Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, and Piano
Eric Johnson is an Oregon native who’s first instrument was guitar, playing in rock bands through high school before studying Jazz Saxophone at the university level. Eric has a bachelors in Jazz performance from the University of Oregon and a masters in Improvisation from the University of Nevada Reno. While studying with Peter Epstein and Adam Benjamin from Kneebody, Eric recorded an album of original compositions that is due for release in October.
Eric teaches Saxophone (Alto, Tenor, Bari, and Soprano), and a variety of stringed instruments inlcuding Guitar, Bass, and Ukelele. His main musical interest is Jazz and traditional Jamaican music, but enjoys a wide variety of styles including rock, folk, and pop music.
Piano, Guitar, Ukulele, Harmonica and Banjo
Ryan grew up in a musical family and began playing the piano as soon as he was big enough to sit at the keyboard. He took piano lessons from the age of 4 to 16 and continued with guitar instruction through high school and while studying Music Education and Theory at the University of Southern Maine.
Ryan first began performing in jazz groups with his father and grandfather at the age of 12 and has never stopped being an active stage musician since. He is currently a member of the national touring act the Mark Sexton Band and is a founding member of local groups Terraplane and Thick Newton. He has opened for Modest Mouse and shared the stage with Karl Denson.
Ryan’s teaching style focuses on directing students down a path that will lead them to having a full and well-rounded musical education and possessing the technique necessary to play the music they want to play.