Eric Croissant
Monrovia, CA
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Eric Croissant

Eric C.

Monrovia, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
In lessons, I will teach students how to develop an embouchure and make sound, have proper technique, discuss equipment care, how to read music and develop note recognition, and ultimately, play music. All of this while, challenging the student to expand their creative and intellectual capacities.

The goal is to get my students playing with proper technique, so that this will carry on throughout their career and playing of the instrument. After getting some sounds out of the instrument and having decent technique, students will be assigned 1-2 songs to work on each lesson. It is the learning of music on one's own, that I believe, truly challenges the student to continue to apply information given in lessons. My ultimate goal, is to equip my students with a sustainable and enjoyable approach to practicing and performing music that leaves them wanting to play more, and doesn't burn them out.

About Eric C.

Hi there!

I'm Eric Croissant, a Music Educator, Artist, and Producer that was born and raised in Southern California.

I have been teaching music lessons for over 10 years now, with over 5 years experience teaching online through programs such as FaceTime, Skype, Zoom, etc. Many students find it difficult to engage with a virtual learning experience at school, but my unique approach to teaching online keeps students engaged, challenged, and most importantly, continuing to develop their musical skill and artistry.

I've been playing music for almost my whole life, and my primary instrument, the Saxophone, for over fifteen years now. Over the years, I learned to play other instruments, such as the Flute, Clarinet, Voice. For me, these instruments are all uniquely amazing and I have developed an immense respect, appreciation, and passion for each one.

I like to keep my lessons fun, efficient, applicable, and productive. I am happy to work with all skill levels! If you are new, I will help you develop the foundation for your skills. If you are experienced, I will do my best push you to new levels of skill, and/or help you maximize the benefits of your time and energy spent in the practice room. As a freelance musician, I love to work with aspiring professionals so that I can help point them in the right direction as they venture into a career in music. Additionally, I wanted to mention that I have years of practice and experience working with children who have special needs such as ADHD, ODD, ASD, etc.

When I am not teaching music, I’m usually playing with bands like LALA Brass, Pandemonium Prism, and others. Music is much more than playing and teaching for me, it is everything in life. There’s harmony in the blending of flavors in a soup, there’s dissonance in our bodies when we don’t eat food, the examples are limitless!

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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Faisal
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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
Sandi
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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
Sandi
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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
Ted
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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
Samantha
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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.
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Great lesson

Posted Jan 29, 2018
Caira
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Eric is awesome sauce stuff! :)

Posted Dec 12, 2017
Keith Lee
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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
Gavin
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Friendly, respectful made learning fun for our son.

Posted Oct 12, 2016
Waleed K.
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It was totally awesome! He teaches so great

Posted Oct 10, 2016
Eric O.
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Good teaching and kind.

Posted Oct 2, 2016
Adam
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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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Experience

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. I gig all over Southern California, and have toured to Texas, Illinois, Canada, and more. I currently play with the bands: LALA Brass, South Central Skankers, Pandemonium Prism, The Marlonius Jazz Orchestra, The Teryn Ré Big Band, Chris Lazer, Estani Frizell, Los Kung Fu Monkeys, and JB and the Showmance Band. In addition to live performances, I do a lot of studio recordings and record saxophone and woodwinds for producers around the world.

Teaching
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.

Education

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

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

French

Limited Proficiency

Awards

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

CBDA

Scsboa All Southern California, Jazz All-stars
Jan 2013

SCSBOA

Jazz Band of America Alternate
Jan 2013

JBOA

2012 All-State Jazz Festival Band
Mar 2012

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

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