Alexis Smerdon

Alexis S.

Knoxville, TN

About Alexis S.

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Alexis teaches: Ages 4 and up
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Teaching since: April 2011
Last sign in: Yesterday


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 5 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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An introduction of myself and background.


Lecturer of Music Theory

Aug 2016 - Present
University of Tennessee

I am an adjunct lecturer of music theory courses at the University of Tennessee.


Jan 2016 - Present
Knoxville Youth Trombone Choir

Church Organist

Jul 2015 - Present
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints - Knoxville 1st Ward

Low Brass Sectional Instructor

Jan 2015 - Present
West High School


Dec 2013 - Present
Various Gigs

Churches, PBS Documentary, Oak Ridge Community Orchestra, UT Graduate Brass Quintet, UT Trombone Choir

Ward Music Chairman

Aug 2013 - Present
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.

Private Studio

Jan 2013 - Present
Smerdon Music Studios

Piano Accompanist

Jul 2006 - Present
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints - Various wards

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.

Online Music Theory Instructor

Feb 2016 - Apr 2016

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


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


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 Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


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


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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22 Reviews on Alexis S.

Odin Sep 22, 2016
Trombone · Online
Verified Student
Alexis is awesome. My son was really nervous, but she was extremely patient and made him feel great about playing. Wonderful teacher!!
Angela Sep 6, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
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!
Reid Aug 30, 2016
Piano · In studio
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!
Chris S. Aug 24, 2016
Trombone · In studio
Verified Student
Alexis was very knowledgable and intelligible as a music teacher.
Anthony V. Jul 21, 2016
Trombone · Online
Verified Student
Alexis is vety nice and thorough. She explains everything well.
Laura C. Jul 8, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
It was great! My girls learned a lot in their first session.
Jeff A. Jul 7, 2016
Trombone · Online
Verified Student
My first lesson was great! Alexis started me off on the right foot and has me believing I will once again play the trombone.
Vincent B. May 5, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
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.
Rob Apr 1, 2016
Trombone · Online
Verified Student
Alexis quickly evaluated my proficiency and needs and has set up lesson plans accordingly. She is doing a superior job. I highly recommend her.
Rob Mar 22, 2016
Trombone · Online
Verified Student
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.
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