Eric Schroeder is the director of the community school’s Suzuki guitar program. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in guitar performance from NIU. A veteran soloist who specializes in flamenco, he performs with many ensembles. He has taught lessons in the community school for many years and has training in Suzuki guitar through Book 5. Eric has presented several sessions at the Suzuki Association of the Americas conferences. He is on the music faculty at Rockford College. He started the NIUkulele Ensemble in fall 2012.