The Saxophone
Expressive and Versatile

Saxophone Lessons from Dean, a Juilliard Graduate.

Online lessons available

About

Dean Tsur is an award-winning Israeli saxophonist and composer/arranger. Dean has won the North American Saxophone Alliance Jazz Competition and was a semifinalist at the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. He has earned his Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School and has over ten years of teaching experience.

The Saxophone

The saxophone is a great instrument for students who are interested in performing many different styles of music and particularly for jazz and blues. The saxophone was invented to have the volume of a trumpet and the flexibility and speed of a clarinet.

Dean performs regularly at New York’s leading jazz venues such as Dizzy’s Club, Blue Note, and Smalls

Individual Lesson Plan

Dean and the student create together a personalized plan that focuses on the student’s interests and goals.

Common Topics

  • Learning songs
  • Fingering, sound production, and other techniques
  • Improvisation
  • Reading and writing music
  • Composition
  • Developing a strong sense of rhythm (so important)

Inspiration: My Favorite Saxophonists

I admire different saxophonists for different reasons. Here are some examples:

  • Yusef Lateef’s sound is my favorite on tenor, especially on this video: click here
  • Charlie Parker and Hank Mobley improvise with exceptional clarity
  • John Coltrane plays with lots of intensity and harmonic variety
  • I like Coleman Hawkins’s surprising rhythms.
  • Cannonball Adderley with lots of joy
  • No one plays a ballad like Ben Webster.
  • Sidney Bechet is one of the most expressive saxophonists

Students of all levels are welcome. Lessons in English or Hebrew.

 
 

Saxophone guidance from a professional performing musician

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