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John B.

92 Reviews
Arlington, VA
Starting at $35
  • Teaching since 1986
  • Bachelor of Music from Howard University
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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John B.

92 Reviews
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While studying the mandolin, you'll learn how to read music in standard notation, tablature form or both. You will also learn how to play various chords, scales rhythmic patterns and improvisation while implementing them into various styles of music including, Bluegrass, Country, Basso Nova. or Blues.

About John

I have been playing for about 35 years and teaching music and guitar for 25 years. I have a Bachelor of Music in Jazz and Classical guitar. I've taught at the University level and currently maintain a professional studio in Arlington, Virginia. I am very well versed in many different styles of musi

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Basma E.
John is a great teacher and musician, he is really patient and professional, I enjoy every class.
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Ken M.
Enjoying my lessons. John understands my questions and answers them thoroughly. Has many materials at hand for the student.

Geoff S.

13 Reviews
Fairfax, VA
Starting at $35
  • BA Music from George Mason University
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Teaches students 7 and up
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Geoff S.

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Experienced in teaching mandolin for over 5 years. Experience in teaching other stringed instruments (guitar, bass, ukulele) for over 30 years.

About Geoff

I played on a toy piano when I was very young, learning a bit of sight reading from my Mother, while listening to classical, jazz, and rock music. When I was 12, I learned guitar and later took private piano lessons from a prominent Philadelphia instructor. After playing in a rock band in high sc

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Cherry
I totally enjoyed my class with Geoff. We immediately started my lesson with tuning the ukulele. Then we went over the cords and strumming. I have been researching on playing the ukulele and his explanation on the strumming was a lot better than the book. He is teaching me how to play by listening to the notes which is great because I would be able to play the Hawaiian music for my hula classes. In addition, his studio is only a 5 minute drive from my house, which means I don’t have to deal with traffic.
Bill Smoot
great understanding of what I know and how to improve! Experienced instructor
McKinley Dyer
Geoff is great! Really knows what he’s doing. I’ve learned a lot in the three weeks that I’ve been working with him.
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Mark S.

13 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $40
  • Teaching since 1995
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Mark S.

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I play and teach a wide variety of mandolin styles. As a performer, I mostly play traditional and contemporary classical music, though I also play quite a bit of folk music on mandolin.

About Mark

I am a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter working in a variety of genres. I regularly perform around the Washington, DC, area as a solo guitarist, as a singer/songwriter, and with numerous classical, folk, rock, and musical theater groups. My primary musical influences include folk and

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Kristen
Mark has been a great teacher for this adult beginner! I take lessons in clawhammer banjo and ukulele with him, and his easy-going nature and skill in identifying ways to improve make it a joyful experience! Highly recommend.
SK
Mr. Sylvester is one of the greatest. He is not just an amazing guitarist, but he is also very kind. He treats people with so much respect. He speaks to me and my mom so nicely. He is very patient. He has a deep knowledge of music and knows how to get the most out of even the least talented people (like me!). He doesn't ever get mad if you make a mistake or forget to bring your music notes. We were so lucky to find Mr. Sylvester.
Virginia
Mark is a talented musician who plays and teaches multiple stringed instruments. His lessons are always informative and supportive. They are driven by the student’s interest, so anything you want o learn— styles of music, how to do a particular technique, music theory— you can bring to class. And every now and then he organizes a recital— terrifying but great practice!

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Tara L.

19 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $38
  • Speaks English, Nepali, Thai
  • Awarded first place at many music competitions from Mt. Airy Fiddler's Convention, Maury River Fiddler's, Deer Creek Fiddlers, etc
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Tara L.

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I started playing acoustic guitar when I was seven years old (off and on). I then started traveling more and found the mandolin to be so much easier to carry around and so much fun, it was hard to stop playing it. I have been playing and teaching mostly bluegrass, old time, Irish, blues, and swing jazz styles for many years. I have taught both privately and have also done various workshops at festivals. I have taught multiple years for instance at the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival in PA, The Traditions week at Common Ground on the Hill Festival in MD, etc
My students learn to have fun with music. Students can work on rhythms, melodies, improvisation, song writing, arranging tunes, music theory, getting into and/or hanging on in a jam session, etc.

About Tara

I have a Masters in Education as well as having spent many years performing, teaching in one on one and group settings both privately and at music camps and festivals. I play and teach bluegrass, old time, Irish, and swing jazz styles. I like my students to really enjoy playing music and their less

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Aidan K.
The way Tara presents traditional tunes is straightforward and easy to digest, while staying as true to the tune as possible. Super friendly, and really easy to work with.
Jillian A.
Anaiyah
Pure Awesomeness!
Thank you Ms. Tara.
Respect.

Victor Q.

13 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $30
  • Teaching since 2002
  • Awarded Annual Conceto Competition from University of Northern Colorado
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Victor Q.

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am private music teacher specializing in stringed instruments. I teach and play violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar, bass guitar, mandolin, ukulele and piano. Currently, I am looking for new students that live in our neighborhood. If you know of anyone that would like to enrich their lives by playing a stringed instrument, please have them contact me.

