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BA, Wesleyan University, Sociology Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Program, Jazz Studies
Hello! My name is Eric, and I'm a multi-instrumentalist with the deepest history on trumpet. I began playing the trumpet at the age of 7, taking private lessons that I continued through high school with several wonderful teachers. I began playing in ensembles at the age of 9. I began playing the bass at 15, drums at 17, and guitar at 19. I now perform on all instruments. I’ve been very fortunate to play and perform in a wide number and variety of ensembles over the years. Since moving to Philadelphia in February of 2016, I’ve been excited to do as much teaching as I can. Looking forward to working with you!
I began teaching informally while I was in high school, giving friends and family tips and impromptu lessons on basic musical concepts. This continued to develop as I went to college, forming long-term teaching relationships with a small studio of friends who were eager to learn. I also had a small studio in Hudson, NY, while I was living there. I've always found that cultivating a student's natural curiousity and letting it determine the course of a teaching relationship is the best way to foster a steadfast love for music, and it's always a joy to see the students cultivate that creative spark that leads them to whatever musical avenues they wish to pursue.
I like to give the students the tools to become their own teachers. As their private teacher, my goals are threefold: firstly, to help them build an understanding of the fundamentals of their instrument, including relevant techniques, posture, etc. Secondly, to help them build an understanding of musical concepts and of musicianship in general, including melody, harmony, rhythm, basic theory, etc. Thirdly, to help them cultivate a vibrant practice and playing program, including optimizing fun while practicing otherwise dry material, scaffolding their learning to extrapolate on what they already know, and giving them the tools to improve and develop with or without a teacher. If I can help them form a working understanding of these three basic areas, I know they’ll be well on their way to becoming a solid, well-rounded musician in whatever discipline they choose to follow.
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