I grew up in a musical home and have been playing piano since the age of four. I have had all sorts of different music teachers in my life and I have always looked to them for inspiration for my own teaching--what would I do differently? What would I do the same?
In my opinion, a teacher is an extremely energetic, charged individual who is entirely focused on the progress of the student. A teacher is inspiring, motivating, and makes learning a fun and enjoyable experience. I strive for this level of excellence in each of my lessons. It is extremely important to me that my students learn at their own pace, while mastering techniques and building a strong foundation.
I teach both piano and guitar, and I am excited to start you off on your musical journey!
I was classically trained on the piano from the age of four. When I was twelve, I decided to expand my musical horizons and pick up the guitar. During high school, I became very serious about my musical studies. I attended 6-week summer workshops at the National Guitar Workshop for guitar and music theory lessons. I also began attending a magnet school program called the Regional Center for the Arts, which I did every day after my normal school day. In 2007, I began my studies at Berklee College of Music and graduated in 2011 as a Bachelor of Music with a degree in Film Scoring.
I have about five years of teaching experience. While I was still in high school, I was giving private piano and guitar lessons on the weekends. I also helped tutor my fellow students at the Regional Center for the Arts. This is when I discovered I loved teaching. During my time at Berklee, I participated in a work/study program at the Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester. I taught private piano and guitar lessons here, as well as group piano lessons. I also participated in a program called KidsJam, which gave me experience working with very little children (ages 3-5).
It is extremely important that we focus on what YOU want to learn! I can teach many different styles, from classical to classic rock!
*** Lesson Details ***
Our sessions will be laid back and comfortable, yet motivating and challenging. I expect my students to keep a journal of their assignments for each week in order to focus on moving forward with their instrument. I am extremely patient with my students. I understand that learning an instrument takes a lot of time and energy for both the student and the teacher. I understand that every student learns in a different way, and that fact drives me to be the best teacher I can be!
I believe that the most important part of learning an instrument is learning how to read notes and rhythms. In my opinion, this is the foundation of learning an instrument. For that reason, I always start my lessons with some reading. Students are expected to practice outside of our lessons. As we progress in our lessons, students will be working on a couple different songs a week, as well as a little ear training and music theory.
It is extremely important to me that the student is learning what THEY want to be learning, so feel free to bring in any songs you'd like to start playing and we'll see what we can do!
*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide books but the student must have an instrument to play on.
*** Specialties ***
Beginning/Intermediate Classical Piano,
Beginning/Intermediate Piano (pop, rock, beginning jazz&blues),
Beginning/intermediate guitar (Jazz, Blues, Rock, Classic Rock, Pop),
Beginning/intermediate music theory.
I am also fluent in DAW software, sample libraries, and notation software including:
Garage Band, Audacity, Protools, Logic, Digital Performer, Kontakt, Vienna Ensemble, Reason, Sibelius, and Finale.
I have been teaching guitar & piano through TakeLessons since I graduated from Berklee and have had an amazing experience so far. I have worked with both kids and adults on everything from pop to hard rock. I have a blast with all of my students and am looking forward to many more fun lessons in the future.
During college, I worked as a piano instructor in Dorchester. I taught individual lessons as well as group lessons. I worked with kids of all ages, from 5 to 16.
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My daughter loves Ali, she has learnt a lot. Ali is patient and understands the needs and interest of her students. Look forward to more great lessons!
Hi Ali,The kids seem to really be enjoying themselves so far. I think it's going well. Looking forward to seeing where this goes.Jed
Hello,I'm 66 years old and have found a Goldmine in myteacher, Alexandra Zwart. Many, years ago Iattempted to learn the piano and was completely at a loss. My instructor thought I was preparing for Carnegie Hall and talked this musical 'foreign' language to me. Needless to say, I quit. That wasn't what I wanted.Alexandra is in tune to what I need to learn the Piano. I'm quite pleased with her style of teaching and her patience. Need I say again. . . I'm 66 years old! Thank you Alexandra for patience and thoughtfulness in making the piano easier to learn.Rita B