Alexis Smerdon
Orem, UT
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Alexis Smerdon

Alexis S.

Orem, UT
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I am all about teaching the whole musician, meaning that you will not be learning just piano but all the skills necessary to be the best musician you can be! This includes ear training, music theory, sight-singing and more.

About Alexis S.

I believe in teaching all aspects of musicianship when learning an instrument such as music theory, ear training, and singing, just to name a few. I have been private teaching for more than 8 years and I specialize in trombone, music theory/ear training, and piano lessons and have taught a variety of levels. I provide a very inviting environment for students to learn and grow.

* In case of allergies, I will mention that I have 2 cats in my home. Let me know if this is a problem so we can work out a different location.

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Lallia
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Excellent class for my 7 year old daughter! She learned multiple techniques, information, and skills in a FUN and ENGAGING way. I can already see her improvement in just one class - Looking forward to seeing my daughter continue to improve with these very effective lessons.

Posted Jun 3, 2020
Matthew
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Posted Jun 3, 2020
Ellis H.
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Posted Apr 23, 2020
nick
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thx!! see ya next week

Posted Apr 16, 2020
Sara
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Posted Mar 18, 2020
Julia
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Alexis is great! I haven't played trombone in 25 years and she's got me playing again in 3 weeks!

Posted Mar 15, 2020
Barrington
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Alexis is very knowledgeable. She has been working with my daughter ( a second year band student) on expanding her skill level on the trombone. My daughter and gotten so much better and her confidence level has grown. Alexis is great with kids and really helped my daughter improve!!!
Thanks Alexis!!!!

Posted Mar 9, 2020
Carrington
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Alexis is very knowledgeable and really connects with my daughter. My daughter is more confident and is gaining a better understanding of her instrument and her music!!!!

Posted Feb 19, 2020
Lydia
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Great first lesson! Friendly and encouraging teacher!

Posted Jan 25, 2020
Ellis H.
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Posted Mar 26, 2019
Eleanor J.
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Great first lesson. I look forward to many more. Thank you

Posted Jan 25, 2019
ginny
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Alexis is very encouraging and patient. She understands my questions even when I am not able to explain them fully. Her lessons are fun and engaging. I made huge progress within a short period of time. I would highly recommend her!

Posted Dec 28, 2018
Ellis H.
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great expierience! couldnt have been better.

Posted Sep 24, 2018
Ellis H.
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Posted Sep 17, 2018
Sasha
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Alexis has a very positive attitude. and is great with kids. My daughter is already making notable progress and enjoying herself, too.

Posted May 16, 2017
Ari Gordin
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Posted Mar 3, 2017
Qing S.
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Posted Feb 2, 2017
Jeff
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I played trombone in high school for four years. Alexis showed me things about the trombone that never knew. She is very professional and I highly recommend her.

Posted Feb 1, 2017
Teresa
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Alexis is a fantastic teacher! My daughter is learning so much and Alexis is great with not only teaching piano, but also understanding how to deal with a teenager and the doubts they have in their ability to succeed with new things! Alexis is a well-rounded teacher!

Posted Jan 21, 2017
Reid
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My daughter has been studying with Alexis for almost two years and we've been very impressed with her progress. So impressed that I've recently started lessons as well!

Posted Jan 19, 2017
Kristin
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Alexis is very patient with my son. She takes the time to focus on the details to make sure he learning accurately. She has taught him so much!

Posted Jan 18, 2017
Odin
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Alexis is awesome. My son was really nervous, but she was extremely patient and made him feel great about playing. Wonderful teacher!!

Posted Sep 22, 2016
Angela
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I absolutely loved my first lesson. Alexis is quite patient, easy to talk to and quickly identifies any struggles with very good mannerisms. Looking forward to my next lesson!

Posted Sep 6, 2016
Reid
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As a new student and an adult with no formal music training Alexis has been very patient and helpful in teaching me piano. I would recommend her to anyone looking to learn how to play!

