Serena Alexander - Creative Approaches to Music Theory & Practice

Serena has lived and breathed music since childhood when she first began piano lessons aged six. She went on to study music at the Leicestershire School of Music's  'Special Music Course' with piano teacher Howard Gregory and vocal teacher Elizabeth Holden. Serena holds a piano teaching diploma with the ABRSM, and both a Masters and First Class Honours Degree in Music, Technology and Innovation from De Montfort University. She also has Grade 5 in both tenor saxophone and singing.

After working as a news journalist in radio and television for a number of years where she  co-presented with both Richard Whiteley and Carol Vorderman at Yorkshire Television, Serena chose to return to studying music and has since completed a BA (hons) and MA in Music, Technology and Innovation at De Monfort University. Here she studied studio recording and production techniques, electroacoustic composition, listening practice, psychoacoustics and also took classes with a specialist vocal teacher in London in Extended Vocal Technique. She has also studied at Birmingham University with Jonty Harrison, the founder of the Birmingham Electroacoustic Sound Theatre (BEAST) where she composed for multi speaker systems. 

Serena has performed her works at the CBSO Centre in Birmingham, the George Cadbury Memorial Hall in Birmingham, De Montfort University in Leicester and at Concordia University in Montreal, where she was invited to curate an 'EuCuE' electroacoustic concert in 2008. 

Serena is also an avid singer/songwriter and has been writing for as long as she can remember. She has performed solo and with other bands as a keyboard player, supporting groups such as World Party, MicroDisney and even Ken Dodd! She has worked with a multitude of musicians including Gaz Birtles (Beautiful South) and Paul Speare (Dexys Midinight Runners). Serena has been part of a Celtic folk duo with Patrick Devine-Wright (formerly River Dance and Anuna) and has collaborated with Chris Cousin and Stu Smith of Bathysphere. Serena is also an independent artist. She has performed Glastonbudget music festival and a number of venue in Leicester including, The Donkey, The Musician and The Shed. She has an EP released on iTunes and you can listen to her music on Spotify or Bandcamp. Serena was a finalist in the UK Songwriting Contest in 2011. More recently she has performed as a jazz singer with the Rutland Big Band and is currently embarking on a new project making soundtracks for video and also composing ambient music.

Serena is dedicated to drawing from her pluralistic musical background and incorporating it into her teaching practice. Whilst she strongly encourages pupils to develop their technical abilities she also firmly believes in making lessons enjoyable and teaching music students want to learn. She has over ten years of teaching experience and finds great joy in being able to share her love of music with others.

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