Rockwell Music MN: Virtual & In-Home
Rockwell Music MN: Virtual & In-Home

Rockwell Music MN: Virtual & In-Home

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Offers remote services
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Introduction: UPDATE (7/2021): Due to extremely high demand, my studio is currently at maximum capacity. Please message me if you would like to be put on the waitlist. I am based in St. Paul MN, and now have many online students. At this point, I accept only reliable, weekly, long-term, committed students. All lessons are currently online and eventually, lessons will be online, in-person, or a combination of both, but students must be willing to go online in case of virus resurgences. At least 1 hour lessons are highly recommended for serious progress in almost all cases. Lessons are $76 for 1 hour, $52 for 45 minutes, and $38 for 30 minutes. Please feel free to read my full profile below, see my reviews, view my media, if you are seriously interested*** ***A second announcement: at this point, I should note again that I am primarily interested in teaching students that are serious about music and about progressing quickly. It doesn’t mean necessarily that you must practice a lot, but it certainly could, and at the very least you should have a dedication to your instrument that goes beyond it being a mere “activity” to pass the time. At this point, most of my students are currently adults (by my choice), but I am open to accepting children that are well-behaved and dedicated to serious progress. For younger children, parent involvement both in and out of lessons is crucial and for older children, a moderate amount of involvement may be necessary depending on age and the individual child.*** Hey there! Are you tired of stumbling around aimlessly through YouTube? Do you need some structure and accountability in your music learning? I've been doing online lessons for 10 years, whereas most other places are only offering them as emergency measures until COVID passes. I've had the practice to make sure your online lessons are top notch. I utilize multiple camera angles, screensharing, PDF documents, and even custom handwritten notes and annotations from me that are digitized and emailed to you. I have two bachelor's degrees in guitar performance- one from McNally Smith College of Music and another in progress from the Berklee College of Music in Boston. I have classical training from Musikhochschule Luebeck in Germany, a 2 year engineering degree and have served as an apprentice luthier. You will be hard pressed to find a more versatile instructor! With new students I require a 60min introductory lesson. This helps me know where each student is starting from and gives me the opportunity to make sure we are all on the same page with goals and expectations, and you get to learn more about me, and this gives you my flavor of music lessons. I charge an hourly rate for the intro lesson. Everyone has to do this, whether you are just picking up an instrument for the first time, or you’ve been in a band for years and just want a deeper understanding of music. The intro is also a sample of lesson, and it won’t be as in depth as your regular lessons but this will establish a baseline for us. Also you will get to see my level of coaching, and understand better what to expect. It's not a pass or fail audition… it just gives you a great taste of what the product that you’ll be getting, and it gives me a good understanding of the type of client I’ll be working with. Now, not every student is right for my program. I have turned some people away. For example, if a student initially expressed an interest in learning an instrument, and then realized they didn't have time for it because they would rather be doing soccer or bar league softball, that wouldn't work out. I just want to make sure my students are set up for success. So the first thing that we do for the intro lesson is to pick a time. All of my scheduling and payments are done online, so if you contact me I will link you to it and you can get set up within minutes. And at the end of the intro lesson if you decide to proceed, I will help you: • Set goals with clear expectations on how to achieve them. • Decide what package is best for you, based on your goals. • I’ll let you know about my policies and billing procedures. • I’ll also need you to sign my enrollment agreement. • And finally we’ll decide on a lesson schedule.
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Excellent 4.9

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Nafis N.

Guitar Lessons

Alex is a great instructor that further nurtured the passion I had for wanting to learn guitar. Going into our lessons, I had a drive to learn but lacked direction on where to focus that drive so I could progress as a player. Alex has a book to go through which structures your progress. The material is great and Alex is always available to clear up any questions you might have while also providing his own insights into making the theory and technique intuitive. On top of that, he helps you learn songs you yourself have been wanting or learning to play. Sometimes, there's overlap between the material you're learning and the song you're learning and it creates for a great time to apply what you've learned actively. If you're serious about learning guitar, and want someone friendly and skilled to help you go to the next level, Alex is your guy.
Mar 29, 2021
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Jay B.

Alex has been incredible. He has the right mix of accountability, fun and encouragement. I feel like Alex can adapt to any student, using a variety of teaching styles and "tools" he carries in guitar case. He teaches songs that the students want to learn which makes every lesson applicable. I highly recommend Alex. The rates are a bargain for what you get in return. You WILL NOT regret making a decision to work with Alex. Student Profile: 50+ year old, beginner, left handed
Feb 3, 2021
Sherrie k.

Piano Lessons

Alex is great with my beginning piano student daughter! She usually has trouble staying focused, but with Alex she was able to concentrate and had fun at the same time. She’s already looking forward to next week’s lesson
Dec 17, 2020
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Noshini D.

My son started liking his guitar lessons. Glad to have Alex teaching him. Alex is very punctual, professional and friendly as well.
Oct 22, 2020
Carl B.

My son was scheduled to start in-person guitar lessons in March, but then COVID hit. Alex was so helpful in laying out our options. We pivoted to virtual lessons which have been going really well. I am very happy with both the level of instruction and the very clear communication. Payment is secure and easy. Highly recommend!
Sep 21, 2020
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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    $57/76/114 per 45/60/90min lessons. Paid six weeks at a time or 3 or 6 months at a time

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

    With new players it's my goal to get them playing something they like and/or their friends will recognize, by the end of the first lesson. In order to do this, I ask them about what music they like, assess their skill level, and teach them something we've mentioned. Most of the time I can also teach them how to read tablature in the first lesson.

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

    Education: -Bachelor's Degree in Guitar Performance, McNally Smith College -Bachelor's Degree in Guitar Performance, Berklee College of Music (in progess) -Classical Training at Musikhochschule Luebeck, Germany -AAS Degree, Electronic Engineering Training: -Over 20,000 lessons taught -Business owner

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