Aleksis Bilmanis
Germantown, MD
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Aleksis Bilmanis

Aleksis B.

Germantown, MD
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About Aleksis B.

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!

*** Lesson Details ***
Experience fun based lessons as my teaching approach is relaxed and inspirational. I enjoy working with all ages, adjusting my teaching methods to accommodate your learning style and abilities. Learn to play the music you love! You learn best when you enjoy what you are playing, I can help you play along with your favorites or even write your own songs. I always ask my students at the beginning of a lesson "What would you like to do today?" Then structure the lesson accordingly into a routine that the student can practice on their own. Generally the time is divided into warm ups, learning new material, then picking a fun song the student choses. Whether your interest is Classical, Jazz, Rock, Pop music, etc... I'm here help you reach your goals so let's make your dreams come true with music together!

*** Travel Equipment ***
Books, Guitar, music stand, metronome, picks, tuner, page clips, capo, media player, laptop, Keyboard (on request), and recording equipment (on request)

*** Specialties ***
With Voice I specialize in helping people prepare for auditions such as American Idol. I have students who simply want to be karaoke stars. I have several professional singers that hire me as a voice coach and producer for recording sessions. I have taught children as young as 2 and those that retired with a lifelong dream to sing. Though my training is classical, I can teach Jazz, Pop, Rock, Rap, R&B, etc...whatever is fun for the student. I highly recommend learning to read music but I do not push it unless parents want their child to.

With Piano I can teach traditionally from Alfred and Bastien Piano Courses depending if they are auditory or visual learners. For Kinesthetic learners I use Hanon scale exercises and Rothman Rhythm Exercises. For those that want to learn notation I introduce classical and Jazz composers unless there is a popular artist/band/movie theme etc...that they would like to learn. However I do not push students to read music unless their parents would prefer it. I tend to keep more students that want to learn to play by ear especially adults by using rhythm training and music theory exercises and then applying them to songs they love. For piano I haven't had much success with children younger than 3. I also have a lot experience working with special needs children.

For Guitar I teach Classical, Acoustic, and Electric all styles and genres. I encourage sight reading but don't mind using tabs. I use more exercises with these students, since the first month students have a hard time making a sound. I try to make the lessons fun by having students strum chords along with songs they chose. I teach lead and rhythm even songwriting and composition. Job satisfaction for me is seeing my students leave a lesson with a smile on their face so I make sure to be a fun based teacher that doesn't give the student a hard time about not practicing.

For Recording and Performance I use the knowledge I gained doing Pro Audio Sales for Guitar Center from 2000-2002 to help clients build their own home studio. I have lots of producers and engineers I work with on a regular basis to produce broadcast quality audio and video recordings and help my students use their lessons and pre-production for those opportunities. I can teach Garage Band or Pro Tools classes on navigating the software and utilizing all the commands. I can also teach room acoustics and using the right microphone and how to position them with the right equipment and the right acoustics to get the best possible tone that they are looking for. I can also teach editing, mixing, looping, sampling, midi, and mastering so that the student can eventually work on their own writing, performing, and recording their music.

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Elisa C.
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Aleksis is a very patient and enthusiastic teacher!

Posted Feb 6, 2020
Sommer F.
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My 14 year old daughter enjoyed Aleksis’ laid back but knowledgeable style. Highly recommended for teenagers.

Posted Oct 2, 2019
Sophie B.
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Aleksis taught three consecutive lessons to our 9, 11, and 14 year old - two piano and one guitar. He was professional, patient, and fun. Kids enjoyed having him so off to a good start.

Posted Sep 26, 2019
Mami Q.
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Wonderful instructor.

Posted Sep 7, 2019
Maureen B.
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He is an excellent teacher for a beginner like me. He is not only experience but very patient. I was very pleased

Posted Jun 1, 2019
Lynn C.
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Alexsis is dedicated to work with you to bring out your best

Posted Apr 23, 2019
Amy
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Aleksis is a very patient and encouraging instructor! I’ve learned a lot in a few weeks time.

Posted Mar 29, 2019
Natalia Houghton
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My daughter loves her piano lessons. Aleksis is very patient and knowledgeable. We are very happy

Posted Mar 26, 2019
Robin
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Aleksis did an excellent job designing the lesson to fit my expectations and needs. He was very pleasant and patient.

Posted Mar 16, 2019
Moinul M.
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Like his way of teaching

Posted Feb 2, 2019
Sienna
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Aleksis was a great teacher. I highly recommend him.

Posted Dec 28, 2018
Stephanie Wright
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Excellent first lesson. Gave me lots of options about how the lessons would be structured.

Posted Nov 30, 2018
Kendoll C.
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Great instructor, he has an excellent teaching style.

Posted Nov 24, 2018
Judith K.
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Excellent teacher, knows what he is doing. Am looking forward to the next lesson.

Posted Oct 16, 2018
Yueh
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He is very flexible and addresses the vital points and marks.

Posted Jul 6, 2018
Jennifer
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Our lesson was amazing. I was really pleased at how he led the instruction and how patient and wonderful he was. It went perfect and my son had so much fun!

