I am a composer and musicologist. I hold a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from Claremont Graduate University. I also studied music composition and piano at California State University, Northridge where I earned my Bachelor of Music and Master of Music. I have also studied music technology and have become an expert in the music notation software Finale and the Logic Pro, The Digital Audio Workstation by Apple.
My piano lessons are in several styles including classical, folk music, film and TV music, and Broadway show tunes.
I have been teaching private piano lessons for 20 years. I teach students of all ages and develop lessons for individual needs and abilities. For kids I tailor lessons to include a variety of musical skills including technique (scales, chords, and exercises), music theory along with musical pieces that range from classical music, folk songs, film and TV music, and broadway show tunes. I create a balance to make it educational and fun at the same time. For adults, I create lessons a bit different. I develop lessons based on what goals the student is seeking. I include skills, some music theory but also musical pieces they want to learn.
I also teach in the classroom. Currently I am a college professor at the Art Institute where I teach Pro Tools, Logic Pro, MIDI Systems, and Composing and scoring for film. I have also taught in the Elementary and Middle School level. In Elementary school I have taught General Music and in the Middle School I directed the concert band and choir.
In my musical profession I compose for various ensembles including chamber groups and orchestra. I also compose and perform electronic music for the Theremin and keyboard. Currently I am also working on my musicological academic project. I am writing a book on the music of Star Wars and John Williams, an extensive book on the analysis of the film and the career of John Williams.
Professor of Audio Department
Teaching classes in MIDI Systems, Logic Pro X, and Pro Tools
Certificate gained during college studies as an orchestrator and arranger from the Commercial Music Techniques Program.
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.
· Piano · In home Our son Noah has taken lessons from Dr. Alf for the past 4 years and it has been a wonderful experience for him. Noah was a shy child, however, Dr. Alf was able to connect with him to bring out his hidden abilities. We are grateful for what Dr. Alf has been able to do with Noah with his piano instruction. He was able to tap into what motivated Noah.
Dr. Alf is innovative as well as creative in his approach and for us, this is an awesome application for teaching piano. I would highly recommend Dr. Alf for any prospective students.