Group Classes

You must be a current student taking private lessons (60 minutes a week) to participate in one of the weekly group classes.  If you are not taking private lessons, you may participate with special permission, or in the seasonal Celtic seisions, or classical sight-reading sessions at no charge.  Check our Facebook page for even listings!

Classical Music Group - Tuesdays 7-9pm
(min 3 persons)

Formerly known as the Advanced Mandolin group, the Classical Music Group is now open to bowed-string instruments and guitars.  Students should have 2 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 group meets Tuesdays from 7-9pm at my home in Granby, MA.  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 would like to work on some of these spectacular pieces with us, please contact us.  The cost is $20 per class and there is no enrollment fee.


The Klezmer For Beginners Online Group Class will be broadcast from Adam's YouTube channel (here) beginning May 1, 2019 and going for the whole summer.  If there is interest in the class beyond that, we will continue.

The class meets Wednesday mornings from 9am-11am EST.

The cost is $5 per person per class, or $75 for the summer (a $15 savings).  Register and pay through PayPal (here), include your instrument (if any), name, email address and cell phone # in the comments box.

NOTE: You do not need to play an instrument to participate in the class!  There will be lots of discussion, presentation of materials including links to download sheet music and other information, watching/listening to music and of course playing and sharing music together.  Singers and dancers are encouraged to participate.


You may pre-register for the class beginning this week (ending 4/19/19).


Adult Beginners Music Group - Wednesdays 7-9pm
(min 3 persons)

This group is a lot of fun!  If you've always wanted to play mandolin or fiddle in a group, but were too afraid to try, now's your chance.  The group will learn some simple melodies and songs and will learn how to play together.  

Because we play from sheet music out of books or downloaded off the internet, students should be able to sight-read music, and know the basics of music theory including counting various meters, playing chords and harmonizing.  If you would like to learn more about these subjects, register for private lessons.
If you would like to join the Adult Beginners Group, please contact us!  The cost is $20 per class and there is no enrollment fee.



Celtic Music Group - Thursdays 7-9pm
(Sorry, we're full!)

This group is a lot of fun!  Open to any musical instrument and voice, the group is studying traditional Dance music of Ireland, Scotland, England, Cape Breton, Canada and New England!  

Because we play from sheet music out of books or downloaded off the internet, students should be able to sight-read music, and know the basics of music theory including counting various meters, playing chords and harmonizing.  If you would like to learn more about these subjects, register for private lessons.

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 $20 per class and there is no enrollment fee.


Bluegrass Music Group - Fridays 7-9pm
(min 3 persons)

Bluegrass music is highly improvisational, so this group spends a lot of time just jamming, learning to trade solos, listening and having fun! Open to any and all bluegrass instrument including mandolin, fiddle, guitar, banjo, bass, dobro.

The class meets Fridays from 7-9pm at my home in Granby, MA.  The group decides what 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 bluegrass, western swing or acoustic country 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 Bluegrass Group, please contact us.  The cost is $20 per class and there is no enrollment fee.


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