Group Classes

Mandolin for Beginners Group
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I am currently offering three group classes which meet weekly at my home in Granby, MA.

Mandolin For Beginners Group Class
(min 3 persons)

This is a perfect class for adults who wish to learn how to play the mandolin in a group setting with other adults.  We will learn how to hold the instrument and pick, how to play scales and chords, how to read music, how to sing and play at the same time (it can be done!), and how to improvise.

The MFB meets Mondays from 7-9pm at my home in Granby, MA.  This is a group of adults who are just starting out on the mandolin and are gearing up to learn a mixture of styles from bluegrass to celtic to blues mandolin.

I have mandolins for rent if you do not have one of your own.  If you would like to join the Folk Music Group, please contact us through the form on the side bar.  The cost is $15 per class and there is no enrollment fee.


Advanced Mandolin Group Class (AMG)
(min 3 persons)

Must have 5 or more years experience studying your instrument of choice, be able to sight-read, know advanced music theory including counting various meters and playing in a variety of keys.  This is a challenging group.  We are studying some very difficult pieces.  If you would like to join the group, but I feel you are not ready, I suggest taking private lessons for at least a year.

The AMG meets Tuesdays from 7-9pm at my home in Granby, MA.  The AMG is the core group for the South Hadley Mandolin Orchestra.  This is a group of adults who have been playing mandolin-family instruments for 5+ years.  The group studies string quartets and chamber music from the Classical (1750–1820) and Romantic (c.1780–1910) eras.  Here are some of the works the group has been studying:
  • JS Bach: The Brandenburg Concertos No 3, 6; the Double Concerto for two violins (mandolins): D minor, BWV 1043
  • Mozart String Quartets: String Quartet No. 17 in B major, "Hunt", K. 458 (1784); String Quartet No. 19 in C major, "Dissonance", K. 465 (1785); Eine kleine Nachtmusik[1] (Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major), K. 525, is a 1787 
  • SchubertString Trio in B-flat major, D 471
  • Marcello: Concerto for Two Mandolins
If you have 5 or more years experience on your mandolin, mandola or mandocello and would like to work on some of these spectacular pieces with us, please contact us through the form on the side bar.  The cost is $15 per class and there is no enrollment fee.

Celtic Music Group Class 
(min 3 persons)

Must be able to play your instrument of choice well, be able to sight-read, and know the basics of music theory including counting various meters, playing chords and harmonizing.

The class meets Thursdays from 7-9pm at my home in Granby, MA.  The group decides what folk music it wants to learn, votes on the new material, and works on approximately 10-15 new tunes/melodies per semester.  A semester is approximately 3 months.  Any folk or roots music genre is acceptable.  Some of the tunes we have been working on can be found in the Fiddler's Fakebook by Dan Brody, the Portland Collection by Susan Songer, and the Waltz Books.  If you would like to join the Folk Music Group, please contact us through the form on the side bar.  The cost is $15 per class and there is no enrollment fee.


About The Sweet Music Studio

The Sweet Music Studio provides private and group music lessons on mandolin-family instruments and violin family instruments.   Swee...