Alex Kish

Alex K.

Minneapolis, MN
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
HOW TO BE ABLE TO APPLY YOUR SAXOPHONE PLAYING TO THE REAL WORLD! What I mean by this is that I teach a method of playing saxophone that allows the player to jump into any setting or genre of music right on the spot and instantly be able to play without even having to read music. I have graduated from the University of Northern Iowa having received a degree in music with an emphasis in jazz. I can teach students the normal classical method of how to read music and play for a concert or jazz band but what makes me unique is that I can also teach how to improvise, record, write, network, form a band, and "hang" in most any genre out there. I have been featured on multiple records for different artists, and have been recorded on more than a few dozen published tracks. I have many years of real world experience trying to make it as a musician and have realized that developing a good ear and learning how to improvise was one of the most useful skills to being a saxophone player. I believe that playing music that your passionate about helps speed up the process of learning how to saxophone. My method of teaching is different for everyone in that it is tailored towards the individuals goals. (such as soloing in any genre, or being able to record and write saxophone parts for other artists)
Let's be passionate about the sax and and get creative! Below is a link to just some of the recording I have done with local and national artists.
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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:

Hi, there! My name is Alex and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2015 and have loved helping my student learn how to improvise and have fun playing the saxophone in a more creative and self expressed way. I went to the University of Northern Iowa and earned a degree in Music with an emphasis in jazz studies in 2014. I'm a pretty easy going and fun person however I don't let my niceness get in the way of accomplishing our set goals and getting better at the horn. My teaching style is very dynamic in that it is tailored to whatever it is YOU are passionate about with music and finding a way to make great music. Not only could we learn how to play the sax, but I also have experience in writing music, recording, networking, creating and developing a band, and developing your own unique style of music. I look forward to helping you reach your goals and helping you share your gift of music to the world.

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Studio musician and instrumental performer
Jan 2017 - Present
Kish on the Sax

My musical Brand

Professional Saxophonist / Freelance Musician
Jan 2015 - Present

(2007) Graduated from Davenport Central High School
(2014) BA in Music from the University of Northern Iowa-Emphasis in Jazz Studies
~lower level experience in:
Flute, piano
Band management and promotion
setting up and running live sound using multi-channel mixers
instrumental Recording, mastering, and production
~high level experience:
-proficient in all saxes, and clarinet
-classical and jazz sight reading and performance
-improvisation and ear training
-song writing and arranging (in most Genres)
-managing and a career as a freelance saxophonist
(2003-2007) 1st chair classical and jazz orchestra at Davenport ------Central High School (2005-2007) Played 1st chair Tenor Sax for the -Big Biederback Youth Jazz Band (2005-2007) Played 2nd Chair Tenor Sax for the Quad cities Kix Jazz Orchestra (2008) Played 2nd Tenor for U of I Jazz 2 band
(2009-2010) Played 1st Tenor sax for the Kirkwood Jazz orchestra (2012-2014) Plays Tenor sax for a classical quarter at UNI (2011-2014) Played 1 & 2nd Tenor sax for the UNI Jazz Panthers (2014) Played Tenor sax for a 7 piece Jazz combo.
(2012-2013) Played Tenor Sax for Good Cop Rad Cop (pop)
(2016-Present) Plays Tenor Sax and co-writes music for the Megan Hamilton and the Bermudas. (Electro Funk) (2015-present) Plays Tenor Sax and Co-writes Music for Johanes Rey (tropical/folk/rock/indie)
(2017) Tambuca (latin house EDM)
Records, songs and Collaborations:
Recorded and Co-Wrote 2 Albums with Megan Hamilton and the Bermudas. (12 songs) Sax feature on 4 songs for the producer “Ghost Channels”
Sax collaboration for a song with “Maddie O’Neal” and “Megan Hamilton”
Recorded and Co-Wrote 1 album with Johanes Rey (8songs)

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BA in music with an emphasis in jazz studies
Aug 2010 - May 2014
University of Norther Iowa
high school diploma
Aug 2003 - May 2007
Davenport Central High school


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Deans list at Kirkwood community college
Dec 2010
Kirkwood community College
Catfish Jazz scholarship winner
Jul 2003
Catfish Jazz society


Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America
Nov 2011

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America (also known as Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Phi Mu Alpha, or simply Sinfonia) is an American collegiate social[1] fraternity for men with a special interest in music. The fraternity is open to men "who, through a love for music, can assist in the fulfillment of [its] Object and ideals either by adopting music as a profession, or by working to advance the cause of music in America."

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Photos & Videos

"Santa Baby" Christmas cover
Greeting from Alex
515 Alive Festival playing with "Megan Hamilton and the Bermudas"

Musics surrounds us!
Here's all of the instruments I play.

Sax solo over electronic funk music.
In the spotlight.

Nothing like a little Rock & Blues.

Photo by Alex K.

Saxophone Studio work for "Megan Hamilton and the Bermudas" electronic funk ensemble
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