Eric Hamilton has studied with Christopher Parkening at Montana State University 2000; Roland Dyens,
professor, Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris, 2006, composer / guitarist, Mason Williams, Ron Galen (Contra
Costa College); Paul Henry (Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and the Chicago Institute of Music) and David and James Kalal
(Dana School of Music, Ohio State University (Youngstown). He also studied music theory with Dr. Phillip Catlinet at Carnagie-Mellon
University. He currently studies with Robert Gurney, music director at Grace Cathedral and the San Francisco Lyric Chorus.
Maintaining the traditions of Andres
Segovia and Christopher Parkening, as well as applying a "natural" approach to the guitar, his high-energy yet low-key
approach has been an inspiration to his many students. As maestro Parkening says, "...no matter what it is you
play, play it beautifully..." By living this message as an artist, and clearly communicating what is required both
physically and mentally to play the guitar properly, Eric has produced many very satisfied students. (See
Eric Hamilton - Recommendations and Letters
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|San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and Eric Hamilton
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Eric teaches Guitar
classes and Rock Ensemble at the Conservatory of Vocal / Instrumental Atrs (COVA) at the Golden Gate Academy in the Oakland
hills and at the French American School, Cathedral School for Boys, and the Katherine Delmar Burke School for Girls all
in San Francisco. He has taught guitar at the Arts Consortium of Cincinnati, music education within the Canyon Country
Unified School District, Los Angeles County and at a host of music stores and private studios over the past 25 years all across
America. Presently, Eric offers private classical guitar instruction by appointment to San Francisco residents.
Eric finds special
inspiration introducing music to a new generation of performing artists From 2004-7 he coached the band "Free Lunch," a diverse
Rock group of hugely talented young teens. "Free Lunch" gained special attention on many stages throughout the Bay Area. In
October of 2005, they performed at Yerba Buena Gardens for a captive audience of several hundred listeners including San Francisco
Mayor Gavin Newsom. That same year, Mayor Newsom awarded him the Certificate
of Honor for his work with the musically talented youth in the city and county of San Francisco and he has been invited to
perform several times at San Francisco City Hall. In 2006, Free Lunch kicked off
a major fundraising program in San Francisco, Free Lunch for African Kids.
Their goal, to provide medical aid and supplies, school supplies, and food directly to two orphanages in Zambia
(2006) and Uganda (2007). A month-long journey to Kenya and Uganda by Free Lunch member representatives took
place in August, 2007.
Some letters to Free Lunch recognizing their
Fantastic, good on you guys, Jenny is a member of the Friends of Ebenezer Australia fund raising Team. So now I add my congrats
to you and hope and trust that you will continue to help others in need and especially these kids on the streets in Livingstone
for they sure need to come into the Ebenezer Trust School. So whatever you can continue to do will be greatly appreciated
by those who have no way of helping themselves; the poor and orphanaed kids in Livingstone Zambia. So bless you guys heaps.
Lenore Burton Maleny Qld Australia
Nov 11, 2007, 05:29 PM
global care unlimited: wow- I wouldn't think that people would go to such limits to help others. Here where I go to school, we have
clubs called WITS and Global Care Unlimited- we're trying to build a school in Ethiopia. Keep up the good work!
Oct 7, 2007, 02:05 PM
Jenny & John: Dear Christina, Thank you for the Ebenezer story. It is so encouraging. We are part of a group in Australia who
also support Ranji and we know just how hard it is for these children. Knowing that you are also now raising funds to give
these children a 'hand up' helps us to press on with all our fundraising efforts too. Thanks so much for putting Ebenezer
on your page/blog.
Cheers Jenny Aug
20, 2007, 07:28 AM
Some letters from students and parents of students
Eric has been working with my son for a year now and I am amazed at the level of progress my son has made. Eric
continues to inspire my son while building his repertoire, and fine-tuning his skills. Eric expects a certain level of commitment
from his students and he receives it because of the level of mutual respect he fosters. I highly recommend Eric to anyone
who is serious about playing the guitar!
May 16, 2005
We are so grateful
for the instruction and inspiration you've given Zoe-She was ready to give up several times and is so glad she didn't!
Both my brothers were
at the concert and were so impressed with the duet, and of course, your amazing accompanying throughout the concert. Zoe
is so fortunate to be able to take instruction from such a talented musician !...Sincerely, Melissa and Zoe
May 16, 2005
...you were heroic
yesterday, and i thought you really got the recognition you so thoroughly deserve! talent, professionalism and good vibes:
you are one in a million, mister!
Eric also offers advice online.
or to schedule an appointment.