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Alexander A.

Brooklyn, NY

$40/hr

A Music and Writing Tutor at Large

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Perfect!
— Nathaniel, Brooklyn, NY on 1/31/14

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Florida State University
Rutgers University-Newark
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Education

Florida State University

Rutgers University-Newark (Enrolled)

About Alexander

I am believe first and foremost in the power of a creative mind. I grew up in an environment that cultivated an artistic mindset. This has shaped me into a successful musician and writer, and I am eager to pass my skill sets onto those in need. My primary schooling has been involved in music. I earned my B.A in Music (jazz) from Florida State University in December 2010. My main instrument is saxophone. I earned my M.A in Jazz History and Research from Rutgers University (Newark) in May 2013.

I worked at Rutgers as a part-time lecturer teaching an undergraduate course entitled "Fundamentals of Music." My masters program has prepared me to shape essays at the higher level (personal statements for grad school applications or undergraduate research papers.) I also have insight into proper style and formatting for such papers; form and style are huge in the upper-level writing world and these skills are invaluable in the future if you are willing to shape your writing voice.

I am qualified to help any writer seeking to refine their voice creatively or academically. If you are are seeking a tutor to help you proofread, brainstorm or shape the perfect essay for college application, I am your guy! The editing process can be tedious, but I am here and will be with you the entire way.

I am qualified to teach beginner piano, and all levels of saxophone, composition, songwriting and lyric composition. I front my own band, for which I write lyrics and music.

Outside the world of music, I am a published writer and critic. I have written for WBGO.ORG, NPR.ORG and AFROPOP.ORG and my own blog, Hardbop Jazz Journal. I currently work part-time at WBGO-88.3FM where I am producing a radio show that will air in February 2014.

I look forward to hearing from you and meeting up as we shape and improve your skills in music and/or writing.
I am believe first and foremost in the power of a creative mind. I grew up in an environment that cultivated an artistic mindset. This has shaped me into a successful musician and writer, and I am eager to pass my skill sets onto those in need. My primary schooling has been involved in music.… Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required
Travel Radius
Travels within 20 miles of Brooklyn, NY 11225
In-person lessons

"Perfect!"

- Nathaniel, Brooklyn, NY on 1/31/14
English:
Proofreading, Public Speaking,
Writing
Computer:
General Computer, Video Production
History:
Music History
Business:
Public Speaking
Homeschool:
Piano,
Writing
Corporate Training:
General Computer, Proofreading, Public Speaking

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Composition (Music)

I can educate on musical notation in terms of composing large or small works. Specifically, jazz charts are my specialty but I am also knowledgeable in counterpoint and choral writing. I am qualified based on my personal experience writing and arranging original works as well as 2 years of music notation training while attending Florida State University for my B.A.

Ear Training

I can educate on ear training in terms of learning intervals, scale degrees and other skills associated with ear training. Specifically, jazz music is my specialty but I am also knowledgeable in classical and pop music. I am qualified based on my personal experience in transcribing music as well as 4 semesters of ear training while attending Florida State University for my B.A.

General Music

I can educate on ear training, notation, composition, reading skills, performance technique, improvisation, and recording technology.

Music History

I can educate on western, world music and jazz history. I am qualified based on my personal experience in transcribing music as well as 4 years of formal music education while attending Florida State University for my B.A. I am also currently pursuing my M.A in Jazz History and Research at Rutgers University.

Music Theory

B.A. in Music from FSU and proficient in all aspects of music theory.

Piano

I can educate on basic piano skills. I took lessons for 5 years while I was younger and continue to play and compose on piano. My technique these days is more informal as I often play jazz, pop and R&B music. I can also educate how to learn music on piano from recordings by ear. I am qualified based on my personal experience in transcribing music as well as 4 years of formal music education while attending Florida State University (where I studied jazz saxophone and some piano) for my B.A.

Public Speaking

I have a great deal of public speaking experience in and out of the classroom. I have given monologues on stage in the theater and served as the emcee for many self-produced events including musical performances and poetry readings. Public speech requires a lot of important skills and I will bring my personal experiences as well as a semester of persuasive and informative speech class from Florida State University, where I earned my B.A in 2010.

Saxophone

I have have been playing saxophone for 12 years. I studied privately while in high school in Baltimore, MD and earned my B.A in jazz studies from The Florida State University in December 2010. I continue to write and perform jazz, soul, R&B and funk music professionally. My method will include basic skills (tone, technique, reading, scales, ear training) as well as anything else the student wishes to learn including improvisation and composition. I can educate on any horn but my primary horn is alto.

Songwriting

I have been writing music for as long as I can remember. I will provide the student with exercises to trigger their creative sparks. I will assist in lyrics and music (chord changes, melody, sections and arranging) at all levels. I will welcome any style. I am well versed in jazz, blues, folk, rock, R&B, soul, funk and pop music. We will examine past greats of popular song (Gershwin, Cole Porter) in conjunction with modern songwriting geniuses (Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell) and also look at masters of the groove (Stevie Wonder and Earth Wind and Fire).

Video Production

I have been self-producing my own video journalism for about 3 years. I am self-taught but completed a video journalism course entitled EyeJAZZ in July, 2011. The course included creating approx. 5min videos on jazz music, its performing and venues in the form of a journalistic report. I have also shot and editing music videos and promotional videos for businesses. I shoot on a SANYO camcorder and a Kodak Zi8 and edit using iMovie.

Florida State University
Rutgers University-Newark
Enrolled

Education

Florida State University

Rutgers University-Newark (Enrolled)

Perfect! — I am a struggling recent grad with one more paper to write and Alexander pulled me through! Thanks a million! ...

— Nathaniel, Brooklyn, NY on 1/31/14

Hourly fee

Standard Hourly Fee: $40.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Travel policy

Alexander will travel within 20 miles of Brooklyn, NY 11225.

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