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

Teaching since:
January 2006

My name is Alexander, I was raised in the city of San Francisco and was musical from an early age. I started on violin, then piano, then I became involved with musical theater, and finally I won a guitar in a raffle - a fateful moment - and have been playing that instrument ever since. I studied music intensively throughout high school and attended two summer programs at Berklee College of Music. My jazz studies at New York University where I got my Bachelor's degree in Comparative Mythology. I have a great love of music of all kinds, but am especially drawn to the therapeutic properties of sound and rhythm. My belief is that all music is music therapy - that there are various styles for individuals with different needs, but that in the end, music brings us home to ourselves, and that is its goal and purpose. I like to keep this as the ruling meta-theme of my teaching practice because frankly there is no "way" to learn music, only techniques to manipulate instruments and words to describe harmony. Therefore the student must be his or her own lesson plan, and I take the position of studying the student, learning what he/she likes and dislikes, is interested and not interested in, and what this specific individual needs. I assign techniques and practices according to the receptivity of the individual. This is by far the most efficient way to teach, and it has the benefit of never squashing the creative spirit, which is after all the most important part of music. Many teachers and schools have done a real hatchet job on their student's creativity and self-esteem. It is sad, stupid and unnecessary. My aim is never to commit this error, and my teaching style reflects this commitment.

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Experience

Musician
Jan 2001 - Present
Self

I have played with a great variety of bands and some very talented musicians in San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles. I have composed film scores for independent films, performed with famous artists like Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead and Cayucas, and have participated in various theatrical productions as a musical accompanist.

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Education

B.A. Comparative Mythology & Creative Writing
Aug 2007 - Dec 2010
New York University
Jazz Guitar & Composition
Jun 2006 - Aug 2006
Berklee College of Music
Rock & Pop Guitar
Jun 2005 - Aug 2005
Berkelee College of Music

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Sarah May 11, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · Online

Alex is a great teacher - well worth getting lessons from him. He understands theory as well as the art of music and passes along his wisdom with fun and ease.

Mark Apr 12, 2017
Music Theory · In studio

Alex has both advanced technique and extensive music theory knowledge. He is a creative musician and makes lessons much more interesting and inspiring than other teachers I've had before. He has a unique ability of explaining music theory with more than just the textbook approach, often using metaphors and examples that communicate the concept, making them easier to remember.

He's also a patient teacher which I appreciate. He didn't get frustrated when I struggled. Instead he focused on figuring out a different way of explaining the issue I was struggling with. We always found a way in the end.

He's also just a fascinating guy so lessons are more interesting and not just transactional. I've had other teachers in the past who were good but I didn't look forward to the lessons. It's easier to make progress when you have a creative and inspiring time with your teacher. Thanks Alex!

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