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: 5 days ago


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.


Jan 2016 - Present
Knoxville Youth Trombone Choir

Dec 2013 - Present
Various Gigs

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

Private Studio
Jan 2013 - Present
Smerdon Music Studios

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

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

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

29 Reviews on Alexis S.

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Sasha May 16, 2017
· Piano · In home Alexis has a very positive attitude. and is great with kids. My daughter is already making notable progress and enjoying herself, too.
Ari Gordin Mar 3, 2017
· Trombone · Online
Qing S. Feb 2, 2017
· Trombone · Online
Jeff Feb 1, 2017
· Trombone · Online 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.
Teresa Jan 21, 2017
· Piano · In studio 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!
Reid Jan 19, 2017
· Piano · In studio 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!
Kristin Jan 18, 2017
· Piano · In studio 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!
Odin Sep 22, 2016
· Trombone · Online 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 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!
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