Alexander works with students of any age and any level, early beginners to advanced pianists.
Approach to lessons:
Alexander desires to inspire students to love music and find a way to explore and express themselves through music. Alexander believes in emphasizing strong technique and music theory. Without these elements, students will not be able to truly express themselves or the ideas of the composers.
Integrated with learning repertoire, students will play scales, arpeggios, and etudes for technique practice, as well as doing music theory study and analysis of repertoire learned. Alexander also incorporates his compositional skill into lessons by often writing pieces specifically for the student. This not only focuses the music on the student’s particular needs, but also gives the student freedom to play the music in their own way as the pieces are truly dedicated to them.
Alexander has high standards for students. His explanations are understandable and his teaching is thorough. Any student who has a positive attitude, good practice habits, and a solid work ethic will succeed in meeting expectations.
Lessons with students will result in a greater appreciation of music, a strong technique, and a love of music that will enrich the rest of their lives.
What Students Can Expect:
Beginner students will be playing simple melodies and reading notes on the staff within the first few months. Lessons will be fast paced, fun, and light-hearted, and will also feature rhythm, aural skills, and music theory.
Intermediate level students move from basic piano books to more standard repertoire, even selecting a few pieces on their own with minimal guidance. In addition to repertoire, technique will be emphasized – often through the practice of scales, arpeggios, and exercises. Good practice habits and knowledge of music theory will also be stressed.
Advanced students can expect to fine-tune their technique in order to reach a high level of virtuosity. They will excel in their musicianship by focusing on the varied subtleties of musical expression. Consistent, frequent, and effective practice will be crucial to success at this stage.