Alan Bell

Alan B.

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Hey everyone! In my classes we'll learn about the guitar, its different parts, how it's tuned and why, learn how to play chords, chord progressions, as well as basic Harmony and how it functions in music. Together we'll work to help you reach your musical goals, whether they be learn how to play your favorite song or gain a deeper understanding of music as a whole.

About Alan B.

Hello everyone!

My name is Alan, I'm a life long musician who now at the age of 28 composes, performs, and teaches music as a full time profession.

My first contact with the piano was at six years old when I began taking lessons from a teacher in my home town. During this time I learned how to read music and perform in front of an audience. As I grew older I began to study other instruments; saxophone throughout grade school, and later in high school guitar and drums. Through life's circumstances, my senior year of high school I had the opportunity to become a band member of a nationally recognized pop/rock band, for whom I was the drummer. During the following 3 years, I lived a vigorous touring schedule, had the pleasure of visiting hundreds of north american cities, and learned a ton about music as an industry.

As that period of my life came to an end I was ready for a change. I moved to Bogotá, Colombia (I'm of Colombian - American descendants) where I studied International Marketing and Logistics at one of the country's top universities. In the form of extra curricular classes, music would find its way back into my life; I studied latin drumming, classical piano and music theory very intensely while still keeping up with normal school work. During this time, I participated in the writing and recording of an alternative rock album, played drums in a Blues standards band and did my college thesis on digital marketing of music.

From that point on to present day, my focus has shifted to jazz piano and music theory, arranging for trio and quartet formats, live performance, composition for film, teaching, and being an artistic entrepreneur. My goal as a teacher is to help my students see their potential and grow musically. I don't ask for perfection, nor do I believe in it. Dedication, enjoyment and curiosity about music are all it takes to enjoy a life long relationship with your musical side.

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Melissa
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I’ve been taking lessons with Alan for a while now. He is very knowledgeable about music and ties in playing music to the theory behind it to make it easier to understand. He is very patient and caters it to your level and skill. Alan has also been extremely accommodating with my crazy, ever changing schedule. Great teacher!

Posted May 24, 2020

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Experience

Composer, Pianist & Producer
May 2017 - Present

Music

With my team, I compose music (primarily in the Jazz and classical idioms) for film projects. We have created music for a variety of projects including short films, advertisements, and YouTube channels. I also arrange our original compositions for live performance in trio and quartet formats. My responsibilities include playing piano on all recordings and in live performance, harmonic and structural development of original compositions, and the production of all recorded music that we create.

Teacher
Mar 2014 - Present

(Independent)

I first began teaching in 2014, when an acquaintance asked if I gave guitar classes. Since then I have taught a variety of subjects, including piano, guitar, music theory, English as a second language, mathematics, and even finance. In the last few years, my focus as a teacher has become the piano and music theory. I have a profound interest in these subjects and I find it exciting to share this interest with students whom are eager to learn.

Drummer & Song Writer
Jan 2010 - May 2013

The After Party (Musical Group)

As a founding member of the pop group The After Party, I performed in 47 US states, and 100's of cities across the US and Canada. I co-wrote songs on the band's three album releases, the last of which charted on the iTunes Top 30 pop charts the month it was released.

Education

Independent Piano Studies
Feb 2015 - Dec 2019

Universidad de la Sabana

International Marketing & Logistics
Aug 2014 - Dec 2018

Universidad de la Sabana

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Post Graduate Certification in Composition of Music for Film
Mar 2020

Pontificia Universidad Javeriana

Pre-Masters course designed to prepare the student for a career as a film composer. Topics covered include classical composition (form and style), orchestration, synchronization of music with image, and the film industry. Current student, expected date of completion: July, 2020

Affiliations

SESAC
Jun 2011
SESAC currently licenses the public performances of more than 400,000 songs on behalf of its 30,000 affiliated songwriters, composers and music publishers, which include such familiar names as Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, RUSH, Charli XCX (PRS), Disclosure (PRS), Zac Brown, Mumford & Sons (PRS), Lady Antebellum, The Avett Brothers, Shirley Caesar, Paul Shaffer and Thompson Square. SESAC has long represented the music on some of TV’s biggest shows including Grey’s Anatomy, How I Met Your Mother, Parenthood, Dateline NBC, Dr. Phil, Seinfeld, and The Doctors among many others and is the PRO of choice among many of Hollywood's most sought-after film and television composers including Christophe Beck, Danny Lux, Jon Ehrlich, Dennis C. Brown, Bruce Miller and Paul Shaffer among many others.

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