Alex was born May 31, 1987. Since both of his parents were band directors, he grew up in a very musically inclined family. When he was 15 years old, during his freshman year of high school, he started studying percussion. A year later he began studying under Chad Kohler and continued to do so until 2009. During spring semester of 2009 he studied briefly under Richard Walker at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). In the fall of that year he then transferred to Butler University for an academic year and studied under Craig Hetrick and Jon Crabiel.
Beginning in 2011 Alex began studying attending University of Indianapolis and is currently studying under Paul Berns as well as Art Reiner. In addition to studying with them he has also went back to continue to study with his mentor Chad Kohler. In the time since Alex gr
aduated high school, he has been continuously presented with teaching opportunities. At the time, though, music was not looking like the best course of action for him. With the aid of Chad Kohler, Alex then began getting more involved with teaching percussion. Alex eventually went on to arranging his own parts for his students, as well as composing original percussion ensemble pieces. Alex is currently pursuing his Master's Degree in Music Technology at IUPUI.
In the time since he has been out of high school, he has taught at a number of schools including the Lynhurst 7th & 8th Grade Center, North Putnam Jr./Sr. High School, Broad Ripple Magnet School for the Arts & Humanities, and Lawrence Central. He has also taught at Arlington High School and Short Ridge High School.
When it comes to teaching music, what is known to be as the “Holy Trinity” comes to mind. While teaching I personally believe that it is important to challenge students just enough so that they are not discouraged and are still able to have fun.
The Holy Trinity plays a big role in this. What it consists of is embracing your students from all angles. This would be from ensembles and private lessons, which in turn then encourage them to practice. Ensemble, private lessons, and practicing are the three main categories that make up the “Holy Trinity.” And in using this, you can also be more involved with your students as well. It is always a good idea be friend your students as well and not just be the “teacher.” There is a great quote that goes like this, “They will never care about how much you know, until they know how much you care.” In which case has been proven to be very true time and time again.
It is important as a teacher to be able to inspire your students and to encourage them. Which is why I think it is important to be a good friend as well to your students. This way a kind of trust is formed and in turn can easily lead to the success of a music program. Also I do believe that it is important to expose students to as many forms of music as possible. This way they are not just stuck in one kind of mind set and if they choose to go into music for their career, then they have many different experiences they can pull and relate from. Plus they will also have some more knowledge of different cultures and music genres that can help not only create better music but also be more overall worldly in their personal life out side of music. Being able to learn about music is very important, and can easily impact a student’s life in many different ways that most subjects just do not have the capability to. This is what I believe about learning music and why I also love to teach it. I want my students to be able to have all the same great experiences I have had and more. Which is why I personally believe so heavily in a good music education.
*** Lesson Details *** Although the approach to teaching that I use comes across as being pretty laid back, I do expect what some might consider to be a lot out of my students. This is because I want to make sure that my students will be successful as musicians.
While a student is studying with me; they will learn about percussion from multiple angles. They will learn and be able to understand many basic music theory terms and principles. They will also learn how each percussion instrument is tied to one another in technique and how to easily transition from instrument to instrument.
Depending on the age of the student, after about three months of studying with me, the student will know a few major scales, most of the standard American rudiments, and some basic drum set concepts. After 6 months, the student will know all 12 major scales, be familiar with all 40 snare drum rudiments, and know a good portion of basic drum set.
Please keep in mind that results may vary depending on the age of the student and the amount of practicing they do on their own. Results also depend upon whether or not they are practicing correctly, which is something they will also learn how to do with me.
*** Studio Equipment *** In-studio lessons in basement with acoustic drum set. Street parking or drive way. Seating available for parents.
Lessons at the High School will be in the band room with their equipment.
*** Specialties *** I mostly specialize in marching percussion as well as 2 and 4 mallet percussion.
ALEX IS THE BEST! He’s actually become a friend of
The families but stil prefessional.
March 13, 2018
So far so good! Tristan really enjoys his instructor and is excited.
November 2, 2017
Alex is Very knowledgeable. He was great with my 13-year-old daughter. She learns a lot from him and really enjoys working with him. He is very good teacher and very patient. I like the fact that he gives her specific homework to work on. I look forward to working with him for a long time.
I am a 26 year old tutor, I have been playing guitar for 20 years, piano for 10, ukulele for 10, and bass for about 20 years as well. I have been teaching music for multiple years, and have worked with a wide variety of students (young and old) and instruments. I like to take a relaxed, productive approach to teaching music to help students develop their own style and let their creativity flourish in ways that a traditional class in music wouldn't allow. I can help you learn what you want, and if you aren't quite sure what that is, I can help you along in the process.
My years of education is too long to list here. I have had formal training in Music, many forms of dance, swim and Aerobics certified! Fully insured and background checked through the City of San Jacinto and the park and recreation centers.
I started trumpet as a young elementary schooler and began teaching private lessons in 2015. I had very poor technique up through highschool but landed a jazz performance major in college. I hurt myself playing and started to tear muscle in my lip. I decided I loved music too much to let it go so I took the long hard path of fixing my injury. I am a much better player, but more importantly I learned many things because of it. I want to teach these things to you because they help you become a better trumpet player faster.
