Tsuyoshi Honjo believes in his students’ potential and encourages them—making them feel at ease in their lessons. Building a successful relationship with students involves a mutual give and take over time. Answering student questions and guiding their skill development, students easily see Tsuyoshi’s enthusiasm for learning and making music. He says, “I adopt my teaching style to each student since every student learns very differently. I carefully learn students’ personalities then adjust my teaching plans accordingly.”
Tsuyoshi has performed at many music festivals and with various ensembles around the world—including France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, and Thailand. He has been active as a classical, jazz, and contemporary improvisation saxophonist and clarinetist. His favorite performing experience was at the American premiere performance of Saksti by Spiropoulos at the SEAMUS National Conference. He explains, “Saksti was the most abnormal electro-acoustic piece for saxophone. I was surrounded by four speakers, three microphones, and two computers with some pedals. I was very proud to present music of the future in front of so many other great musicians.”
Tsuyoshi has taught for Acton-Boxborough Community Education, Lincoln Public Schools, Bedford Patrons of Music Students, and Blanchard Memorial School. In addition to teaching the saxophone, he’s also taught workshops on jazz music theory, performance practice techniques, and improvisational composition.
Tsuyoshi received a Bachelor of Music in jazz guitar and music theory from Berklee College of Music and a Master of Music in Modern American Music and Artist Diploma in classical saxophone from the Longy School of Music. He also received a Doctor of Musical Arts for the saxophone from Boston University. Tsuyoshi attended Darmstadt Contemporary Music Institute in Germany and Habanera Saxophone Academy in France.
When not playing or teaching music, Tsuyoshi just may be found on a racing track riding his motorcycle at 140 miles per hour!