Alexander Sniff

Alexander S.

Santa Barbara, CA

Lesson Details

Ukulele

Levels Taught:
Beginner
I can be your bridge. I will help you go from wanting to learn to play, to playing the Ukulele!

The ukulele is an amazing instrument that you can start playing after a after only a few hours of instruction. The gap between beginning instruction in an instrument and actually being able to play something is what leads to most people who want to learn an instrument never actually crossing that line to someone who plays an instrument. The ukulele avoids this issue because of three main factors. The strings are not as rough on your fingers as guitar strings. The instrument is small and it doesn't take much hand strength to begin playing simple chords. and finally there a a number of relatively easy to memorize chord structures that are used in numerous popular songs.
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About

Alexander delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 12+ and special needs

Teaching since:
August 2013

I've been a personal academic tutor since August of 2013 specializing in basic math, pre-algebra, algebra, and algebra 2 as well as English and German. I also love teaching music. I specialize in ukulele and guitar and have been playing guitar since I was 15 and picked up the ukulele at 18. I have experience teaching people of from 8 - 70 years old and with a wide range of backgrounds, needs, and goals.

A little about myself. I was born and raised in the Sacramento area. I have 3 younger siblings ranging from 10 to 12 years younger than me, so I have experience teaching younger children as well. One of my sisters is special needs with autism and mild CP. I understand the difficulties children with special needs can face in school especially in math and language arts. I am currently studying at Sierra college with a major in computer science. I love teaching and learning and helping people succeed. There is no greater accomplishment than helping someone go from staring blankly at the task in front of them, to them suddenly grasping it, sharing in their success and sense of accomplishment is magical.

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Education

Linguistics
Aug 2017 - Present
UCSB
General Education
Aug 2014 - Jun 2016
Sierra College

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency
German
Professional Proficiency

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15 Reviews

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John Feb 23, 2016
Ukulele · Online

Alexander taught just the right amount of information in a natural way an individual student learns and he did this very well.

Erin T. Feb 23, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Alexander provided a wonderful tuoring experience for my 12 year old nephew. Alexander is patient, easygoing and so easy to work with. Highly recommended instructor!

Loyce S. Feb 6, 2016
Ukulele · In home

First lesson and off to a good start with good communication as Alex seems to have heard me and I'm ready to commit to "homework" and practice and even cutting my fingernails.

Liam T. Feb 3, 2016
Guitar · In home

Alex is so patent with Liam. He works with him in a way that keeps Liam interested.

Dylan T. Jan 24, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Alex was great my son Dylan really liked him . I felt like Dylan connected with him and was excited when he came home and started practicing right away. David Thieman

Rick C. Jan 18, 2016
Ukulele · In home

Having a lot of fun.

Ken Jan 18, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Alex is very patient and always complements the student when appropriate. Alex also puts together a lesson plan for Riley to practice for the following week. I would recommend Alex for any one interested in playing acoustic guitar

Daniel Hollis Jan 15, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Knowledgeable and patient.

Rick Jan 15, 2016
Ukulele · In studio

Great at explaining everything. And has fun while doing it

Mitchell Jan 12, 2016
Guitar · In studio

My son had his first lesson and Alex was amazing. He can hardly wait for his next lesson.

Mitchell Jan 12, 2016
Guitar · In studio

My son had his first lesson and Alex was amazing. He can hardly wait for his next lesson.

Tyler P. Nov 16, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Alex is very patient and teaches to he students abilities and level. I am very pleased with his teaching techniques.

lance G. Sep 25, 2015
Ukulele · In home

Alex was very punctual and easy-going while still being able to provide direction and professional expertise. I learned more in one lesson with him than 3 lessons at a San Jose uke school. One-on-One is definitely the way to go. Having not played my uke for 5 years, it was time to get back into it & I think Alex will be a good teacher!

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Cynthia R. Aug 22, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In home

He took the time to review basic guitar ownership as well as being prepared with a lesson for the day. I even played my first song. Cool!!!

Victoria G. Mar 24, 2015
Algebra · In home

Alex was a great teacher! I loved the fact that Alexander was a very punctual teacher, which is always a good thing to see from a professional. Along with his patient demeanor and thorough explanations Alex is a very laidback teacher and I really enjoyed the lessons we had with him. Alex's really knows how to be relate-able and it helps to make the learning with him that much easier.

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