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Adam S.

Granby, MA

About Adam

I have a BA in Ethnomusicology and certificates in violin, viola and chamber music from Hampshire College, The Conservatory at Rivers and the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music. I opened my studio in 1986, and have been teaching mandolin and violin ever since. I offer private and group lessons in Celtic, Bluegrass and Klezmer/Balkan music, and am the musical director of A Sweet Mandolin Experience, a mandolin ensemble based in western Mass.
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Edward F. April 6, 2015
Mandolin · In studio
I took mandolin lessons from Mr Sweet when I was a student at UMass Amherst. At that time, he was teaching at the Red Barn in Amherst. He's moved to a new location in Granby, MA and that's where you'll also find the Mandolin Orchestra and a few other great mandolin projects he's got going. Basically, I learned everything I know from this guy. Mostly about the mechanics of playing the instrument, but a whole lot about music theory related to the mandolin, history of the instrument and music and lots more. We were constantly going out to concerts and performing at local festivals and other places around the area. If you want to learn mandolin you really should think seriously about contacting Mr. Sweet.
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Richard K. April 24, 2014
Mandolin
The best teacher I have ever had

I am an adult who has never taken music lessons. My girlfriend gave me a mandolin for Christmas and I looked around online before I found Mr Sweet. As I live in Maine, I can't make regular lessons in person, so we do lessons online using Google+ Hangouts, which is really convenient for me. He's teaching me everything about playing the instrument, also how to improvise, play chords, some music theory, lots of music history. He's patient, kind and bolsters my self esteem with lots of positive comments and useful criticism. I recommend him to everyone I know that wants to play mandolin. I am now playing mandolin in a band!
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Adam S.

Adam S.

Granby, MA 01033
(2)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Max S.

West Hartford, CT

About Max

I am a performing musician who is passionate about helping students achieve their goals.

I currently perform over fifty concerts a year with the Asylum Quartet, an award-winning ensemble acclaimed for virtuosity, creativity, and innovation. I have also performed with the Juilliard Orchestra, the U.S. Coast Guard Band, and International Opera Theater. As tenor saxophonist in the Ineo Quartet, I received honors in the J.C. Arriaga, Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), and North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) chamber music competitions. I hold a Master's in Music from The Hartt Sc
hool and a Bachelor of Music summa cum laude from Arizona State University (ASU).

I have eight years of private teaching experience. Additionally, I completed a ten-week private teaching mentorship at the Hartt Community Division with saxophone instructor Sheri Brown.

Though I specialize in saxophone, I also love teaching beginning and intermediate piano.

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I strive to make lessons fun, challenging, and inspiring. I love teaching students of all levels.

Here is my teaching philosophy in more detail:

Why learn music? Music shares many the benefits of other subjects. Learning an instrument teaches multi-level techniques of problem solving, responsibility, teamwork, literacy, and self-expression. But unlike any other subject, music unites three domains of learning: psychomotor (physical motion), cognitive (analytical thought), and aesthetic (assessment of artistic beauty). Music is a mode of self-expression shared by all cultures - this powerful universality suggests that music should be part of a well-rounded education. At its most basic, music requires us to learn to listen. The process of listening and learning from others is fundamental to human civilization, and music helps us develop listening skills to their full potential.

Why learn the saxophone? Invented in 1856, the saxophone is a relatively young instrument. Yet in its short history, the saxophone has rocketed to immense popularity. The saxophone plays well with others - in jazz combos and big bands, concert bands, saxophone quartets, and reed quintets - and projects effortlessly as a solo instrument. A hybrid between woodwind and brass instruments, the instrument is capable of the softest murmurs, the loudest bellows and honks, lovely singing lines, agile leaps and mesmerizing runs, and much more. Studying the saxophone offers the student access to stylistic variety and rich performance traditions second to none. Yet as a young instrument, the saxophone beckons with endless unexplored possibilities to the creative performer.

Why learn with me? The famous violin teacher Shinichi Suzuki wondered, "Japanese children can all speak Japanese!...How, by what means, does this come about?" We all now know the answer. Japanese children have abundant access to great models of Japanese-speaking: the adults around them. So as a teacher, I seek to provide a great model of saxophone playing. I rely on teaching by example, and encourage students to learn by ear whenever possible. In conjunction with ear training, I address fundamentals (breathing, tone production, articulation, voicing, reading music, and technique) in every lesson, so that students develop great technical ability on the instrument. Finally, I hope to provide a model of responsibility, empathy, and creativity, which I believe are central to our development as musicians and people.

