I like to focus on playing rather than talking, so the first thing to do is to get out the violin and have a go at playing what you want. That could mean going through the piece you've been practicing, a new piece you'd like to work on or if it's the first lesson then play for the feel; experiment with the sounds that come from slow bowing, fast scraping or even plucking and tapping. From here we can go through the specific techniques to support whatever music the student is working on. These include bowing and finger techniques; how to read music notation and memory work. I support students by demonstrating technique, then playing along as they apply what they have learnt.
With over 20 years experience teaching violin to all ages from beginner to advanced, I help students achieve their musical goals in the style of their choice; be it Classical, Folk, Jazz or playing with friends around a camp fire.
I began teaching in my third year of University in 1997 when I helped my student prepare for her successful audition into the Bachelor of Music course for the University of Southern Queensland. After graduating I moved to the UK and started teaching privately, as well as playing music for weddings, bands and theatre companies.
I moved back to Australia, Melbourne early 2020 and now have a few students (online at the moment) doing Classical and Jazz. During the Melbourne lockdown I completed a solo album of Eastern European folk songs mixed with electronic beats and bass for a new project called: ‘Vampire Pumpkins & Watermelons’ which I look forward to performing live.
I am a very friendly and easy going person. As well as teaching I enjoy tango and writing. I’ve two novels recently completed and I’m currently working on the outline for a third. I always like to keep busy with different interesting creative projects.
I understand that it is sometimes unavoidable to cancel lessons and I'm happy to accept cancellations with 24hrs notice.
Qualifications: Associate of Music (AMEB) Bachelor of Music (University of Southern Queensland)
* 1997 - began teaching as a 3rd year student at USQ for 1 year.
* 1998 - left Australia to perform and teach in England.
* 2002 - returned to Australia to finish post-graduate study at USQ.
* 2003 - moved to Melbourne to teach privately and perform.
* 2007 - began working at 'Music Network' (now Allegri Strings) as a teacher.
* 2008 - moved to UK to teach privately and perform
* 2020 - moved back to Melbourne, began working for Allegri Strings again as a teacher, as well as taking on private students.
As well as teaching I have also been a professional performer of Classical music, but mostly Folk and Jazz as well as lot of experience with bands etc; I can easily help students develop their own style for practical performance or having fun playing with friends.
Alex is open to the pieces I am interested in (Irish Folk, Hungarian, Gypsy) and he has also been very good in suggesting pieces that fit both my level and the styles I like (in particular Gypsy Jazz). I have been also able to explore areas I had never worked on before like Improvisation, music theory, scales and we also have done focus sessions (i.e 3 hours session) which have helped me progress a lot. I particularly enjoyed the fact that Alex would focus on how to convey emotions while playing (not just executing the correct notes) and put more simply the importance of the joy in playing music. I would recommend Alex to anyone who is looking to a teacher that is not only a good technician but most importantly a musician.
Alex is a highly knowledgeable and skilled violinist. I found him to be friendly and adaptable to my learning style and a teacher who will tailor lessons to your goals - whether that be learning violin in a serious capacity or simply wishing to play for fun. I learnt from Alex as an adult beginner student, and he was very helpful with technique and with learning different music styles including gypsy and jazz. Lessons were fun and informative and you’d be sure to come away with a wise word or two along the way!
As an adult beginner who had only learnt the violin for about a year, I was looking to find a teacher in the intermediate category. I was recommended to Alex, and he has been teaching me the violin for almost the last year. I have learnt to be more sensitive and my tone has improved in a way that I enjoy the music that I play. Alex picks up on small things during the lessons and corrects them effectively. Alex is also a great teacher to learn from online and my music has gotten better despite being unable to travel for music lessons. I highly recommend him to anyone wishing to take their violin playing further.
I had Alex teach me for around a year as a mature beginner to violining. He was incredibly patient and personable, tailoring his lessons to my learning style and even becoming someone I'd consider a friend in the process.
By the end of that year, I'd learned enough violin that, even though I'd moved away, I was confident enough to practice and improve at home without causing noise complaints!
Alex is a great teacher, his approach to teaching is unique and engaging. You never come away from a lesson without having learnt something. Highly recommended!!!
Alex is a very committed and personable teacher who adapts to your capabilities and preferred styles of learning. A very versatile and inspirational violinist who has mastered a wide variety of styles, he will teach you the fundamentals of the instrument without making it seem like a chore. I highly recommend Alex to those wanting to learn variety, technique and be guided by a teacher who truly cares for his students
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