Eric Augustine Lopez is a San Antonio native, and has been playing musical instruments since the 4th grade, starting with the trumpet. He played in school band programs every year since then, through middle school, high school, and college. Eric’s instrument experience includes the French horn, piano, guitar, violin, synthesizers, saxophone, and voice.
Eric studied music at Texas A & I University in Kingsville, Texas. He graduated in 1985 with a Bachelor of Music in voice and music education, earned his Texas Teacher Certificate, and continued with graduate studies in Kingsville and at Our Lady Of The Lake University in San Antonio. His first year as a teacher was with the Kingsville I.S.D. as a middle school choir director.
He returned to San Antonio in 1987, performed with the San Antonio Opera Theater, and continued teaching as a general music classroom teacher, guitar and piano teacher, high school band and choir director. His grade level teaching experience is from kindergarten through high school, and beyond.
Teaching is Eric’s passion, but he enjoys a wide variety of things like golf, tennis, camping, chess, musical theater, and archery, for which he has a handful of competition trophies. He also plays in a pop rock band. And he believes there’s even more to get out of life. He’s also writing two books, but more than anything, Eric Augustine Lopez loves helping others enjoy music as much as he does.
Growing up in a family of parents with six kids, there was never a dull moment. Sports, music, band practices, chores, and occasional family vacations made for a fortunate childhood. Eric likes to think he gets to re-live his childhood through music. Although today Eric and his wife, Laura, have their own child, John Augustine. At age seven, this kid already has experience on drums, piano, guitar, and singing. He doesn’t want to wait for the 4th grade to get started. But it’s never too late to learn how to play an instrument. Eric believes he can teach anybody. Thirty years of experience should tell his story quite well.