Alex Smith
Bronx, NY
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Alex Smith

Alex S.

Bronx, NY
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Teaching Locations:
Profile-location-online Online
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio
Profile-location-home Student's Home
Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Instruction offered in

ear training
reading music

About Alex S.

*Note: Availability especially on the weekends can change depending on the week, lessons can be scheduled on a week to week basis

21st Century Community Learning 2013-2017
BandSeed 2014-2016
Edward B Shallow Junior High School, Brooklyn, NY 2012
Joe's Music And Dance Academy, Queens, NY 2012-2014
Berklee Staff Accompanist Boston, MA 2008-2010
Pike School, Andover, MA 2010
Donn Carr Music Store Peabody, MA 2009
George's Music Store in Berwyn, PA 2003-2004

Notable Performances:
TED Talks Scotland performance with Blitz The Ambassador 2019
Atlantic Recording Artist: Dyme-A-Duzin 2015
Grammy Award winning artist: Father Goose 2014, 2013
Tony Award winning producer: Dale Badway 2013
Stellar Award and GMWA Excellence Award winning artist: Kim Burrell 2013
Grammy Award winning artist: Tarrey Torae 2012
Atlantic Recording Artist: Laura Izibor opening for Brian McKnight 2012
Stellar Award and GMWA Excellence Award winning artist: Maurette Brown Clark 2012
Chris Rob (Roberta Flack, Talib Kweli) 2012
NYC venues such as The Blue Note, Lincoln Center, Irving Plaza, BB Kings, and Joyce Theater 2011

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*** Lesson Details ***
I assess where the student is at with regards to where they want to be musically and cater the lesson plan to what the student needs.

*** Studio Equipment ***
12-inch guitar amp,12-inch bass amp, 8-inch guitar/bass amp, extra guitar, extra bass guitar, Logic 9 music software and audio interface. Seating is available.

*** Travel Equipment ***
If I drive I can bring a bass amp or a guitar amp.
They need to have their own instrument.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, R&B, Pop, Rock, Hip Hop, Funk


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19 Reviews
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Alex has been giving piano classes to my almost 6-yr old girls and he has really well connected with them. He is very flexible and he even introduced guitar to one of the girls when I had expressed that she should maybe try something else! Thank you Alex!

Posted Sep 25, 2016
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Alex is a great teacher, very positive and excellent at using custom teaching techniques to work with the student.

Posted Jul 10, 2016
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Alex was truly a wonderful teacher. He was so kind, down to earth, patient and educational. He showed such an interest with my son. We're more than happy to invite him in to our home again for more lessons.

Posted Apr 2, 2016
Milta V.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

My first lesson today with Alex. He is well prepared and patient. Awesome beginning.

Posted Feb 3, 2016
Hersy C.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

I'm so happy that I found Alex. He really is an incredible teacher. He knows how to motivate his pupil. That is very important in the case of my son. He can be easily distracted but Alex has found a way to keep him focused. I have seen such an improvement in his performance.

Posted Dec 23, 2015
Daniel J.
Profile-location-online Online

Taking lessons with Alex was awesome! He taught me a lot in just a few lessons and has given me tools for me to learn the bass on my own. I had a great experience and would definitely recommend him as a teacher.

Posted May 10, 2015
Anthony B.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Alex is a great teacher.. He helped me learn new skills and reach a potential that i thought i would never reach. He works with your time and schedule. Im still learning for him so i would advise you book a lesson and try it for you self.

Posted Apr 19, 2015
Cooper W.
Profile-location-online Online

Alex is a great teacher. Very patient, and dedicated. I was able to learn a lot about bass very quickly from him. I highly recommend him.

Posted Mar 23, 2015
Joe K.
Profile-location-online Online

I consider myself an intermediate bass player. Learning with Alex has increased my knowledge of the fret board and he knows and plays various styles of music. Which is what I need to increase my vocabulary. He is patient, laid back, fun and a great teacher. He will take the time to make sure you understand what you are playing, give homework, and positive feedback. The only negative thing is that I can't practice in person and all day with Alex. He by far is the best teacher I have ever had. And your crazy if you don't learn alot with this guy!

Joe K.

