Eric Patterson

Eric P.

Seattle, WA
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Beginner, Intermediate
I have taught beginning and intermediate clarinet lessons for the last twelve years. Whether you are just starting out or looking for a place in your high school wind ensemble, I can help you reach your goals and have a great time doing it!

About Eric P.

After more than a decade of performing and teaching in Los Angeles, Eric now calls Seattle home. Since graduating from the University of Southern California with a degree in Music, Eric has pursued professional jazz and music education with equal passion.

In addition to a robust private studio, in Los Angeles Eric was a jazz coach for the Downbeat Magazine award-winning band at Downey High School. Eric also taught for nine years with the elementary school band program, Children's Music Workshop.


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Caleb G.
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Eric is a great teacher! My son has gained so much confidence since he started working with Eric. He is excited about it again, like he was at the beginning, and I couldn't be happier with our choice!

Posted Feb 6, 2020
Matthew (Matt)
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First lesson and very easy to work with during the online session.
Great first experience.

Posted Jul 9, 2019
Wendy M.
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Great first lesson- Eric is very calming and reassuring. I really like his focus on how to practice effectively. Looking forward to my next lesson!

Posted Jul 2, 2019
William T.
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quick and easy... Best teacher

Posted May 6, 2019
Liam C.
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Eric is awesoms!

Posted Feb 6, 2019
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Cool dude, excited to learn more from him.

Posted Jan 23, 2019
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Thoughtful approach, clear explanations, each lesson provides growth opportunities

Posted Dec 13, 2018
Vijay R.
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Eric is a great and knowledgeable instruc

Posted Aug 20, 2018
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Great instructor. Knows how to work well with students of all levels.

Posted Mar 2, 2018
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Eric is apart of a select group of musicians who can play at an extremely high level and effectively translate their knowledge to others. His customized and methodological approach with enough time and effort can turn any novice into a skilled player. He is also extremely encouraging and flexible. I've studied with Eric for five years and don't plan on stopping any time soon.

Posted Aug 1, 2017
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Eric's method is uniquely suited to the young aspiring jazz musician. His real life experiences as both a teacher and performer make this method practical and successful. Highly recommended.

Posted Jul 28, 2017
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I have been working with Eric for the past 10 years. He has helped my Downey HS Jazz Program tremendously through his method of teaching jazz improvisation. Eric made my job a lot easier, having students understanding the art of creating something out of nothing! As it is very frightening for young musicians to improvise, Eric developed a sense of confidence in our students when it comes to it. I can’t thank him enough for what he does every week

Posted Jul 28, 2017
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I took lessons with Eric for 4 years. I could not give enough thanks to Eric for how much my playing improved after taking lessons with him. Eric's instruction is clear, thorough, and is an excellent source of knowledge that will vastly improve your skill.

Posted Jul 28, 2017
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Eric is an outstanding Sax teacher and has been very effective at teaching our son Alec to jazz solo, which is a major challenge of course. He even won a solo award last year at a jazz competition and he could not have done it without Eric!

Posted Jul 15, 2017
Matthew Valencia
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Eric has taught me for over 5 years, and has been the best saxophone teacher I've ever had. He always challenged me to learn more, practice the correct way, and work efficiently towards long term goals. I highly recommend him as a teacher.

Posted Jul 13, 2017
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Posted May 20, 2021
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Jazz Band Director
Aug 2019 - Present

Lakeside School

I teach the jazz band at the prestigious Lakeside School (school of Bill Gates and Paul Allen)

Mar 2010 - May 2018

Children's Music Workshop

I taught small group classes of elementary school-aged woodwind and brass players.

Director of Jazz Improvisation and Combos
Sep 2006 - May 2018

Downey High School

I write curriculum for and directed the award-winning jazz combos and improvisation classes at Downey High School. During my tenure the Jazz Ensemble has won numerous Southern California jazz festivals and qualified for the prestigious Monterey Jazz Festival three times. In 2018 Downey High was selected by Downbeat Magazine as the most outstanding high school jazz ensemble in the USA!

Private Instructor
Jun 2006 - Aug 2013

South Pasadena Music Center and Conservatory

I taught private clarinet and saxophone lessons at this wonderful conservatory before moving out of the area.


BA Humanities With Emphasis In Music
Aug 2002 - May 2006

University of Southern California



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Winner Large Jazz Ensemble
Apr 2018

Downbeat Magazine


Jazz Education Network
Jul 2015
JEN was formed in 2008 to help bring together the jazz arts community. It hosts an annual conference with concerts presented by students and professionals, a student jazz festival, workshops, research presentations and an exhibition area with manufacturers, retailers, schools and other jazz related organizations. JEN also offers many educational programs, from an outreach program, to mentoring and scholarships.

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