Alex Melzer

Alex M.

Los Angeles, CA
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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:
2014

I’m an aspiring freelance musician from Monument, Colorado, which is a small town in between Colorado Springs and Denver. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Trombone Performance from Oberlin Conservatory, and I am currently pursuing a Master’s Degree from University of Southern California.

Before moving to Los Angeles, I have been active as a versatile trombonist all around the nation. I have performed in many incredible venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Chicago Symphony Center, Pikes Peak Center for the Performing Arts, Kresge Auditorium, and Finney Chapel. In 2013, I participated in a brass quintet at Interlochen Arts Academy that performed live on Interlochen Public Radio, and placed in the semifinals of the Fischoff Chamber Competition. I have also participated in multiple recording projects on the Oberlin Record Label, including Ricercare VI with guitar soloist Dieter Hennings and the pilot soundtrack for the TV show “Truth Slash Fiction”. During my time at Oberlin, I also premiered dozens of pieces with the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble. At the Cleveland Museum of Art, I performed as a bass trumpet soloist on Harrison Birtwistle’s Cortege for 14 Musicians. Last spring I was able to perform on tour with Contemporary Music Ensemble at the Brooklyn Museum in New York City for the Bang on a Can 30th Anniversary Music Marathon.

In addition to my work as a graduate student at University of Southern California, I continue to find projects as an independent artist. I recently collaborated with soundcloud artist TapDaddy to record the album “To Be Perfectly Clear”, and I produce my own music as a hobby. I also work as a stagehand at Bovard Auditorium and I am a production assistant for Thornton School of Music. I coach a weekly pop combo class at St. Vincent Elementary School and I am hoping to maintain a private studio of 5 to 10 trombone students.

Each of my trombone students have custom lesson plans tailored to their individual goals and needs. I emphasize the importance of finding joy through music, and we’ll also focus on fundamentals of playing with ease. Message me if you’d like to work with me!

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