About Victor

I believe that any student will practice more if he or she likes the music they are playing. Periodically I will ask a student to give me a name of a piece of music that they would like to learn how to play. I notate it for them, often simplifying the rhythm and chords in Finale NotePad and give it

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Joshua & Julia B.
Mr. Victor is teaching both of my kids, one guitar and the other piano. They are beginners, and he is very patient but keeps a good pace. I feel like they are learning a lot. He is a true music teacher and knows his stuff!
Victoria W.
It was awesome! Great pace and great mix of technical and practical.
Laura
Victor has been an amazing teacher. He is extremely knowledgeable not only about violin, but about practically every other stringed instrument there is. He also has an amazing grasp of musical theory, and has really helped me learn about my instrument. He has also helped me grow as a student. He keeps me interested in the music, and still challenges me to keep improving. I have had other music teachers, but he is definitely the best I've had.
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Chris C.

25 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $25
  • Teaches Beginner
  • Teaching since 2014
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Chris C.

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Mandolin is a delightful instrument to study and is a great addition if you are already a guitarist or a singer looking to accompany themselves in unique ways. As with my guitar lessons, I design a student's curriculum to fit each individual's needs and desires. I can teach reading and music theory, but also get you strumming along to your favorite songs or learning how to flatpick basic bluegrass tunes. My goal with any instrumental lessons is to get a student to think for themselves on their instrument through a balance of ear training and functional knowledge of the instrument.

About Chris

Are you interested in being able to confidently play lead and rhythm parts in a band? Want to learn to write songs? Want to learn to just strum along to your favorite records by yourself? I will teach you or your child all of the knowledge and tools needed to do whatever your dream is on your instr

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Jared Goralnick
Chris is thoughtful, patient, and always prepared. I've taken lessons with him since August and have learned theory, many songs, and my playing is essentially night & day versus before. More than that, I look forward to our weekly lessons because they're always fun and a chance to pepper Chris with questions that he always has the answer to. I have recommended many folks to Chris and you would be wise to take lessons with him, too!
Happy
Chris helped me a lot when I felt like I was stuck at the level I was at — he opened new doors for me that I didn’t even know were there. He’s passionate about sharing his knowledge and will take the time to help you grow from wherever you might be.
Rashaan
Chris is an excellent teacher. He has really helped me achieve a newfound joy in music through guitar. I am constantly impressed by his knowledgeable, calculated, and individualized instruction paired with his gentle, gracious disposition. I especially love the balance he helps me find between technical skills that have helped me be successful in starting from scratch with the instrument while also helping me to be musical, have fun, and focus in on the guitar player that I want to be.

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Average Cost of Mandolin Lessons in Washington, DC

The average cost of 60-minute mandolin lessons in Washington is $60. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $40 and $106 per hour.
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$36 average
45 min
$47 average
60 min
$60 average

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"She was great. I May have to improve my computer bandwidth but we had a great time and she was very patient."
John
Took Mandolin lessons from Rachel C.
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"My first lesson with Concetta was great. I received a lot of good feedback and things to work on for this first week. Really looking forward to lesson 2 next week!"
Jim
Took Mandolin lessons from Concetta A.
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"Great lesson! Reviewed old material and covered new material.
Looking forward to next lesson."
Jim
Took Mandolin lessons from Grant H.
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"My first lesson was great! I am a brand new player and Tara made it very easy to understand. I am very excited to learn more."
Cindy
Took Mandolin lessons from Tara L.
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"Jonathan is a very patient and talented instructor, with a really broad depth of knowledge."
Spencer
Took Mandolin lessons from Jonathan T.
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"Extremely knowledgeable. Knew exactly where I stood in terms of proficiency after only a few strums and quickly implemented a lesson plan on the spot. Gave great direction and homework. Looking forward to the next couple of lessons. Highly recommend."
Jacob
Took Mandolin lessons from Grant H.
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"Great Class today. Grant is so patient with me."
Jennifer
Took Mandolin lessons from Grant H.
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"Steve is bringing me along at a good pace that challenges me to improve each week. He is very patient and helpful in showing me how to achieve the right results on the mandolin, and makes each lesson enjoyable. I can hear the improvement in my playing each week."
Barry
Took Mandolin lessons from Steve G.
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"Rodrigo is the best teacher! He has a keen understandings of main concepts of music and showed me the proper postures and fingerings of the instrument. While he was teaching me how to play the instrument, he also introduced me a various genres and styles of music.He is very knowledgeable of music theory such as chord transpositions, terminology, as well as the musical notations. He also was willing to modify the lessons to meet my needs and abilities so that I can be successful. He truly is a multi-talented teacher and very very nice one, too. Most of all, it was so fun to take lessons from him."
Kyoung
Took Mandolin lessons from Rodrigo R.
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"Alex is a terrific instructor, who adjusts lessons based on what the student wants to accomplish. For example, my goals include learning the instruments (baritone uke in octave mandolin tuning and concert uke in mandolin tuning), fingerpicking, playing both melody lines and chords, being able to determine what chords to use without sheet music. So we work on music theory and ear training a lot, as well as learning tunes. Very good instructor who is both flexible and knowledgeable...highly recommend him to others."
Leander
Took Mandolin lessons from Alex R.
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