Ariel Alexander
School / Office / Department
Arts, Media, Performance and Design
Program / Division

Personal Information



Dr. Ariel Alexander has gained recognition as a Los Angeles composer, producer educator and entrepreneur. Originally from St Louis, Ariel earned her B.A. at Indiana University and her master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Southern California.

She has worked on performances at two Superbowl Halftime Shows (2021 and 2022), the Grammy Awards (2022), Coachella, the BET Awards, the American Music Awards,  and the MTV VMA Awards. Most recently, she served as the orchestrator for Billie Eilish's 2022 Performance at the Academy Awards. Her TV series credits include "That's My Jam" with Jimmy Fallon (2022 and 2023), "The Four," "The Masked Singer" and BET's "Sunday Best." Ariel also is a producer and composer for the world's largest children's media company.  

Other credits include transcription, arranging, and orchestration Camila Cabello, Stevie Wonder, Eminem, John Legend, Alicia Keys, Steve Miller, John Mayer, Anderson.Paak, SZA, Miguel, Ella Mai, Juice WRLD, Bazzi, Nick Jonas, Nas, and many more.

Formal Education

  • BM in Jazz Studies from Indiana University
  • MM in Jazz Studies from University of Southern California
  • DMA in Jazz Studies/Music Industry/Music Education from University of Southern California