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Alex D In HomeHome In StudioStudio
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Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Drums, Bass Guitar, Mandolin, Recorder, Euphonium, Tuba, Mallet Percussion, Orchestral Percussion, Oboe, Conga, Latin Percussion
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, R&b, Latin, Funk, Hip Hop, Salsa, Showtunes, Reggae, Latin Jazz, Swing, Samba, Bossa Nova, Soul, Punk, Avant-Garde

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Alex D In Home In Studio
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Trumpet, Trombone, Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet, Drums, Bass Guitar, Mandolin, Recorder, Euphonium, Tuba, Mallet Percussion, Orchestral Percussion, Oboe, Conga, Latin Percussion
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, R&b, Latin, Funk, Hip Hop, Salsa, Showtunes, Reggae, Latin Jazz, Swing, Samba, Bossa Nova, Soul, Punk, Avant-Garde

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In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 8-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:
BM, The Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, Music Education with a Performance Certificate in Percussion.
Awards:

2014 - The Crane School of Music - The Percussion Alley Award (Scholarship) - Presented to a percussion student who demonstrates outstanding qualities as a performer and a teacher.

2011 - McQuaid Jesuit - Percussionist of the Year

Overview:
I have had a desire to play and perform music since I was six years old. This interest was sparked by the wonderfully scored film: Tarzan (Disney). The African percussion that Phil Collins incorporated into this movie's score was enough to send me on the path to fulfill a college-level education in music. Initially beginning with percussion, I have expanded my horizons to piano, guitar, and after a degree in music education: every well-known band and orchestra instrument (with the exception of the harp). My strongest instruments (aside from percussion) are piano and guitar, though I am comfortable performing with and teaching all instruments listed at a minimum of beginner-level. As I continue into the world of music, I will further my knowledge of each instrument and abilities to play them. 
EXPERIENCE
Teaching, for me, began when I was in high school; I taught summer drumset lessons at McQuaid Jesuit and taught Karate at Martial Arts America. This desire to teach was incorporated with my love of music...leading me to pursue a degree in Music Education. I began performing and competing in fourth grade, which continued into my college years. In my third year of undergraduate work, these elements of music led me as well as three of my percussion buddies to performances and clinics (that we taught) at the New York State School Music Association and the New York State Band Director's Association conventions. These were wonderful opportunities to teach peers and those who have been in the music education field much longer than the four of us. Although teaching large groups is exciting, nothing beats one-on-one lessons with a student. I have had and taught plenty of these lessons for several instruments including flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, french horn, euphonium, tuba, percussion, piano, guitar, and bass guitar. These lessons vary quite a bit in skill level, but they all offered challenges for both student and teacher.
METHODS USED
My method in teaching depends on the instrument and the age. For beginners on band instruments and piano, I would start them with a method book of their choosing (though I would steer them in a good direction). For guitar and drumset, the use of method books is fine...but this would not be my first approach. It is important for students to be familiar and fluent in music notation. It is not necessary, however, to learn chords or grooves specifically from a book for these instruments. Depending on the desired style, there may not be much use of notated music, guitar tabliture, etc. But as already stated, this does not excuse a good foundation in reading music and understanding music theory. For more advanced players (who would most likely be percussionists if working with me, though I am willing to work with any instrument at a more advanced level), we would work out of books I and the student(s) find fitting for their skill level.
LESSON STYLE
Feeling and noticing that there has been gradual success is key to inspiring students to continue with their instrument. Playing a musical instrument presents numerous challenges mentally, physically, and sometimes emotionally. It is equally up to the teacher and the student to recognize the growth that has occured week to week. As long as the work is being put forth by both parties, finding success (even if small) will not be a difficult feat. For players who are more experienced, I would suggest that they present me with what they would like to learn in regard to style, song choice, etc. All music offers opportunities for teaching.
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Marianne

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Alex is just amazing! My 12-year-old son is taking lessons from Alex, and he just loves his time with Alex. Alex is very knowledgeable, patient, encouraging, and doesn't rush the lesson. We feel very fortunate that we were put in touch with Alex! Thank you Musika!

Review posted on Aug 11, 2015
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