- Levels Taught:
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.
- Teaches students:
- Ages 10 to 65 and special needs
- Teaching since:
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!
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.Show More
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.
My son was very happy with the lesson and his self-esteem jumped upwards 100% Thank you, Eric!
Eric shows concern for helping you work on where you want to go in my music journey
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.
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.
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
Very knowledgeable and works well with what you know. Understands what the student needs and wants and will work towards achieving those goals.
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 is awesome sauce stuff! :)
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.
Friendly, respectful made learning fun for our son.
It was totally awesome! He teaches so great
Good teaching and kind.
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.