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Alexander A. Tacoma, WA

About Alexander

My name is Alex, and my passion is teaching music. I offer clients a unique learning experience with customized lesson plans and personalized attention to fit your exact goals and needs. These aren’t just words to me…they are a commitment I make to everyone that I have the pleasure of working with. Here’s who I am… I earned a Bachelor's of Music from Berklee College of Music where I studied Bass Performance and Composition. I have years of experience playing upright and electric bass in many styles such as rock, jazz, orchestral, and big band. I’ve studied a variety of instruments over the last 20 years including guitar, bass, drums, ukulele, and piano. Here’s what I can do for you… I will give you my full attention and unyielding patience with each and every lesson. ...

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Cole M. May 24, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I have had 3 lessons with Alexander so far and I have 2 more left. I'm still up in the air whether I will continue lessons with him or not. Here's why;

Sustains: Professional and Knowledgeable; Alexander definitely knows what he's talking about. I've noticed major improvements since I've started working with him. Keep in mind, I practice a lot on my own, but Alexander provides you with the tools and materials you need to continue growing in the fastest way possible. He doesn't have a teaching method set in stone. He tailors each lesson to benefit the student based on where he or she is skill-wise. Alexander observes you closely while you play and offers you advice and solutions to specific problems when he notices you struggling. Some of my issues are solved immediately.

Improves: Alexander lacks, in my opinion, a very important virtue that I believe all teachers should possess. A passion to teach you. You forget this when you are sitting with him in his studio, but the realization comes back and hits you when the clock hits 30 minutes exact and he says, "And that's all we have time for." Let me be very clear, -I'm receiving what a paid for-, so I'm not upset. I just think a teacher should invest in a student's growth and their commitment to the student shouldn't be based solely on what they make out of it financially. Unfortunately, I know that if the money ever stops coming in our lessons will end immediately. Once again, I can't complain or be upset. I paid for a service and I'm receiving it.

This was made clear to me again last week when I had to cancel a lesson.
The teachers need a 24-hour notice for cancellations which is fair and understandable. However, I didn't know this at the time so when I cancelled he only had about 4 hours notice. His initial response was that, "He understood but TakeLessons will charge you for the lesson anyway. Let me know if you still want to meet." After texting him back explaining my problem with that, he went ahead and ensured I wasn't charged. Let me repeat, -In the end he did help me-, but if I hadn't said anything he would've let TakeLessons charge me.

Conclusion: 4 stars. I paid for a service and I'm receiving it well. Alexander's talent for teaching really shines when you listen to his advice, act on it, and notice yourself improving. Understand that improvement comes from practicing on your own time, but Alexander will provide you with everything you need to expedite your growth.
Remember, however, this is a business. If they stop profiting from you don't expect any leniency.
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jeff T. May 24, 2014
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I've had a good experience with Alex. He has a very thoughtful approach and is very knowledgeable. I think he is a great teacher and would fully recommend him.
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Nira D. November 27, 2013
Upright Bass
Verified Student
Excellent Teacher

Along with being incredibly knowledgeable, Alex has the patience and communication skills that really make him excel as a teacher. As a complete beginner to the upright bass (and music in general), I find Alex breaks concepts down in a clear, step-by-step fashion, so that it is not overwhelming. He also gives useful tips on how to be a better learner when tackling challenges, which helps make my personal practice even more effective. Alex is approachable and eager to answer questions even in between classes - I highly recommend him as teacher!
Sami C. Puyallup, WA

About Sami

My name is Sami, I am so very passionate about music. I write songs for a wonderful rock band named Blue Helix. When I'm not rocking out with the band I enjoy teaching others how to play guitar, Sing with power and enthusiasm, and stage presence. I have many years experience teaching music, mainly guitar and vocals. The trick i find is to first off teach timing, and teach Pitch. Performance comes with confidence. I have many different methods on how to train my students, but I have an advantage because i have a recording studio at my backside. With that I have all the equipment and lighting needed to set up a fun and realistic environment for a student to develop their music passions. I look forward to teaching you. *** Lesson Details *** Lessons depend on the level of experience ...

