Alex Varden

Alex V.

Los Angeles, CA

About Alex V.

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Alex teaches: Ages 7 to 70
Teaching since: January 1988
Last sign in: Yesterday

Overview

~ COMPLETE VOICE TRAINING ~ EASY PIANO & SONG-WRITING ~

All styles and levels. 30 years experience - Europe/USA: Cal State LA, LACHSA, private.
Hi-tech studio: song arrangements, vocal demos, recordings, YouTube videos, and more.

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Hollywood, California. The very name is magic. For a century Hollywood has attracted the greatest talent in the world. Great talent attracts great teachers. In 1992 European-trained Maestro Alex V. opened his private music school and began accepting students.

Maestro Alex received a Master of Arts from the State Academy of Music of Latvia (former USSR). For many years he has taught music at the LA County High-School of Arts and Cal State University of Los Angeles.

If your dream is to be the best singer, pianist or song-writer you could possibly be, then you have found the right teacher. Many of Alex's students have gone onto exciting careers in the entertainment industry. Working directly with prof Alex V. your natural talent will be groomed for ultimate success.

LESSON DETAILS:

The wide diversity of music styles in existence today means that every performer must develop his own niche in the musical world. Maestro Alex's teaching method is very effective and easy to understand. And it can be applied to all musical styles and levels.

Your lessons will begin with warm-up exercises: musical aerobics that help to develop great technical skills, and are fun to do. The balance of your lesson is dedicated to learning the music you naturally love and want to learn.

All programs include music book, learning material, instr. tracks, recordings, arrangements, YouTube videos, and everything you possibly need to become a great singer, pianist and song-writer.

Step by step you will learn musical basics that create a beautiful sound as you sing or play piano. You will gain technique, knowledge, artistic confidence, and eventually become the singer, pianist or song-writer you always wanted to be.

The key to success will be: practice, patience and persistence. With that plus your musical skills and talent you will amaze your friends and loved ones, and create many beautiful memories and successes in your life.

STUDIO EQUIPMENT:

Alex's V. Music School is located in West Hollywood. Big green umbrella on the porch with white table and chairs overlooks white rose garden.

Piano Studio with baby grand piano, big sofa, fire place, big-screen TV, paintings and plants create professional yet cozy atmosphere.

Vocal Studio: Kurzweil Grand Piano, big iMac, hi-tech recording studio, Tyros work-station, great sound system, big music library, copy machine, water fountain and healthy snacks.

SPECIALTIES:

All styles and levels: Pop, Jazz, Classical, R&B, to Rock, Country, Broadway, Opera, New Age, and more.

Alex can make great song arrangements, instrumental tracks, vocal recordings, YouTube videos, cool CDs, transcribe sheet music, etc.

MAESTRO ALEX V. (M.A.)

Alex was born in Riga, Latvia (former USSR). His musical career started at early age of 4 with performances on State TV. His musical training of 16 years culminated in Master of Arts.

In Latvia Alex worked at the State University of Latvia, State Musical Theater and Riga Film Studios.

Alex emigrated to United States in 1982, and for many years worked as a pianist, vocal coach and musical director at the LACHSA and Cal State University of Los Angeles.

Now he works at his home in W Hollywood. He composes and arranges music, and maintains a select list of privately tutored students, including Miss Universe, Star Search winners, professional singers, actors and song-writers.

Join Alex's winning team, and be the best you can be! :)

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Maestro Alex V. (M.A.)

Experience

Accompanist, Vocal Coach, Musical Director.

Jan 1990 - Present
LA High-School of Arts & California State University of LA.

30 years experience - Europe - USA. State University of Latvia, LAHSA, Cal State LA, and private.

Education

Master of Arts in Music

Sep 1968 - Jun 1973
State Academy of Music of Latvia (USSR)

Master of Arts in Music

Sep 1968 - Jun 1973
Academy of Music of Latvia (USSR)

Master of Arts: musical directing, piano, voice, composition.

Sep 1968 - Jun 1973
Academy of Music, Latvia (USSR)

Master of Arts: musical directing, piano, voice, composition.

Sep 1968 - Jun 1973
Academy of Music, Latvia (USSR)

Languages Spoken

English (fluent), Russian (fluent), Latvian (fluent), German (gut), Italian (poco), Spanish (pocito)

Professional Proficiency

English, Russian, Latvian, German, Italian

Professional Proficiency

Certifications

Master of Arts Diploma

Jun 1973
State Academy of Music of Latvia (USSR)

Master of Arts in Piano, Singing, Composition, Musical Directing, and related subjects.

Awards

Certificate of Excellence

Jun 1986
LA Highs School of Performing Arts.

Affiliations

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers

Jan 1992
ASCAP

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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14 Reviews on Alex V.

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KELLY Jun 20, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
The best instructor ever! patient enough for adults learning for the very first time and a round the clock service not just when you're there!
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Erika af Sandeberg Jan 7, 2016
Jazz Voice · In studio
Verified Student
Alex is a fantastic teacher and a super nice person! I have been singing my whole life in different choirs and vocal groups, mainly classical music. Six months ago I came to LA and I wanted to try something new and was interested in jazz. I found Alex on Take Lessons and have been taking lessons every week since then. Alex has taught me a lot of new techniques and I feel that I have a larger understanding for my voice and how I can use it in different ways to create different sounds and emotion. Alex has also encouraged me to sing with a mic and we have recorded a few songs. That was a whole new experience and very developing. Thank you Alex!
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Kevin Huang Nov 8, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Alex helped me to build up my confidence in the very first lesson, which is important for a performer. He found my vocal was stressed when singing high notes and provided different methods to address it. Alex is also a very nice coach, I just feel relax and am having fun in his class.
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Debbie B. Sep 16, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Alex was great. Fun and funny. I left thinking I learned something and enjoyed it!
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Chloe L. Jun 12, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Great 1st lesson with Alex. My daughter really enjoyed his coaching and looks forward to her remaining lessons.
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Jacci Feb 26, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Alex is the fifth instructor I've worked with from Take Lesson and the first man all the teacher were good but for me Alex is great! Caring, Focused, Honest, wants you to be the best you can be! Sincerely ~jacci
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Jesse S. Feb 16, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Alex has been a huge help to me in both learning to sing and being a better person. He really takes the time to get to know and understand each student's unique goals and needs and then makes a space for creativity and art to grow.
He is also a true expert in music and his years of experience and schooling really shines through. He can pick up any song or musical style immediately and work with you on the type of music you find interesting.
I came in as a beginner and now have an ability to sing and use my voice that I really didn't expect. Highly recommended for students of music of all levels.
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Sindri G. Jan 22, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Alex is great! I love coming to my lessons!
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Reid E. Jun 22, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Wonderful

I feel so lucky to have found Alex he is such a great guy and so interesting. I have come a long way in my singing thanks to him.
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Angela W. Jan 6, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Wonderful Teacher, Amazing Experience

One of the first things I did upon my arrival in Los Angeles was sign up for singing lessons with Alex. I had never taken a singing lesson before in my life, was extremely self-conscious, and had very little faith in my ability to sing. He never allowed me to doubt myself - from the very first lesson he developed not only my music and singing education, but my confidence and self-esteem as well. He cares about his students, is extremely knowledgeable, and is a terrific instructor. No matter what your level of musical experience and knowledge, a person couldn't ask for a better teacher than Alex.
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