About Us

About Us

Sweet Music is a private music studio in Granby, Massachusetts that offers lessons on violin and fiddle, viola, mandolin and guitar. 

Sweet Music was founded in 1985 by Adam Sweet.

Adam Sweet with his son Richard
I've always been fascinated by teaching.  Since I was very little, my mother and father encouraged me to look things up on my own, and share what I learned.  In sixth grade, I had a group of friends that shared what our teachers taught us.  Jenny was learning bassoon, Lisa was learning flute, Rob was learning viola, Kristen, Alex and I were learning violin.  We would often get together and talk about what we learned that week, or about concerts that were coming up.  We kept up this tradition all through High School.  In College, I joined the Five College Symphony Orchestra on violin, and later switched to the viola section.  My first informal student was a violinist that wanted to learn the viola.  I played fiddle in a bluegrass band called Pieces of Neck my first year.  Our mandolin player was more of a jazz player and refused to chop.  In bluegrass, you need the chop sound, which works kind of like a snare drum.  I bought my first mandolin after months of frustration, and taught myself to play it.  After College, I formally opened my studio and began to accept students on the mandolin, violin and viola.  My first studio was at the Fretted Instrument Workshop in Amherst.  A few years later, I taught at Downtown Sounds in Northampton, and then was one of the founding teachers at the new Northampton Community Music Center on
Mandolin group
South Street.  In '95, I was hired by the Keene Institute for Music and Related Arts, where I also received a certification in music education.  I taught viola and guitar there.  KIMRA as it was called, merged with the Keene Community Music Center.  I taught there until my son was born in 2009.  I now teach out of my home in Granby, MA.

Bio, written by a former student:

"Mr. Sweet attended the New England Conservatory of Music's pilot Suzuki program from 1966 until 1972, and the Conservatory at Rivers from 1972 until 1980.

Sweet attended the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music from 1974 until 1980 where he studied chamber music coaching, and focused on the music of Mozart, Bach, Dvorak, Brahms, Schubert, Borodin and Mendelssohn.  Sweet studied violin with Judith Canon, Mary Parker and Phillip Naegele; viola with Betty Hauck and Robert Merfeld.  He attended mandolin master classes with David Grisman, Sam Bush, Adam Steffey, Mike Marshall; and fiddle master classes with Darol
Group coaching
Anger, Stephane Grappelli and Vasser Clemens.  In 1996, Sweet spent three weeks in Kilfenora, Ireland, where he played nightly at Linane's Pub and attended Set Dances with the Kilfenora Ceilidh Band.  He attended a concert and master class by De Dannan with master fiddler Frankie Gavin.  Sweet went to Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, where he majored in Music.  He studied jazz with Roland Wiggins at UMass, electronic music with Randall McClellan and World Music with David Reck.  His thesis was on music as part of a therapeutic environment.

Mr Sweet graduated with a BA in 1985 and opened his studio in 1986.  Since then, Mr. Sweet has been teaching adults and teenagers how to play the violin, mandolin, guitar and bass.  Mr Sweet performs and therefore teaches celtic music, bluegrass, klezmer and world music.  With a background in chamber music coaching, Sweet coaches a classical mandolin ensemble that performs with Mandolin New England in western Mass and Providence, RI."

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