Portland Area Bass Teachers
Originally from Santa Rosa, CA, Alexander Margitich began his musical journey singing in the church choir that his father conducted. Alex took up the guitar and eventually attended Berklee College of Music where he studied guitar and composition. While in school Alex found work as a peer tutor and began to develop his teaching skills and his love of sharing knowledge.
After his time at Berklee Alex found an opportunity playing bass in the band WATERS, leading him on a year-long adventure of playing Rock n Roll all across the United States and in Europe. Eventually landing in Brooklyn, Alex spent the next few years founding his own band, Andrei Rublev, and playing shows all over Brooklyn and Manhattan. Alex also worked full time as a teacher for NYC Guitar School where he continued to learn and hone his craft as a teacher, specializing in using the guitar for songwriting and improvisation.
Before moving to Portland, Alex met his future wife and got married in June 2016. In addition to teaching, Alex also works as a composer, performer, and songwriter. Recently his song “Together/Apart” was featured on Season 2 of ABC’s Quantico. Alex recently began releasing music under the name Telecommuter and his debut single “Can’t Get Back To Sleep” was premiered on the online music magazine, Earmilk.
Olivia Rowley is 24 years old, originally from Portland, Oregon. Music has always been a part of Olivia's life. With her mother being a professional singer/pianist and teacher, Olivia inherited the vocals skills of her mother and how to teach singing. Growing up in musical theater Olivia starred in multiple productions, as Oliver in "Oliver Twist, Marta in "The Sound of Music" and A Star To Be in "Annie". In 2003-2005, Olivia sang and recorded with Portland's local pianist-Michael Allen Harrison for seasonal Christmas concerts at The Old Church in Downtown Portland. She and Harrison put on concerts to fund raise money for the Ronald McDonald House Foundation to support children battling cancer and terminal illnesses. In 2005 Olivia sang at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall at the "Ten Grands Concert" singing "When You Wish Upon a Star and Somewhere Over the Rainbow" with Harrison in front of 3,000 people. Olivia picked up guitar in high school, taking lessons and self teaching beginning guitar.
Olivia always loves to teach herself as many songs as possible and finds with just a few notes, there is an endless amount of songs you can play. She has also played stand up bass in bands and performed at venues across the West. She taught herself drums and loves all instruments and genres of music. Music comes naturally to Olivia and she is ecstatic to share her love of it with future students.
David is a multi-instrumentalist specializing in guitar, piano, drums, bass and violin instruction. He accepts students of all ages and skill levels. David has professionally recorded over ten albums and toured nationally with diverse groups ranging from jazz and rock to techno and heavy metal. He has also worked extensively as a live sound and mastering engineer.
As passionately as he has explored all aspects of sound and music, he is equally committed to developing a highly impactful teaching style. With an emphasis on personal growth and self-discovery, David attempts to empower each student to carve out their own musical journey and push themselves to grow physically, emotionally and cognitively.