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Alben began studying classical piano at the age of 7 and guitar at the age of 15 at the Rhode Island Philharmonic School in Providence, RI. At the age of 14, he began studying under Dr. Irina Tchantceva, participating in various festivals and competitions around the New England area. In university, he studied under Dr. Sandra Hebert and Dr. Ralf Gawlick for performance and composition, respectively and graduated from Boston College with his B.A in Music with a concentration in Performance and Composition, as well as a degree in Political Science in May, 2019.
Throughout his time in university, he also found a passion for exposing people to the wonders of music and began to give private music instruction in the Boston area. After teaching for three years and moving to Atlanta post-undergrad studies, he continues to follow his passion for teaching music, as well as striving to hone his skills as a performer/composer. His goal is to reach as many people as he can through music. He specializes in teaching children ages 6-12 ranging from beginner to intermediate levels.
For beginner students, I typically start with Faber Piano Adventures as it is a very hands-on and interactive way of learning the piano. Once those levels are completed and I determine the student is ready, we move on to more appropriate classical solo repertoire, from various composers, exposing them to every era in Western Classical music, beginning with Baroque through the contemporary period. The goal is not only to build their technique as a performer but to enrich their education by taking a holistic approach.
When it comes to teaching style, Mr. Alben focuses on building a strong technical and theoretical basis, providing the student with a road map to navigate the greater world of music. He believes in providing the tools necessary in order to facilitate the exploration in their own musical language. Therefore, though the technical and theoretical foundation is rooted in the Western Classical traditions, he encourages the exploration in other musical traditions and genres (including popular ones), especially if the student has a desire to do so. Ultimately, the goal is to stimulate the student's desire to continue exploring music beyond the standard lesson and to continue finding joy every time they do so.
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