Adam Sweet Teaches Traditional Styles On Mandolin And Fiddle

Adam Sweet Teaches Traditional Styles On Mandolin And Fiddle

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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!


Current Top Pro
Hired 6 times
1 employee
38 years in business
Serves Granby , MA
Offers online services

Payment methods

Credit Card, Venmo, Paypal, Square, Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay, Stripe, Zelle, Bitcoin

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Musical styles

Rock, Country, Blues, Folk

Guitar style

Acoustic guitar, Electric guitar

Has instrument

Student who have a guitar, Student who don't have a guitar, but are planning to purchase one

Years experience

No formal training, No formal training; some self-taught experience, 0 – 2 years experience

Able to read music

Students who cannot read music

Lesson length

30 minutes, 60 minutes

Student's age

14 – 18 years old, 19 – 25 years old, 26 – 45 years old, 46 – 65 years old, Over 65 years old

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  • Reviews

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    Keith H.

    I never thought at the start of this journey that Id be playing classical music on a mandolin, but often, it really fits, and in general, its helped to develop a kind of musicianship that I find I can apply to anything else I want to play. Adam is a knowledgeable and enthusiastic instructor about music and music history. He supports a number of group projects (focusing on several different styles including classical, Celtic, and Klezmer) for students, which are an excellent way to learn.
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    May 08, 2022


    Wes A.

    Adam is a very knowledgeable music teaching, proficient with several instruments. He is patient, and adjust lessons to the students needs. I had him as a mandolin teacher for seven years and was very happy with his teaching.
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    April 30, 2022


    Walter P.

    Adam is great. I look forward to my lessons with him every week. I am currently studying mandocello with Adam. He makes our lessons productive and fun. Adam is really good at emphasizing correct technique, and explaining the history / origin of new songs when he introduces them. I feel like through my lessons with Adam, I am learning good technique as well as music theory which I never picked up (or maybe resisted picking up) as a classical music student.
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    April 28, 2022



    Adam is an amazing teacher and I’d recommend him to anyone!
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    April 28, 2022


    Karen W.

    I wanted to learn how to play mandolin as an adult, and Mr. Sweet was patient with my learning and lack of time to practice. He is patient, kind, funny and full of good suggestions. He works with me and helps me figure out what I need to do in order to play well. I have done lessons both in person and on Slack! He’s an awesome teacher!
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    April 28, 2022


    David R.

    Adam is an incredibly knowledgable, kind, and patient instructor who has completely redefined the way I approach the mandolin. I highly recommend him as an instructor.
    He manages to walk a line where I feel like I’m in control of the pace and contents of the lessons, but at the same time he is always ready with recommendations or suggestions to guide me. And I don’t feel like his suggestions are out of a book...he is really good at assessing where I’m at in my playing, how I could improve, and what I realistically have time for in any given week, and he specifically tailors the contents of the lesson to suit my particular requirements.
    We get into serious music in our lessons, but the atmosphere is always relaxed and I appreciate his sense of humor. And I also appreciate his holistic approach...we cover way more than I ever expected to: music theory, music history, technique, how to get the most out of my practice sessions, and what to think about when I do.
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    April 26, 2022

    Frequently asked questions

    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

    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.

    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

    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.

    I work primarily with adults 18 and over and specialize in working with people with special needs

    I was thrilled to organize and be a part of a concert by Mandolin New England, a 501c3 nonprofit mandolin orchestra

    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.

    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.

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