Manuel Alvarado is a Toronto based drummer and pianist originally from Venezuela. Who has been playing music professionally for the past 10 years. He was first introduced to music by his family at an early age. His father a saxophone player and his mother a singer. Later, Manuel formalized his music studies at Simon Bolivar Conservatory in Caracas where he studied drums and percussion, then he started playing, teaching and participating in different events of El Sistema Venezuela, later enrolling into classical piano lessons.
After finishing high school, Manuel studied Music Composition at Lisandro Alvarado University in Barquisimeto, Venezuela. Looking for better opportunities in music and life in general, Manuel moved to Toronto, Canada where he has performed as drummer and pianist in different venues, private events and weddings.
Manuel is currently studying music at Humber college completing his bachelor of music majoring drums, on this institution Manuel has received lessons from world class musicians such as Mark Kelso, Larnell Lewis, Hilario Duran, Don Vickery, Barry Rhomberg and Michael Occhipinti.
Manuel is proficient in both instruments Drums and Piano, and he is very comfortable playing and teaching a wide variety of music styles (Jazz, Funk, Pop, Rock, Jazz fusion, Latin Jazz, Caribbean and South American music) while keeping his mind fully open to any other music genre.
Teaching in a stress-free and low-pressure environment is what Manuel likes the most, while focusing on assessing and creating a personalized plan for each student and addressing any potential weaknesses. He believes that any musician needs to have a strong personality and individuality, at the same time having the great ability to adapt to any musical context and learning to be a team player is key when playing an instrument.
Manuel strives to help his students attain their goals in an engaging and fun way with great sense of humour. He looks forward to getting the best out of his students because he was once in their shoes when he was younger.
“Music is a unique human expression that is rooted in every single person and it connects you to your feelings and the feelings of others” – Manuel Alvarado
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