Alex Berko
Houston, TX
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Alex Berko

Alex B.

Houston, TX
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Whether you've never touched a note or have been playing/singing/writing for years, my focus is on your individual goals as a musician and making sure that I give you the proper tools to be the most well-rounded musician possible. I am a composer, pianist, and singer originally from Cleveland, Ohio with eight years of education experience ranging from young beginners to advanced and experienced musicians, covering many styles of music. Hope to have the chance to work with you!

About Alex B.

I am a professional composer, pianist, and singer originally from Cleveland, Ohio. I moved to Houston to study at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music this past fall (2019) and I am here pursuing my Master's Degree in Composition for the next few years. Before that, I completed a Bachelor's degree in composition and piano at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music.

As a piano teacher, I have been classically trained for 20 years with additional experience in pop and jazz. From an early age, I received training in composition, theory, and piano at the Cleveland Institute of Music Preparatory Department. I have taught students of all ages and experience levels. I can teach students to read music and study classically, to learn how to play contemporary pop music or jazz using chord sheets, accompany yourself, or all of the above depending on the goals and preference of the student. My focus is always to get you the skills you want to acquire as a musician.

As a voice teacher, I have sung in award winning choral ensembles, vocal jazz ensembles, and barbershop quartets and have been featured as a soloist in many different capacities. Additionally, I often gig as a pianist and singer. My focus is on expressivity and healthy technique while making sure that you're always telling a story. I can help any student to sing with freedom, confidence, and expression. I cover classical, pop, and jazz styles as well.

As a composer, I have been commissioned by Grammy-award winning choirs, written for orchestras, and ensembles, and have had my music performed all over the world. As a composition or theory teacher teacher, I believe that it’s about finding a way to express yourself and your vocabulary, which is completely unique to each person. It will be my focus in a short span of time to give you the tools to access the music you hear and want to create in your head and turn it into something tangible.

My personal passion is contemporary music but I firmly believe that great technique is essential to any and every style. I am currently filling up my studio here in Houston and accepting students for virtual lessons in piano, or voice. Please contact me for rates! I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better musician!

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Natalie
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I really enjoyed my experience taking voice lessons from Alex! I learned something new every lesson and was given the opportunity to sing some of my favorite songs along with some that were less familiar. Alex helped me with many audition pieces and made sure I was prepared and confident before going into every audition. He made every lesson fun and I would definitely recommend taking lessons from him!

Posted Apr 16, 2020
Michelle
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My daughter took vocal training from Alex for several months until he moved. Alex went out of his way to individualize my daughter's training. He thought of relevant ways to make connections that were personalized to help her improve her technique. We felt she made significant improvements during her training, and would highly recommend Alex!

Posted Apr 16, 2020
Tyler
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I came to Alex as a student, not really sure of what I wanted from him. I loved to act, so I figured I needed a good voice so I could act in musicals. But after working with him he unlocked my love of music, and now I can’t stop singing! We did everything from Broadway, to opera, to pop, and anything else I wanted to work on. He asked me about my favorite artists and bands, so that we could work on music that I recognized, while at the same time learning songs he thought would improve my vocal technique. He taught me so much about singing and how to sing along the way, and I wouldn’t be the same without him. He got me to open up and I felt so supported. I knew I wanted to expand my range higher, and thanks to Alex I now sing bass, baritone, and tenor in separate choirs. There were times I was scared to audition or perform, and he made it so I could get on stage with all the confidence I needed.

Posted Apr 16, 2020
Brannon
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My son Tyler took lessons from Alex for almost two years and I could not have been more pleased. Trying to find a talented vocal coach for a High School student that has limited time to practice is a challenge. Alex came highly recommended so we eagerly reached out to him and thankfully we did. Alex quickly connected with Tyler and I could see improvements in his vocals almost immediately. I appreciated his commitment and professionalism. Alex was also available to accompany Tyler on the piano at various auditions. Overall fantastic!