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Cindy L. December 16, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Sami is a fantastic voice coach. Sami makes me feel welcome and comfortable each and every session.
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Sam K. October 22, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Enjoyed working with Sami! He was able to pinpoint places I needed improvement and then find exercises to help me improve in those areas.
Highly recommended!
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Nanette B. July 17, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Very professional, pleasant and experienced. Quickly recognizes students strengths and weakness. Sami is very passionate and vested in his music and career. He shares his love of music with his students, which makes his students easily relate with him. Highly recommend as an instructor. Great experience.
David C. Lakewood, WA

About David

Hello! My name is David, and I am a music teacher of many different subjects. These include guitar, piano, bass, ukulele, recording, music theory, production, composition and film music composition. All styles, and all ages. Classical, Rock, Alternative, Blues, Jazz, and more! I have a Masters Degree in music from The University of Melbourne in Australia, as well as having the distinction of a Bachelors Degree in Music from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. I am one of the 16% of people who attended Cornish that actually graduated from their school. Many times a student will come to me after having been with another teacher for some time,.. they express to me that the other instructor did not teach them what they wanted to learn, nor did they achieve the result that ...

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Carl G. March 5, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Great. Making progress.
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Tammy (Aiden) S. January 25, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My son had been taking piano lessons for seven years and was losing interest. David's passion for music, knowledge of music theory, ability to read the student and know the best way to approach the lessons is exactly what my son needed. Along with his background in a wide variety of genres….classical, rock, jazz, etc. has made learning more exciting, resulting in a renewed interest.
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Marc D. November 27, 2014
Guitar · In studio
I started receiving lessons from David a few years ago, to improve my guitar abilities. I always used to tell people, "I've been playing guitar since the Eighties, though you would never know it." At the time I started, I knew some Metal riffs, three-chord Punk Rock progressions, and simple 12-bar blues. Though I took two guitar classes and first-year Music Theory in college in the early Nineties, the only scale I could say I knew was "blues pentatonic," emphasis on the quotation marks.

My goal was to relearn Modes/Scales, and brush up on theory, so that I could write more complex material. David taught me that, and so much more. Over these few years, I've learned Progressive Rock, Fusion/Jazz, and even some Country styles, as well as a great deal more about Metal and, yes, even Punk from David. I can play leads and solos with much more proficiency, in timing with the rhythm, and more tonally correct, than I ever could before. He has also helped me read music better, construct more professional-sounding compositions, and has started me on my own path to produce my own recordings, from recommending and using recording software, to capturing dynamics with mic placement, to mixing the rough takes to get the most out of the sound.

For a musician of any level or caliber, having an instructor like David is a true asset--for he has the knowledge and skills to take an entry-level musician every step of the way to becoming a professional performer, recorder, mixer, engineer, and producer. The only limit to the lesson's potential is your own level of determination, which David quite expertly helps you to improve with every session. Even if your goal is to simply learn to play one song on one instrument--and David teaches MANY instruments--he will have you playing that song like the musician who wrote it before you realize it--as long as you stick with your practice between lessons. That part's up to you!
Kareem K. Tacoma, WA

About Kareem

A native of the Pacific Northwest, saxophonist Kareem K is a performer, composer, and educator, who is in high demand for his talents both on and off the stage. Growing up in the northwest with its vibrant music scene allowed Kareem the opportunity to study with, listen to and perform with world class jazz artists residing in the area. Artists such as Tracy Knoop, Jay Thomas, Don Lanphere, Bill Ramsay, Hadley Caliman, Julian Priester and many others had a large impact on Kareem early in his musical education. This direction and guidance continues to inspire and lead Kareem as he continues his lifelong passion undertaking a career as a professional musician. Today, as a performing artist he spends most of his time leading his group for which he composes and arranges most of the ...

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Adam A. January 1, 2015
Saxophone
Kareem has been teaching me since I was in the fourth grade. I am currently in 8th grade, and man what can I say, he's as good as it gets! After two years I was in my middle school jazz band, which is not easy for a person who has only been playing for two years. You, yourself will be able to see extreme progress within just a few lessons! You must know Kareem teaches at Pierce College, a class at the Tacoma School of the Arts (which I hopefully will be attending and taking his class), teaches numerous private students every week, and lastly he performs with a stellar jazz band of his own! He is extremely dedicated to the musical field. If I were anybody reading this review and wanted to start playing any of the variety of instruments he plays, I would call Kareem K.!

