Alexis Harris

Violin


Alexis is a violinist and composer who began her violin studies as a child after seeing Itzhak Perlman on Sesame Street, or so she was lead to believe. She began her music studies at the Cleveland Institute of music at the age of 3 beginning with dalcroze to instill a sense of rhythm and movement, and began playing violin at age 5. She studied the Suzuki method with Marta Soderberg, James Gomez and Michelle Higa-George. At age 9, She spent four consecutive eight week summers as a merit scholarship recipient at Interlochen Arts Camp prior to performing with the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus and Youth Orchestra in seventh and eighth grade. She studied with Mari Sato of the Cavani String Quartet and both Kim Gomez and Takako Masame of the Cleveland Orchestra. She then went on to attend high school at the fine arts boarding school, Interlochen Arts Academy, where she was also a merit scholarship recipient and studied with the world renowned Russian violinist, Julia Bushkova. For her undergraduate matriculation, Alexis attended Miami University to receive a liberal arts education, and also broadened her studies to include a focus in music performance, composition and educational leadership. There, she furthered her violin studies with Interlochen Arts Academy alumna, Emma Rubinstein and Dr. Harvey Thurmer. Following her Bachelor's degree, she went on to pursue graduate studies at Berklee College of Music where she studied with Boston Pops violinist, Sandra Kott and studied music synthesis and composition. It was in Boston Alexis discovered her love for being a studio musician and performing video game music. She performed frequently with the Video Game Orchestra, played her own arrangements and compositions with jazz saxophonist Gregg Osby, and actively performed with a Brazilian Jazz quartet. She also furthered her compositional development by creating electronic dance and symphonic trance music. She has always been deeply enthralled by electronic music and encourages her students to think outside the box when it comes to both playing and listening to new music. Alexis has been teaching privately since before her Berklee days. In 2013, her teaching abilities brought her to Salt Lake City Utah, where she helped pilot an El Sistema program for underprivileged children to learn music. By the end of 2014, Alexis also added a power yoga teaching certification to her list of instructional credentials, and can be found in the yoga studio when she's not teaching violin. At the end of 2015 Alexis relocated to the Bay Area to begin a new life adventure teaching and playing violin. She continues to teach at several other bay area schools and also performs with a variety of musical artists. Alexis is very excited to continue building her violin teaching studio and is greatly looking forward to creating wonderful new musical relationships with all her students. She is a very nurturing, enthusiastic, and encouraging in her instruction. She believes that by giving students the proper tools and guiding them, they have the capabilities to solve musical puzzles for themselves, enabling them to be self reliant. She believes firmly in establishing a positive relationship with the violin first and foremost, which includes proper instrumental and self care, posture, bow hold and left hand technique. Though she often uses the Suzuki repertoire for students, she believes that students should be able to read music very early so they are equipped to handle sight reading and they may audition for orchestras, if they should so desire. Alexis encourages preparing students for a variety of performance opportunities such as recitals, orchestra solos, and local/national competitions. She also assists students in their preparation for their music exams by seamlessly integrating ear training and music theory into their lessons enjoyably so that students are empowered to take exams while possessing the necessary tools in their arsenal to feel confident with their test taking abilities.