Alexander Knecht

Alexander K.

Los Angeles, CA

Lesson Details


Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Recently graduated from Juilliard, I've been teaching violin and viola for five years, and welcome students of all levels and ages. My background is firmly classical, but additionally I also love fiddle music and give students songs from many genres to learn, arranging upon request. I'm currently a doctoral student at USC, and I work part-time locally as a violinist in the YMF Debut Orchestra. I am also glad to help students with recording, video editing and social media.
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Alexander teaches



Alexander delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
February 2010

As a violin teacher, I always aim to set goals for students, to guide students towards them, and to be direct as possible so far as is appropriate. I also try to stay results-oriented throughout the process. Even if not all of a student’s progress is directly attributable to me, the most important thing was that he improve. I teach from the personal perspective of a traditional, technically founded approach to classical music, but I also love to arrange simple songs from any genre for each student, chosen by me or upon request. On the side, I enjoy playing fiddle music with my family and friends.
As a math and standardized test tutor, I strive to stay results-oriented and based around the student's needs. In past experience as a tutor in college, where I was an undergraduate math major, I would often see shortcuts to problems that to me were simpler than the methods taught in class, but I became acutely aware of the need to approach learning from students' point of view in addition to my own. Putting students first calls me to help them directly with their needs and to meet them where they are.

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Principal Second Violin
Sep 2015 - Present
YMF Debut Orchestra

Paid orchestra member for local concerts under 3-year contract.

MERIT Program Instructor
Jun 2014 - Jul 2014
Music Academy of the West

Worked for two weeks as a private violin instructor and chamber coach for a carefully selected group of 17 children from around the United States.

Student Teacher
Feb 2010 - May 2013
La Sierra University Academy of Visual and Performing Arts

Private violin instructor employed through school's Visual and Performing Arts Academy, teaching elementary through high school aged students.


Master of Music, Viola
Sep 2013 - May 2015
Juilliard School
Bachelor of Science, Mathematics
Sep 2013 - May 2015
La Sierra University
Bachelor of Music, Violin
Sep 2009 - May 2013
La Sierra University


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Juilliard Career Grant Recipient
May 2015
Alan D. Marks Center for Career Services and Entrepreneurship
Winner, Senior Strings Category
Apr 2013
Redlands Bowl Young Artists Auditions
Winner, 2013 La Sierra University Concerto Competition
Feb 2013
La Sierra University
National Merit Scholar
Sep 2009
La Sierra University

Photos & Videos

My personal speed record! Had a lot of fun learning this infamous showpiece and recording / mastering the video at home.
An arrangement for viola I made and performed widely, recorded with Michelle Lee, pianist, at the Music Academy of the West, 8/9/14.
My inspiring coach Sylvia Rosenberg at Juilliard graduation.

Recording session at Juilliard

Teaching a student at the CKC-Music community engagement program.

Photo by Alexander K.


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Julie Oct 9, 2015
Violin · In studio

I really appreciated Alexander teaching me violin. He was basically my first instructor and he was always patient and motivating. He accommodated my unique needs as an adult beginner and brought me far in a short time. He was a little challenged to balance teaching with his heavy school load, but I appreciated his willingness to take the time to teach and help others.

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