Eric Croissant

Eric C.

Upland, CA
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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. 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.

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Eric delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 10 to 65 and special needs

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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, Hotel Café, The Study, Avalon, The Mint, the Baked Potato, and more.

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 expand upon the concepts given in lessons, (which familiarizes them more with the information). I look forward to helping you unlock your potential!

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Freelance Saxophonist
Mar 2011 - Present
Self Employed

While I have playing the saxophone upwards of 12 years now, I have only been getting professionally paid gigs for a little over half that time. While a majority of these gigs were with various jazz groups, I have also played R&B, funk, classical, and Pop-rock gigs. I currently play with the bands: Happy Medium Band, Lord Gord and the Posse, and JB and the Showmance Band. 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 experience with varieties of music genres has brought, and continued to bring me, a wide variety of gigs in various styles.

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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. I currently work as a saxophone coach at Goddard MS and Sandberg MS, 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.

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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

Photos & Videos

"Bird Person" is an original composition by Eric Croissant written for one of the groups he performs with, "JB & the Showmance Band."
"Taken Aback" is an original 'Funk-Jazz' fusion song by Eric Croissant, from his album "ColorsAround."
A picture from a photoshoot back in January 2018 over in Thousand Oaks, CA.

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

Eric singing at APU's Fall 2014 Vocal Jazz Concert.

On November 4th 2016, Eric had the amazing opportunity to play a duet with Jazz Legend Gary Smulyan.
"A Night in Tunisia," from a friend's Senior Recital that features Eric on the tenor saxophone.
Eric stopped at the Packing House in the Claremont Village for part of a recent photoshoot in June 2017

Another photo from a photoshoot in June 2017. This was taken up in the Mountains above Upland, CA.
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14 Reviews

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Faisal Mar 7, 2019
Clarinet · Online

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

Jeff P. Nov 15, 2018
Saxophone · In studio

Eric shows concern for helping you work on where you want to go in my music journey

Zac M. Sep 26, 2018
Clarinet · In home

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

Sandi Sep 17, 2018
Clarinet · In 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.

Sandi Sep 3, 2018
Clarinet · In 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

Ted Aug 13, 2018
Saxophone · In studio

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

Samantha Aug 13, 2018
Flute · In 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!

Eric M. Jan 29, 2018
Saxophone · In home

Great lesson

Caira Dec 12, 2017
Saxophone · In home

Eric is awesome sauce stuff! :)

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.

Gavin Oct 12, 2016
Saxophone · In home

Friendly, respectful made learning fun for our son.

Waleed K. Oct 10, 2016
Saxophone · Online

It was totally awesome! He teaches so great

Eric O. Oct 2, 2016
Saxophone · In studio

Good teaching and kind.

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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