Eric Sutz

Piano Faculty
Program Area: 
Private Instruction
Group Lessons
Jazz Studies
Adult Studies
With Music Institute of Chicago since: 

Bachelor of music, Depaul University

Significant teachers and mentors: 

Eric Sutz graduated with a Bachelor of Music from DePaul University in 1980. While at DePaul he played a wide variety of engagements in addition to teaching piano and guitar. He has been employed as a musician, accompanist, arranger, conductor and teacher for over forty years. From 1981-1993 Eric worked full time as a music director, rehearsal and audition pianist for the Candlelight, Marriott Lincolnshire, Wisdom Bridge and Goodman Theater. Eric also taught music theory at Carmel HS and was the assistant and primary choral director, accompanist and solo pianist for the European tour of the Concert Choir.


Eric studied classical piano with Eloise Niwa and Joyce Sklar, conducting with Dr. William Huber and Kevin Stites, and jazz piano with Judy Roberts, Howard Levy, Larry Novak, Willie Pickens, John Campbell, Joel Daley, Mike Kocour, and Greg Fishman. He also studied the history and styles of the great Chicago boogie and blues artists with Erwin Helfer. He has been an active member of the NSMTA since 1978. His book: “How to Play and Teach Popular Music Creatively” was published in 1986 and has had three printings. Eric is a faculty member of the Music Institute of Chicago and Stevenson HS and has been teaching in his Wheeling, IL home studio since 1984. His hobbies include: Martial arts, travel, yoga, scuba-diving, history, natural history and reading.

Favorite composer or piece to play: 

Bach, Chopin, Gershwin, Ellington, Debussy