Alexander Atwood

Alexander A.

Tacoma, WA

About Alexander A.

Background check: Last verified 11/23/2015
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Alexander teaches: Ages 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: December 2005
Last sign in: Yesterday

Overview

My name is Alex, and my passion is teaching music. I offer clients a unique learning experience with customized lesson plans and personalized attention to fit your exact goals and needs. These aren’t just words to me…they are a commitment I make to everyone that I have the pleasure of working with.

Here’s who I am…

I earned a Bachelor's of Music from Berklee College of Music where I studied Bass Performance and Composition. I have years of experience playing upright and electric bass in many styles such as rock, jazz, orchestral, and big band. I’ve studied a variety of instruments over the last 20 years including guitar, bass, drums, ukulele, and piano.

Here’s what I can do for you…

I will give you my full attention and unyielding patience with each and every lesson. Together we will explore the principals of music that will enable you to learn to play in any style you choose to study. Ultimately my job is not to teach you to play, but to show you how to teach yourself. I will arm you with a thorough understanding of technique and theory.

I love working with kids and adults. I love brand new players with no experience as well as seasoned players who just want to fill in some gaps in their knowledge. Whatever your age, and wherever you’re at with your playing, I hope you will give me the chance to help you have more fun and confidence in music.

Every player I work with gets access to a personal online Lesson Journal where you can see my notes from our lessons, do homework from your “Stuff to work on” lists, and access my entire digital library! Every lesson is designed just for you.

Let’s get started…

You can take lessons at my studio, in your home, or online via Skype.

For lessons in my studio, I can provide instruments and amplifiers for both of us.

There is ample seating for parents to sit in on lessons. Parking is available in the driveway.

You’re going to love your lessons!
-Alex

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Experience

Owner/Instructor

May 2006 - Present
Step By Step Music

I teach, I write my own teaching materials, and I take care of my clients. What else is needed?

Education

Bass Performance and Composition

Jan 2000 - May 2003
Berklee College of Music

Bachelor's of Music in Film Scoring

Jan 2000 - May 2003
Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA

Languages Spoken

Sign Language

Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Bachelor's of Music in Film Scoring

May 2003
Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA

At Berklee I majored in Film Scoring, which is writing musical scores for movies and TV. My time at Berklee included in-depth studies of composition, bass performance, classical harmony, jazz theory, and piano. I was surrounded by nothing but music for four years and departed Boston with a wealth of musical knowledge.

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19 Reviews on Alexander A.

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Patty F. Aug 11, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
I tried taking lessons about two years ago from another instructor and I took one and never went back. I cannot say enough about Alex. He is an excellent instructor! I am a Veteran and have issues with learning new concepts, etc. Alex is able to work with me and is very kind and respectful. He definitely hands up is the best I have ever worked with including when I played in the high school band many years ago! I highly recommend him if you are looking to expand your horizons or just getting started again like me!
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Kanesha K. Aug 6, 2016
Upright Bass · In studio
Verified Student
Alex is an excellent instructor. Very engaging with his students. His passion to make sure the student learn and get the most out of his lessons is outstanding.
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Rebekah (Group) C. Aug 5, 2016
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
We learned so much in just one hour. Alex is very informative and patient. He will stop and answer your questions and make sure you have a full understanding before continuing with the lesson.
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NK May 19, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Easy going, very patient, and conducts a very collaborative and productive training session.
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Kelly Feb 22, 2016
Guitar · In home
Not only am I learning to play the guitar, I'm re learning how to read and transpose music, and the best part about that is that Alex is making it a fun experience. Great experience fun teacher.
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jesse kulp Dec 20, 2015
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Excellent teacher, patient and attentive. really enjoying my lessons so far....
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Matt Nov 9, 2015
Bass Guitar · Online
I'm having fun learning the bass!
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GC L. Oct 9, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Alex was wonderful and my daughter enjoyed her lesson. He is very clear and responsive to questions. He helped her figure out what she needed and wanted from her lessons so no time was wasted. Alex has a good way about him when communicating with his students and my daughter is looking froward to her next lesson. Excellent teacher!!
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Christian A. Jul 14, 2015
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
He's great! Teaches at my pace but also pushes me to go further.
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Elijah A. Jul 3, 2015
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
My three kids (11, 10, and 8 years old) are taking Uke lessons with Alex and we're so pleased to have him as an instructor. He's very patient, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable. I appreciate that he sends us home with material (online) so that my kids can continue their lesson at home. We've only had our first lesson, and my kids can't wait for the next one!