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Alex Wolken

Alex Wolken


Guitar Lessons | Song Writing Workshops, Theory Lessons, Composition Lessons, Jazz Improvisation Lessons

  • Qualifications: B.A (Music major, endorsed in Composition, University of Otago) Postgraduate Diploma in Music (Composition, New Zealand School of Music)
  • Pricing: $30 per half hour, $55 per hour
  • Styles: Jazz, rock, blues, creative music and improvisation...
  • Suitability: Beginner through advanced.


Hi there. My name is Alex Wolken, and I am an experienced guitarist with substantial expertise in music theory and an academic background in composition (especially the composition of instrumental music)

I have been playing guitar since I was nine years old and been playing in various bands and ensembles (and solo!) since around the age of 12, and as such also have substantial songwriting experience. I currently perform in the contemporary jazz duo Reid+Wolken alongside singer Karin Reid, and the improvisational jazz/groove crossover trio Exp.J

I studied composition at University of Otago and the New Zealand School of Music, completing both a B.A (Music Major) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Music. This was a primary musical focus for me in my early to mid twenties and continues to inform my creative approach in other areas.

I look forward to working with you,

Alex Wolken

Teaching Info

My teaching approach is flexible and I will adapt to the type of repertoire the student is passionate about learning to play, but with a strong emphasis on the practical application of music theory and creative concepts to one’s playing at intermediate and advanced levels. I am also happy to tailor specialized lessons focusing in on improvisation, composition or songwriting skills, or on refining specific techniques.

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