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Joined in
2017

Alexander

Instructor

Teaches cello, piano, voice, acoustic bass, violin, viola

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About Alexander

Xander Scheetz, a Northern Virginia native, has been playing cello since he was four years old, before he could ride a bicycle! He began performing with the Kindler Cello Society at age six on the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, and growing up he attended Suzuki Institutes in Winchester, VA, in Washington, DC, and in Kingston, Ontario, where group playing and solo performance were equally valued skills for young musicians. He was introduced to Symphonic music in The Youth Orchestra of Fairfax, the American Youth String Ensemble, and to chamber music through his gigging in the D.C. area with the Oak Hill String Trio and the Arioso String Quartet, even performing in a masterclass for the violinist Midori. In college, Xander played with the Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra, performing at the Middleburg Film Festival, and in Argentina and Spain as part of two international tours. He has also participated in a number of recording projects with fellow students at Shenandoah University, from jazz covers to Gorillaz, and studied recording technology himself. He is currently learning to play the duduk, an Armenian instrument.

Xander began teaching in 2009, working with students from ages six to fifteen until 2012, holding group cello classes and a studio recital. He continued to teach on and off during college, and now teaches for Galaxy Music Studios, Music & Arts, and privately. He teaches cello, acoustic bass, piano, voice, as well as violin and viola.

Teaching Philosophy:

“Teaching is something that lights me up, whether it’s how to play an instrument, or sing, or tie a knot, or cook a dish. The experience of bringing knowledge, and the joy of accomplishment a student has, produces an energy, which in turn inspires me to bring that energy back to the lesson. I believe teaching not just the student, but the family as well, and I encourage parents and siblings to play music or participate in at-home practice. Music is a gift, a gateway to understanding how to make beauty every day, and to be able to bring music to lives young and old, is a gift in itself.”

 

 

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