Smithson Music
Smithson Music

Smithson Music

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Introduction: Alvin is a well known and highly sought after pianist, piano tuner, teacher and composer in the Washington area. Alvin performs on the piano for concerts, recitals, cabarets, theaters and at special events. . He accompanies choirs and soloists and directs musical theater plays. He loves playing all styles of music: classical, jazz, blues, rock, you name it. In addition to piano, he also plays Native American flute, oboe, and guitar. Alvin is an expert piano tuner. He studied with Baldwin Piano and apprenticed with Kennedy Center technician, Ormand Pratt. He has over 30 years of piano tuning experience. Alvin tunes for concert venues, homes, schools and churches. Kennedy Center and Blackrock. Alvin gives lessons in piano, guitar, voice and song writing. He provides vocal acting coaching and audition preparation. His students develop a firm musical foundation through mastering technique, training the ear, sight reading and exploring all aspects of musical creation. Alvin encourages creativity through improvisation, composition and lyric writing, recording and playing all styles of music best suited to individual need and inclination. Alvin holds a Masters of Music degree from Catholic University in piano performance with emphasis on performance physiology. Bachelors from Kansas U. He composes songs for piano and voice and arranges music for cabarets, choirs and instrumental groups. He is the composer of several musical plays for adult and children. Alvins recent album Toccata Mesa is available on all music sites. The album was recorded live at Peabody Conservatory in the concert hall. His music can also be heard on the albums by Forrest Smithson. Journey of the Outshining Source and Right Use Of Will we’re nominated for Best Album of the Year in Ambient music.
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Hired 700 times

Serves Washington, DC

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35 years in business

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Jo M.
5 days ago
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Mr Smithson did an excellent job of tuning my piano. He was very courteous and cheerfully answered all of my questions. I definitely will use him again.

Details: Spinet • Last piano tuning more than 2 years ago • Piano played a few times a year • More than 10 years old

Piano Tuning
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Tita A.
6 days ago
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Mr. Alvin is not only knowledgeable of how to tune the piano, he is an artist, a concert performer -a pianist. Before he left, he played songs and that inspired me to play the piano more often. Thank you, Alvin!

Details: Spinet • Last piano tuning 1-2 years ago • Piano played at least once a week • Unknown age • Fix sticky keys

Piano Tuning
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Adrienne P.
1 month ago
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Alvin at Smithson Music is the consummate professional! He is very responsive and informative - a true expert of his craft. He tuned my upright piano for a very reasonable cost and it sounds lovely once again thanks to him! He’s a brilliant piano player and I enjoyed listening to his playing while he fine-tuned the strings/keys. If you need service on a piano, you cannot go wrong with Alvin - he’s a true expert and is highly regarded in his line of work. 100% recommend!

Details: Upright • Last piano tuning more than 2 years ago • Piano played a few times a year • More than 10 years old

Piano Tuning
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Holly V.
Jul 6, 2022
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Alvin was absolutely amazing bringing my 1930s piano back to life. I was completely impressed by his work and would highly recommend him. He was professional, respectful, and truly knows music. He played after the tuning and it was amazing. He’s very talented. I am so happy I found him on thumbtack and will definitely hire him again.

Details: Upright • Last piano tuning more than 2 years ago • Not applicable - new piano • Unknown age

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Amber C.
Jun 4, 2022
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Alvin was highly knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with. He tuned up our piano and it now sounds beautiful. We will definitely use him again for future tune up’s on our 40 year old heirloom.

Details: Upright • Last piano tuning more than 2 years ago • Piano played a few times a year • More than 10 years old

Piano Tuning
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Alvin Smithson

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  • How did you get started doing this type of work?

    My mother was a violinist, pianist and singer. When I was 16 I either wanted to be a concert pianist or a basketball player. I chose piano because I could do it forever. I'm still an athlete and consider music and sports to be equally challenging and requires the same amount of mental and physical preparation. I love being involved in musical creation

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