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Lessons offered by Alex
  • Individual
The lessons will be held
Taught subjects
  • Music Theory
  • Composition
  • Songwriting
  • Classical Music
  • Jazz Improvisation
Levels
  • All Levels

Professional Composer and experienced educator teaches composition, music theory, ear training (aural) and trombone in London

Methodology

“Alex displays a virtuosic range of skills aimed at enthusing performers and composers of every age and their ability to explore their creative and musical potential.”
Royal Academy of Music

I provide an intelligent holistic method that encourages expansive growth of all aspects of musicianship. Lessons are tailor made to each student. Creativity and Expression are at the forefront of everything! I love teaching!


- Which subject(s) do you teach?

- Classical Composition, Jazz Composition, song writing, arranging.

- Trombone

- Aural/ ear training/ Solfeggie/ solfège

- Theory lessons (for grades or for PASSION!!!)

- Can provide tuition with GCSEs/A levels

- Tell me about your qualifications.

Royal College of Music. MComp. Distinction. Composition
Royal Academy of Music, BMus(Hons)-1st Class. Composition
& Jazz Trombone.
Royal Academy of Music, LRAM. Distinction. Pedagogy.


- How much do you charge?

£40/ph.

- Where do you teach?


I teach at my home in chiswick, students' homes and at Pelican music.

- Which ages and levels do you teach?

All

- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?


University and Conservatoire entry
Entry into the profession.
ABRSM Grades
Trinity Guildhall Grades
GSCE Exams
A level Exams

- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.

Skype

- Do you have a personal message for students?

TEACHING AIMS:
To inspire passion, belly-fire and life-long momentum.

To instil a physical and audible understanding of the building blocks of musical language. For use now and in the future.

To incite an immediate and personable relationship between students and art music.


"Ah music! A magic beyond all we do here!"
Albus Dumbledore

Experience

- What kind of experience do you have?

PROFESSIONAL
Alex (1990) is an award-winning composer and improvising-trombonist and educator based in the UK. His music is stylistically pluralist. Informed by his life as a jazz musician & improviser, Alex’s work draws upon an enormous range of classical and folk music traditions and heats them into his own uniquely explosive musical voice. Much of his work is interested in incorporating soloistic improvisation and is a celebration of expressive individual existence. He is artistic director, composer and trombonist of the ensemble DREAM MUSICS who have recorded his music with some of the Uk’s most exciting creative musicians; for example: PURPLE-TREE TAPESTRY, BYE, PRAYER; with STRINGS and JOAN RIVERS.

Alex was elected to the 9th International Composition Seminar 2019/20 and awarded a commission by Ensemble Modern (Frankfurt, Germany) . In 2019 he played and recorded his concerto OD ODY PINk’d for Jazz Musician and Royal National Scottish Orchestra (RSNO). He was a Leverhume Art Scholar with the London Philharmonic Orchestra 2016-2017: NOW WE ARE DUH-DUR. In 2018 Alex was awarded the Harriet Cohen Memorial Music Award for his compositions and in 2017 his piece SPAKE represented the UK in the Orchestral section of the International Society of Contemporary Music (ISCM).

His music has been played/recorded by leading orchestras and ensembles including Ensemble Modern, Klammer Klang, London Philharmonic Orchestra LPO, Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO), Ensemble x.y, x.y Song, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO), National Youth Jazz Orchestra (UK) NYJO,
Listen-Pony, Aldeburgh Festival Ensemble, Psappha Ensemble, Orion Symphony Orchestra OSO, Helios Collective, Chaos Collective Orchestra, Mirrors of Hall Big Band, Dr. K Sextet, 5KBrass Quintet, RAM Philharmonic and RCM Philharmonic and soloists Tabea Debus, Patrick Terry, David Zucchi & Jacob Collier.

He has written six operas including NOGGIN and the WHALE (Massed forces including 500 young instrumentalists and singes) FOR the LOVE of THORNSTIEN SHIVER hosted by English National Opera and Helios Collective, BEL and the DRAGON as part of the Tête à Tête opera festival, the EQUIVOCAL HARRIET BOWDLER at Second Movement Opera and WOOLF MUSIC at the Forge in Camden and RAVEN’s CHILD for Jacob Colier and Orchestra.

As an improvising and jazz trombonist Alex has played as a soloist with Ensemble Modern, Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) & Ensemble x.y. He has made over 100 recordings as a soloist and performs regularly in duos with pioneering improvisers, as well playing in groups such as Apocalypse Jazz Unit, Speckles Brass, Laura Jurd.

Extensively, Alex writes art-music for musicians in community settings including, innovative ways of writing for young instrumentalists & singers in a post-Roald Dahl world of new-music. eg: NOGGIN and the WHALE (Massed forces including 500 young instrumentalists and singes), Fly Like a Kitchen, Muffin, Pudding Tummy and The Sound of Magic. He is composer in residence at Pelican Music Service.

- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?

Yes.

- Where and with whom did you train?

Alex studied as a scholar at Royal Academy of Music (BMushons -1st class) and the Royal College of Music (MComp Distinction.) under the supervision of Sir Peter Maxwell Davis, Jonathan Cole and Mark Anthony-Turnage, Gary Carpenter, Phillip Cashian, Christopher Austin and Pete Churchill.

TEACHING

Alex has worked extensively as a Workshop Leader, Animatuer, Classroom-music teacher and Composition Tutor.

His composition pupils include those in higher education, GCSE/A level students and singersong-writers. They have been awarded prestigious prizes and commissions available for young composers including the BBC Young Composers Competition, Tri borough youth Orchestra and Sound and Music Summer School. Alex’s pupils have matriculated into some of the worlds leading music conservatoires and universities.

He is currently writing explorative learning and participation projects that will be adopted by some of UK’s most exciting contemporary music groups.

Rates

Rate for online lessons : £40/h
Lessons offered by Alex
Individual
The lessons will be held
at his home
at your home
Taught subjects
  • Music Theory
  • Composition
  • Songwriting
  • Classical Music
  • Jazz Improvisation
Levels
  • All Levels

Alex's CV

Trombone Soloist
Freelance Composer
Freelance musical educator.
Composer in residence Pelican Music
Royal College of Music. MComp. Distinction.
Royal Academy of Music, BMus(Hons)-1st Class.
Royal Academy of Music, LRAM. Distinction. Pedagogy.

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