Alex S.

Alex S.

10 Reviews
Elmhurst, NY

About Alex S.

Background check: Last verified 10/21/2014
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Alex teaches: Males 10 and up
Females 10 and up
Teaching since: December 2005
Last sign in: 4 days ago
Average response time: 10 hours

Overview

*Note: Availability especially on the weekends can change depending on the week, lessons can be scheduled on a week to week basis

Experience:
Edward B Shallow Junior High School, Brooklyn, NY 2012
Joe's Music And Dance Academy, Queens, NY 2012-2014
Berklee Staff Accompanist Boston, MA 2008-2010
Pike School, Andover, MA 2010
Donn Carr Music Store Peabody, MA 2009
George's Music Store in Berwyn, PA 2003-2004

Notable Performances:
Grammy Award winning artist: Father Goose 2014, 2013
Tony Award winning producer: Dale Badway 2013
Stellar Award and GMWA Excellence Award winning artist: Kim Burrell 2013
Grammy Award winning artist: Tarey Torae 2012
Atlantic Recording Artist: Laura Izibohr opening for Brian McKnight 2012
Stellar Award and GMWA Excellence Award winning artist: Maurette Brown Clark 2012
Chris Rob (Roberta Flack, Talib Kweli) 2012
NYC venues such as The Blue Note, Lincoln Center, Irving Plaza, BB Kings, and Joyce Theater 2011

*** Lesson Details ***
I assess where the student is at with regards to where they want to be musically and cater the lesson plan to what the student needs.

*** Studio Equipment ***
12-inch guitar amp,12-inch bass amp, 8-inch guitar/bass amp, extra guitar, extra bass guitar, Logic 9 music software and audio interface. Seating is available.

*** Travel Equipment ***
If I drive I can bring a bass amp or a guitar amp.
They need to have their own instrument.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, R&B, Gospel, Pop, Rock, Hip Hop, Funk

Photos and Videos

Live performance/recording of R&B/Soul artist Alan Prater. Yours truly on bass

Education

Bachelor of Professional Music (magna) Sep 2004 - May 2008
Berklee College of Music
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10 Reviews on Alex S.

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Steve S. Dec 5, 2014
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Alex is a master at what he does and provided great insight during my lessons. He listened to my goals and tailored lessons to my ability. I had a lot of fun and look forward to learning more from Alex in the future!
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Dr. Daniel C. Dec 2, 2014
Bass Guitar · In home
Alex is an incredibly thoughtful and engaging instructor who is always focused and prepared for lessons. His insight is invaluable and makes lessons both fun and extremely rewarding. I would highly recommend Alex to students of any level or proficiency. He will not steer you wrong!
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Sarah B. Oct 5, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Alex is a great teacher. I’ve done so much more than I thought I would in the 8 months that we have worked together. He’s patient, calm, nice, and always willing to lend an extra hand. The lessons are fun and they fly by but you still leave knowing you learned something new. I’m happy that Alex is my teacher and I look forward to future lessons.
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Jason H. Sep 16, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Alex is an excellent teacher. I've been taking guitar lessons with him for a few months now, and I'm completely satisfied wtih his classes. Aside from being extremely talented and knowledagable, he constantly adapts our classes to a comfortable and appropriate level. As a result, I always feel that I'm understanding the information that he's trying to communciate. I've learned so much working with Alex in such a short amount of time, and I'm always looking forward to our next lesson. I highly reccommend Alex as a guitar or bass teacher.
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Carlos G. Jun 17, 2014
Bass Guitar · In home
Alex provides very personalized lessons at a very reasonable price. He is patient and very knowledgeable as to the history and theory of music. He is passionate about his craft and it shows through his teaching. Highly recommend !
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Hezal S. Jun 10, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Alex is a great guitar teacher. I like the way he teaches the guitar. He has made the music euphonious for me. He encourages me to listen the scales and chords while he plays and thus it helps me to learn guitar very quickly. I am new to guitar but Alex has made everything simple with his fun and friendly environment during the lessons. I would recommend him who is beginner like me in guitar.
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Kenneth U. Apr 5, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
Encouraging start

I am new to guitar but Alex has already given me useful pointers that I can practice between lessons. I have just started but things seem clearer than with a prior instructor. I look forward to the lessons and hope I achieve a degree of competence within a reasonable time.
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Clifton W. Jan 4, 2014
Guitar
A fantastic guitar teacher

Alex is a fantastic guitar teacher. Once he takes an assessment of the skills you currently have, and finds out your goals and taste is musically, he caters those lessons around that. He goes way beyond just teaching you scales and chords. He encourages you to develop your ears and to be more musical when playing scales and chords in order to develop your own sound. I think a great thing about Alex's teaching is that he creates a nice, relaxed and friendly atmosphere during the lesson. He does push you to do more when he thinks you can handle it, but he makes it fun, which is very important when learning the guitar. Alex is an awesome guitar teacher for any guitarist of any age.
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Bria B. Dec 26, 2013
Guitar
Versatile teacher dedicated to aiding you in developing your sound and understanding the things you hear in music in your daily life.

Alex is an excellent guitar teacher. His approach to teaching guitar and theory is fun and personalized. He assesed my playing, identified my strengths and weaknesses, and asked me what my goals were and what i expected to gain from taking private lessons. Then he tailored lessons to suit my individual needs and wants. Alex makes it a priority for me to recognize and develop my personal sound so i can better express myself musicaly both as an artist and a human being. Also the way he teaches theory is effective because he immediately shows its applicability. Most importantly Alex encourages me to take what I learn to the next level and challenge myself which is a habit that should be utilized in your study of music as well as you every day life. His consistancy, professionalism and overall positive attitude makes for a promising learning environment.
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TajhmaC Jun 23, 2011
Finally!!!

I performed in front of my family and church before by plucking a few notes and my family was proud of me for starting. But since I met Alex and he taught me the notes to Peter Gunn theme, and I performed in front of my family, they said "finally" mom, you got it going on!. I said its Alex, and his teaching style, he listens, he instructs and most of all he encourage me. He is great!