-Adam Allegro
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Robin J. December 7, 2014
Saxophone · In studio
Kareem is a dedicated and diligent musician and teacher. He is able to share his love of music with students of all ages. Not only is he extremely capable of teaching students the technical aspects of music, but his lessons incorporate a wider perspective as well, such as, listening to different genres of music and asking his students to discuss what they hear. He is always positive and encourages students to do their best. He has style and class and it is a privilege that two of my children can study under his tutelage.
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Ryan T. December 6, 2014
Music Performance · In studio
Kareem is the man. I first met him while playing in the Pierce College Big Band--which he directs and is a perennial first place at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. I studied with him for 6 months formally but over the past 2 years through his weekly jam session and mutual gigs he's become a tremendous influence in my life. Whether your a beginner on your axe or an aspiring jazz student of any level he is the instructor for you.
As an improvisor his main influences are Sonny Stitt, Dexter Gordon, and Joshua Redman. For any jazz musician on any instrument he is a master instructor of bebop. His overall playing versatility is solid but his forte is bebop. He is simply a beast of bebop and can aptly guide you along the path of musical enlightenment. Also, like most great jazz musicians his piano chops are excellent.
Joe W. Auburn, WA

About Joe

SUMMARY I'm dedicated to mentoring the next generation of influential artists. With a focus on the mentoring of students, as opposed to a conventional method of teaching, I like to develop more than just an understanding of music within my students. I enjoy working closely with each student to help them develop an understanding of themselves and help them learn how to apply that understanding musically. I always put the needs of my students first. Whether it's staying late to help the student understand the lesson being taught, offering advice and presence to assist a student in overcoming the nerves of a first performance, or being there to listen when personal struggles arise, I offers far more than just an understanding of notes and rhythm. I offer an understanding of what it takes

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Tyler F. February 21, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
Outstanding

I was only able to take a few lessons from Joe because of an upcoming military deployment. In the few weeks that I had, I made great strides and I feel went from being an extreme beginner a low level intermediate guitar player.

Joe has an incredible ability of breaking things down in a way that are easy for the student to understand and is very focused on helping you meet your goals!

I would absolutely recommend Joe to anyone! Outstanding dude!!
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Joe W. January 20, 2014
Guitar
The man, the myth, the legend, Joe W.

I have been taking lessons with Joe since 2010 and I don't know anyone who is better than this guy. Because of a car accident I was in I don't have fully functioning fingers sometimes. Joe was so patient and kind with me. He is always pushing me to take chances and try new things. After 3 years I am able to play the guitar, sing, play for church events, transposing, and entertain the masses!! Joe has helped me arrange music for weddings, holidays, etc. Joe is seriously the best of the best. I drive an hour every week just to take lessons, because he is that good.
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Jamie P. January 18, 2014
Guitar
Great Teacher!

My son has been taking lessons with Joe for over 5 years. Joe is a wonderful teacher. We truly couldn't ask for a better fit for him. He is fun and also expects him to do his work. My son has Asperger's so teaching can be a challenge. Joe has learned exactly how my son learns and by not expecting him to understand and learn exactly the same way as others, I feel like T has learned SO much.
I would highly recommend Joe to anyone I know that wants a good experience to learn music and be passionate about it as well.
Joshua R. Puyallup, WA

About Joshua

Joshua is a versatile young artist in the Seattle area. Joshua’s playing has been described as “elegantly shaped” (San Francisco Examiner) and “with graceful intimacy” (San Francisco Classical Voice). Joshua holds a Master of Music in Flute Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with and a Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance from the University of Texas at Austin. Joshua also holds an Artist Diploma from the Cornish College of the Arts in Early Music. Joshua has appeared with the Detroit Symphony, Ukiah Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Healdsberg, and the St. Claire Shores Symphony. With the St. Claire Shores Symphony, Joshua held the piccolo position for the 2004-2005 season. In 2005, Joshua was the first prize winner of the South Eastern Michigan Flutists ...

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Cassandra F. July 31, 2014
Flute · In home
Verified Student
Joshua is a wonderful teacher to my daughter. He has helped encourage her in all aspects of her musical abilities. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for flute lessons from beginning to advanced
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Dawn W. April 5, 2014
Flute
Verified Student
very encouraging

Joshua is a very reliable and punctual teacher. He is encouraging and patient. My daughter really enjoys lesson time with him.

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