Eric Van Wagner
Eric Van Wagner
From L to R: Professor David Kirk Philp, Eric Van Wagner, Jess Frank, Dr. Steve Marcone.

A special Music Biz 101 & More interview with

Eric Van Wagner of Groove U


Music Biz 2016 Nashville

Eric Van Wagner has dabbled with the entertainment industry for most of his life. Eric started his college career by majoring in music education. Like college courses can do to you, he lost his interest in becoming a teacher and “really wasn’t looking to become a marching band director.” He moved onto performing, where he was a bassist in a band, looking for a record label deal but he realized that wasn’t for him – he enjoyed working with the studio’s engineers and being “behind the console” more than he enjoyed being on stage.

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His love for teaching never faltered, and that’s why he is an audio production instructor at Groove U, in Columbus, OH. He enjoys looking at the big picture in ways that can help influence his students in positive ways. Listen in to learn about what Groove U is, why Eric chose the career path that he chose, and what experiences he went through that taught him to be the person he is today – which everyone should give a listen to, especially if they’re unsure of what their future will hold.

Listen to the podcast below!!!

And I can’t forget to give a special “thank you” to the sponsors who made this trip to Music Biz 2016 possible:

Van Duyne, Bruno, Inc

Christine Vay Wealth Management

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Jess Frank is a Communication and Music Management student at William Paterson University. She is the co-producer of the only FREE advice college radio-based music & entertainment industry talk show in America, Music Biz 101 & Morewhich airs live most Wednesday nights and is available as a podcast HERE every night (days too). She also loves her job at New Jersey 101.5 where she engineers live broadcasts, produces on-air shows, and travels around the state to interact with the station’s fans. Reach her at or find him on LinkedIn HERE.

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