighth note! This is the reason a lot of people quit playing before they even get started…

Dan knew exactly what I was talking about, met me there and then proceeded to get me to do more in one lesson than I probably would have done in a week on my own, and in the way I want to learn!! He knows how to meet you where you are, find your self prescribed limits and then push you through them! He’s truly skilled in all the ways a teacher needs to be effective with a student!

Posted Mar 8, 2020
Johnny
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Great lesson, finds your weaknesses and then givesYou exercises so you can work on improving them.

Posted Dec 29, 2019
Jamal
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I've been receiving instruction from Dan for almost a month, and I'm very impressed with my progression. Dan is a very patient, friendly and knowledgeable teacher who cares about my progress and success as a musician. I’ve seen improvement in my embouchure, increased my sight reading speed, and my intonation. I would highly recommend him to anyone interested in improving their ability to play the saxophone.

Posted Mar 9, 2019
Al
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Before I engaged Dan as a teacher, I knew of him as one of the preeminent voices on the tenor saxophone. I had seen him in performance several times and heard him on recordings. I reached out to him for lessons because I knew that he was a great player who could likely help me achieve my goal of becoming a musician able to improvise in the jazz idiom. What I did not know until my first encounter with him was how easy it would be to work with Dan. By that, I in no way mean to suggest that he is a pushover or that my lessons were not serious, rigorous or challenging. What I mean is that Dan is the rare instructor who has the ability to help you stay focused and positive while at the same time challenging you in a disciplined and nurturing way. With his guidance, I certainly became a better musician in every respect.

One of the most important things about my time with Dan is that fact that he used a pedagogical framework that clearly conveyed for me at the outset the work necessary for me to become an effective improvising musician. Dan is extremely knowledgeable about the inner workings and alternative underlying theories of jazz improvisation because he has played with and studied with many of the luminaries of jazz, and he knows how to structure and present this information. With his vast knowledge and desire to facilitate my musical growth, Dan kept me on task during our twice a month sessions and was always available in between sessions for any questions I might have had.

In short, I am very happy that I reached to Dan for lessons as he is a wonderful and enthusiastic teacher.

Posted Feb 25, 2019
Kijun
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Dan is not only a great sax player, but also an amazing teacher. He is honest in his teaching style and observes each of students carefully. He listens deeply to them and catches what students are missing that will allow them to grow as a better musician and performer. Dan shows his students what they need to improve their technique and proficiency but also gives them the tools to develop an ear that is able to hear their own mistakes. This is one of the most important skills to have as a jazz musician. Personally, I really enjoyed studying with him and highly recommend a lesson with him whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, or even a professional musician.

Posted Feb 25, 2019
Sam
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My jazz lessons with Dan were always very inspiring. He was able to hear what I was after and help me to identify and overcome the obstacles in my way. He encouraged me to pursue a more complete command of the instrument and to stay curious about many different approaches to improvisation. One of the things that stuck me the most was how open and generous he is, sharing wisdom from the many masters who he has worked and studied with. This really helped me to feel closer to the source of the music and was a great motivation to strive for my best.

Posted Feb 10, 2019

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Education

M.B.A. in Technology Management, AACSB accredited
Jan 2006 - Aug 2008

SUNY Polytechnic Institute

Jazz History and Research
Jan 1997 - May 1999

Rutgers University

Jazz Performance
Jan 1988 - Dec 1991

William Paterson University

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