Alex Rivers

Chair, Guitar - Guitar, Electric Bass, Mandolin, Banjo, Ukulele

Picking a favorite piece of music or favorite artists is for me like asking a painter what their favorite color is. My first memory of being inspired to pick up the guitar was from listening to and seeing Jimi Hendrix play.

Alex was born in Washington, DC and spent his early years in Madison, WI, Bowling Green, OH, and Greensboro, NC, where his family still lives. He gained an early love of music from his mother who was a dancer and taught dance at university level. Alex started playing trumpet and guitar in the fourth grade and had his first rock band by the time he reached sixth grade.

Alex has attended the Berklee College of Music, and has a B.A. in psychology from NC A&T University.

As a performer, Alex has played in many legendary NYC venues, including CBGBs, Irving Plaza, and Mercury Lounge. His current musical projects include The Working Mothers, The Brooklyn Hoodies and The Dumbo Project.

His approach to musical education is based on discovering the learning style of the individual student and then tailoring the instructional method to their strengths and interests, including reinforcing lessons with clear written instructions and videos that the student can reference while practicing.

Alex feels that BMS is unique due to our faculty of outstanding teaching artists and significant focus on integrating performance as a critical part of learning and sharing musical traditions and idioms. Moreover, Brooklyn's vibrant music and arts scene means that there is a whole world of enrichment opportunities and inspiration just outside the door.