Alex Sjobeck

Alex S.

Eagle, ID
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Jazz piano and general piano lessons taught by a New York conservatory-trained pianist.

Alex Sjobeck holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies from the Manhattan School of Music and a Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Northern Colorado where she taught collegiate classes while obtaining her degree. She has taught semester-long classes as well as master classes at universities and high schools across the United States and has been teaching private piano lessons to both young and adult students for over a decade. Her knowledge of music is shown through her thriving teaching career as well as her performance career which has led her to record several albums and perform at acclaimed jazz clubs across the United States such as the Velvet Note in Atlanta, GA, and Dazzle in Denver, CO.

About Alex S.

At a young age, pianist Alexandra Sjobeck’s distinctly captivating style led her to move from Idaho to New York to immerse herself in New York City’s jazz scene. Her unique sound is comprised of a voice all her own which relies on nuanced intricacies in both her arrangements and improvisation paired with familiarity, whether from pop music, world music, or from jazz greats including McCoy Tyner, Bill Evans, and Herbie Hancock. One of her regular sidemen summarized it as “the combination of Post-Impressionistic painting, a jigsaw puzzle, childhood, and groove.” During her time in New York, she studied with some of the top jazz artists in the world and obtained a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from the Manhattan School of Music.   More recently, she completed her Master’s degree in Jazz Studies at the University of Northern Colorado as a teaching assistant. Throughout the last two years she has been actively performing with the nationally touring trio SBST as well as the Sjobeck Baker Duo and has played at venues such as The Velvet Note in Atlanta, Georgia and Dazzle in Denver, Colorado. Beyond her performance career, she has had her hand at a variety of other projects including: recording three albums as leader and co-leader, composing the music for a short film, conducting and debuting an original big band arrangement at a University of Northern Colorado concert, teaching jazz ensemble classes, and presenting workshops and masterclasses in Colorado, Georgia, and Idaho.

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Nona R.
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I felt very comfortable with her. She was very patient and gave clear instructions on what to work on for next time.

Posted Aug 26, 2019
David
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Alex is very patient and able to adapt to her students. I studied with her for a year and also got to see other students work with her and she always had a way of getting each student to accomplish their goals. I think when you look for a teacher, you really are looking for someone to teach you how to learn. So many teachers tell you something or tell you what to do but never help you develop a skillset. Alex is different in that she absolutely focuses on developing a fundamental process so that each student not only learns but knows how to learn. As a result, there is progress I can see immediately, of course, but also years down the road. If you're looking for a teacher seriously, consider someone who will make a lasting impact and will make you a better overall person— not just tell you to do something and move on. Alex is a teacher who, regardless if you pursue music, you will come out better because of her teachings. Highly recommend!

Posted Aug 8, 2019

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Experience

Masterclass/Workshop Presenter
Mar 2017 - Present

Self Employed

Taught master classes and workshops to middle school, high school, and college level students across the United States at schools such as Columbus State University, the University of Northern Colorado, and Idaho Fine Arts Academy. These classes focused on a variety of musical topics from workshopping a big band to lecturing about how to make an album.

Private Lessons Instructor
Jan 2011 - Present

Sef Employed

Taught private lessons to students ranging from ages 5 to twenty-six. These lessons consisted of general piano lessons (levels beginner to advanced), jazz piano lessons, and composition lessons.

University of Northern Colorado Jazz Studies Teaching Assistant
Sep 2016 - May 2018

University of Northern Colorado

Taught private jazz piano lessons, jazz ensemble classes, lead sectionals for jazz choirs, taught a big band workshop class, lead full and partial class rehearsals for Lab II big band, conducted a piece at a Lab II concert, was an employee of the UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival, etc.

Substitute Teacher at Artswest School of the Performing and Visual Arts
May 2013 - Jun 2013

Artswest School

Substitute taught piano classes to high school and middle school students.

Education

Master of Music - Jazz Studies (Piano)
Aug 2016 - May 2018

University of Northern Colorado

Bachelor of Music - Jazz Studies (Piano)
Sep 2012 - May 2016

Manhattan School of Music

Awards

2018 DownBeat Award
Feb 2018

DownBeat

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