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Students should have a working saxophone with appropriate mouthpiece and reeds (with my help if needed!), a music stand, and other lesson materials (metronome, tuner, notebook, method books / pieces, personal recording device, etc.). I often provide handouts of music and exercises in lessons.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical saxophone, but also have experience performing, studying, and teaching jazz. My goal is to give students a solid set of fundamentals in saxophone playing, forge strong aural and reading skills, and engender a broad curiosity in listening habits. I believe modeling great playing is key. Of course, I want students to internalize and replicate a good saxophone sound. But I also want students to form the critical listening skills of mimicking and blending with other musicians. I believe these things will enable them to excel as musicians in any field.
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Max S.

West Hartford, CT 06119
starting at
$39 / 30-min
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Juliana K.

Broad Brook, CT

About Juliana

I, Ana, was born in a small town on the border of Quebec, Canada and Vermont, USA. At age 4, my mother began teaching me how to play piano. Since then, I've always enjoyed music. It's been my creative outlet. Throughout high school, I participated in competitions, concerts and master classes. After high school, I completed a two-year program at Vanier College, Canada in Classical Piano Performance. I've been teaching young children, teens and adults for 5+ years.
Last year I left 18 students and my piano studio in Canada and move to CT to be with my husband. Now I'm looking to share my love
of music with those around me here. Music is a part of everyone! We're never too old or too unlearned in music to express ourselves in this manner! I look forward to helping you become a better musician!
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Georgia A. June 15, 2015
Piano
Having two shy girls at the time, Juliana was a perfect piano teacher for them. Very patient and good with children. My girls were always leaving their lessons with a smile.
They were anxious every week to go to their piano lessons!
Very understanding and caring.
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Debra R. April 28, 2015
My daughter was taking piano lessons with someone who came to my home each week. This teacher was not motivating, was inconsistent and was not concerned about my child's progress.Then I switched teachers. Juliana was bubbly and inspiring. She motivated my shy little girl to someone who has since loved playing the piano. She rewarded her, praised her and challenged her to do her best. Juliana cares about all her students and wants the very best for them. I give Juliana five stars because I really believe she is the best instructor ever.
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Juliana K.

Broad Brook, CT 06016
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starting at
$32 / 30-min
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Adam L.

Longmeadow, MA

About Adam

Hi and welcome to my page! I'll get straight to the point and provide you with a little bit of information about myself:

Adam is a professional clarinet player in several ensembles over the past ten years to include the 215th Army band, the Shiners' volunteer unit, multiple local musical orchestras as well as being the principal clarinetist in the UMass Symphony band for four years. Adam received a BA in music from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst). Adam has been teaching privately since 2008 and is a member of the Massachusetts Music Educators Association as well as the National M
usic Educators Association.

As you can see I have plenty of experience in the music field and love to share my passion and enthusiasm for music with everyone I meet. The first thing I do in lesson is to learn about YOU! When did you start music, what styles do you like and where would you like to take your musical journey? From there I design our lessons around your taste to give you the most in our time together.

If you're unsure about me as a teacher, or just don't know if lessons are right for you, feel free to contact me and we'll arrange one free intro lesson. Please don't hesitate to contact me now!
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Adnan A. June 26, 2015
Clarinet · Online
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Today was my third lesson with Adam, and I am happy with how things are going. Adam is doing the best I would expect from a clarinet teacher. He is enthusiastic, open for questions, responsive, knowledgeable, and a clear instructor. And all that for a good price.
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Adam L.

Adam L.

Longmeadow, MA 01106
(1)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Bruce G.

Longmeadow, MA

About Bruce

Bruce G. is an American guitarist from Hartford, CT, United States. As a virtuoso guitarist, he has performed for over 36 years dazzling audiences with his soul and feel approach to playing guitar and with true “non-stop” and “all energy” shows throughout the United States and North America, Europe, and The Mediterranean. Bruce has performed on some of the greatest event stages graced by a multitude of major international recording artists and entertainers. He has not been short on inspiration in his musical direction. In his early teens, Bruce was invited to play at one of Massachusetts oldes
t jazz, blues, and rock venues, Theodore's Blues, Booze & BBQ with the legendary Billy Arnold and Taj Mahal. Shortly after, he was invited to play and study with jazz legend Jackie McClean.
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Ron N. June 11, 2015
Guitar · In home
Excellent guitar instruction. This guy's been playing a long time! Laid back style, easy going, and humor too.
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Bruce G.

Bruce G.

Longmeadow, MA 01106
(1)
starting at
$25 / 60-min

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