Since his affiliation with Alfred Publishing Company in 1986 as a composer and clinician, Dennis Alexander has earned an international reputation as one of North America's most prolific and popular composers of educational piano music for students at all levels. Professor Alexander retired from his position at the University of Montana in May 1996 where he taught piano and piano pedagogy for 24 years. Upon moving to California, he has taught privately in addition to serving on the faculties of Cal State Fullerton and Cal State Northridge. He currently lives in Albuquerque, NM where he maintains an active composing and touring schedule for Alfred Publishing Company.
In 1987, he made his New York debut at Carnegie Recital Hall with violinist Walter Olivares and continues to be active as a soloist, accompanist and chamber musician. He has served as a collaborative artist for numerous internationally recognized soloists, instrumentalists, and chamber groups. A former president of the Montana State Music Teachers Association, he is a popular clinician at state and national music teachers conventions. In 2009, he was invited by MTNA to conduct the intermediate level master class at their national convention in Atlanta. Professor Alexander has toured throughout South Korea as well as the far East where he performed recitals and workshops in Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Indonesia. In November of 2013, he was invited to adjudicate "MusiQuest" in India, a national piano competition for all ages where many students performed his compositions.
Many of his compositions are included in the National Federation of Music Study Clubs Festival required list and his music is being performed by students throughout the United States, Canada, South Africa, Australia, India, Asia, and Europe. One of Mr. Alexander's most significant contributions to the repertoire is "24 Character Preludes" in all major and minor keys which includes a CD with Dennis Alexander as soloist. He is also a co-author of an exciting and innovative new piano method recently released in June of 2005 entitled "Alfred's Premier Piano Course". He has been invited to give presentations at the University of Oklahoma Piano Teachers Seminar, the Music Teachers Association of California state convention, the Portland International Piano Festival, the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, Music Teachers National Association as well as many state conferences. Mr. Alexander’s personal website (www.dennisalexander.com) has become a favorite with piano teachers and features recordings, videos, teaching tips, and more! The “Dennis Alexander Piano Competition”, sponsored by the New Mexico School of Music, is an annual event in Albuquerque open to students from the age of 7 through 15.