Adam Sweet's Music Studio

Adam Sweet's Music Studio

5.0 (7)
Best of 2021
3 hires on Lessons.com
1 employee
35 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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Credentials

Granby, MA 01033
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7 Reviews

5.0

  • 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 Lessons.com 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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FAQs


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.