Levels taught:Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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.
Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
Teaching since 2002
Teaches students 7 and up
First lesson and very easy to work with during the online session.
Great first experience.
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!
quick and easy... Best teacher
Eric is awesoms!
Cool dude, excited to learn more from him.
Thoughtful approach, clear explanations, each lesson provides growth opportunities
Eric is a great and knowledgeable instruc
Great instructor. Knows how to work well with students of all levels.
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.Show More
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.
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 weekShow More
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.Show More
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!
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.
Children's Music Workshop
I taught small group classes of elementary school-aged woodwind and brass players.
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!
South Pasadena Music Center and Conservatory
I taught private clarinet and saxophone lessons at this wonderful conservatory before moving out of the area.
University of Southern California
Fluent / Native Proficiency