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. 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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Dorothy B.

Piano Tuning

I contacted Mr. Smithson on a Monday morning and he was available to tune my piano the very next day. He was incredibly responsive and professional. I expect to use his service for many years to come. Wonderful experience.
Jul 6, 2021
Marc V.

Piano Tuning

Alvin was amazing! He was great with my kids and did a great job tuning the piano. He is a pretty amazing piano player as well. Highly recommend him. Price was great too!
Jun 28, 2021
Bruce F.

Piano Tuning

Mr. Smithson did a terrific job tuning and minor repair of my Steiff upright. I would definitely recommend him if you need any piano services.
Jun 19, 2021
Diana b.

Piano Tuning

Could not be more pleased with Alvin’s work on tuning our very old piano . He is extremely knowledgeable and professional with excellent communication through the scheduling process. Will definitely use him again and highly recommend him !!
May 9, 2021
Mary H.

Piano Tuning

Alvin is fantastic! This is the second time he has come to fix/tune my piano. He is quick to respond and does a great job! Very professional and we always enjoy the bonus recital when he is finished! My youngest son requested a song and he played it beautifully! Would highly recommend!
May 3, 2021
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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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