Brazilian percussionist Alex Fraga is a doctorate student at University of Toronto. He has been an active teacher in non-profit organizations in Brazil, USA, and Canada. His research interests include the uneven recognition given to different Brazilian music genres, the differences between oral and Western music training, phrasing in folkloric traditions, and technology-assisted learning. He has toured Brazil, South Africa, and the USA as a member of the berimbau chamber ensemble Arcomusical. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Minas Gerais Federal University (Brazil) and a Master of Music degree from Northern Illinois University.