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$40/h
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Lessons offered by Alexi
  • Individual
The lessons will be held
  • By webcam
Taught subjects
  • Singing
  • Piano
Levels
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Proficient
  • For children
  • Graduate Student

Take lessons from an award-winning singer/songwriter! Teaching piano, guitar, voice, songwriting, and theory

Methodology

My goal as your music teacher is to get you excited about making music and give you the tools to feel like you can express yourself on an instrument with freedom and creativity. I tailor my teaching style to the needs and goals of the student and use a practical approach to get you to play your favorite songs as quickly as possible, while still gaining the knowledge and technique to master the instrument.

Background

I have been a professional musician for the last 12 years, playing guitar, piano, and singing. In addition to musical experience, I have also been teaching private lessons for the last 15 years and have worked in a variety of musical settings, including independent schools, charter schools, and after school programs. I am also currently getting my Master's in Education.

Rates

Rate for online lessons : $40/h

Details

I also offer 30/45min lessons for $30/$35.

Lessons offered by Alexi
Individual
The lessons will be held
webcam
Taught subjects
  • Singing
  • Piano
Levels
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Proficient
  • For children
  • Graduate Student

Alexi's resume

R​ESUMÉ
Tufts University; Medford, MA​...............................................................................................​Fall 2005–Spring 2009 Bachelor of Arts; Graduated Cum Laude with a GPA of 3.56 (Dean’s List all semesters)
Major: American Studies; concentration in African American Music

Clemson University; Clemson, SC​..............................................................................................​began Summer 2020 Master’s of Education; Teaching and Learning program, ​STEAM​ track

School for International Training; Cape Town, South Africa​..................................................​Feb 2008–May 2008 Multiculturalism and Social Change program; learned Xhosa and history of apartheid; Independent Study Project: worked with local choirs, contrasting the choral music of different cultural groups in Cape Town.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Teaching Artist, Songleader..............​.................................................................................................​Jan 2020–present Music, Play, Patrol; Philadelphia, PA
Lead songs for Pre-K youth at sites throughout the Greater Philadelphia area in 30-minute music lessons; select age-appropriate musical activities to keep young children engaged; learn repertoire of roughly 50 children’s songs to lead on guitar, piano, hand drum, and voice; teach basic music theory (scales, kodaly method); introduce basic musical concepts (rhythm, melody, harmony) to keep kids engaged; introduce new and different musical instruments to kids to get them excited about making music

After School Choir Director..............​................................................................................................​July 2015–present Learning Zone, Salvation Army; Philadelphia, PA
Direct youth choirs at “Learning Zone” after school programs at five Salvation Army sites throughout Philadelphia for children, ages 6-12; create repertoire, arrange music, introduce basic singing techniques, run rehearsals, implement basic classroom management strategies; performances include Julius Erving Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament and end of year performances at each site.

Voice, Guitar, and Piano Private Lessons Instructor..............................................................................2008–present
Self-employed, In-Home Music Lessons (2019), Curtain Call Music Lessons (2019)
Teach piano, guitar, and voice lessons to students of a variety of ages and skill levels, including elementary, middle, high school, and adult students; primarily beginner and intermediate levels; also teach singing while playing guitar or piano for students wanting to accompany themselves; incorporate basic music theory/songwriting into lessons

Music Teacher/Choir Director.......................................................................................................Sep 2015—June 2017
Simon Gratz Mastery Charter; Philadelphia, PA
Fulfilled two main responsibilities at the school:
-Founder and director, “Voices of Inspiration,” a non-audition choir dedicated to inspirational choral music and first-ever choir at Simon Gratz Mastery Charter School; ran rehearsals five days a week, planned repertoire, introduced basic singing techniques, arranged songs, fostered student leadership within the group.
-General music teacher for 9t​ h​ and 10t​ h​ grade music (2015-2016); designed and implemented basic general music curriculum with focus on hip-hop, songwriting, the blues, and beginner keyboard skills.

