Alex is a Boston-based guitarist and educator. He is currently a member of the music extension faculty at Wellesley Public Schools and, since 2016, has toured nationally and internationally as the guitarist for the April Verch Band.
After completing an undergraduate neurobiology degree at Cornell University in 2011, he returned to the vibrant Boston music bluegrass scene, studying privately with Berklee professor John McGann and teaching multiple instruments at Wellesley Public Schools. In 2014, Alex started the folk duo, No Bones About It, which has performed around the northeast, including performances at the Freshgrass Music Festival and Club Passim, as well as completing a country-wide tour of New Zealand. In March 2016, Alex joined the April Verch Band as their full-time guitar player.
Helping a student accomplish a short- or long-term goal is a truly thrilling experience. Whether the task is simply to understand a few key concepts about the guitar or to undertake a long-term study of a particular style or genre, I derive great pleasure from helping to complete it. I have been teaching both children and adults professionally since 2011. I am a firm believer that each student requires an individualized lesson plan, and not a rigid one-size-fits-all approach. I am most interested in helping you reach your personal goals while answering any questions along the way. We will use the things that interest you most as the springboads to learning basic and advanced guitar concepts.
Alex is a truly gifted teacher and I give him the highest possible recommendation! If you are considering lessons, please give him a try-- I promise you will be treated to an attentive and welcoming instructor. In just about two months of lessons, I already feel like I have learned so much more than I have on my own in several years. What I have gained could not be taught by books or youtube videos. Nothing beats having a master musician and master teacher like Alex listening, responding, and guiding you to be your very best!
Alex has been my guitar teacher for almost two years and I highly recommend him. We are always working directly towards the songs I want to play but he really takes the opportunity to teach me a ton along the way. He designs each lesson and a practice schedule specifically for me and it is extremely rewarding to have someone so attuned to my guitar interests. Highly recommended!
Alex is a very skilled teacher! My girlfriend is much better at the guitar than me, but he was able to seamlessly adapt our lessons based on our respective skill levels. I've made incredible progress over the past two years, and it's thanks to this guy right here. We try to book him anytime he's in town!
He really listened to my preferences and concerns and was able to adjust his teaching methods to match my needs. Perfect experience!!
We identify short- and long-term goals so that I can create a personalized lesson plan focused on your own interests. We will attempt to learn some of the basics (or more advanced) techniques of the guitar while working directly towards something you enjoy.
I have been a professional musician and teacher for almost a decade, teaching students of a wide range of ages and skill levels.
Typically, I price at about $1/minute but the price will go down if you book 60-minute lessons or if you book a batch of lessons (5 or 10 for example).
I have had several truly great teachers as I was learning the guitar and felt it important (and ultimately very worthwhile) to pass on the education they gave me.
I have taught middle- and high-school students (through the Wellesley Public Schools Performing Arts Department) as well as adults of every skill level.
Personally, I find it extremely valuable when a student has identified a short- and long-term goal. For the short-term, a song or a riff or a concept that is pretty easily attainable. For the long-term, something that seems perhaps impossible given their skill level. Generally, we can get close to the long-term goal much faster than students expect.