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Eastern Iowa Arts Academy - Professional Instructors

Instructors

Eastern Iowa Arts Academy provides students with excellent leadership and instruction in all areas of the arts. Currently, EIAA has over 45 staff members who specialize in art, dance, drama, creative writing, cultural arts and music instruction.

 

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Craig Erickson

BIO

 Both of my parents taught school In Cedar Rapids.My mom taught private piano lessons at our home ,and my dad did the same on guitar. I play guitar,piano,bass,drums,sing and write songs.
 I started at the age o f 13 and played in school jazz bands,choirs,and my own rock bands.I play rock,jazz,blues,funk,reggae,soul,country,acoustic,etc.
I was signed to a record contract in 1992. I have toured with Glenn Hughes from Black Country Communion and recorded with many well known musicians over the years. I have toured Europe 8 times and have 12 solo CDs out.
 I have written over  500 songs and have published 150 with music used in various TV shows.
 My website is craig-erickson.com.
Recently I\'ve been playing with 4 area bands,writing for,recording,and producing various artists and teaching private lessons at the Music Loft.



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Available Classes

Class NameClass DescriptionClass CategoryFeeClass LocationSchedule
Guitar II-Guitar Adventures(beginning guitar experience suggested) The goal is to see the guitar as a form of creativity, expression and shared communication. We will discuss chord structure, substitutions, different strumming and picking techniques. Also, we will analyze basic song structure and songwriting while learning the basics of playing solo, and with different sized groups. It is infor-mation geared towards making the guitar playing experience fun and fulfilling.music0.00RooseveltMonday
3:00-4:00
Rock Band - MetalHeavy Metal band for intermediate to advanced musicians.music75.00Music and Arts StudioSaturday
12:30pm-1:30pm
Heavy ShredNationally acclaimed guitarist Craig Erickson will teach techniques of heavy shred for the lead guitar. Knowledge of guitar required.music60.00Music and Arts StudioMonday
5:30pm-6:30pm
Intermediate GuitarDo you know your chords? Are you playing some tunes? Let’s ramp it up a notch. Students will improve their techniques and broaden their song choices. Bring your own guitar or borrow one from the academy. music0Music and Arts StudioWednesday
4:30pm-5:30pm
Rock Band - MetalHeavy Metal Band is for intermediate to advanced musicians. Students will perform at local venues.music75.00Music and Arts StudioSaturday
12:30pm-1:30pm
Rock Band - MetalHeavy Metal band for intermediate to advanced musicians.music75.00Music and Arts StudioSaturday
12:30pm-1:30pm
Heavy ShredNationally acclaimed guitarist Craig Erickson will teach techniques of heavy shred for the lead guitar including genres such as fusion, blues, rock, country, jazz and all kinds of shred. Knowledge of guitar required.music40.00Music and Arts StudioMonday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
10:30am-11:30am
Rock Band Boot Camp IIBring your instrument and come learn the ropes of the rock industry. This workshop is sponsored by the Paul Engle Association for Community Arts and provides hands-on experience in the recording studio, sampling demos in electronic music, tutorials with various pedals for electronic instruments and a jam session! 10.00Music and Arts StudioFriday
2:00pm-4:00pm
Beginning GuitarProfessional, nationally known musician Craig Erickson will conduct a structured, step-by-step approach to guitar in a fun, friendly and supportive atmosphere. Students will learn basic guitar methods, chords and finger placement. Bring your own acoustic guitar or borrow one of ours! music0.00Music and Arts StudioTuesday
4:30-5:30pm
Rock Band - THE UNKNOWNGenre: Heavy Metal This Rock Band is for middle to advanced students.Opportunities for performance, songwriting and recording. Auditions required. 319-350-1805music75.00Music and Arts StudioThursday
4:30-5:30pm
Guitar 1Professional guitarist Craig Erickson will instruct students in basic guitar method, finger placement, chord structure, and strumming patterns.  Join the fun of learning to play the guitar.  Bring your own guitar or borrow one from the academy!music0.00FranklinThursday
3:00pm-4:00pm
Guitar IIContinue learning beginning guitar with Craig! Any student is welcome for this class wanting to advance beyond the beginning chords.music0.00Music and Arts StudioTuesday
4:30-5:30pm
Rock Band - THE UNKNOWNHeavy Metal band for intermediate to advanced musicians.music75.00Music and Arts StudioSaturday
1:30-2:30pm
Blues GuitarLearn the ins and out of blues guitar with professional performing musician Craig Erickson. Advance not only your genre knowledge but your guitar solo skills as well. Students are encouraged to enter the class with existing knowledge of the guitar.music60.00Music and Arts StudioWednesday
3:30-4:30pm

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