Adam Sweet's Music Studio

Adam Sweet's Music Studio

5.0 (7)
Best of 2022
3 hires on
1 employee
36 years in business

About this pro

My teaching approach: I teach all ages, all styles. I specialize in Celtic (Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Acadian), Americana (Bluegrass, Old Time, Folk, Blues), European (Klezmer, Balkan) and Classical music.  

Teaching is more than a way of life for me, it is a way to encourage and motivate adults of all ages and backgrounds to learn to play and enjoy music with others.

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Granby, MA 01033
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7 Reviews


  • Michael Bilz

    Adam Sweet is EXACTLY the right fit for my level of experience. His patience is a virtue with this retiree! Adam explains everything in easy-to-understand terms and always makes sure I’m comfortable with the information before moving on. Thanks first to for the lead to Adam and secondly to Adam for his excellent tutelage. I would recommend Adam to anyone looking to enhance their musical knowledge.

  • Linda Norotuck

    Three years ago I started with practice daily. I know play Celtic fiddle music daily. Along with private lessons I also play music with a group of other student musicians at the same studio. It’s challenging, pleasing and lots of fun! Adam is very encouraging. An excellent instructor in music theory and teaching music. I would highly recommend “Sweet Music Studio” for anyone interested in learning as an amateur, such as myself, or as a professional.

  • Deb N

    Adam is a patient, good-humored, and inspiring teacher and a stellar musician. Classes are fun and relaxed but sneak in plenty of theory, and his historical knowledge across genres is impressive.

  • Timothy Logan

    Adam is quite simply an outstanding teacher. His love of music and musicology make each lesson a unique exploration into technique, history, and musical passion. He is a patient and keen observer - making him a highly effective and motivating teacher. In my opinion Adam is one of those rare individuals who fits the true meaning of “teacher” - although I would rather think of him as a wonderful “musical advisor”. In short, he is terrific!

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

1.  determine their skill level and if they can read music or not

2.  ascertain the style(s) of music they would like to study specifically

3.  get a sense of their ultimate goal(s) with the instrument

4.  set a scheduled lesson time

5.  encourage them to join one of the group classes (learning accellerated)

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have a BA and Certificates in Violin, Performance, Chamber Music Coaching at New England Conservatory of Music, the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music and Hampshire College.  I was the principal violist of the Five College Symphony Orchestra, the Valley Light Opera.  I play mandolin and fiddle with the Americana Project (since 1989), Celticado (since 2004), and Adam Sweet's Klezmer Orchestra (since 1995).  I am the founder and director of the Springfield Mandolin Orchestra.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

1.  if you take private lessons with me the rate is $65 an hour, and $35 for 30 minutes

2.  if you take private lessons with me at your home or place of business, the rate is $15 more an hour

3.  if you take private lessons with me online using Hangouts, the rate is $20 less an hour

How did you get started teaching?

I started teaching violin in College.  When I graduated in 1985, I started working towards opening my studio, which I finally was able to do in 1986.  I've been teaching ever since.

What types of students have you worked with?

I work mostly with teenagers and adults.  I'm an expert at returning adults (adults that started when they were young, and are returning after many years off)

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

The Mandolin Orchestra performed for a sell out crowd at the South Hadley Town Hall.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Make sure you can commit to at least 30 minutes of practice every day for at least 3 years.  It takes at least that much time to learn to play the violin with confidence.  If you can't commit to practicing, wait to start lessons when you can.