- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate
All Lessons will be based on the individual student's ability, will move at the student's personal pace, and will be tailored to the students overall musical goal. (No need to worry about tests or deadlines here.) So whether that goal is to write a sonata or just sight read better, we will focus on what you want to accomplish.
If you are ready to jump into music feet first, contact me to set up your first lesson, and lets get started!
Examples of things you can do with Basic Music Theory Training:
Write a melody with accompanying chords to play on piano or guitar; create a lead sheet (aka Jazz fake chart) for a favorite song; sight read a vocal score, identify music patterns in songs on the radio, create a counter melodies for songs.
My Basic Music Theory curriculum covers the following subjects:
1. Musical Terminology
a. Intervals, Triads, scales
b. Rhythm and meter
c. Melodic construction and variation
d. Harmonic Functions
e. Basic diacritics
2. Notational Skills
a. Rhythm and meter
b. Clefs and pitches
c. Key signatures
d. Intervals and chords
3. Basic Compositional Skills
a. Composition of melodic lines
b. Composition of bass line (with chord symbols) to accompany melodies
4. Score Analysis (With Aural Stimulus)
a. Texture types (monophony, homophony, polyphony
b. Texture devices (imitation, cannon, motivic repetition)
c. Identifying phrase structures
d. Rhythmic/metric organization (changes in metric type, macro and micro beats)
e. Melodic organization – scalar pattern identification
f. Small-scale harmonic analysis, including identification of key centers, key relationships, and modulation to related keys
5. Sight Singing and Ear Training
a. Sight-singing (major and minor, treble and base clefs, diatonic, simple meters)
b. Melodic dictation (“ “)
c. Harmonic dictation (bass line only)
d. Identification of isolated intervals
e. Identification of isolated rhythmic patterns
f. Detection of errors in pitch and rhythm (one voice)
Examples of things you can do with Intermediate to Advanced Music Theory Training:
Compose multi-instrument works of varying difficulties, compose for voice and piano, begin learning how to realize figured bass from historical manuscripts understand advanced chordal relationships and use them in your own writing and performing
My Intermediate to Advanced Music Theory curriculum covers the following subjects:
1. Musical Terminology
a. Seventh and ninth chords
c. Chord inversions
d. Cadences and phrase structure
f. Small forms and musical performance
2. Notational Skills
a. Melodic transposition
b. Advanced diacritics
c. Harmonic modulation
3. Intermediate Compositional Skills
a. Two voice counter melodies
b. Four voice realization of figured bass symbols and roman numerals
4. Score Analysis (with or without aural stimulus)
a. Formal devices and phrases in combinations (period, double period, phrase group, ect.)
b. Textures in historical contect (a bit of music history here!)
c. Advanced rhythmic devices (augmentation, diminution, hemiola, ect.)
d. Metric identification (duple, triple, irregular) and beat typing (simple or compound)
e. Intermediate scalar identification (modal, whole-tone, ect.)
f. Motive development and motive relationships (inversion, retrograde, sequence, ect.)
g. Large scale harmonic procedure identification, including cadence types, roman numeral and figured bass analysis, nonharmonic tones, identifying 7th chords, identifying secondary dominant chords
5. Sight Singing and Ear Training
a. Sight-singing (advanced modes, treble, bass and movable clefs, diatonic and chromatic, simple and compound meters)
b. Melodic dictation (“ “)
c. Harmonic dictation (four parts)
d. Identification of intervals interspersed within a larger piece
e. Identification of rhythmic patterns interspersed within a larger piece
f. Detection of errors in pitch and rhythm (multiple voices)
g. Detection of timbre (instruments and voice types)
Note: I use Noteflight music notation software for many of my lessons. It is recommended that students create an account through Noteflight.com for access to free music notation software. Other commercial music notation software is also available
It is advised that students start with basic music theory and then advance to intermediate. If you would like to skip Basic level please contact me so we can arrange for an assessment of the basics before moving on to the next level.
- Teaches students:
- Ages 12+
- Teaching since:
- January 2008
Alexis attended college at the University of Delaware and graduated cum laude with a double major in Music Performance: Voice and Music Education: Choral/Vocal. During her time at the University of Delaware, she was involved in numerous musical ensembles and performed as a soloist on a number of occasions, including two solo recital programs and major roles in the UD Opera Theater program (UDOT). Alexis has performed as a soloist and ensemble singer for the UD Schola Cantorum, The UD Chorale, and the Newark Symphony Chorus. Her solo performance work includes such roles as Josephine in H.M.S. Pinafore (Ardensingers), Phyllis in Iolanthe (Rose Valley Opera), Marcellina in Le nozze di Figaro (UDOT), Despina in Cosi fan tutte (UDOT and Opera Lancaster), and Grace Farrell in the Wilmington Drama League’s production of Annie, where she received rave reviews for her “musically impressive” and “soaring” performance from The News Journal. Alexis will be staring
In theater, Alexis has played both comic and serious roles, including a striking female interpretation of E. K. Hornbeck in Inherit the Wind. Alexis has also worked in film, recently completing the production of Dead on Delmarva, a zombie-comedy-thriller produced by Arkham Productions.
