Eric CarlsonMusic Teacher
Eric Carlson pilots a ship manned by his students on a voyage of musical exploration. He helps young people develop practical musical skills, experience, and knowledge that they can use throughout their life, whether or not they pursue a higher musical education. Mr. Carlson studied music at Bates College in Maine and with many private teachers of bluegrass, old-time, traditional Shona music of Zimbabwe, classical Hindustani music of India, traditional New Mexican music, jazz, and good ol' rock and roll.
Before becoming a teacher, Mr. Carlson spent many years performing professionally throughout the Southwest. He was awarded a grant from the state of New Mexico to study clawhammer banjo with banjo master Tom Adler of Santa Fe. From 2009-2011 he served as President of the Southwest Pickers, presenters of the annual Santa Fe Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Festival. He has written for Flatpick Guitar magazine, and was instrumental in the successful campaign to legalize busking, or street performance, in Santa Fe. Mr. Carlson is proud to be a part of the team at ATC.