Alex Varden

Alex V.

Los Angeles, CA
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Opera Voice

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Discover your true vocal potential and joy of singing Opera. Gain vocal technique, power and stamina. Enrich your repertoire and artistic confidence. Learn classical songs and arias you love. Perfect your performance skills. Prepare for gigs, auditions, competitions.
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Alex delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 7 to 70

Teaching since:
January 1988


30 yrs of teaching experience - Europe/USA: Cal State LA, LACHSA, private. All styles & levels. Hi-tech studio: tracks, vocal demos, YouTube videos, CD's, more.
Clients include: Miss Universe, Star Search winners, America's Got Talent, professional Jazz, Broadway, Pop, R&B, Gospel, Opera, Rock, Country singers and song-writers.

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Working directly w prof. Alex V. your natural talent will be groomed for success.

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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.


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


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


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.


Certificate of Excellence
Jun 1986
LA Highs School of Performing Arts.


American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Jan 1992

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.

Photos & Videos

Maestro Alex  - Master of Arts in Music - 20 years of experience

Marvin loves his Piano lessons, reading music and improvising

Develop a sensational voice! Be the Star you are!

Teddie has found her true style and deeper love for music

Working with other musicians is a great learning experience

Come meet our friendly team, and make new friends!

Evan has discovered his ultimate joy of playing Piano

International DJ Helena loves to write n record her new songs

Jackie enjoys her recording sessions! It's so much fun!
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19 Reviews

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Alicia S. Nov 7, 2018
Singing · In home

He has the best positive energy in the world! I always leave wanting to sing more and more!

Patricia Oct 20, 2018
Singing · In studio

Very good

Emma M. Sep 5, 2017
Singing · In studio


Berit May 9, 2017
Singing · In home

Maestro Alex = it's more than just learning to sing and use your voice. It's a soul sanctuary, each time. I so so so enjoy it! And it makes me relaxed and happy at the same time. WOW. highly recommended

Berit Jan 18, 2017
Singing · In home

Such a great soul & I learned more than just a song! Can't wait for my next lesson !

KELLY Jun 20, 2016
Piano · In home

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!

Erika af Sandeberg Jan 7, 2016
Jazz Voice · In studio

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

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

Alex was great. Fun and funny. I left thinking I learned something and enjoyed it!

Chloe L. Jun 12, 2015
Singing · In home

Great 1st lesson with Alex. My daughter really enjoyed his coaching and looks forward to her remaining lessons.

jacci D. Feb 26, 2015
Singing · In studio

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

Jesse S. Feb 16, 2015
Singing · In home

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

Alex is great! I love coming to my lessons!

Reid E. Jun 22, 2013
Singing ·


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.

Angela W. Jan 6, 2013
Singing ·

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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CorazonS Feb 24, 2012

Alex has developed a unique strategy in teaching my son who has visual impairment and autism. He sees my son's potential in classical music, and he also sees that my son's disabilities may impact his learning. He engaged my son to a dialogue of keyboards: he plays Fur Elise on his keyboard, and challenges Anthony to find the last notes on his baby keyboard. My son, who was fumbling with the keys the entire time while listening intently to Alex's version of Fur Elise, stepped up to the plate and produced the last notes of the piece. My son is very happy going to his classical piano lesson, because he knows his teacher understands him deeply as an artist.

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FelipeB Jun 1, 2011

Wow...just wow.

When I first signed up for singing classes I was super, I mean, SUPER cautious because I never had never taken any type of musical lessons, and actually always disliked my voice. Alex has been not only improving my singing skills greatly, but he's been improving me as a person!! haha I know, crazy right? How come? well, because I didn't know how much he understands that singing is extremely connected to our confidence and well being. It is a very...awesome approach to say the least. So therapeutic. This guy knows A LOT. So much about music and everything else. it might sound exaggerated but trust me when I say that these classes have truly been transformational to me!! Super therapeutic, and if you don't believe me, check out for yourself. I really recommend him to everyone, cuz I want everyone to be as happy as I am. I got super lucky with Take Lessons, but then you can too. All I say is that you try one class and youll be convinced!Thanks Alex, and thank you Take lessons!!

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RitaP Jan 23, 2011

Alex is very encouraging and greatly enthusiastic. He's also very patient and always ready to answer all my questions. If you're looking for someone upbeat to ease you into singing or whatever else you want to learn, you're in the right place!

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AlexN1 Aug 31, 2010

My Feedback!

Truthfully...I have made great progress due to Alex's expertise and great teaching abilities. He is very knowledgable in music and vocal development. He has great energy, enthusiasm, and incite into my vocal growth which I believe was necessary for me to grow!

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