In addition to her acclaim as a performer, Alexis gained recognition for her work as a choral conductor, working at the New Ark United Church of Christ and the Church of the Advent in Kennett Square, as well as vocal coaching with The Tatnall School. was the music director for the production of Les Miserables at Mt. Pleasant High School. Alexis currently works at the St. Anthony's Cathedral in Wilmington.
When speaking of her career, she comments, “Performing music and drama is not just a passion for me; it’s my sense of purpose. Whether I am working on a role, singing in an opera, developing a character, teaching a student, whatever the artistic avenue. It completely fulfills me. ”
*** Lesson Details ***
Alexis teaches proper singing technique and support through the Bel Canto philosophy of vocal production, and specializes in Classical, Opera, Musical Theater, and Jazz singing styles. Sight singing skill work is also offered and will cover basic music theory in addition to solfege music reading techniques. Alexis offers audition preparation services such as audio recording and transposition for her current voice studio students, for an additional fee.
In addition to vocal lessons, Alexis is pleased to offer beginner piano and music theory lessons. The piano lessons are geared towards singers who would like to learn to accompany themselves, or would simply like to be better at piano for rehearsal purposes. Music Theory lessons will be presented at the individual students level and will cover everything a student desires to learn, from basic rhythm and pitch reading through compositional theory.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room: couch, computer desk, piano, studio bookshelf, room for parents to sit in on lesson
*** Specialties ***
Opera voice, musical theater acting and voice, jazz voice, classical voice, safe stage combat acting, diction and speaking, Alexander Technique, sight singing and music reading, basic music theory, audition preparation
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Ms. Alexis is a wonderful instructor. My daughter absolutely loves working with her, has learned so much and has become a stronger singer.
My daughter has been taking voice lessons with Alexa and we have been very happy, as she has improved a lot. I was only able to select one area under “subject” above so I selected “singing”; she works on several areas such as performance, has helped my daughter with audition preparation, fundamentals that she needs for her school chorale program, etc. Alexis is talented herself, very personable, easy to work with, and flexible. My daughter’s previous teacher left her (moved) with no warning and we found Alexis. It turned out to be a blessing as she is wonderful!!+ Read More
Alexis is an awesome instructor! She made me feel very comfortable and you can tell that teaching music and acting is her passion. I feel that I will learn a lot from her.
Alexis is a very talented instructor.
Very understand so far and caring!
Absolutely wonderful, patient, and kind.
Cute dogs, calming environment, no judgement, and SCIENCE!
She is great. She has a lot of knowledge on music and very patience with my daughter.
I was thoroughly impressed with the structure of the lesson and the amount learned in a short time. Alexis is terrific. My daughter cannot wait to return for her next lesson.
Alexis is amazing!!! My daughter began lessons to get ready for an audition and prepare for future auditions. She had never had formal voice/singing lessons before. In only 3 lessons, my daughter has improved amazingly in her voice and confidence. Alexis worked with her on her voice and singing, as well as the dramatics that will help her be successful in a theater/musical audition. Alexis is fun to work with, as she keeps sessions light and fun but also knows how to keep my daughter dialed in to concentrate and reach their lesson goals. I was amazed at how many aspects of voice and music that Alexis fits in during their lesson from breathing exercises, vocal practice and music theory. I would highly recommend Alexis to anyone who needs help in voice and singing, as well as preparing for a theater audition that requires 16 bars of a Broadway musical. There are not enough words to express how happy we are that we found Alexis to help my daughter. She is amazing and perfect fit for us!+ Read More
Learned so much in such a small amount of time! Thanks so much Alexis!!!!!
First impressions are truly important - with that being said Alexis is truly a remarkable instructor. My daughter is truly happy to have an opportunity to learn singing from a very talented individual. I am glad we picked Alexis.
Alexis explains technique in a way that is at once immediately understandable and easy to implement. I've only had a few lessons with her and I'm already noticing a huge improvement. I would highly recommend her as a voice teacher to anyone at any level.+ Read More
Alexis has been a wonderful private vocal instructor for my son who is currently a middle school student. She is professional, versatile, helpful, flexible and extremely encouraging as a teacher and mentor. Alexis believes that her students need a solid musical foundation; she is willing to spend time teaching the basics in order to assure her students know how to read music. She has been able to help my son grasp and learn music theory concepts that were sometime challenging in his music theory class at school. Alexis has also worked diligently with my son on musical theatre audition preparation which prepared him and ultimately earned him lead roles in a few musical theatre productions. Alexis is very versatile and is able to teach many types of musical and vocal styles from classical, to Broadway – musical theatre and to popular music, etc. She worked with my son and helped him gain confidence to participate as a vocal soloist for his school’s talent show. I also love the fact that Alexis can see the growth in her student’s after they have worked hard in their private lessons; she offers them advice and encouragement and often recommends new opportunities for the student to try such as auditioning for All State Choirs. Alexis is also very flexible and will work with you in instances where you need to change, reschedule or cancel your vocal lessons. This flexibility is greatly needed and appreciated as a busy parent who may have to change the schedule due to personal conflicts or work commitment. But, the best endorsement that I can give for Alexis is that my son trust, believes in and likes Alexis as a teacher and as a person and as a parent, I don’t think you can ask for too much more!+ Read More