Alex Hayes

Alex H.

Brooklyn, NY

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About

Alex delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
January 2002

Having grown up with a father who ran a guitar shop and a professional singer for a mother, music was just another language to communicate with in our house. Learning to speak through music (and vice versa) taught me how to focus and develop new skills, which helped me in school with anything new that I have ever had to learn.

In 5th grade I started playing bass guitar at home, trombone in the school music program, and private lessons for piano.This got me exposed to a uniquely wide range of music very early on.

When I was a teenager, I was honored to be the youngest person to study at Victor Wooten's first bass/nature camp in 2000, a star-studded week long master class with some of the world's most decorated musicians in Montgomery Bell State Park outside of Nashville. I played in local bands in the Berkshires, wrote music for Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, and sang such roles as Valjean in Les Miserables and John Wilkes Booth in Assassins, as well played in orchestras across the county. I performed as both a bass player and a vocalist in the Massachusetts All-State Jazz Ensemble (separate years, of course!)

I moved to New York to get a degree in Theater as a singer and actor. Since then I've been fortunate enough to work in NY orchestras, cabarets, theater and national TV, tour the world with a variety of artists, work as a session musician and play with some of the best musicians in town.

Music has been a life-directing guide for me; from the wonder of discovery to the mastery of new and exciting techniques, music has always been a sort of way for us to communicate intimately, yet on a universal scale. To pass the same experience on to others is such a gift, and one I value greatly.

"When words fail, music speaks."

So, let's start talking!

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Experience

Private Instructor
Jan 2002 - Present
Self

Teaching guitar/piano/bass/voice to all levels, all ages.

Education

Music & Theater
Oct 2004 - Jun 2006
American Music & Dramatic Academy, NY

Awards

Vocal Scholarship
Jun 2005
Berkshire Lyric

Affiliations

BMI
Jan 2013

Broadcast Music Inc. was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.

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Photos & Videos

Clean Bandit- Rather Be ft, Jess Glynne (Bass Cover)
My eight piece NYC dance band. I play bass, sing back up, arrange for and manage the group. This is a cover of the Jacksons' "Dancing Machine"
Photo by Alex H.

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4 Reviews

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Jessica M. Dec 5, 2015
Singing · In home

Alex is an excellent teacher who has helped me to understand not only where I can make improvements, but also given me a wide range of techniques I can use to do so. His knowledge of breathing techniques is particularly impressive, as his understanding of the impact of nerves and anxiety on the vocal. Alex's teaching style enables him to convey everything from the simple to complicated in an easily understandable, highly effective and very friendly way. I have only had a few lessons with Alex, but have made huge strides already. Very highly recommended!

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Austin Aug 21, 2015
Singing · In studio

So far my experience with Alex is going extremely well, within the past few months of taking vocal lessons for the first time Alex has given me a plethora of ways to view and appreciate music to help me grow as a singer. His insightful analogies will not only make you chuckle at times but will actually enhance your knowledge of music as well.

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Kenneth J Bassett Aug 20, 2015
Guitar · In studio

I have truly enjoyed my guitar lessons with Alex. After only a handful of sessions with Alex I have been able to dramatically improve my guitar skills including both my technical approach as well as my music theory knowledge. I look forward to continuing my work with Alex and highly recommend him to anyone considering.

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Michael S. May 19, 2013
Guitar ·

Enjoyable Learning Experience

Alex is not only a great teacher, he's a great musician. His ability to share any level of musicianship, playing, listening and learning made my time with him very well spent, My guitar playing has improved and I enjoy my guitar so much more since having worked with him. It's noticable.

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