Walter Aldrich
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Walter Aldrich

Walter A.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
My name is Walter! I'm a lifelong musician, and hold an Associate's Degree in Music from Sierra Community College in California, a Bachelor's Degree in Music from Sacramento State University in California, and a Master's Degree in Music from Northwestern University. I spent a summer studying music in Italy, and am an alumnus of the Aspen and Tanglewood Music Festival training programs. As a performer, I have spent 21+ years performing as a pianist, 12+ as a violinist, 10+ as a conductor, and 8+ as a classical singer.

I have spent 10+ years working as a teacher in both private and classroom situations, including over 6 years teaching at the college level. I've worked with students of all ages and all skill levels, and from all walks of life. I believe music is universally accessible, and that anyone can learn to play an instrument or to sing. I love helping students find confidence and proficiency in music, and helping people of all ages find their voice!

About Walter A.

My name is Walter! I'm a lifelong musician, and hold an Associate's Degree in Music from Sierra Community College in California, a Bachelor's Degree in Music from Sacramento State University in California, and a Master's Degree in Music from Northwestern University. I spent a summer studying music in Italy, and am an alumnus of the Aspen and Tanglewood Music Festival training programs. As a performer, I have spent 21+ years performing as a pianist, 12+ as a violinist, 10+ as a conductor, and 8+ as a classical singer.

I have spent 10+ years working as a teacher in both private and classroom situations, including over 6 years teaching at the college level. I've worked with students of all ages and all skill levels, and from all walks of life. I believe music is universally accessible, and that anyone can learn to play an instrument or to sing. I love helping students find confidence and proficiency in music, and helping people of all ages find their voice!

My teaching style is wholistic. I believe that great music making comes from a well practiced technique, an understanding of music history and theory, and an emotional connection to the music you're making; and so I ensure that each student is gaining an understanding of each of these elements appropriate to each student's age and skill level. I also believe that music should be fun and fulfilling, and that students learn best (and are more likely to stick with it!) with teacher who is encouraging, helpful, and positive, and who acknowledges progress!

If you have any questions or would like to try some lessons, please don't hesitate to reach out! I'd love to chat with you!

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Caryl
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I have learned so much from Walter in the time that I have been working with him. His teaching style is grounded in proper vocal technique. I have taken voice lessons from many different teachers, and I have never had one who was able to provide such clear feedback and tangible suggestions on what I can do to improve my voice.

Posted Dec 5, 2020
Kelley
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Walter is a rare combination -- an exceptional musician and an outstanding teacher. He is always positive, patient, and supportive while still offering helpful and specific instruction. I enjoy each and every lesson and always come away feeling I am progressing as well as having learned something new. Walter is truly outstanding: by far the best music teacher I have had.

Posted Dec 2, 2020

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Experience

Director of Music
Sep 2019 - Present

St. Simon's Episcopal Church

Director of Music
Sep 2012 - Jun 2018

Trinity Episcopal Church

Staff Accompanist, Assistant Director of Choirs
Sep 2008 - May 2014

Sierra College

Education

Master's Degree in Music
Sep 2018 - Jun 2020

Northwestern University

Bachelor's Degree in Music
Aug 2014 - May 2017

California State University, Sacramento

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Italian

Limited Proficiency

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