Eric Croissant

Eric C.

Monrovia, CA
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I figure out exactly where you are in your technique and knowledge of music and of the instrument. Then, I start teaching from there! For me, the goal of lessons should be the goal of the student, and I do my best to honor that while pushing my students to surpass those goals.

My ultimate aim, is to provide you with an approach to practicing and performing music, that keeps you wanting to go back to do more.

In my career, I primarily play the tenor and baritone saxophones, but I mostly teach alto, and play soprano sometimes. Additionally, I also play the clarinet, bass clarinet, flute and piccolo. With this experience, I help out a lot of my more advanced saxophone students with doubling on these instruments, so they can be prepared for college and the professional world.

I encourage my advanced Jr. High and High School students to audition for various honor groups throughout California and the country such as SCSBOA, CBDA, JBOA, etc. With my background in these groups, I can effectively help my students prepare for the best audition they can do.

About Eric C.

Hi there!

I'm Eric Croissant, an energetic Multi-Instrumentalist, Music Educator, Composer, Recording Artist, and Producer from Southern California.

I've been playing music for almost my whole life, and it's the greatest joy. Over the years, I learned to play the Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, and more. For me, these instruments are all uniquely amazing and I have developed an immense respect, appreciation, and passion for each one. Although, typically for professional work, I get the most calls on Tenor Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, and the Bass Clarinet.

I have been teaching music lessons for over 12 years now, with over 6 years experience teaching online through FaceTime, Skype, Zoom, etc.

Every curriculum is custom! I like to keep my lessons fun, efficient, applicable, and productive.

One of the greatest joys in my job and life, is mentoring aspiring professionals looking to build a career in music. The world of music is HUGE, and rapidly evolving. It makes me happy to help others sort through all of the chaos, so they can build the career of their dreams :)

I'm happy to work with any student, and respect everyone equally regardless of skill-level, age, religion, race, gender identity, neuro-diversity, disabilities, etc. Music is for everyone to enjoy, and it doesn't care who you are or aren't.

When I am not teaching music, I’m usually playing with bands including LALA Brass, The Marlonius Jazz Orchestra, The Teryn Re Big Band, Pandemonium Prism, and others.

Thank you for reading this, please message me if you would like to learn more about music lessons. I hope to hear from you, and look forward to helping you unlock more of your own unlimited musical potential!

With utmost sincerity,
Eric Croissant


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14 Reviews
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My son was very happy with the lesson and his self-esteem jumped upwards 100% Thank you, Eric!

Posted Mar 7, 2019
Jeff P.
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Eric shows concern for helping you work on where you want to go in my music journey

Posted Nov 15, 2018
Zac M.
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Eric is an excellent teacher. He is very knowledgeable and very thorough when he is teaching his students. He is very talented and player numerous instruments. I would recommend him to anyone for lessons.
Sandi Crawford

Posted Sep 26, 2018
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Eric is an excellent teacher. I signed up for classes to help my grandson improve his skills. I would recommend Eric to anyone needing lessons.

Posted Sep 17, 2018
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Eric is very knowledgeable and a very talented instructor. He is very patient and my grandson learned so much from him in the first lesson already. I would recommend him to anyone

Posted Sep 3, 2018
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Very knowledgeable and works well with what you know. Understands what the student needs and wants and will work towards achieving those goals.

Posted Aug 13, 2018
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

My daughter really enjoys her flute lessons with Eric. He makes her feel comfortable and confident. She even likes the fact that he gives her homework!

Posted Aug 13, 2018
Eric M.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Great lesson

Posted Jan 29, 2018
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Eric is awesome sauce stuff! :)

Posted Dec 12, 2017
Keith Lee
Profile-location-home Student's 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.

Posted May 15, 2017
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Friendly, respectful made learning fun for our son.

Posted Oct 12, 2016
Waleed K.
Profile-location-online Online

It was totally awesome! He teaches so great

Posted Oct 10, 2016
Eric O.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Good teaching and kind.

Posted Oct 2, 2016
Profile-location-home Student's 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.

Posted Aug 4, 2016

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Freelance Saxophonist
Mar 2011 - Present

Self Employed

I have been playing the saxophone for over 15 years now, and playing professionally for over half of that time. It was with the saxophone that I first found my voice in music, and it was through music that I believe I found my voice in life. My primary experience on the saxophone is with Jazz music, particularly improvisation. I primarily play Baritone and Tenor saxophones; alto and soprano too, but not as frequently. These are some of the bands that I play the saxophone with with: LALA Brass, Pandemonium Prism, The Marlonius Jazz Orchestra, South Central Skankers, The Teryn Ré Big Band, Los Kung Fu Monkeys, and more.

Freelance Music Educator
Sep 2009 - Present

Self Employed

Teaching and education have always been a huge part of my life. 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. I currently work as a saxophone coach at Goddard MS, Sandberg MS, Los Osos High School, Duarte High School, and Upland High School, in addition to giving clinics and masterclasses to nearby schools. Additionally, I started teaching as a clarinet and saxophone teacher at the SOMA music academy in Diamond Bar, CA in October 2018. I also work as a substitute band director for Mission Viejo Christian School.


Music Performance
Sep 2017 - Jun 2018

Mt. San Antonio College

BM Saxophone Performance (Partial)
Sep 2013 - May 2017

Azusa Pacific University

High School Diploma
Aug 2009 - Jun 2013

Upland High School



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


2018 Reno International Jazz Festival, Most Outstanding College Saxophonist
Apr 2018

University of Nevada, Reno

2013 "Super Jazz" Jazz Festival Soloist of the Day
May 2013

West Ranch High School

CBDA California All State, Jazz Ensemble
Feb 2013


Scsboa All Southern California, Jazz All-stars
Jan 2013


Jazz Band of America Alternate
Jan 2013


2012 All-State Jazz Festival Band
Mar 2012

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo


North American Saxophone Alliance
Jul 2021
The North American Saxophone Alliance is an organization made up of individuals who share a common interest in the saxophone. Members include professional performers, university professors, public school teachers, students of all levels, and others who have an interest in the saxophone. In addition to the Alliance's emphasis on disseminating information concerning the saxophone, the organization also works to provide opportunities for its members to make music, fostering fellowship among saxophone enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds.

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