Eric Croissant

Eric C.

Upland, CA

About Eric C.

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Eric teaches: Ages 8 and up
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Teaching since: 2009
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Overview

Hi! I'm Eric, a Saxophonist, Composer, Singer, and Teacher that was born and raised in Southern California. I've been playing the saxophone for over ten years now, writing music for as long as I can remember, and singing since I was in elementary school. I play for a variety of groups in Los Angeles, and sometimes perform in L.A. and surrounding areas at venues such as the LightHouse, Saint Rocke, Avalon, and the Baked Potato.

I keep my lessons fun, efficient, and applicable. I give students assignments to work on, not only so they don't forget what we talk about, but also so they can also expand upon the concepts given in lessons, (which familiarizes them more with the information). I look forward to helping you unlock your potential!

Photos and Videos

A picture from the "Battle of the Big Bands" concert, featuring the APU Jazz ensemble and the Citrus Blue Note Jazz Orchestra.

Experience

Freelance Saxophonist
Mar 2011 - Present
Self Employed

While I have playing the saxophone upwards of 10 years now, I have only been getting professionally paid gigs for about half that time. While a majority of these gigs were with various jazz groups, I have also played R&B, funk, and Pop-rock gigs. I currently play with the bands: Happy Medium Band, Lord Gord and the Posse, and Ashaya and the Get Down. While the professional scene for classical saxophone is limited, there have been a few times where I have played with a classical saxophone quartet as well. So although my professional career may seem unimpressive compared to some who can boast decades of performances, my education as well as experience with varieties of music genres has brought, and continued to bring me, a wide variety of gigs in various styles.

Teaching
Sep 2009 - Present
Self Employed

Starting at the beginning of my high school career, I would give saxophone lessons to middle school and elementary school students. As time went on, I received other students from different ages.

During my last two years of high school, I was put in charge of the baritone saxophonists and bass clarinetists in my high school's marching band, teaching parts and organizing activities. My last year of high school, I was put in charge of all woodwind players in the marching band, which consisted of over 50 students. Managing productive rehearsals in the time allotted, was a skill I acquired and refined in both of these positions. By teaching students in a group this big, I feel like it has led me to give the efficient and productive lessons I give today.

Most recently, I was given the opportunity to teach for a week at the prestigious Idyllwild Arts Summer Jazz Program, which is the largest Summer Jazz Camp in the United States. I also have previously worked as a saxophone coach at William Workman High School and Upland High School.

Education

BM Saxophone Performance
Sep 2013 - May 2017
Azusa Pacific University
High School Diploma
Aug 2009 - Jun 2013
Upland High School

Languages Spoken

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
French
Limited Proficiency

Awards

2013 "Super Jazz" Jazz Festival Soloist of the Day
May 2013
West Ranch High School
CBDA California All State, Jazz Ensemble
Feb 2013
CBDA
Jazz Band of America Alternate
Jan 2013
JBOA
Scsboa All Southern California, Jazz All-stars
Jan 2013
SCSBOA
2012 All-State Jazz Festival Band
Mar 2012
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

5 Reviews on Eric C.

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Keith Lee May 15, 2017
· Saxophone · In home He listens to me and teaches the way that I like. He seems like a good person as well. I recommend him for a saxophone teacher.
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Gavin Oct 12, 2016
· Saxophone · In home Friendly, respectful made learning fun for our son.
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Waleed K. Oct 10, 2016
· Saxophone · Online It was totally awesome! He teaches so great
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Eric O. Oct 2, 2016
· Saxophone · In studio Good teaching and kind.
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Adam Aug 4, 2016
· Saxophone · In home I got a free Alto Sax from a former coworker, and after several years of not having played Clarinet, I felt I could use some guidance from an awesome woodwind doubler like Eric.

The convenient part for me was that he's one of my good friends! I can say both as a student and a friend that Eric is a consummate professional, and is incredibly qualified to teach students of any level how to play the Saxophone. If I had 1/3rd of the Sax chops that Eric has, I'd be gigging right now.
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