Alex's Classical & Jazz Guitar.
Alex's Classical & Jazz Guitar.

Alex's Classical & Jazz Guitar.

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Introduction: Alex had been Teaching and Performing Guitar for more than 35 years all over Europe, UK, and the USA, and for the last 20 years have been a Guitar Faculty at Neighborhood Music School in New Haven, CT. He has two Master’s degrees in Guitar Teaching and Performance: one from the Guildhall School of Music in London, UK, and one from the Belarus State Academy of Music in Minsk. In addition to that, Alex is a certified by SAA -Suzuki Guitar teacher. Alex has been working with students of all ages, and teaching mostly Classical guitar repertoire, Blues, Bossa-Nova, and Jazz standards adopted for Classical guitar. Part of his curriculum is studying improvisation, chords, and sight reading. Alex also offers live background Classical, Jazz, and Pop music for corporate events, weddings etc., performing both: solo, and with backing accompaniment tracks.

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Serves Branford, CT

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38 years in business

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Customers rated this pro highly for work quality, responsiveness, and professionalism.

Exceptional 5.0

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Patrick T.

Guitar Lessons

Excellent instructor. Totally getting me back to my old guitar chops and pushing me forward to grow and improve even more!
Jun 26, 2021
Austin G.

I’ve been working with Alex for ~8 months now and I have enjoyed every minute of his teaching. I am currently a medical student and as such wanted to round out my interests and develop my skills in the arts. However being a medical student, I am quite busy. That said, Alex has always been very attentive and aware of that fact and has done his best to work around my needs as a student of the classical guitar second and as a student of medicine first. Additionally, Alex is wonderful at nurturing an interest in classical music without squashing it, something I believe is a rare talent in all forms of education. When I started playing the guitar I had no idea I would get so far, and I’m currently working through the Suzuki method as well as an original composition by a young professional guitarist that I never dreamed I’d be able to play. I have no doubt that you will find an excellent teacher in Alex and will grow as a musical artist under his care. Note: During, this COVID crisis, Alex has done an amazing job protecting his students and has been holding teleconferenced lessons which I continue to take weekly. I appreciate his dedication to teaching as well as to the safety of others.
May 5, 2020
Scott S.

Both my son and I have been Alex's students for years. He is not only the best guitar teacher we have had, but he may very well be the best teacher we have ever had. My son started with him after bad experiences with other guitar teachers. My son, who was about 9 years old at the time, was just uninterested in classical music. Our friends had raved about Alex. When we first met, Alex asked my son what music he liked. My son said he liked the Rolling Stones. So Alex taught him the riff to Satisfaction. My son was hooked. Alex slowly sequed from rock to classical. Eight years later my son is still taking classical guitar (and he also plays rock). Alex is such a talented teacher because he is so flexible. He can teach students whatever they want to learn. He is the opposite of rigid and doctrinaire. Students love him because he works with them. He is fun. Moreover, he is patient. Incredibly patient. In my eight years of being around him, I have never seen him lose his cool. Despite his flexibility and patience, he is very rigorous. You will get the full Suzuki experience, but you won't feel like it is rammed down your throat. I was so jealous that my son was getting such great instruction that I signed up for lessons myself. I started with classical and did that for close to three years. I switched to jazz and blues improvisation. I have never enjoyed myself more. I am a teacher myself, a philosopher actually, and am very curious about theory. Alex not only teaches me how to improvise, but also the theory behind it. There is no question that I ask him that he either does not know the answer or researches and comes back with the answer. One last story which will show you how great Alex is as a teacher. I recently cut my index finger badly on my fret hand, so could not practice guitar. I asked Alex if he could teach me drums until my finger healed. He not only gave me a bunch of drum lessons over the next several weeks, but he did this over Zoom. The degree of difficulty was extremely high, but Alex not only met the challenge, he did it with great cheer. I feel like I am not only a much better guitar player because of Alex, but a better teacher as well. My highest recommendation.
Apr 29, 2020
Jeff B.

Alex has been fantastic working with our daughter and getting her through her novice years on the instrument. He has been very responsive and willing to differentiate for her, particularly around her interest in knowing jazz as well as classical guitar. As a professional jazz bass player, this has been an important aspect of his work with her from my perspective. He is also deeply supportive and considerate of his students and their confidence and personal development. I recommend him and his teaching very highly!
Aug 15, 2020
Catherine E.

It’s rare and tremendously lucky to find a music teacher like Alex. He is an exceptionally gifted teacher, patient and perceptive, with a relaxed, gentle manner, and he is able to put his students at ease very quickly. His lessons are challenging but never stressful. He guides his students through new challenges with great skill, kindness and humor, and celebrates their progress with real warmth. He inspired a work ethic in my son that came as a huge surprise to me! We would all highly recommend him as a teacher for aspiring guitarists of any level.
Aug 15, 2020
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Alexander Vlassenkov


  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    I charge $70 per 1hour, $60 per 45min., and $45 per 30min lesson.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    New Customer's needs and requests are my priorities.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I have two Master's Degrees in teaching and performing guitar: one from Guildhall School of Music (London, England), and another one from State Academy of Music (Minsk, Belarus). Also I'm a certified Suzuki Guitar Teacher, trained at Hartt Music School (Hartford, CT, USA)

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