Bass Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Singing, Broadway Singing, Classical Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Percussion, Songwriting, Speaking Voice
My name is Aleksis B., but many of my students know me as Mr. B. I am a professional instructor and performing musician who combines a love of music with a desire to help others who want to achieve their highest musical potential. I try to make that passion show in everything I do.
My education includes classical voice training with Michele Howard Hansen, an opera singer that often performs at the Kennedy Center. I studied piano with Geoffrey Chappell, who writes for Jazz Times. I also received compositional training on multiple instruments from Stanley Cowell, who recorded and performed with legends like Miles Davis.
I have been performing professionally since 1992. I studied education in college and did my student teaching in a music class at Goshen Elementary School in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
I have been teaching music professionally now for over twenty years. Some students want to take a few lessons to see if it is something they will enjoy, others have worked with me for over a decade. I have mentored several students who have gone on to professional careers. I have experienced a lot of success teaching young children and those with special needs. I have been blessed with a tremendous amount of patience and truly enjoy teaching anyone who wants to learn.
Whatever your goals or abilities, I look forward to working with you!
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Classical Guitar, Flamenco Guitar, Mandolin, Music Theory, Songwriting, Ukulele, Banjo
I have been playing for about 35 years and teaching music and guitar for 25 years. I have a Bachelor of Music in Jazz and Classical guitar. I've taught at the University level and currently maintain a professional studio in Arlington, Virginia. I am very well versed in many different styles of music including, Rock, Blues, Jazz, Classical and Suzuki guitar. Students who decide to sign up with me, will have a lesson plan, a strategy for meeting their musical goals and will enjoy themselves in the process.
Guitar, Piano, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory
I'm not just personable and highly qualified but I truly love to mentor young enthusiasts music and I believe the importance of adapting my teachings to each students needs and desires. After over 13 years of studying Music in both here in the US and in Brazil I've come to realize through my parents and my creative mentors and peers that I should teach kids and continue to pursue art, music and education by doing so. It's important for me to be part of the cultural enrichment of society.
Bass Guitar, Drum, Guitar, Piano, Singing, Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Saxophone, Songwriting
I began my studies in music during high school, where I began to pursue a career as a vocalist. I studied for 6 years under professional opera singer, Paul Nelson, and later landed a role in the chorus of 'Annie Get Your Gun' on Broadway starring Burnadette Peters and Tom Wopat.
I continued my studies at Wheaton College, MA, and graduated with a B.A. in Music and Composition. Throughout college, I directed and conducted several vocal and instrumental groups and also began teaching. I specialized in vocal arranging, music production, and performance.
After graduating in 2008, I taught 60 students per week in voice, guitar, piano, saxophone, drums, music theory, and music production (Pro Tools).
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Classical Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Songwriting
Music Instructor and Performer
Germantown MD. Career Objective
Contribute to the success and direction of dedicated musicians, of all ages and levels, by encouraging and engaging them into learning to play music, entailing the presentation of music through listening, reading sheet music, and performing alone and in group settings.
I've preformed music since age of 5, studied music from age of 26. I am a seasoned technically trained experienced musician. Talented in most styles of popular music, Jazz, Latin, Reggae, Rock, Blues. I have outstanding people skills, including strong written and oral communications. I have conceived of, pioneered and advanced theory and practice techniques in the application of "The New Intervallic Sight Reading Approach" which reduces the time it takes to learn and advance proficient reading of the musical staff.
I've developed and spearheaded a music curriculum at The House of Khamit in Washington DC., this was the largest and oldest cultural store that Washington D.C. had to offer as of 3/12/12.
Organize and direct student bands, for performing at recitals', and other small events.
I've been teaching guitar, bass and music theory for well over the last 15 years, often in group or band settings, as well as individual classes. All ages are preferred.
A brief summery of my curriculum includes (not in any particular order), picking out an instrument, learning to sit or stand with the instrument. Learning a simple complete song. Learning the notes while learning how to finger the instrument while learning the scale and a simple melody all in the first position, in short multi-tasking the first five frets. Learning note values. Playing complete songs with chord charts, then playing by reading staff. Playing complete melodies. More left hand fretting and right hand picking technique with and or without a plectrum. Ear and rhythem training.
Music history, as it pertains to Spanish, Classical, Jazz, Blues, Rock, also the history of the origins of techniques as it pertains to individual artist that advanced the genres.
Transcribing music for use in sight reading in different keys.
"Bravo Music Lessons" from 2/07/09 to present.
"Arena Sound" Arlington Va. 4/10/2008 to present.
"The House of Khamit" Washington DC. from 4/12/05 to the 3/13/12.
"B Sharp C Natural" from 01/01/98 I have been training students under this name for over 10 years, this is my trade name.
I perform at various, events mostly as a solo artist, at coffee houses, bookstores weddings, and small events, private parties.
I continue to study, and practice music, for myself my students and fans. With no "formal" music education, I am well acquainted with pedagogy of the guitar and bass, song structure, and also the techniques which are in demand and specific to the instruments of guitar and bass.
My training includes an in depth knowledge and understanding of music theory, as it is applied to many styles of music, mostly in the tradition and direction of Jazz and Jazz improvisation.
References Available Upon Request
Guitar, Piano, Singing, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting
"… spirited and self assured…" - The Washington Post
"...saucy vocalist…" -DownBeat"
"... strong mentholated vocals…" - New York Times
In 2006 I competed in the London International Vocal Competition , I placed as a top finalist among some 107 competitors from over 25 nations.
I am a Washington D.C. Native. I studied music at the University of the District of Columbia with Professor Calvin Jones and continued at Howard University studying privately with drummer/vocalist Grady Tate (Sarah Vaughn, Quincy Jones). Heidi credits the legend with helping her find her “voice” as an artist.
I have performed and/or recorded with Nicholas Payton, Reuben Brown, Steve Williams, Russell Gunn, Orrin Evans, Eric Revis, Gregoire Maret and the late Keter Betts, since making her debut on the New York jazz scene at Birdland.
I lived and made my living recording and performing in New York City. I have performed at the legendary Blue Note, the Knitting Factory, The Zinc Bar (w/Ron Affif), Cachaca, Metronome.
Since returning home to Washington; I perform regularly at Blues Alley, Bohemian Caverns and Twins Lounge. Internationally at Jazz at the Kenzi in Casablanca Morocco, the Pori Jazz Festival, Finland and at Chelsea’s splendid Cadogan Hall in London, England.
I have recorded 3 albums to date; Alone Together, Hide & See hear, LOVE...and a feature vocalist on trombonist Reginald Cyntji's The Love Album releasing Feb 2013 along side such notables as Allyn Johnson, Herman Burney & Kush Abadey. Also on Trumpeter Russell Gunn’s 2008 release, Love Stories.
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