Posted Aug 30, 2016
Chris S.
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Alexis was very knowledgable and intelligible as a music teacher.

Posted Aug 24, 2016
Anthony V.
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Alexis is vety nice and thorough. She explains everything well.

Posted Jul 21, 2016
Laura C.
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It was great! My girls learned a lot in their first session.

Posted Jul 8, 2016
Jeff A.
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My first lesson was great! Alexis started me off on the right foot and has me believing I will once again play the trombone.

Posted Jul 7, 2016
Vincent B.
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Alexis is a wonderful teacher! She has the most patience with my four year old & he responds so well to her. I highly recommend her.

Posted May 5, 2016
Rob F.
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Alexis quickly evaluated my proficiency and needs and has set up lesson plans accordingly. She is doing a superior job. I highly recommend her.

Posted Apr 1, 2016
Rob F.
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Alexis did a superior job of introducing a trumpet/baritone player to the trombone in our first lesson. Highly recommended. I'm looking forward to many more lessons.

Posted Mar 22, 2016
Tim
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First lesson... her style of teaching and friendly manner was great. I'm really looking forward to the months ahead.

Posted Mar 15, 2016
Jaq P.
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Alexis is a great piano teacher. She not only teaches how to play the instrument, but also takes the time to explain the theory behind how the music is written. As an adult student, Alexis has been great to help me reach my personal music goals while helping me progress through the lesson books and recital pieces. Highly recommended for adults! (She also has a lot of young students who love her. So recommended for kids too!)

Posted Feb 21, 2016
Tim
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Alexis is very easy and flexible to work with. She has the education and advanced degrees that qualify her to teach others. She has been teaching our daughter beginning piano lessons for nearly a year now. We are very happy with her approach and knowledge.

Posted Jan 21, 2016
Tammy
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We are new with Alexis and I am so impressed with her approach.

Posted Dec 31, 2015
Sara
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I will always be appreciative for the guidance and instruction Mrs. Smerdon provided me with. Easily one of the best brass pedagogues in this area.

Posted Dec 30, 2015
Jennifer
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My son has taken a few lessons with Alexis and we will continue. She is never late. She gets straight to the lesson and sends practice information to my son via email. This allows him a week to prepare/practice with for the following lesson.

Posted Dec 29, 2015
Emily W.
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Great first lesson so far!!

Posted Dec 14, 2015
Collin T.
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Excellent lessons. Very patient and friendly. Also seems very knowledgeable and confident with instructions.

Posted Oct 19, 2015
Rita Rumgay
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Really enjoying the lessons.

Posted Sep 15, 2015
Shelby T.
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Love Ms Alexis! Shes very knowledgeable and truly enjoys what she does which makes it all the better! So happy to be taking lessons from her!

Posted Aug 24, 2015
Alex
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Great teacher! Pacing of lessons is very engaging and she is extremely knowledgeable.

Posted Aug 6, 2015
Eric
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I've taken quite a few lessons from Alexis. She is by far the best piano teacher I have ever had. She was very patient and knew exactly what approach to take to best help my learning. I plan on continuing my Piano/music theory education with her.

Posted Aug 6, 2015

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Experience

Adjunct Instructor of Music Theory
Aug 2019 - Present

Utah Valley University

Principal Trombone
Aug 2018 - Present

Timpanogos Symphony Orchestra

Trombone
Dec 2013 - Present

Various Gigs

Churches, PBS Documentary, Oak Ridge Community Orchestra, UT Graduate Brass Quintet, UT Trombone Choir, Encore Big Band.

Private Studio
Jan 2013 - Present

Music Studio

Piano Accompanist
Jul 2006 - Present

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints - Various wards

Lead and Third Trombone
Aug 2018 - Oct 2018

Encore Big Band

Co-Director/Founder
Jan 2016 - May 2018

Knoxville Youth Trombone Choir

Music Theory Instructor
Sep 2016 - Apr 2018

Hart Strings Violin Studio

I teach group theory classes for this violin studio.

