"I have played the piano on and off for 40 years but never really got into music theory. Alex has a great way of improving my technique in playing music and also finding exercises for me that make me FEEL the theory behind the music. It's great fun."
–Carla B., piano
"We are so lucky to have found Alex for our now 9 year old son! We transferred to Alex from a more traditional piano school when it became apparent that our son was becoming unmotivated and uninspired. Alex has completely transformed his piano experience. From transcribed Zelda tunes to Bach to Fantasia to original compositions, whatever Adam is humming seems to make it into that day's lessons. Alex has been both patient and kind and a creative inspiration. Adam's overall musicality has really improved over the past 2 years, as well as his technique and artistry."
–Mike and Katie
Since completing his master's degree in Composition at the Mannes College of Music in 2008, Alex has helped hundreds of students in classrooms, as well as his private studio, to deepen their engagement with music and find their own creative voice as composers and pianists. Among his many activities as music educator, Alex works as a teaching artist with the San Francisco Opera's ARIA program. There he helps children in classrooms across the Bay Area to write their own original mini-operas.
Alex's broad musical experience spans classical and rock music as well as musical theatre, never drawing rigid boundaries between any styles. Embracing a holistic approach to music, he believes that ear training, theory, and technique are integral to a well rounded, creative musician. Alex enjoys working with beginners looking to develop a strong ear and solid piano technique as well as aspiring composers and experienced performers looking to deepen an understanding of music with a practical approach to theory.
Alex's approach to music theory is informed by the method of renowned pedagogue, Nadia Boulanger, teacher of Aaron Copland, Quincy Jones and many other great 20th Century composers. Developed during his study at the European American Musical Alliance (EAMA) in 2014 at the Schola Cantorum in Paris, his approach to music theory is deep, yet profoundly practical-- capable of transforming the way one hears and engages with music.
(Mannes College of Music)
2008 - Winner of the Jean Schneider Goberman Composition Competition
2008 - Martin Prize For Orchestral Competition
2008 - Composer in Residence Chamber Ensemble Commission
2009 - Bowdoin International Music Festival
2013 - Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History
2014 - European American Musical Alliance
2015 - SF Arts Commission grant for musical, The Entrepreneur
2016 - Zoo Labs music incubator for The Entrepreneur