Music Teacher................................................................................................................................Sep 2011—May 2015
Noble and Greenough School; Dedham, MA
Fulfilled a number of responsibilities at the school including:
-Director, ​Imani​—Nobles’ choir dedicated to African American choral music; ran rehearsals, prepared choir for annual spring concert, composed and arranged songs, facilitated conversations about race and privilege.
-Director, ​Nobleonians​—Nobles’ all-male a cappella group; ran rehearsals, created choreography, arranged songs for fall and spring concerts.
-Director, ​Half Notes​—Nobles’ co-ed, middle school a cappella group; ran rehearsals, created choreography, arranged songs for fall and spring concerts.
-Musical Director, musical theater performances—shows include ​Hairspray, a​ n original adaptation of Pink Floyd’s The Wall,​ ​The Drowsy Chaperone, a​ modern adaptation of​ Pirates of Penzance, ​and ​Legally Blonde: The Musical.

ARTISTIC EXPERIENCE
Music Director, Accompanist​.............................................................................................................​Jan 2020–present New Life Ministries; Philadelphia, PA
Under leadership of Pastor Derrick Jackson, fulfill a number of responsibilities, including:
-direct adult choir for Sunday services; accompany choir on piano while singing; lead songs when necessary
-run and plan weekly rehearsal; select songs, in coordination with Pastor Jackson’s wife, for different portions of the service, with consideration to tempo, variation, themes

Children’s Choir Director, Youth Accompanist ........​ ...................................................................​June 2019–Dec 2019 Calvary Baptist Church; Philadelphia, PA
Under leadership of Pastor Garth Gittens, fulfilled numerous responsibilities, including:
-directed Children’s Choir rehearsal every Sunday morning; directed choir in monthly performances for congregation or accompany on piano; guided/mentored youth directors
-taught songs to Youth Choir; accompany Youth Choir and Youth Praise and Worship groups

Minister of Music......................​......................................................................................................​July 2015–June 2018 “Dare To Imagine” Church; Philadelphia, PA
Under leadership of Pastor Kevin Johnson, and at one of the country’s fastest-growing plant churches, fulfilled a number of responsibilities, including:
-directed the choir and band at two rehearsals per week for two Sunday services
-selected songs and planned repertoire that fit within pastor’s theme, holiday season, or current events -led the congregation in praise and worship on Sunday mornings

Musical Director, Accompanist.​ .........................................................................................................​Sep 2010–present “Elements of Jewish Gospel,” Yavilah McCoy
National touring act of Yavilah McCoy’s one-woman story of life as an African American Jewish woman; accompany on piano and background vocals, arrange music, direct the choir; assist in facilitating debrief discussions on race, identity, and music.

Music Director..........................​.......................................................................................................​Aug 2015–Dec 2015 Haverford College’s Production of “Next To Normal”; Bryn Mawr, PA
Fulfilled a variety of responsibilities including teaching cast members their vocal parts, leading vocal rehearsals, collaborating with student leaders and directors, and conducting the band during tech week and five performances.

Assistant Director​.............................................................................................................................​Sep 2010–May 2012 Voices of Imani​ Gospel Choir, Boston College; Boston, MA
Assisted in leading rehearsals, creating repertoire, directing performances, coordinating choir logistics.

Member...........................................................................................................................................................2005–2009 Assistant Director.............................................................................................................................Sep 2007–May 2009 The Kuumba Singers, ​Harvard University; Cambridge, MA
Choir ​dedicated to the celebration of Black creativity and spirituality​;​ a​ ssisted in leading rehearsals; composed and arranged multiple pieces.

SOCIAL MEDIA/SOFTWARE SKILLS
•Google Drive •Microsoft Excel •Finale
•Adobe Elements •iWeb 09 •iMovie
•Adobe InDesign •FileMaker Pro •ProTools
•Adobe Photoshop •GarageBand •Planning Center

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