John Eagle

John E.

Los Angeles, CA
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French Horn Lessons

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I have been playing horn for 20 years and graduated with my Masters from CalArts where I studied horn with Robin Graham and Daniel Grabois in New York before that. I am equally at home in jazz/rock/pop in addition to Classical playing. Before moving to LA four years ago I toured the east coast playing with NYC band Horse's Mouth and was the Principle Hornist in the Sage City Symphony in Vermont.

Depending on each student's goals/needs, we will focus on Classical horn technique, jazz/pop/rock horn, improvisation, orchestra/chamber/solo repertoire, and/or electronic processing on the horn.

Books used: Standard of Excellence (beginner), Essential Elements (beginner), Yamaha (beginner), Kopprasch (intermediate/advanced), Maxime-Alphonse (advanced), Verne Reynolds (advanced)

About John E.

I've been playing music for over twenty years as a brass player, pianist, guitarist, composer, and electronic musician. I've studied and performed across the country—starting in Seattle, then New York and the northeast, and finally here in Los Angeles.

As a performer, I have trained and play extensively on the French horn, piano, and guitar. I perform in a variety of styles—from classical to jazz, pop/rock styles, and modern and experimental music.

As a composer and sound designer, I work in a variety of settings, from composing for orchestra, string quartet, percussion, and groups of all shapes and sizes, to designing sound for theater and film.

I earned my Bachelor's degree at Bennington College in Vermont and my Master's degree at CalArts. I play all around LA as a freelance orchestral musician, in my brass quartet, a studio hornist (recorded on's last album, The Grasshopper Lies Heavy, and with Horse's Mouth, to name a few), and in various other groups. I have taught at Bennington College, Summer Sonatina Piano School, Sage City Symphony's Young Composers Project, CalArts, Barnsdall Park's Junior Art Center, and Santa Monica Music Center. I have been teaching privately since high school and love working with students to meet their individual goals in music.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide my own instrument for demonstration and group playing when applicable. I provide sheet music and method books for use in lessons or temporary loan. I expect students to have their own instrument and music stand for use during lessons. If using electric guitar, they should have their own amplifier. In theory or songwriting lessons, they should have their own staff paper. I ask students to purchase their own method books and music when needed.

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Matthew A. Dec 28, 2015

John is very patient and works well with children. He is always prepared for the lessons. Recommend!

Brandon A. May 12, 2015
Guitar · In studio

John is a great teacher! He's open to working with many styles and he's talented in more than one instrument.

Christoffer S. Aug 19, 2014
Composition · In studio

John is a brilliant composer and instrumentalist. I worked with him extensively while studying at CalArts. His musicianship and knowledge of music theory is in depth, and he is easily able to pass this information on to students. I highly recommend him as a teacher to any level of musician.

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Piano Instructor
Sep 2014 - Present

Private Music Center

I teach piano and horn to students of all levels.

Brass Instructor
Jan 2015 - Aug 2017

Private Music Center

I give lessons to Piano, guitar, French horn, trumpet, and trombone students.

Brass Studio Instructor
Aug 2013 - Dec 2016

Private Music Studio

Teach all French horn and trumpet students.

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Sep 2011 - May 2013

California Institute of the Arts

I taught several portions of the music core curriculum including Aural Skills (beginning, intermediate, and advanced) and Keyboard Fluency.

Theory/Ear Training Faculty
Aug 2009 - Jun 2011

Bennington College

I taught beginning, intermediate, and advanced ear training and theory courses, and directed music for college theater productions.

Sep 2010 - May 2011

Sage City Symphony

Developed and taught program for young composers and led special project to write pieces for orchestra which were premiered on annual youth concert.

Principal French horn
Mar 2005 - May 2011

Sage City Symphony

Principal horn, led section, and was featured soloist for two concerts (Mozart's Horn Concerto #2, and Randall Neal's premiere concerto).

Jun 2010 - Aug 2010

Summer Sonatina

Taught daily private lessons in composition, theory, and electronic music to students of all ages.


MFA Performance/Composition
Sep 2011 - May 2013

California Institute of the Arts

B.A. Music Performance and Composition
Sep 2004 - Jun 2009

Bennington College



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Music Scholarship
Sep 2013

California Institute of the Arts

Los Angeles Composers Project Selection
Apr 2013

What's Next? Ensemble

John Hendrick Memorial Commission
Jun 2009

Bennington College

Academic Scholarship
Sep 2004

Bennington College


Music Teachers' Association of California
Jul 2017
MTAC aspires to be the recognized leader in (1) Student Programs, which make a positive impact in the quality of music education and in the lives of music students; (2) Member Programs, which inspire quality teaching, the pursuit of ongoing teacher education and member involvement with community outreach; (3) a thriving Foundation, which funds Student Programs and member needs through its investments, donations, and grants.
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Jun 2014
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.
American Composers Forum
Mar 2013
The American Composers Forum enriches lives by nurturing the creative spirit of composers and communities. We provide new opportunities for composers and their music to flourish, and engage communities in the creation, performance and enjoyment of new music.

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