About AlexLearn all about Alex!
Alex was born and raised in the Bay Area. He started learning piano at the age of 7 and he HATED it growing up! It was torture for him to sit at the piano and practice an hour every day. Despite his many Oscar award winning performances to persuade his parents to let him quit piano, they refused. But as he grew older, he began to see each song as a challenge and really enjoyed the discipline and the patience that went into the process of making each piece sound unique while also being able to add his own touch to it!
In 2014, Alex received his Bachelor’s Degree of Music with an emphasis in Piano Performance under the guidance of Dr. Mok. During his time at San Jose State, he had the honor of working with many talented artists, such as Professor Sharon Brook; Dr. Namik Sultanov; Dr. Amanda Quist; Dr. Charlene Archibeque, and Dr. Jeffrey Benson. Because of these skilled musicians, he was the recipient of multiple awards, such as being the winner of the 2009 French Piano Competition at San Jose State, the 2011 Evelyn Heath Scholarship, and many more. Furthermore, he was also able to travel to countries like Germany, the Czech Republic, and Austria as a member of the San Jose State Concert Choir. He also had to opportunity to share the stage with world famous singer Andrea Bocelli!
Alex developed his love for teaching while he was the Teacher Assistant for Dr. Gwendolyn Mok and Professor Sharon Brook’s Piano Proficiency Class. Since graduating, he has been working in music schools all around the Bay Area. He is focused on learning all he can about the latest teaching methods to ensure children get a well rounded education in piano as well as enjoy music! Besides teaching private piano lessons, he is also working at Stratford Schools in Sunnyvale as their pre-school and pre-kindergarden music teacher and also with Crystal Children’s Choir in Foster City as their piano accompanist and as the Young Musician’s teacher.
Alex can play the violin, viola, ukulele, ocarina, and accordion. When he is not learning a new instrument, he is always trying to develop a new skill. One of his projects was creating and developing this website! He loves to exercise and is also a huge basketball fan! His biggest goal in life is to travel around the world to experience other countries’ cultures, hear their music, and most importantly, try their food!
Alex’s ultimate goal as a teacher is not only to make sure students can read and play music, but also to show them the wonderful opportunities that can be seized from learning this instrument! In such a competitive environment like the Bay Area, it is crucial that children possess many different traits and skills that make them excel and stand out. A majority of those traits can be learned from piano! Alex strongly believes that music should be an enjoyable activity and stresses having fun during lessons. Throughout his lessons, he will provide students with action steps and practice tips to foster independence and aim for a growth mindset. How he is able to make lessons fun and effective is by implementing movement and games so that students come to lessons excited to learn while they develop their musicianship and get a good work out!
Just like learning any new skill, piano students will also experience the difficulties that come with learning any instrument! There will be many moments where students will succeed, but they will also encounter just as many obstacles that will leave them frustrated. Alex believes that these are the most rewarding moments when it comes to teaching because it allows the student to experiment with new ideas, it teaches them that there are multiple ways to solve problems, and it shows them that success does not happen without a few failures along the way!
Teacher with Experience!
Alex has been teaching around the Bay Area since 2007. During college, he was the Teacher Aide to Professors Sharon Brook and Dr. Gwendolyn Mok for their Piano Proficiency class. After graduating, he has worked in multiple music schools to learn how to teach children and use the latest teaching skills to help children develop their music skills. He is currently a teacher at Stratford Schools as the music teacher and the pianist for their preschool and pre-kindergarden children. He is also the teacher of the Young Musicians Class for Crystal Children’s Choir.
Performing around the Bay Area
Alex has been a piano accompanist for Crystal Children’s Choir for the past 8 years. He has also performed around the Bay Area as a pianist. During his time at San Jose State, he was a member of the San Jose State Concert Choir Ensemble, where he was able to perform with artists like Andrea Bocelli, as well as a member of the San Jose State Symphonic Band.
Recipient of Numerous Awards
Alex has been the recipient of numerous awards, such as:
- Earning high distinctions in the Music Teacher’s Association of California (MTAC) piano exams
- Winner of the 2011 Santa Clara MTAC Evelyn Heath Scholarship
- Winner of the San Mateo County Fair Piano Competition
- Winner of the French Piano Competition at San Jose State University
Did You Know?
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Put Your Child On The Road To Success!
Alex has been teaching piano to children around the Bay Area for the past 10 years. He uses the latest teaching techniques to help children build a strong foundation and appreciation for music.