Master of Music from Northwestern University
Singing voice, Songwriting, Trans voice
ALEXA's work is a combination of artistic disciplines informed by specialized academic training in music composition and opera. Rigorous training as an opera student challenged them to transcend the boundaries of various art forms and to understand cultural boundaries of art in the everyday world. Their mission is to identify moments of pure imagination and innocent creation, harnessing the immediate kinship it creates in order to draw us all toward something divine, something as yet to be defined.
Why do you sing?
For release. Self discovery. To communicate. This is a gift to share...it is part of my purpose.
Why do you teach other people to sing?
Teaching is incredibly fulfilling! The idea of passing down a learned history and an art form feels natural and necessary. Helping others tear down their walls and insecurities and being their champion is a wonderful experience.
Who are some of your musical influences?
My influences are all over the map - Michael Jackson, Leontyne Price, Hans Zimmer, Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, Rachmaninoff, Samuel Barber, James Blake. I'll let you find the common threads.
What makes your teaching style unique, and what are your favorite teaching tools?
I pull from many different worlds - I like to use creative tools, movement/dance, play, and colors, working together to find the balance of the abstract and the tangible (as much as one can with voice). I love using creativity and improvisation in lessons, too. A few years ago I started guiding students toward using composition more regularly. That could be writing a song or a simple melody on the piano. I like helping students step out of their comfort zone to seek new experiences and discoveries.
What about your work with transgender and gender nonconforming folks?
This is my first venture in working with individuals from the trans/GNC communities in a formal educational environment. I'm discovering some of the same problems and questions I had learning about my own voice, how much those are wrapped up in gender identity, and how to guide students to find authenticity.
What else should new students know about you?
I believe that lessons are about discovery. We begin with goals, and as we work together those goals might shift and transform and we recognize the other lessons that pop up along the edges of your path. It's all a journey!