Alek Palmersmith

Alek P.

South Pasadena, CA
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Lesson Details

Music Recording

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I've taught music and audio engineering full-time for 6 years, and worked professionally for over 10 years. I'm comfortable teaching in English and Spanish. I focus on building a solid technical and artistic foundation that can serve you in all areas of audio engineering, including recording, mixing, live sound reinforcement, home studio work, music for film, post production audio, etc. I emphasize the importance of understanding signal flow, training your ears to listen critically to sound, and building up your knowledge of music production styles. I'd be happy to critique works in progress, giving you feedback to improve your art. We can focus on mic technique, arranging, songwriting, acoustics and studio design, and more.
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About

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Alek delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 8 to 75 and special needs

Teaching since:
2011

I’ve studied and worked as a musician, engineer, and educator in Ecuador, Spain, and the US. I got my bachelor’s degree at Berklee College of Music in Music Production and Engineering and Music Business and Management. After graduating, worked as a full-time professor of sound engineering and music production at Berklee BIN school, Universidad San Francisco de Quito (USFQ), one of the highest ranked universities in South America, where I taught eight classes per semester for two years, all in Spanish. In 2014, I joined the faculty of CSU, Chico, where I teach Recording Arts and Music Industry courses. I enjoy recording and mixing regularly on music and film projects.

Experience

Assistant Professor
Aug 2014 - May 2018
California State University, Chico

Faculty Advisor for Recording Arts and Music Industry
Taught Audio Recording I and II, Audio Seminar, Sound Reinforcement, Songwriting, Contemporary Music Ensemble, Computer Literacy for Musicians, and Music Industry.

Engineering Assistant
Aug 2013 - Jul 2014
Berklee College of Music, Valencia

I engineered recording sessions for Scoring for Film, TV, and Games program, supervised six recording studios, and assisted graduate and undergraduate students working in recording studio.

Professor of Music Production and Engineering
Aug 2011 - Jun 2013
Universidad San Francisco de Quito

Taught following courses (all in Spanish): Creative Production Skills, Live Sound Reinforcement, Production Analysis, Critical Listening Lab, Principles of Audio Technology II, Mix Techniques II, Advanced Mix Techniques, Advanced Multitrack Recording, and Digital Signal Processing.

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Stage Crew Supervisor
Nov 2010 - Aug 2011
Berklee College of Music, Boston

I performed live sound mixing using digital consoles (e.g., Yamaha LS9 and PM5D), outboard devices, and live event recording to multiple formats. I also employed technical stage layout including design, setup and strike.

Education

Master's in Music Technology Innovation
Aug 2013 - Jul 2014
Berklee College of Music, Valencia
BM in Music Business and Management
May 2009 - Aug 2011
Berklee College of Music, Boston
BM in Music Production and Engineering
May 2009 - Aug 2011
Berklee College of Music, Boston

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
Spanish
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Affiliations

Audio Engineering Society
Jun 2012

Established in 1948, the Audio Engineering Society, Inc. (AES) draws its membership from amongst engineers, scientists, other individuals with an interest or involvement in the professional audio industry. The membership largely comprises engineers developing devices or products for audio, and persons working in audio content production. It also includes acousticians, audiologists, academics, and those in other disciplines related to audio. The AES is the only world-wide professional society devoted exclusively to audio technology.

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3 Reviews

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Alec D. Jun 28, 2018
Spanish · In home

Alek is great to work with. Very helpful. My son felt very prepared for his exams.

Scott Jun 2, 2018
Ear Training · In home

Alek is able to make learning easy. He is very patient.

Mary May 30, 2018
Pro Tools Software · In home

Alek is a respectful, gentle and friendly person. His experience at teaching was easy to notice right from our first lesson. He is a patient teacher when explaining concepts. He takes the time to make sure I can do/use the software by myself. He is also good at explaining trouble shooting process and answers all of my questions with a good attitude. I definitely recommend him, he is a teacher you can trust!

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