Alexander (AJ) Acosta

Alexander (AJ) A.

Miami, FL
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I am a Music Composer, Songwriter, and Producer. I studied with Grammy-nominated Producer Michael Zager and have opened for the Airmen of Note. I like to get an idea of what level the student is at and have them talk about what it is they are interested in getting out of their instrument. I teach music theory and incorporate aspects of songwriting. I like to show how music applies to other areas of living and can gear to your other areas of interests such as professions and other hobbies. I have played sports and maintain an active lifestyle so I can also apply those concepts to learning also.

About Alexander (AJ) A.

I am a Music Composer, Songwriter, and Producer. I graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Music Composition degree. I studied with Grammy-nominated Producer Michael Zager and opened for the Airmen of the Note. I managed Hip Hop Artist Marcus Banks (opened for Ludacris). I play piano, guitar, and trombone. I completed an EP album entitled Lighter Days that I wrote, recorded, produced, and mixed.

I have 10 years of experience teaching lessons. I have taught for Reverb Lessons, Musician's Discount, and also as a self-employed instructor. I studied classical piano during college and performed for Music at Noon events at school. I have knowledge of Jazz, Classical, Latin, Alternative, R&B, Pop and Christian styles. I like to incorporate music theory, composition, and songwriting techniques during the lessons. I like to draw out of the students and find out their interests and what it is they want to accomplish out of the instrument.

I am easy going, kind, personable, and patient. I like to take as much time as needed for the student to learn the material. I encourage them to do much listening to artists that have played their pieces and are similar to the style they are learning. I also recommend for them to listen to artists outside of the style they are currently learning. I write out what the student should work on throughout the week so we can be prepared for what to do on the lesson date. Lessons are relaxed and cover different aspects of playing to create a well rounded sound and musician.

I have performed for the Merrick Festival Celebration. I have performed in the Mizner Amphitheatre and the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. I have performed nationally throughout the US. I have served as a Worship Leader at Crossbridge Church playing live during services and also rehearsing with the group to learn all material. I aspire to create more albums and to also write music for films and radio/television commercials. I am currently working on an album that I would like to release by the end of the year.

I like to play sports, exercise, and to be actively involved at church. I enjoy reading, cooking and writing. I am constantly watching documentaries and reading up on music articles, learning about the latest artists, trends, and musical equipment available.

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Experience

Worship Leader
May 2016 - Present

Crossbridge Church

-Played piano and guitar for Church services -Learned Contemporary Christian Pieces -Played with Alumni and faculty from the University of Miami -Rehearsed with ensemble and performed live with the group during the services -Made arrangements of pieces played and applied music production skills

Music Composer and Singer/Songwriter
May 2009 - Present

Self-Employed

-Write original songs on guitar and piano -Record, produce, and mix music -Post music on social media including youtube, Sound Cloud, and Facebook -Produce music for band setting including bass, drums, electric guitar, and strings -Write music for films and television/radio commercials -Created EP Album Lighter Days

Music Teacher
Oct 2017 - Mar 2018

Musician's Discount

-Teach Piano and guitar lessons -Write out what students were to practice throughout the week and what they were to work on -Help customers in the store with finding what they would like -Keep track of students taught and completed lessons -Listen to student progress, give feedback of performance, and offer any valuable advice that may help them in both their musical and life journey

Music Teacher
Oct 2015 - Jun 2017

Reverb Lessons

-Post videos of sample lessons and personal introductions to showcase experience -Teach lessons for guitar and piano -Communicate with students to schedule lessons and to help with making progress with the instrument -Help students with music theory, techniques, and reading music -Post and advertise profile on social media and write articles about musical topics

Musician (Live Performer)
Apr 2015 - Aug 2015

Assumption Catholic Church

-Played Trombone for Easter Sunday Masses -Played with ensemble that included Flute, Vocals, acoustic guitar, piano, and Trombone -Learned and rehearsed parts with ensemble

Education

BM in Music Composition (Commercial)
Aug 2008 - May 2013

Florida Atlantic University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Fluent / Native Proficiency

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