When we start lessons, we will begin with breathing exercises as we need air to play trumpet. We will then work on developing a proper embouchure and making a nice sound. And later the more difficult parts like flexibility, dexterity, articulations, and of course... the belo
ved high notes!
Some of my students have asked about meeting less than every week because of personal schedules. I am 100% OK with this! HOWEVER, I do require we meet two times per month. This gives the student ample lesson time that gives progress in the long run.
That being said, I'm glad you have decided to take trumpet lessons and look forward to helping you create great music! If you have any questions and want to start lessons, send me a message. Let's get started!
First, its a big plus that he comes to the house. He is well educated and it is obvious he knows what he is doing. Andrew was able to immediately meet my granddaughter at the level of her experience and go from there. He is personable. She is already showing improvement; we are very pleased. Can't say enough good things about Andrew.
May 2, 2019
I first met Andrew when I joined the Temple University Diamond Marching Band. Andrew was the trumpet section leader and breath tech, and he made it his goal to ensure that everyone in the section could improve as much as possible by focusing in on the aspects of each individual's playing. In addition to knowing a lot about the trumpet and trumpet playing, Andrew was exceptionally friendly to everyone he worked with. He was always willing to offer advice not just about trumpet, but life in general, and he has greatly contributed to my trumpet playing and attitude towards life. I would recommend Andrew to anyone looking to improve their trumpet playing.
May 2, 2019
Andrew is a dedicated and trained trumpet player that has a great personality geared to sharing his thoughts and training experience to others. I have played with Andrew in both a concert band and brass ensemble setting. His knowledge of the trumpet has allowed Andrew to adapt to most settings like the concert band, brass ensemble, and specifically Jazz groups.
I am a professional guitarist, bassist, and songwriter. I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Jazz Guitar Performance from the University of Illinois.
I tailor lessons toward what each student wants to accomplish, whether it's to learn their favorite song or a whole new style of playing. This helps keep lessons fun and engaging as students can stay focused on their personal goals and learn more broad musical concepts at the same time.
Noah is very patient, encouraging, and enthusiastic. I felt comfortable and encouraged when taking lessons with Noah. I've taken private lessons for other instruments, but I'm a beginner with formal guitar lessons. Noah made it easy for me to get started at the first lesson. I would highly recommend Noah for beginners or experienced musicians.
April 17, 2019
Noah is an excellent teacher who does a fantastic job of tailoring his lessons to his students interests, and clearly communicating the concepts he is teaching. I've been taking lessons with him for several months and he has been able to keep the lessons fun and engaging.
September 17, 2018
Noah was a great teacher because he knew his stuff and he was patient. From jazz to rock, Noah had the tricks for licks! 10/10 would recommend. Why aren't you taking lessons from him already?
David W. has made numerous appearances across the country as an up-and-coming lyric tenor. Recent roles include Count Almaviva with "requisite Rossini high notes" (The Wall Street Journal) in Francesca Zambello's new production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia at The Glimmerglass Festival and Ernesto in Don Pasquale with Minnesota Opera, where David was hailed as “a true lyric tenor with strong Italianate stylings" and credited with “the sweetest singing of the evening” (Star Tribune). As the title role in Albert Herring with Union Avenue Opera, Broadway World called David "the perfect voice for this role."
David spent two years as a member of Minnesota Opera’s prestigious Resident Artist Program. There, he sang Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Tybalt in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette, and debuted the shepherd Silvio in a new production of the Lorenz
o Da Ponte rarity L’arbore di Diana by Vicente Martín y Soler. Other credits as a Resident Artist include multiple world premieres including covering Larry Renault in William Bolcom’s Dinner at Eight and singing Delbert Grady in Paul Moravec's The Shining, where Opera News described Mr. W. as "equally chilling in his casual charm and suavity."
Mr. W. made his Glimmerglass debut as Parpignol in La bohème and sang the role of Count Alberto in Rossini's L'occasione fa il ladro as a member of their Young Artist Program. He also covered Reverend Parris in Francesca Zambello’s staging of The Crucible, performed the tenor solo from Rossini’s Stabat Mater, and played Frederic in a scene from The Pirates of Penzance for special guest Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. As a Gerdine Young Artist with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Mr. W. covered Matthew Gurney in Tobias Picker’s Emmeline, sang a Student in La rondine, and Belmonte in scenes from Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio with the Saint Louis Symphony. He also sang Azor in Opera for the Young’s tour of Zemire et Azor by André Grétry and both Belmonte and Ernesto with Brava! Opera Theatre in Ashland, Oregon. David sang with Cantus Vocal Ensemble for three full seasons, touring the country and the world appearing at The Kennedy Center, The Royal Opera House of Muscat Oman, NPR Tiny Desk, and A Prairie Home Companion.
David is awesome! I really like his approach to singing. it's been fun to feel myself improve by just making small adjustments that I never would've thought of before. he has a great technique that anyone would benefit from - and the best part is that it's logical and just makes sense. fantastic lessons and a great approach to improving the singing voice easily!
