Alex Melzer
Colorado Springs, CO
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Alex Melzer

Alex M.

Colorado Springs, CO
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I love working with students of all ages and all levels of experience! I've been teaching trombone for 7 years. I've earned my Bachelor's of Music degree from Oberlin Conservatory ('17), my Master's of Music degree from University of Southern California ('19), and I'm currently working on my Doctor of Musical Arts degree from University of Southern California. I have experience playing trombone in many different styles ranging from orchestral music to jazz to brass quintet to pop and funk.

About Alex M.

Hi, thanks for checking out my profile! I've been teaching trombone for about 7 years and I'm always eager to take on more students. I've received a Bachelor's of Music degree from Oberlin Conservatory ('17), a Master's of Music degree from University of Southern California ('19), and I'm currently working on a Doctorate in Musical Arts degree from University of Southern California. I've learned to play in a wide variety of styles over the years, including orchestral music, chamber music, jazz, funk, pop, you name it!

MY EXPERIENCE
I have worked with students at all levels, from creating their first notes on the instrument to preparing for honor band and college auditions. During my bachelor's degree at Oberlin Conservatory, I taught secondary students and worked with high schoolers in Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra. After moving to CA for my graduate work, I've become involved with the USC Thornton Community Engagement Program to teach several different classes for age groups ranging from kindergarten to high school. I'm currently teaching remote online trombone sectionals for multiple beginner band classes at high schools in the LA region. My academic field for my doctorate at USC is in Music Teaching and Learning, and I bring this background into my interactions with students. I have done research on the psychological foundations of music teaching and learning and I have also written extensively about my personal philosophies as an educator.

MY METHOD
I'm a firm believer that we learn by relating new information to what we already know. This means that I meet every student where they are at and I teach each student differently according to their strengths and musical goals. I also believe that music making should be a fun and gratifying experience! Music has brought me great joy in my life and I hope to foster the same kind of joy when I teach. I like to push my students to reach their potential, emphasizing positivity while keeping my lessons challenging and engaging. We'll work on refining fundamentals of producing sound, but we'll also work on finding YOUR unique expressive voice.

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Chris O.
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Alex is incredibly down-to-earth and it's apparent he loves what he does! In addition to being a world-class trombonist, he also is well-versed in digital music production and mixing - something you MUST know in 2021. He is unbelievably patient and makes you feel comfortable in lessons while encouraging you to accomplish your goals. Great musician and great teacher!

Posted Jan 3, 2021
Daniel S.
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My lessons with Alex are always one of the bright spots of my week. He is a phenomenal musician and a great teacher who loves teaching and helping his students achieve their goals. Highly recommended!

Posted Jan 2, 2021
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Alex is an incredible musician and even better teacher. He’s patient with students and encourages them to excel.

Posted Jan 1, 2021
Alec
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Alex and I worked together several years ago during my undergraduate degree. Not only is he a passionate musician and excellent teacher, but he is also a wonderful person to be around. I cannot reccomend him enough as a teacher or colleague

Posted Jan 1, 2021

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Education

Doctor of Musical Arts Degree
Aug 2019 - Present

University of Southern California

Master's Degree of Music
Aug 2017 - May 2019

University of Southern California

Bachelor's Degree of Music
Aug 2013 - May 2017

Oberlin Conservatory

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

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