Teaching

Eric is Adjunct Professor of Brass and Director of Jazz Ensemble at Lakeland University. He teaches applied lessons in trumpet, trombone, euphonium, and tuba, and teaches the courses MUS303 Music Entrepreneurship, MUS301 Improvisation, and MUS 221 Jazz History. For more information about Lakeland University, please visit Lakeland’s music department here.

Eric teaches for GO MKE, a Milwaukee non-profit organization that brings band, orchestra, and private lessons to many Catholic schools throughout the Milwaukee Archdiocese.

Eric also maintains a successful private studio in Milwaukee and Cedarburg, WI.  He teaches lessons on trumpet, trombone,  euphonium (baritone) and tuba.

As a private teacher, Eric’s main purpose is to make brass playing FUN!   He caters his teaching style to all ages, abilities, and learning styles.  A beautiful sound, proper breathing, and solid fundamentals are the hallmarks of his pedagogy.  Eric’s experience in classical (solo, symphonic, chamber), jazz, latin, rock, and theater/Broadway gives students a well-rounded approach with focused instruction in any genre, if needed.  Many of his students have been selected to the UWAY and MYSO programs, received superior ratings at WSMA Solo/Ensemble, and pursued college music degrees.

Lessons are held Sunday-Friday at the following locations:

Be Sound Music Studio (Milwaukee’s East Side) – Tuesdays

Eric’s home in Cedarburg – Sundays, Mondays (summer only), Wednesdays, and Thursdays

*Rates vary depending on location, please contact me for details.

Lessons are also available online via FaceTime, Skype, Google Meet, Google Duo, and Zoom.

Master classes and clinics are available on a variety of topics, including: the sound of the trumpet, trumpet/brass fundamentals, preparing your contest solo, jazz vocabulary and style, care and maintenance of your brass instrument, the wedding trumpeter, the role of the brass instrument in an ensemble, orchestral section playing, audition preparation, music as a career, brass quintet playing, the freelance musician, selecting a new instrument/equipment, and more!

Contact me to learn more!

Eric holds performance degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (MM) and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (BM).  Eric’s primary teachers include Kevin Hartman and Darryl White, with additional influences from Wayne Bergeron, Bob Syverson, Lew Cole, and Norman Sodomka.