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Alexis Renee Ward, M.M.

Greensboro, GA 30642 (map)


Lessons Offered

Composition, Conducting, Keyboard, Music Theory, Piano, Singing, Music

Where are Lessons Offered

In Teacher Studio

In Student Home


About Me

My name is Alexis Ward. I am a composer, conductor, performer, and teacher. I teach privately in the Lake Oconee Area. For more information about me or my studio, please visit my website provided below. 


 

My Musical Education Background

I have been studying music almost my entire life, and I currently hold both a bachelor and masters degree in music from the University of Delaware in addition to studies at Westminster Choir College.

My teaching experience includes a variety of concentrations. I have been teaching privately for 10 years now. In addition to teaching privately, I've taught general music, worked as a choral tutor and voice instructor at the Cathedral Choir School of Wilmington for several years, taught a college level music theory course at the University of Delaware for two years, directed many choirs and orchestras, and have taught 4th-12th grade band.

Genres and Subjects Taught

VOICE LESSONS
For my voice students, we will spend the first few lessons establishing your goals and stylistic concentrations. I encourage my voice students to explore a variety of vocal repertoire and have taught classical music, basic choral technique, opera, early music, musical theatre and pop. In addition to offering my skills as a vocal coach, I also serve as your accompanist for each lesson at no extra charge.

PIANO/KEYBOARD LESSONS
Here at my studio, my students have access to two regularly maintained and tuned yamaha upright pianos. For my beginner students, I teach from the Bastien Piano Basics Books. For my more advanced students, we will discuss your preferences and tastes and work on larger works from various sources. All of my students work weekly on technique, and although I do not require it, I encourage many of my piano students to spend some of their lesson time on music theory using either the Bastien Theory Book or Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory.

MUSIC THEORY/COMPOSITION/MUSIC APPRECIATION
Music Theory and Composition are often paired together. Students interested in learning how to write music will often spend half of their lesson on music theory and dictation and the other half on writing and composing.

For home school families who would like to receive a music course credit, you may want look into gathering a group of interested students, and we can work together to create an appropriate syllabus and coursework combining music theory and music appreciation to count toward your child's education.

CONDUCTING
For those interested in learning how to conduct, we will spend time in your lesson discussing rehearsal technique, experimenting with gesture (with or without a baton), and learning how to effectively communicate with your ensemble.

Lesson Rates

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Ages / Skill Levels Taught

I teach students of all ages!

My Certifications and Awards

- Received a Bachelor of Music in Theory/Composition with a concentration in Vocal Performance and a minor in Piano Performance from the University of Delaware

- Received a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Delaware

- Maintain memberships with Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI), the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), the American Guild of Organists (AGO), the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), College Music Society (CMS), and the Choristers Guild

- Completed Praxis I exam and am certified to teach in all states

My Musical Influences

I really do like a wide variety of musical styles so it's difficult to narrow it down and list just a few musical influences. I love classical music, choral music, opera, musical theatre, contemporary Christian, folk, rock, jazz. I'm also really into movie scores and composers like Thomas Newman, John Williams and Howard Shore.

I'm sure the composers who have inspired and influenced me as a writer would be impossible to number, but here are a few of my favorites: Arvo Part, Jaakko Mantyjarvi, Palestrina, Orlando de Lassus, John Tavener, Frances Poulenc, Brahms, Gavin Bryars, Roxanna Panufnik, Paul Mealor, Joby Talbot, Ola Gjielo, David Sandstrom, Eriks Esenvalds, Felix Mendelssohn, James Macmillan, Samuel Barber, Johannes Brahms, and Claude Debussy.


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Student Reviews




Landenberg, PA

Alexis is my first voice teacher and I've found her to be immensely helpful. She's very good at explaining the mechanics of singing and demonstrating her ideas. She's given me many helpful exercises and tips that I use when practicing at home. Her lessons are helpful and fun!




Middletown, DE

I am the Choral Director at Middletown High School in Middletown, DE and have been a colleague of Alexis Ford for seven years. In that time, she has proven to be quite a musician as a singer and pianist. She has an excellent soprano voice and very knowledgable in vocal technique. She has also accompanied my high school choir on numerous occasions. In addition, her degree in composition has lead her to compose exquisite choral music for my high school choir; we have performed two of her pieces and will be performing a third piece at our 2013 Fall Concert. With her wealth of knowledge in music performance and music theory, I would highly recommend her as a teacher to any level of musician.


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