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.
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.
In addition to these styles of music, I also offer an intense series of classes on the Partitas (written for solo violin) by JS Bach on the mandolin. These are challenging pieces and not for the faint at heart! If you would like to get started on these pieces during your mandolin lesson, please let me know.
All of the above, plus the “Bow Certificate”, a series of classes specifically tailored to learning how to properly and expertly hold and utilize the bow including grip, elbow, balance, technique and more.
Adam sweet is my mandolin teacher. He has been teaching me how to play Celtic styles including Scottish, Irish, Cape Breton and New England styles. He is an excellent teacher, patient, talented and a great listener.Jeffrey B
An excellent teacher.Robert L.