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Alex R.
New York, New York
Learn Music Theory from an NYC Musician
Theory is not only about analyzing chords and pieces, but an analysis on music where we better understand how certain sounds come to life in a piece. My students are immersed in theory in a way that is applicable to their ears as well as on paper so that they can hear what they see when we analyze pieces. Theory should never be taken as a finite answer to music as music can be rigid and free and no analysis of a piece can truly depict what a composer was feeling. For my students, I teach them the understanding of techniques that composers use to execute their ideas and make them understand how certain aspects of music can be used in their music.
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M. Alex Ramirez is a Colombian saxophonist, composer, producer, and educator based in New York City. His ideals on music focus on creating honest representations of his emotions whilst building a community that fosters innovation within the group and audience. M. Alex Ramirez was awarded 3rd place in the Carinthian International Jazz Award Saxophone in 2020. A recent graduate from NYU, M. Alex Ramirez is currently based in New York City where he regularly performs in venues all over the city. His current mentors include Ben Wendel, Baptiste Herbin, Kris Urbanski, and Melissa Aldana. M. Alex Ramirez recently recorded what is to be his debut album which is planned to be released in May of 2022. M. Alex Ramirez was awarded a full tuition scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music where he spent his formative years studying under some of the most influential musicians in the jazz industry including George Garzone, Terrence Blanchard, Ed Tomassi, Shannon LeClaire and Dave Santoro. During his time at Berklee, M. Alex Ramirez performed with the flagship ensemble, the Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra, where they toured around the New England area. While in the orchestra, Ramirez performed with notable artists including Gary Burton, Mike Gibbs, Bill Frisell, Terrence Blanchard, Paquito D’Rivera, Kurt Elling and Sean Jones. After graduating, Ramirez accepted a graduate scholarship to attend NYU Steinhardt. While at NYU, Ramirez studied under even more notable musicians that are currently dominating the jazz scene in the US such as Alex Sipiagin, Ed Neumeister, Rich Shemaria, Chris Potter, Rich Perry, and Billy Drewes.

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M.M. Instrumental Jazz Saxophone Performance

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Alex R.
New York, New York
Learn Music Theory from an NYC Musician
Theory is not only about analyzing chords and pieces, but an analysis on music where we better understand how certain sounds come to life in a piece. My students are immersed in theory in a way that is applicable to their ears as well as on paper so that they can hear what they see when we analyze pieces. Theory should never be taken as a finite answer to music as music can be rigid and free and no analysis of a piece can truly depict what a composer was feeling. For my students, I teach them the understanding of techniques that composers use to execute their ideas and make them understand how certain aspects of music can be used in their music.
About Alex R.

M. Alex Ramirez is a Colombian saxophonist, composer, producer, and educator based in New York City. His ideals on music focus on creating honest representations of his emotions whilst building a community that fosters innovation within the group and audience. M. Alex Ramirez was awarded 3rd place in the Carinthian International Jazz Award Saxophone in 2020. A recent graduate from NYU, M. Alex Ramirez is currently based in New York City where he regularly performs in venues all over the city. His current mentors include Ben Wendel, Baptiste Herbin, Kris Urbanski, and Melissa Aldana. M. Alex Ramirez recently recorded what is to be his debut album which is planned to be released in May of 2022. M. Alex Ramirez was awarded a full tuition scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music where he spent his formative years studying under some of the most influential musicians in the jazz industry including George Garzone, Terrence Blanchard, Ed Tomassi, Shannon LeClaire and Dave Santoro. During his time at Berklee, M. Alex Ramirez performed with the flagship ensemble, the Berklee Concert Jazz Orchestra, where they toured around the New England area. While in the orchestra, Ramirez performed with notable artists including Gary Burton, Mike Gibbs, Bill Frisell, Terrence Blanchard, Paquito D’Rivera, Kurt Elling and Sean Jones. After graduating, Ramirez accepted a graduate scholarship to attend NYU Steinhardt. While at NYU, Ramirez studied under even more notable musicians that are currently dominating the jazz scene in the US such as Alex Sipiagin, Ed Neumeister, Rich Shemaria, Chris Potter, Rich Perry, and Billy Drewes.

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Teaches all skill levels

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Teaching since 2012

Education

M.M. Instrumental Jazz Saxophone Performance

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Teaches ages 5+

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MAR Studio
Jan 2012 - Present
MAR
My personal saxophone studio. Teaching saxophone to students of all ages and levels.
Adjunct Instructor
Sep 2019 - May 2021
NYU Steinhardt
Core Music Tutor
Jan 2016 - May 2019
Berklee College of Music
M.M. Instrumental Jazz Saxophone Performance
Sep 2019 - May 2021
NYU Steinhardt
B.M. Contemporary Writing & Production
Sep 2014 - May 2019
Berklee College of Music
B.M. Saxophone Performance
Sep 2014 - May 2019
Berklee College of Music
English
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
Spanish
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
CRLA Master Tutor Level 3
May 2018
Berklee College of Music
Barney Josephson Outstanding Graduate Jazz Studies Award
May 2021
NYU Steinhardt
Carinthian Jazz Award (Jazz Saxophone Competition) 3rd Place
Aug 2020
Carinthian Jazz
Jazz Education Network
Sep 2021
JEN was formed in 2008 to help bring together the jazz arts community. It hosts an annual conference with concerts presented by students and professionals, a student jazz festival, workshops, research presentations and an exhibition area with manufacturers, retailers, schools and other jazz related organizations. JEN also offers many educational programs, from an outreach program, to mentoring and scholarships.
North American Saxophone Alliance
Feb 2021
The North American Saxophone Alliance is an organization made up of individuals who share a common interest in the saxophone. Members include professional performers, university professors, public school teachers, students of all levels, and others who have an interest in the saxophone. In addition to the Alliance's emphasis on disseminating information concerning the saxophone, the organization also works to provide opportunities for its members to make music, fostering fellowship among saxophone enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds.

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