Eric Patterson

Eric P.

Culver City, CA

Lesson Details


Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I am an experienced music teacher of 15 years, specializing in beginner, intermediate, and advanced saxophone players. My other specialty is working with intermediate and advanced jazz improv students of all instruments. All ages are welcome. I will customize the lessons and program to the needs and goals of each student. Whether you are an award winning jazz soloist or someone just starting out on the sax, I can take you to the next step and we can have a great time doing it! Let's get started!
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Eric delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 7+

Teaching since:

Based in Los Angeles, Eric currently plays saxophone and teaches professionally throughout Southern California. Since graduating from USC, Eric has pursued professional jazz and music education with equal passion. Eric currently directs the combos and improv classes at Downey High School, and is on faculty with Children’s Music Workshop. Eric plays saxophone in clubs, restaurants, and at weddings up and down the West Coast. Eric is the tenor saxophonist in James Gang, one of the most in-demand private event bands in the country. Eric also currently serves as the assistant worship leader for City Light Church in Downtown Los Angeles.


Mar 2010 - Present
Children's Music Workshop

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

Director of Jazz Improvisation and Combos
Sep 2006 - Present
Downey High School

I write curriculum for and direct 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 twice.

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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


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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Photos & Videos

This video is of my top student group at Downey High School performing a Snarky Puppy song called "Lingus."

Me showing off my jazz and saxophone skills.

A quick lesson about improvisation
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7 Reviews

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Lee Mar 2, 2018
Saxophone · In home

Great instructor. Knows how to work well with students of all levels.

Alec Aug 1, 2017
Saxophone · In home

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.

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Larry Jul 28, 2017
Saxophone · In studio

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.

Cory Jul 28, 2017
Saxophone · In studio

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

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Kevin Jul 28, 2017
Saxophone · In studio

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.

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Robin Jul 15, 2017
· In home

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!

Matthew Valencia Jul 13, 2017
· In studio

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.

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