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Alex M.
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Learn how to write music for a film (a very lucrative career!)
I have been working as a professional film composer since 2011, working on everything from 15-second commercials to feature-length pieces, ranging from rock to solo piano to full orchestral compositions. In our discussions, we will cover instrumentation, composing for video without pre-existing music, working with temp. tracks, co-creating with vision from the director, recording & syncing up your score to the multimedia at hand. The end goal is to sufficiently serve what's on the screen & support that through music, rather than detracting from the overall feel of the piece. This will be a quintessential cornerstone of our lessons. There are many ways to approach film scoring, being a very personally-invested medium, & my duty is to open as many doors & pathways to finding your unique voice as an aspiring film composer.
About Alex M.

My name is Alex. I'm a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, bass, Oud, bouzouki, keyboards, voice, drums, flute, etc.), composer, performer, recording artist, arranger/orchestrator/transcriber, recording engineer/producer & music educator. I graduated from the University of St. Thomas "Cum Laude" in 2011 with a Bachelor's Degree in Guitar Performance, with minors in Music Production & Composition. While attending St. Thomas I served as the Music Theory tutor, as well as the live sound/stage/light/recording technician for student & faculty recitals. I have been playing professionally & teaching for over a decade. My passion for music is something that I love to share with anyone else who feels inclined to make music. My goal is to share the skills & knowledge I've acquired throughout my experiences with those willing to learn & dedicate themselves to the craft of making music. I am a full-time member of Maiden Dixie (country/rock; guitar/vocals), Sumo Seven (Funk; bass/vocals), & Armadillo Tank (Prog rock; guitar/vocals). Along with my solo band, I perform for numerous pit orchestras, bands, tributes, & artists around the Twin Cities area. In February 2019, I released my debut solo album, "Sonic Chef's Circus Absurdities". •DUE TO COVID-19, PROOF OF VACCINATION IS REQUIRED TO SCHEDULE IN-PERSON LESSONS• *** Lesson Details *** I am an experienced gigging musician in most major genres of music: classical, jazz, blues, rock, funk, folk, metal, acoustic fingerstyle/slap, instrumental rock, "shred," pop, world music, electronica, etc. & feel comfortable conveying the techniques, approaches & idioms to a student by breaking them down into digestible components, while making these new ideas relatable to material they are already familiar with. In the end, I want the student to learn what they're most interested in learning. I'm here to answer any questions they may have & with my experiences, I feel confident that I will be able to either answer these questions or point them in the right direction. Some topics covered: Scales/modes Ear training Instrument-specific techniques (ie bending, tapping, sweep picking, etc.) Songwriting & Composition Arranging & Orchestrating Sight-reading Improvisation Chordal theory & how to read charts Practice routines & approaches Instrument maintenance Instrument-based gear (guitars, amplifiers, effects, picks, slides, capos, etc.) The student will learn at the pace they set for themselves & can only get out of it the amount of effort they put forth. I expect my students to practice on a regular basis (however brief each session may be). Consistency is key for progress to be made, & if they hold up their end of the bargain, the payoffs will be quite substantial! *** Studio Equipment *** Practice amplifier, tuner, music stand(s), guitar picks & cables. *** Travel Equipment *** I can provide guitar neck paper. I expect the students to have their own instrument & any materials they may need to achieve the goals they've set for themselves (such as a weekly notebook). *** Specialties *** Progressive rock, classic rock, blues, jazz, funk, disco, classical, acoustic fingerstyle/slap, flamenco guitar; music theory, sight-reading, composition, songwriting, film scoring, music production.

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Film Scoring
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Alex was awesome- I really enjoyed the time and learned a lot Alex has a great skill of being able to connect with people.

Posted Jul 8, 2020
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Alex is a terrific teacher. He really connects with my son and introduces new musical ideas to him. My son is always happy after his lessons with Alex whether they meet in person or streaming.

Posted Jul 1, 2020
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One cannot do better than lessons with Alex. He is extremely knowledgeable and explains the most difficult concepts in a clear and perceptive ways.

Posted Apr 7, 2019
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Recording Artist
Mar 2010 - Present
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Creative Director/Guitarist
Oct 2015 - Oct 2018
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I organized, rehearsed, & performed with a 17-piece band for a tribute to the music of Meat Loaf. I created charts for the other band members, including the string & brass sections, the vocalists, & other rock musicians. While I served as one of the guitarists, I also provided backing vocals & other responsibilities, such as: Leading rehearsals, creating the setlists, & taking a hand in the promotional aspects of the group were my primary functions outside of the music.
Studio Engineer
Sep 2011 - Sep 2015
Rockhouse Productions
As a studio engineer, I setup the talent in the recording room(s) (whether a voice-over or a full-on rock band), ensure clear signal into the DAW, track & edit the live performances, mix & master the material for promotional & professional use.
Music Performance - Guitar
Sep 2007 - May 2011
University of St. Thomas
High School Diploma
Sep 2003 - May 2007
Cathedral High School
English
Native Proficiency
Japanese
Limited Proficiency
Spanish
Limited Proficiency

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Film Scoring
Teaches 10+ subjects. Different subject may have different prices.
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Teaches Online
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90 minutes
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120 minutes
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New Student Special
First 3 lessons
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