I am a very funny and easy going person, but at the same time I am a very professional singer. I know very well that in order to achieve great results, you really need to commit yourself and work a lot, especially in your own time. My determination to make more people fall in love with Opera has driven my career both as a performer, and importantly as a teacher & coach. Specifically, I received a degree in music teaching?? at (what school??), and have worked with various clients, both professional and amateur. Through this experience, I have developed an ability to work with singers to identify key skills and specific problem areas, and work through them strategically to maximally improve their singing ability.
Angela started studying voice at her age 16 and after moving to the USA, she obtained the Artistic Diploma at Yale which led her
to start working at the Metropolitan Opera House(NYC) right after her degree. This is her 9th season at the Met and in the 2019/20 season she will cover Euridice in Gluck's Orfeo ed Euridice. Notably she has covered Nannetta (Falstaff), Zerlina (Don Giovanni).
Last season she successfully debuted two of the most iconic characters in opera: Mimì in 'La Bohème' in New Jersey (Orchestra of St.Peter) and Violetta in 'La Traviata' in Medellin, Colombia (Teatro Metropolitano).
During her career Angela has had the opportunity to work all around the world playing the leading role of ‘Murasame’ in the contemporary opera ‘Matsukaze’ in Charleston, SC (USA), Kiel (Germany) and Hong Kong.
Angela won numerous competitions including the prestigious 'Spiros Argiris' 1st prize in Sarzana Festival in Italy, directed by Sabino Lenoci and presented by the Soprano Katia Ricciarelli. She won Awards including: Zandonai (Italy), Andrea Chenier (Italy), Salice d'Oro (Italy), Giulio Neri (Italy), Gerda Lissner (USA), etc.
I am a Los Angeles based drummer, producer, composer, arranger, educator, and multi- instrumentalist. I have worked in the music business for over 20 years and have experienced it in many capacities. I’m highly experienced in music performance and have performed with hundreds of artists in every musical style and in every type of venue. I have toured extensively throughout the United States as well as in Europe and the Middle East. I’ve also played on hundreds of recordings with a wide variety of artists and have worked extensively as a session drummer for 17th St. Recording Studios in Costa Mesa, California and Hollywoodstock studios in Long Beach, Ca.
Since 2005, I’ve been employed as an instructor at Hollywood's Musician’s Institute, where I’ve taught private lessons as well as a wide variety of classes including Rhythm Section Worksh
ops, Technique, Odd Meter, Reading, Contemporary Drum Concepts, and Live Playing Workshops (Reggae, Country, Modern Rock, Hard Rock, Metal).
In 2016, I was credited as Christian Bale’s drum coach for Paramount Pictures’ The Big Short. I taught Batman to play the drums and he taught me how to pull a punch—true story!
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love Aeona C. 10 years old"
"My 6 year old absolutely loves Diego! He has great energy, and makes piano so fun. He's dedicated and so encouraging. His great intuition for music also h
elps. My daughter is learning so much"
"Michael is such an amazing teacher! He knows how to make the class fun and to adapt his methods based on what I need and am looking for! Very patient, tal
ented and smart. I've never had an instructor with such good energy!"
"The request for a review is a bit premature as I have only had one lesson with Rina, but it's obvious she knows her stuff. In just a few minutes of obse
rving my primitive play, she was able to help me improve and correct my technique. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute...and not one minute of the lesson was wasted. She is focused, clear, and precise in her instruction. At the same time, she creates a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere in which to learn."
"I learned more in 30 MInutes from Fawn then I did in years with other instructors
I learned more in 30 minutes with a vocal lesson than I've learned in y
ears of destructive music and voice lessons from teachers all over the US. She's got a fantastic ear and is able to pinpoint problems so quickly. She's also no-nonsense, but is also very encouraging and inspiring. She's very talented at getting the best out of new people and seasoned performers alike. Highest recommendation. After her lessons, I had a huge gig at the Orange County Fair with Roger Daltry headlining! He teaching gave me confidence and I sounded the best yet, singing live. I look forward to learning more from her. Penelope J."
"Madeline is sweet and so knowledgeable. She is one of the greatest teachers I have ever worked with. She can help with anything from the basics and fine t
uning to the most complicated of pieces. She makes the lessons fun and educational. In only a few weeks I feel I've learned more then I ever did in school music classes. 100% recommend."
"Sam has been awesome. He's very patient and encouraging, which fosters a great learning environment. It's also pretty clear that he's an experienced and k
nowledgable musician. I've learned quite a bit in my short time taking lessons with Sam, and I look forward to seeing how much I can progress. Good experience, all around."
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"Very friendly and welcoming first lesson. I felt a lot at ease and encouraged towards future lessons!
What are minor and 7th chords anyway? TakeLessons teacher Brian T. breaks down the music theory behind building these chords...
Learning guitar chords is one of the early challenges of learning the guitar. Very often a new student will find themselves presented with a host of fingering patterns that make little sense. "Why this set of frets and not that one?" the student wonders "Why, when I move my E major down a string does it become A minor?" With just a bit of music theory and a willi …