Posted Feb 8, 2015
Steve S.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Alex is a master at what he does and provided great insight during my lessons. He listened to my goals and tailored lessons to my ability. I had a lot of fun and look forward to learning more from Alex in the future!

Posted Dec 5, 2014
Dr. Daniel C.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Alex is an incredibly thoughtful and engaging instructor who is always focused and prepared for lessons. His insight is invaluable and makes lessons both fun and extremely rewarding. I would highly recommend Alex to students of any level or proficiency. He will not steer you wrong!

Posted Dec 2, 2014
Sarah B.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Alex is a great teacher. I’ve done so much more than I thought I would in the 8 months that we have worked together. He’s patient, calm, nice, and always willing to lend an extra hand. The lessons are fun and they fly by but you still leave knowing you learned something new. I’m happy that Alex is my teacher and I look forward to future lessons.

Posted Oct 5, 2014
Jason H.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Alex is an excellent teacher. I've been taking guitar lessons with him for a few months now, and I'm completely satisfied wtih his classes. Aside from being extremely talented and knowledagable, he constantly adapts our classes to a comfortable and appropriate level. As a result, I always feel that I'm understanding the information that he's trying to communciate. I've learned so much working with Alex in such a short amount of time, and I'm always looking forward to our next lesson. I highly reccommend Alex as a guitar or bass teacher.

Posted Sep 16, 2014
Carlos G.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Alex provides very personalized lessons at a very reasonable price. He is patient and very knowledgeable as to the history and theory of music. He is passionate about his craft and it shows through his teaching. Highly recommend !

Posted Jun 17, 2014
Hezal S.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Alex is a great guitar teacher. I like the way he teaches the guitar. He has made the music euphonious for me. He encourages me to listen the scales and chords while he plays and thus it helps me to learn guitar very quickly. I am new to guitar but Alex has made everything simple with his fun and friendly environment during the lessons. I would recommend him who is beginner like me in guitar.

Posted Jun 10, 2014
Kenneth U.

Encouraging start

I am new to guitar but Alex has already given me useful pointers that I can practice between lessons. I have just started but things seem clearer than with a prior instructor. I look forward to the lessons and hope I achieve a degree of competence within a reasonable time.

Posted Apr 5, 2014
Clifton W.

A fantastic guitar teacher

Alex is a fantastic guitar teacher. Once he takes an assessment of the skills you currently have, and finds out your goals and taste is musically, he caters those lessons around that. He goes way beyond just teaching you scales and chords. He encourages you to develop your ears and to be more musical when playing scales and chords in order to develop your own sound. I think a great thing about Alex's teaching is that he creates a nice, relaxed and friendly atmosphere during the lesson. He does push you to do more when he thinks you can handle it, but he makes it fun, which is very important when learning the guitar. Alex is an awesome guitar teacher for any guitarist of any age.

Posted Jan 4, 2014
Bria B.

Versatile teacher dedicated to aiding you in developing your sound and understanding the things you hear in music in your daily life.

Alex is an excellent guitar teacher. His approach to teaching guitar and theory is fun and personalized. He assesed my playing, identified my strengths and weaknesses, and asked me what my goals were and what i expected to gain from taking private lessons. Then he tailored lessons to suit my individual needs and wants. Alex makes it a priority for me to recognize and develop my personal sound so i can better express myself musicaly both as an artist and a human being. Also the way he teaches theory is effective because he immediately shows its applicability. Most importantly Alex encourages me to take what I learn to the next level and challenge myself which is a habit that should be utilized in your study of music as well as you every day life. His consistancy, professionalism and overall positive attitude makes for a promising learning environment.

Posted Dec 26, 2013


I performed in front of my family and church before by plucking a few notes and my family was proud of me for starting. But since I met Alex and he taught me the notes to Peter Gunn theme, and I performed in front of my family, they said "finally" mom, you got it going on!. I said its Alex, and his teaching style, he listens, he instructs and most of all he encourage me. He is great!

Posted Jun 23, 2011

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Bachelor of Professional Music (magna)
Sep 2004 - May 2008

Berklee College of Music



Fluent / Native Proficiency


American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
May 2015
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

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