ALEX GANDIONCO - SINGING, PIANO & KEYBOARD WELLINGTON MUSIC TEACHER
Alex is a piano and vocal tutor, and has just completed Bachelor of Music (Honours) at the New Zealand School of Music.
Originally from the Philippines and having grown up in Auckland, Alex spent the last two years of high school studying in a specialist music programme at the Idyllwild Arts Academy in California, where she had the opportunity to experience the intensive music scene in the United States. Upon graduation she was accepted into the undergraduate vocal programme at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, but decided to return to New Zealand for her studies.
As a singer, Alex has been actively involved in both Auckland and Wellington, being a part of the St Patrick’s Cathedral choir and the Opera Factory in Auckland, and had been a choral scholar at both Orpheus Choir of Wellington and Sacred Heart Cathedral. In 2017, she also performed as part of the New Zealand Opera Chorus and had a main role in the NZ School of Music's biannual opera.
She is also proficient in piano and has taught both singing and piano for more than 5 years through music schools as well as primary schools.
Alex also has experience in being a teacher aide for students with special needs, and is interested in possibly pursuing the field of music therapy
"She gives us good techniques to improve our vocal range as well as constructive critisism in helping to improve things we need to work on. She's also really nice!" - Abbey Taylor
"Alex taught her a lot about technique and range as well as how to use breath when singing. She wants to thank her for the lessons which she thoroughly enjoyed and will take what she was taught into her future singing. Thanks very much, Alex." - Margaret Murphy
"Janvi has been learning music with Alex for couple of terms this year. I've thoroughly enjoyed the overall experience as a spectator. Alex is so involved with Janvi at all times helping her do her best.. Not only does she have a beautiful voice, but to listen to her play her magic on the piano is simply delightful.
Alex is full of enthusiasm and a fountain of laughter. She always welcomes her students with a wonderful smiley face and makes them feel at ease and comfortable.
She has been extremely helpful in assisting us making a great choice in terms of choosing an accompanist and/or recorder for Janvi's exam. All her recommendations, recordings and flash cards came in so handy to prepare Janvi for her exam.
With her musical knowledge, dedication towards teaching music and making her students excel in exam, she is simply a wonderful asset to Encore school of Music. It will be a pleasure to see Janvi learn singing, play piano and learn more music from Alex next year." - Megha Barpande