Posted Apr 16, 2020
Greg
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Alex is a masterful pianist, composer, arranger, and teacher. He breaks down difficult concepts into easy to digest lessons, reinforcing positive progress along the way. He offers a wide range of lessons, adjusting the pace and content depending on the student -- I've seen him adapt to any teaching circumstance, and was thrilled with my progress under his instruction. Could not recommend more!

Posted Apr 12, 2020
Marcy
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My son's lessons with Alex began in-home before he moved to TX, while he still lived in Ohio. My son developed a great bond with Alex and became a wonderful pianist!! It was really tough to say goodbye to Alex last summer. He was so gracious in helping us find a new teacher before he left. We have been with this teacher since, but she is unable to do virtual lessons during quarantine. So we're back with Alex :) After a month of doing weekly virtual classes, I can confidently say I see the same effectiveness in the lessons in-person and virtually. Alex is so wonderful at teaching music and communicating with kids. My son understands what Alex is guiding him on and improves during the practices throughout the week based on his words. I can't say enough good things about him!!

Posted Apr 11, 2020
Rena
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Alex is a fabulous piano teacher. My children, ages 6 and 9 at the time, never had a lesson before. Alex sparked their interest and opened the world of music to them. His lessons are engaging, motivating and focused. He listens to his students and takes their interests into consideration when planning his lessons. He relates to his students and makes his lessons fun but meaningful. My children quickly learned how to play the piano and it's all because of Alex's teaching. Anyone who is taught by Alex is in for a great experience and will learn to embrace music due to his passion and dedication.

Posted Apr 11, 2020
Andrea
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Alex is a fabulous piano teacher. My son took lessons with him and learned a lot while also having a great time. Alex takes the time to find out what the student wants to learn and customizes the lesson plan to the student. It was an all around great experience and if he still lived in town, my son would still be taking lessons. Five stars isn't enough!

Posted Apr 11, 2020
Cathy
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Alex taught for us before he moved out of state. He knows we would rehire him back in a second if he moves back. He is a very talented musician, and has a wonderful way of adapting the lessons to each student so they feel engaged and valued. Alex is great at keeping students interested in progressing through their lessons.

Posted Apr 10, 2020

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Experience

Composer in Residence
Apr 2020 - Present

Luzerne Music Center

I have been appointed Composer in Residence at the Luzerne Music Center. This summer (2020), I will be working with young musicians from around the world in the foothills of New York’s Adirondack Park on composition and theory at the Luzerne Music Festival. In addition, I will have multiple chamber works performed by faculty colleagues throughout the festival.

Brown Fellowship
Aug 2019 - Present

Rice University

I received the Brown Fellowship upon accepting admission into Rice University. My main duty includes teaching the advanced theory and aural skills class to the Rice Preparatory students. All of whom are in high school and have a strong foundation of theory and aural skills. Lessons are centered around classical music, but include analyzing music in many genres in the 21st century, harmonic and formal analysis, dictation, and composition assignments.

Voice Instructor
Aug 2016 - Present

Berko Music and Vivo Music School

I teach private voice lessons in Cleveland, OH, Bloomington, IN, and Houston, TX to beginning, intermediate, and advanced students. The ages range from 5 to 23 years old and the lessons last anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour. In addition to traditional classical training, further exploration of pop, jazz, improvisation, composition, sight-reading, and ear training are often fused into lessons on a case-by-case basis depending on the students’ personal goals. With Vivo Music School, I teach lessons at Harvard Elementary and River Oaks Elementary to young beginners.

Piano Instructor
Aug 2018 - Aug 2019

Thrive Arts Center

Thrive is an creative arts institute based in Cleveland, Ohio. It is a center created with a holistic approach in mind paired with early child development research to create an environment where young people can be creative. They offer classes in Kindermusik, Dance, Instrumental lessons, and art. I taught lessons in piano to young beginners and intermediate students.

Education

MM Composition
Aug 2019 - Present

Rice University Shepherd School of Music

BM Composition and Piano
Aug 2014 - May 2018

Indiana University Jacobs School of Music

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

1st Place: The American Prize in Choral Composition
Sep 2019

The American Prize

Regional Emmy Award
Jun 2019

Emmy Foundation

Affiliations

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Aug 2010
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

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