Lecturer of Music Theory
Aug 2016 - May 2017

University of Tennessee

Adjunct lecturer of music theory courses at the University of Tennessee.

Church Organist
Jul 2015 - Nov 2016

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints - Knoxville 1st Ward

Ward Music Chairman
Aug 2013 - Nov 2016

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints - Knoxville 1st Ward

In this position I am in oversee all of the music in this ward. I arrange the music for our Sacrament services. I train pianists and conductors as needed. I substitute for pianists and other music leaders as needed.

Low Brass Sectional Instructor
Apr 2016 - May 2016

Cedar Bluff Middle School

I led low brass sectionals for the 6th grade band. We worked on fundamentals and band music.

Low Brass Sectional Instructor
Jan 2015 - May 2016

West High School

Online Music Theory Instructor
Feb 2016 - Apr 2016

TakeLessons.com

I taught online group music theory classes for aspiring pianists.

Music Theory Instructor
Sep 2015 - Apr 2016

Suzuki Piano Studio of Knoxville

I was hired to teach a music theory class 3 times a semester to the advance piano students.

Head Music Theory Tutor
Aug 2014 - Dec 2015

University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Band Camp Instructor - Marching/Low Brass
Jul 2015 - Jul 2015

Maryville High School

Band Camp Instructor - Marching/Low Brass
Jul 2015 - Jul 2015

West High School

Graduate Teaching Assistant - Trombone
Aug 2013 - Jul 2015

University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Choir Director
Aug 2013 - Jul 2015

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Knoxville 1st Ward

Band Camp Instructor - Low Brass
Jul 2014 - Jul 2014

Halls High School

Band Camp Instructor - Marching/Low Brass
Jul 2014 - Jul 2014

Maryville High School

Music Theory/Ear Training Tutor
Aug 2013 - May 2014

University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Second Trombone
Sep 2012 - Apr 2013

Idaho Falls Symphony Orchestra

Music Theory/Ear Training Assistant Instructor
Sep 2011 - Dec 2012

Brigham Young University-Idaho

Music Tutor
Apr 2011 - Dec 2012

Brigham Young University-Idaho

Trombone
Nov 2010 - Nov 2012

Idaho Falls Youth Arts Center

I was hired for 3 Falls Musicals.

Substitute Trombone
Nov 2010 - May 2011

Teton Chamber Orchestra

Education

Master of Music - Music Theory Pedagogy
Aug 2013 - Aug 2016

University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Master of Music - Trombone Performance
Aug 2013 - Dec 2015

University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Bachelor of Music - Trombone Performance
Sep 2009 - Apr 2013

Brigham Young University-Idaho

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Awards

Graduate Teaching Assistantship - Music Theory
Apr 2013

University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Graduate Teaching Assistantship - Trombone
Mar 2013

University of Tennessee-Knoxville

3rd Place - Trombone
Nov 2011

MTNA Young Artist Performance Competition, Idaho

Affiliations

Pi Kappa Lambda
Apr 2015
An American honor society for undergraduate students, graduate students, and professors of music. There are currently 205 active chapters and approximately 64,500 individual members.
United States Judo Association
May 2014
The governance of U.S. Judo started in 1952, through the efforts of Dr. Henry A. Stone, Major Donn Draeger (USMC), and others. At that time there was no national authority to give guidance to local judo communities and insure the logical and orderly development of judo as a sport. The Amateur Judo Association (AJA) was a first attempt at establishing a national governing structure in conjunction with the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). Dr. Stone served as the first president. Authority to grant the most coveted Kodokan Judo ranks was assumed by the national organization. High ranking individuals were no longer permitted to grant promotions independently. The growth of local judo organizations was further encouraged, promotion privileges were granted to yudanshakais (regional black belt associations), and a national communications network was opened.
International Trombone Association
Sep 2010
The general purposes of the International Trombone Association shall be: To promote communications among trombonists around the world, to improve the artistic level of performance, teaching, and literature associated with the trombone family and to function as a clearing house for trombone-related ideas and information

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