Dr. Erik Garriott

Dr. Erik G.

San Diego, CA

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Dr. Erik delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

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My name is Dr. Erik G. and I am a conductor, pianist, percussionist, and music educator residing in San Diego, CA. My music studies began at Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) where I received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education in 2010. In 2013, I completed a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting at California State University Northridge (CSUN). Finally, I received a Doctor of Musical Arts in Orchestral Conducting from the University of South Carolina (UofSC) in 2017. I completed my dissertation in April, 2017.

I have conducted many music ensembles in the United States including: the PLNU concert band (2007-2010), the PLNU chamber orchestra (2008-2010), San Diego Honor Band (2008), Point Loma Opera Theatre (2009), CSUN Symphony Orchestra (2011-2013), CSUN Opera (2011-2013), CSUN Youth Philharmonic and Youth Symphony (2011-2013), UofSC Symphony Orchestra (2014-2017), UofSC Campus Orchestra (2014-2017), and the Columbia Community Orchestra (2016-2017).

I am a doctor of music, but I am also a lover of music. I have performed and studied piano for over 20 years. My goal with students is to educate them in theory and technique while also finding the piano music that most interests them. I am highly experienced teaching piano to children and adults.

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Piano Faculty
Jul 2013 - Aug 2014
Greene Music Education Center

In this position I taught group and private lessons in the Yamaha style and worked with students of all ages!

Piano Faculty
Aug 2009 - Aug 2011
Recreational Music Center

Taught both group and private piano lessons in the traditional/classical style, congregational hymn piano playing, and in pop piano playing. I was fortunate to work with students from a variety of backgrounds and age groups.


Orchestral Conducting
Aug 2014 - May 2017
University of South Carolina
Orchestral Conducting
Aug 2011 - May 2013
California State University Northridge
Music Education
Aug 2006 - Dec 2010
Point Loma Nazarene University


Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Graduation with Honors
May 2017
University of South Carolina
Graduate Assistantship
Aug 2015
University of South Carolina
Graduation with honors
May 2013
California State University Northridge
Piano Scholarship
Aug 2006
Point Loma Nazarene University
Beresford Piano Scholarship
May 2006
Point Loma Nazarene University


Conductor's Guild
Apr 2017

The Conductors Guild is a non-union organization intended for professional conductors based in the USA. The Guild offers services to enhance the training and development of conductors and promises to represent the views of conductors to the larger community of music professionals.

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Photos & Videos

Erik posing for a picture prior to playing timpani in concert with the PLNU orchestra.

Dr. Garriott speaking at the University of South Carolina in 2017.

Conducting with the PLNU concert band; 2007.

Conducting and rehearsing the University of South Carolina Symphony Orchestra in 2015.

Erik with the fabulous and world renowned cellist, Zuill Bailey.

Rehearsing with the University of South Carolina Symphony Orchestra for the "John Williams Extravoganza". Fall, 2015.


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