Posted Jun 4, 2018
Aron T.
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Excellent first lesson. Discussed long term goals, then spent the remaining time with finger exercises, chord practice, and then we worked on a new song. Aleksis was very patient and he made a great effort to focus on what what most important to me. Exceeded expectations

Posted Oct 28, 2017
Anish C.
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Excellent teacher!

Posted Oct 18, 2017
Max A.
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My boys are 3 years apart, and they've taken two lessons with Aleksis. He's done a great job catering to their different levels and interest. He's very patient and encouraging. My boys like him a lot. I think we will continue learning from Aleksis for a long time.

Posted Oct 2, 2017
Jud
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Aleksis is an amazing guitar teacher!

Posted May 10, 2017
Danilo
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Not only one of the best guitar teachers but best teacher in general. Aleksis did the impossible which was actually get me to learn theory. He has a knack for understanding the students learning style and creating a customized program that works best for the student. Lessons are always fun and informative and nothing feels forced. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a great instructor.

Posted Mar 15, 2017
Aman
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I've had two lessons with Aleksis and have really enjoyed them. He is very helpful and nice. He goes at the perfect pace for me and he adjusts the lesson to my skills and likes. I'm looking forward to continuing my lessons with him!

Posted Feb 4, 2017
Taylor
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My Daughter really enjoyed her lesson. Aleksis knowledge of music was excellent.

Posted Jan 19, 2017
Hamilton S.
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I've improved by leaps and bounds with my singing lessons with Aleksis. I highly recommend him as a teacher. He makes sure you work on what YOU want to improve on, all while offering kindly advice as to what can make you an overall better singer. I'm really looking forward to many more lessons!

Posted Dec 29, 2016
Rafael E.
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He is great!!!

Posted Oct 6, 2016
Nelson Y.
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He's cool and fun, also very flexible with learning approaches and great with kids, just what our 8-yr-old needs.

Posted Sep 19, 2016
Hazel H.
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Great!

Posted May 17, 2016
Nunu L.
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Very patient and supportive attitude!

Posted May 2, 2016
Barbara S.
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Aleksis is very personable, knowledgeable, and kind. He makes the lesson fun and definitely puts you at ease. Would highly recommend him!

Posted Mar 5, 2016
Evelyn
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We have had three lessons with Aleksis so far. My daughter is an intermediate level student - she took piano lessons for 6 years before we moved from Chicago to Frederick. I think there is unique challenges in taking over a student who had been taught be a different teacher for a long time. Aleksis is doing a great job.

Posted Mar 5, 2016
Xena F.
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Excellent teacher, very knowledgeable and patience. Xena loves her first piano lesson!!

Posted Nov 10, 2015
Lane H.
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Awesome first lesson! Am so excited we found Mr. B! Thank you!!

Posted Sep 10, 2015
Ethan G.
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Aless really seemed to connect with our son. Will be looking forward to see how continued lessons go.

Posted Jun 11, 2015
Lethe L.
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Really great teacher! :)

Posted May 14, 2015
Ramu G.
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Aleksis' lessons are very structured, he comes prepared and has a lesson plan ready which makes things much easier. He gives me practice sessions which are also very helpful.

Posted May 7, 2015
Alexander R.
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Aleksis is a good Teacher. He is very understanding, patient, conscientious and professional. I have medical needs : Seizures. Once when I seized just seconds before starting the lesson, he was very empathetic, understanding and kind. My Parents are also very happy with the Company he is employed with . Our experience with "Take lessons" has been fantastic so far. Their (the staff that we have talked to various times ) P.R. is excellent and they are prompt in sending and finding the tutors.

Posted Apr 17, 2015
Cameron F.
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Aleksis has been the best teacher (in any subject) that I've ever had! He's very calm and patient, but also stays focused on teaching. Every time I have a question he has a good answer, proving to me that he is very knowledgeable.

Most importantly the results of his instruction have been excellent. I've made more progress under his tutelage in two months than I've made over a couple of years on my own.

An excellent teacher and very affable, I can only think of good things to write about Mr. Aleksis!

Posted Sep 8, 2014
Linda T.

Learning at my age!

I started singing backup vocals in a band and at the age of 57 it's not easy. Alexis has been great. He is very patient, kind and encouraging. I enjoy our lessons and feel he is getting the best of my abilities.
I'm having a great time.

Posted Apr 25, 2014
Mala C.

good

My son is enjoying the piano lesson with Mr Bilmanis.

Posted Mar 6, 2014
Holly M.

Great Teacher!

Aleksis is an awesome piano teacher. I have taken lessons from him for 3 years. His method is fun and effective. He adjusts his teaching style based on how you learn and how you want to play. I know this because he also taught my husband guitar and did some sessions with our niece and nephew when they were visiting. He is great with kids with his very positive and fun approach.

Posted Jun 27, 2013
RoseR

Good Knowledge

This teacher is very knowledgeable and is an excellent trainor. I gave him only two stars because I only met with him two times and that is not enough time to access one's overall skills; however, from the lessons given, the materials provided and the patience shown I am sure he is at least four stars. I had to stop short because I had some familyschedule changes but will start back soon for a long term contract.

Posted Jul 25, 2012

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