Faculty

Andrae Alexander

Lecturer


Biography

Andrae Alexander is a pianist and vocalist who moved to Los Angeles in 2009 from Maryland. He is also a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and the United States Navy Band of Washington, D.C., which is a Presidential Support Unit. He is also an Amazon best-selling author of the book Build Your Music Career from Scratch, which is in its second edition. An internationally traveled musician and clinician on the subjects of the music business, music for film and television as well as music production, Alexander has been to over 40 countries.

As a musician, composer, and consultant, Alexander has worked on projects such as Empire, the film Detroit and The Birth of a Nation soundtrack. Some of the artists he has worked with include NeYo, BlackBear, George Drakoulias, Swae Lee, Mellissa Ethridge, Allee Willis, Meek Mills, Pusha-T, Kanye West, Jesse J., Rodney Jerkins, Lamont Dozier, No I.D. and more. Before teaching at USC, Alexander taught courses on music business, music production for media and music composition and programming at the Los Angeles Film School in Hollywood.

Being a proponent of philanthropy, Alexander has worked with non-profits to use music as a tool for social rehabilitation in the homeless community and to serve underserved grade-school children where music has been removed from their schools’ curriculum. AGC, under the direction of Wendy Raquel Robinson; and Urban Possibilities, under the direction of Eyvette Jones-Johnson, are the two non-profits that he currently serves.

To the academic setting, Alexander brings real-world experience. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in music with a focus on music production and film music and a master of arts degree in music industry administration from California State University, Northridge. Alexander is currently a faculty member of USC’s Thornton School of Music in the music industry department.