Alex Rubin

Alex R.

Cambridge, MA

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Alex delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
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Ages 10+

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Alex is a Boston-based guitarist and educator. At the age of 17, Alex turned his musical interests from classical violin to bluegrass guitar, and has yet to reconsider. After completing an undergraduate biology degree at Cornell University in 2011, he returned to the vibrant Boston music bluegrass scene, studying privately with Berklee professor John McGann. 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, with whom he tours around the globe.


Band member
Mar 2016 - Present
April Verch Band

In March 2016, I joined the April Verch Band as their full-time touring guitar player. The band travels extensively throughout the U.S. and internationally, performing at concert halls, arts centers and theaters.

Music Extension Faculty
Sep 2011 - Present
Wellesley Public Schools

Since 2011, I have taught individual afterschool music lessons on guitar, mandolin, and violin. Additionally, I have run a small chamber group, the Wellesley Acoustic Ensemble, in which kids of different ages and instruments play together as a band.


B.S. in Neurobiology
Aug 2007 - May 2011
Cornell University


Fluent / Native Proficiency

12 Reviews

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Maya A. Sep 8, 2018
Mandolin · In home

Great teacher! We were so happy to have found Alex.

Leander Jul 28, 2018
Mandolin · In home

Alex is a terrific instructor, who adjusts lessons based on what the student wants to accomplish. For example, my goals include learning the instruments (baritone uke in octave mandolin tuning and concert uke in mandolin tuning), fingerpicking, playing both melody lines and chords, being able to determine what chords to use without sheet music. So we work on music theory and ear training a lot, as well as learning tunes. Very good instructor who is both flexible and knowledgeable...highly recommend him to others.

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Andrew K. Dec 22, 2017
Guitar · In studio

Energetic, patient,full of praise. Straightforward discussion of music theory which is very helpfull

Mick Aug 23, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Alex is great. He is very patient and supportive. He does a great job of explaining things without overwhelming me with too much information to process. He keeps me interested by changing things up and challenging me every lesson. I'm an adult beginner, and Alex strikes a great balance between teaching me music that I want to learn and things that will help me become a better player. I highly recommend Alex as a teacher.

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Joe Jun 20, 2017
Guitar · In home

I've had 5 lessons with Alex and have already seen incredible improvement. Alex's methodology is to teach lessons but taking a song you really would like to learn, and walking you through the steps necessary to be playing it seamlessly and quickly. He throws in musical theory and other important elements of learning the instrument in there as well. I love that he always emails me a rundown of our lesson via email after the lesson so I can be reminded of things when practicing. He is extremely accommodating with his schedule, which I also really appreciate. Overall, it's been an incredibly enjoyable experience and I recommend Alex to anyone trying to learn!

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Jeremy D. Sep 10, 2016
Mandolin · In studio

I had a great experience with Alex. He is very flexible and catered each lesson to my learning style and goals. You can learn music theory, technique, and how to have fun playing music with your instrument. I kept finding that one hour flew by with the amount of music that was being played. I highly recommend to anyone on both sides of the spectrum; someone who knows exactly what they want to achieve and someone who doesn't know where to begin.

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Leah Jun 22, 2016
Mandolin · In home

Great first lesson! Alex is a thoughtful and experienced mandolin player.

Steve Apr 12, 2016
Guitar · In home

I have worked professionally with Alex for several years. He is an inspiring teacher and talented musician. Alex has the technical abilities to teach a wide range of musical genres, and the patience and communication skills to help students learn. If you're looking for a guitar teacher, Alex is your guy!

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Neal H. Apr 11, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Alex is the consummate professional. He knows how to move my guitar playing forward while never sacrificing my particular interests. I highly recommend him as a teacher.

Mary Apr 11, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In home

Alex was very patient and very helpful. I would definitely recommend him to anyone :-)

Catherine B. Apr 11, 2016
Bluegrass Guitar · In studio

Alex has been my guitar teacher now for about 9 months and I have thoroughly enjoyed the lessons. He is always enthusiastic with the music we're learning and has a very clear way of explaining new ideas. I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a guitar teacher!

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Randy Apr 11, 2016
Guitar · In studio

Alex is an amazing teacher!!!! I have been studying under him for several years now and he consistently makes tricky concepts really fun and approachable.

Not only does he have a clear method for teaching guitar (I really like the structure) but I can come to him with any song or idea and he either teaches it to me or we work through it together.

With so many guitar teachers in the area, I consider myself lucky for having met such a brilliant guitarist and wonderful teacher. Can't recommend him enough.

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