Jazz, Classical, and Musical Theatre Performer
With nine years of teaching experience and a degree in Jazz Vocal Performance from the University of Toronto, Alex specializes in teaching contemporary vocal styles including pop, jazz, R&B, Broadway, rock, folk, choral, and alternative. Since 2015 Alex has been working professionally as a vocalist performing across the GTA and recording for various albums, television shows, and movies. Alex’s most recent and notable experience has been recording vocal music for movies The Witch and In the Tall Grass produced by Netflix, and The Terror produced by AMC.
Alex considers herself a well-rounded musician as she is formally trained in jazz, classical, and musical theatre performance. In 2016 Alex received her bachelor’s degree in Jazz Vocal Performance from the University of Toronto where she focused her studies on vocal performance, vocal pedagogy, the psychology of music education, improvisation, composition, and orchestral arranging. During her time at UofT Alex studied with some of the world’s jazz heavyweights whom have performed alongside performers such as Ray Charles and John Coltrane. Her vocal performance and teaching experiences span across many different genres of music including jazz, pop, classical and contemporary Broadway, R&B, disco, rock, folk, and free/experimental/alternative music. Her classical music performance training pertains to the trombone which she’s been playing since 2007.
Alex’s teaching style focuses on students learning proper techniques to create a healthy sound in order to build a strong, sustainable foundation to use for the rest of their musical lives. Alex possesses skills in diagnosing vocal and performance issues which she then treats with various effective methods and exercises learned through experience and formal education. Uniquely, Alex incorporates stage presence coaching in order for students to learn how to express themselves successfully and professionally on stage. Students will learn proper microphone techniques, how to incorporate body movement into their already growing singing technique, how to work the stage, how to plan their performances, and ultimately how to work an entire crowd! When it comes to vocal students Alex’s goal is to steer them away from trying to sound like whoever is on the radio and help them find their own unique, beautiful voice.
Currently, Alex frequently performs professionally at galas, weddings, corporate events, and public events. In 2016 Alex formed the Alex Kapo Quintet which features some of Toronto’s best up and coming jazz musicians. The quintet performs at various jazz venues in Toronto, most notably at the Rex Jazz and Blues Bar, and are currently working on producing their first EP as an ensemble. Alex is also in the midst of composing, arranging, and producing her very own pop music EP. Since 2015 she has been part of numerous professional studio recordings for various albums, television shows, and movies. Her most recognizable experience has been recording vocal music for movies The Witch and In the Tall Grass, produced by Netflix, and The Terror produced by AMC.
Alex teaches students of all ages and stages of their musical careers. She ensures each and every one of her students feels at ease and comfortable during their lessons; leaving feeling a sense of accomplishment. Alex uses a very holistic approach to teaching as every student is different and unique. There are many different ways to reach the same destination whether that may be developing a head voice, expanding one’s vocal range, learning to sing runs, learning to belt, memorization, learning music theory, and anything else she or the student feels they should or would like to learn. Alex’s main goal is for her students to reach their goals, build a healthy technical foundation, explore their creativity, find and break their boundaries, and foster their musicianship, so they may flourish and express themselves with ease and enjoyment through music.
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