Adam Sweet Teaches Mandolin, Fiddle, Guitar And Banjo
I teach violin, viola and fiddle. I teach mandolin, mandola and mandocello. I teach all genres, specializing in Celtic, Bluegrass, Balkan and Classical.
I love my students, I love working with them. There's nothing more rewarding than the breakthrough that happens when they learn something new!
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
After an exchange of emails to determine an interest and a commitment by the student, we can meet either over the phone or online using slack to discuss the details including the dates and times of the lessons
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have a ba and certificates in music, performance, and chamber music coaching from the New England Conservatory of music, the conservatory at Rivers, the Apple Hill Center for chamber music, and Hampshire College with coursework in jazz theory from University of Massachusetts Amherst, composition and music theory from Mount Holyoke College, musicology and composition at Amherst College and advanced violin and performance at Smith College.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
Rates are below. Take 10% off if you are a Veteran, Senior (70+), or a College Student:
1. $55/half hour every other week
2. $45/half hour every week
3. $90/hour every other week
4. $80/hour every week
How did you get started teaching?
My parents started me on Suzuki violin in 1966. I participated in many music ensembles and events throughout my childhood, joining GBYSO in 1978 and touring Europe. In college, I studied Music, specifically Jazz, Composition, Ethnomusicology, Electronic Music and Violin performance. After college, I joined the Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra and the Keene Chamber Orchestra. My duo, Fiddle Hill performed in a world music festival in Egypt, and toured Ireland, Canada and the US in the early 20s. In addition to music, I develop websites and social media platforms for musicians and ensembles.
What types of students have you worked with?
I work primarily with adults 18 and over and specialize in working with people with special needs
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
I was thrilled to organize and be a part of a concert by Mandolin New England, a 501c3 nonprofit mandolin orchestra
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Make sure you're ready to put in at least 30 minutes of practice each day. You'll need a quiet place in your home to practice and attend online lessons.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
The mandolin is a versatile and beautiful instrument that is perfect for adults of all skill levels. In just a few short lessons, you can learn to play your favorite songs and impress your friends and family. Plus, learning to play the mandolin can help improve your coordination, focus, and memory.