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MM, New York University, Music Composition BM, Cleveland Institute of Music, Music Composition
My work as a composer is published and recorded, and has been performed across the globe, from venues in Winston-Salem through venues in Australia and everywhere in between.
Eric Schwartz has studied composition at the Cleveland Institute of Music, New York University, and both the Interlochen and Aspen Summer Music Festivals. Past teachers have included Margaret Brouwer, Donald Erb, George Tsontakis, and Randy Woolf. Primarily interested in a synthesis of musical archetypes, Schwartz is always at work on a variety of genre bending projects. Formative influences include an amalgamation of the glam metal of the late 80’s, and the baroque intellectualism of Arnold Schoenberg. His music has been performed on five continents, at venues ranging from Merkin Concert Hall in NYC and the BMW Edge Theatre in Melbourne, Australia to universities, coffee shops, gas stations, and bars of all shapes and sizes. He has received awards and grants from Meet the Composer, ASCAP, The Society for New Music, The Puffin Foundation, The Cleveland Chamber Symphony, and The Ohio Federation of College Music Clubs.
Schwartz has served on the faculties of New York University, Hunter College, the Lucy Moses Music School, and most recently the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and is the artistic director of the Winston-Salem, NC based experimental music group Forecast Music. He was formerly a Resident Composer for the Los Angeles based Tonoi contemporary music ensemble, the Minnesota based Renegade Ensemble, and NYC’s Vox Novus. His debut CD 24 Ways of Looking at a Piano, named one of the top classical CDs of 2005 by All Music Guide, is available from Centaur Records. His second solo album, OYOU is available now from CD Baby. His music is also available on Signum Classics, Capstone Records, Trace Label, and a host of others, and is published by Murphy Music Press and Lovebird Music . Following a wonderful, rewarding decade in NYC, Schwartz has taken a position at the University of North Carolina School for the Arts, where he serves as Music Director for the School of Dance. He and his wife, graphic designer Erin Raines, are currently living in lovely Winston-Salem, NC.!
I believe that learning should be fun. I love music, and my most crucial goal is passing that love and passion onto students that I work with. I work with a variety of different methods, depending on the needs and interests of the student, and am always happy to be flexible, with the end goal of having a great time making music. I want to instill a love for music making in all of my students, and am happy to take whatever approach is necessary to make that happen. As long as learning is a joy, I feel that my goal has been accomplished.
I would describe my style as amiable and accessible. Making music should be a joy! I have taught students ranging in age from five to eighty-five, and am always happy to adjust my teaching style accordingly to meet the particular needs of the particular student. I am a friendly and personable fellow who loves to teach, and always try to ensure that this comes through in my approach to teaching. I always work to find out what a students is hoping to get out of their experience, and tailor my teaching to reach those goals.
Eric is great. He's very relatable and flexible. He's made lessons really fun thus far :)
Eric is awesome! My daughter loves going to her lessons. She only has had 5 or 6 and already plays several songs.
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