Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, Oberlin College Bachelor's Degree in Cello Performance, Oberlin College Master's Degree in Cello Performance, Southern Methodist University Master's Degree in Music Education, Southern Methodist University
Mr. Eric Tannenbaum
Hello! I'm Mr. Tannenbaum, Assistant Director of Orchestras at Frankford Middle School, and this year also at Rice Middle School!
This will be my 5th year teaching at Frankford, my 1st year at Rice, and also my 5th year as a teacher in PISD. I am not native to Texas, but after 8 years of living in Dallas I'm proud to call it my home. I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio and as a young student I took up the study of the cello and became enchanted with playing in orchestra. In addition to my interest in music, I also swam competitively from elementary school through college, so I have much experience with juggling multiple time-consuming interests. Before I left Ohio, I attended Oberlin College where I studied Music Performance and Psychology. Upon moving to Dallas, I enrolled at Southern Methodist University where I received Master's degrees in Cello Performance and Music Education.
When I'm not teaching, I'm performing in my wedding music string quartet, playing rock music in my band, cooking a new recipe, or hanging out with my three cats!
Why do I teach??
I teach music because there is a type of joy derived through collaborative music-making that is impossible to duplicate in any other discipline. Orchestra is not about playing notes on a page, but about expressing musical feelings and emotions through an instrument whose voice is one's own. I feel like it is my duty to help students find their instrumental voices.