Lessons

Message from our CEO, Adam R Sweet:

I have been teaching adults and teenagers how to play music since I was in High School. At Hampshire College, where I was majoring in Music, I taught people how to play bluegrass fiddle. In 1985, the Fretted Instrument Workshop in Amherst gave me my first real teaching job. A few years later, Downtown Sounds in Northampton asked me to teach mandolin and fiddle. Later, I was encouraged to join NCMC, where I taught weekly until 2007. In '95, I started teaching at KIMRA in Keene, NH and taught there until 2009. I bought a house in South Hadley in 2008, and opened Sweet Music Studio there. I opened a studio at West State St in '14 and Open Square in 16. I teach music at the Center Church in SH during the week. I opened a studio in Granby in the spring of 2018.

I offer fiddle, mandolin, banjo and bouzouki lessons. I mainly teach the styles I like to play, including bluegrass, celtic, classical, klezmer also western swing, jazz and country. I teach both online using Slack, and in person at my house in Granby. Online Lessons are very similar to local or in-person lessons. The only difference is if you have a slow connection, there may be a slight delay in transmission, which can take a little getting used to. This is very rare, however, as most people have high-speed connections and don't have a problem with delay or degradation.

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Beginning students will learn the basics: music theory and how to read music, how to count, meter and rhythm, keys and chords; how to hold the instrument and pick (or bow for violin players); how to practice scales, arpeggios and exercises; how to play basic melodies. At some point, usually within a few weeks, beginning students may be ready for more advanced material which will be assigned at that time.

Beginning students may want to also join the Adult Beginner's Group Class. Advanced students that can already read and understand the basics of their instrument will study more advanced theory including the modes, advanced timing and rhythm, advanced chords, harmonization, improvisation, and will be introduced to a wide variety of music depending on the genre and style they have chosen to study. For example, Classical musicians will be exposed to a variety of composers from the Renaissance Era up to the Romantic Era and everything in between. Folk musicians will be exposed to a wide variety of western European traditional dance music styles including Celtic, Quebecois and Cape Breton music as well as American styles such as Bluegrass, Country, Western Swing, Jazz, Blues, and more.

Advanced students may be eligible for either the Classical Mandolin Class (Mondays at 7pm), the Celtic Group (Thursdays 7-9pm) or the Bluegrass Group (Fridays 7-9pm). Some advanced players may want to play in all three. There is a $5 discount per class for students that wish to join more than one as long as they attend on a weekly basis. The discount does not apply for one-offs or trial periods.