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 third with the Rice Ravens! I am extra excited that this will be my 7th year educating Plano's most talented students. I am not native to Texas, but after 10 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 

    2nd Period - Advanced Intermediate Orchestra

    3rd Period - Conference

    4th Period - Intermediate Orchestra

    5th Period - Beginner Violin & Viola

    6th Period - Advisory

    7th Period - Advanced Orchestra

    8th Period - Beginning Cello/Bass