Alexander Rockwell Guitar Lessons
With my students, I begin by establishing an understanding of music and the guitar in a broader sense, without focusing on a particular genre. The guitar is an incredibly versatile instrument that is present in countless styles of music all over the world, and this broad understanding better prepares students to approach any genre that appeals to them. Lessons focus on development of proper technique, music theory, and music reading. Lessons are geared toward the student's personal goals as a musician.
I have taught many private students in the past five years, teaching primarily classical guitar. I have also taught beginning guitar and songwriting classes to groups of elementary school age students. While pursuing my Master's Degree I was a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Department of Music at Austin Peay State University. I assisted in the instruction of undergraduate guitar students and taught Music Technology. I am currently an Adjunct Faculty member at Austin Peay.
Associate of Music from Adirondack Community College
Bachelor of Music in Performance from SUNY Fredonia
Master of Music in Performance at Austin Peay State University
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
I will first determine the student's music reading skills and understanding of music notation. I will then determine what knowledge of the guitar the student already possesses and correct misconceptions if any. From there we will start with the parts of the guitar, the correct posture when sitting with the guitar, and the first notes.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Associate of Music from SUNY Adirondack
Bachelor of Music from SUNY Fredonia
Graduate Teaching Assistant at Austin Peay State University, while pursuing Master of Music
Adjunct Faculty at Austin Peay
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
Pricing varies. See alexrockwellguitar.com/lessons for current semester pricing.
Month to month:
Weekly 30 minute lessons: $120/month
Weekly 45 minute lessons: $180/month
Weekly 60 minute lessons: $240/month
What types of students have you worked with?
I have worked with students from as young as 8 years old to retirees.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
I would advise students to hire a teacher who has had extensive training on their instrument. Only then can a profound love and understanding of the instrument be fostered in the student.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
What are your goals as a musician?
How strong is your desire to learn music?