Phone: (469) 389-2656


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 Rice Middle School

This school year will be my second with the Rice Ravens! I am extra excited that this will be my 6th year educating Plano's most talented students. I am not native to Texas, but after 9 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??

Collaborative music-making brings me joy, and I believe that the feeling of working together in an ensemble is an experience that is impossible to duplicate in any other discipline. Orchestra is not about playing notes on a page, but about expressing 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 and to get them to hone their skills and explore the ever-expanding world of music.

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  • 1st Period - Beginner Violin & Viola / ASSIST

    2nd Period - Adv. Intermediate Orch / ASSIST 

    3rd Period - Conference 

    4th Period - Beginning Cello/Bass 

    5th Period - Intermediate Orch 

    6th Period - Advisory

    7th Period - Advanced Orch

    8th Period - Beginning Violin & Viola