Mandolin Lessons in Garrison. Amazing Teachers.

Flexible & affordable mandolin lessons. In person or online.

“Today is my opportunity to practice mandolin.”

Popular Mandolin Teachers in Garrison, IA

Or other areas around you:
Profile-background-check Background Check
This teacher successfully passed a thorough criminal background check with SterlingBackcheck. This badge verifies trusted teacher status.

Nick R.

27 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $55
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • M.A. in performance from Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College
  • Awarded 2001 JAS academy full scholarship from JAS academy in Aspen Colorado (director, Christian McBride)
Teaching Locations:
Profile-location-online Online
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio
Quick View
See Profile
Background Check
This teacher successfully passed a thorough criminal background check with SterlingBackcheck. This badge verifies trusted teacher status.

Nick R.

27 Reviews
Book Now
Private Mandolin Teacher

basic mandolin technique; Bluegrass, Country, world music repertoire, rhythm training

About Nick

Professor Nick R. (guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, dobro/resonator/slide, lap steel, tenor guitar, baritone resonator, bass, drums, composition) is currently the adjunct professor at Essex College, Jazz clinician for over 19 years via Kupferberg Center (Queens College) and has been on the staff a

Recent Reviews
Jim
I have been taking guitar lessons with Nick Russo since February 2018. In my opinion, Nick Russo is a terrific musician and an outstanding teacher. He is an active gigging musician with an encyclopedic knowledge of music theory and music history and is well-versed in various types of music including,but not limited to classical, jazz, metal, folk, world music, etc., etc. Nick comes from a musical family and is very passionate about music, and this comes accross loud and clear in his lessons.He lives and breathes music.

I came to Nick after taking lessons for several years with another teacher. I liked this teacher very much, and the lessons only ended because the teacher moved to another geographic location. Although I did like this teacher, the lessons were starting to get stale and repetitious. When I started working with Nick that feeling was turned around. Lessons with Nick are very stimulating and interesting. Although Nick knows sight reading and theory well, he places a great emphasis on aural (ear) training. I have worked with him learning intervals, scales and songs, using my ears instead of my head. It’s a little hard to explain, but it’s a very organic kind of way to learn music. You learn the instrument more intuitively and I have had a number of’ “aha” moments when some pattern or connection or aspect of theory makes sense in a deep way. In the time that I’ve worked with Nick, my knowledge of the fretboard, and my ability to figure things out by ear has improved tremendously although I still have a long way to go.

Nick is also an incredibly kind and compassionate person, and he has shown a great deal of patience when working with me. If I don’t understand something he will try to break it down or present it in such a way that it finally makes sense to me. He has also worked a lot with me on my technique, and has tried to help me play more efficiently and ergonomically. Earlier in my guitar playing career, I developed

tendonitis in my left hand from playing. In addition, I have chronic lower back problems. Nick has made numerous helpful suggestions so that I don’t exacerbate these problems or injure myself again. One suggestion that was particularly helpful was to use a bass guitar strap for my electric guitar. Because the bass strap is much wider than a regular guitar strap, the weight is more evenly distributed across my back, resulting in less back strain.

I began my lessons with Nick face-to-face, but this changed to video due to the coronavirus pandemic. We utilize Skype and it seems to work pretty well, although there’s no substitute for meeting in person. Nick seems very adept at working in this modality. For example, he will have me position the camera so he can see how I am playing something. He will also provide close-ups of his own fingering to show me how he is playing something. In addition, Nick sends his students notes regarding the most salient points of each session. This is something he did even prior to the pandemic. Nick allows me to audio tape the sessions, and when I am able to go through the tape I gain an even deeper understanding of whatever was covered.

In short I feel that Nick is great person and a terrific teacher and that I was very lucky to have found him. I would recommend him to anyone with no reservation.
Brian
He is fanstastic! A very patient teacher who was always willing to go the extra step to help me learn and improve. I miss our lessons. However I still follow much of the advice and tricks he taught me!
J.E.P.
My son, who is 10 and has been playing guitar for two years, has been taking Nick’s band class for the last 9 months and we are very happy with it. Nick is not only a great musician, but as a father himself knows well how to teach kids and make them engage in whatever they are playing.

He has taught my son not only how to play with well with other musicians, but also how to find his “voice” within a band both in the rhythmic and solo sections of the songs.

He was accommodating when we had to reschedule a class due to personal reasons, and is always willing to make the class a little bit longer if necessary to finish what they were practicing.

When the Covid-19 pandemic forced us to have the lessons remotely, he started to use ZOOM and, while things remotely cannot be the same, he did a great job at making sure that they stayed as close to true form as possible.
Profile-background-check Background Check
This teacher successfully passed a thorough criminal background check with SterlingBackcheck. This badge verifies trusted teacher status.

Mel P.

17 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $29
  • Awarded EMMY award from The National Academy of Television Arts
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaching since 1968
Teaching Locations:
Profile-location-online Online
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio
Quick View
See Profile
Background Check
This teacher successfully passed a thorough criminal background check with SterlingBackcheck. This badge verifies trusted teacher status.

Mel P.

17 Reviews
Book Now
Private Mandolin Teacher

.I can show you how to read notes, tabs and charts, play by ear and play like a pro.

About Mel

I have tons of experience and formal university training in music education. I know how to take the complex and make it simple. There are very good reasons my students rise to the top. Experience makes a difference, and I have more professional teaching experience than 99% of other instructo

Recent Reviews
Russell Wyatt
Mel has done a fantastic job getting me started on Mandolin. I have a tiny bit of musical background, and he has been able to help me quickly move to where I need to be in order to challenge me to grow. I highly reccomend him.
Patrick K.
Mel is incredible and a very thoughtful instructor. He takes the time to make sure you understand the concepts and works with you to make sure you progress in an efficient logical way. He really spends the time with you and you feel like he is as committed to your learning experience as you are. I would recommend him for anyone looking for lessons and I am excited to keep studying the fiddle and violin with him.

-Patrick from Canada
Alex A.
Hi my name is Alex I had my first violin lessons today I had so much fun learning about the violin

Daniel P.

9 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $20
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 2004
  • Teaches students 10 and up
Teaching Locations:
Profile-location-online Online
Quick View
See Profile

Daniel P.

9 Reviews
Book Now
Private Mandolin Teacher

I currently tour with many bands playing mandolin. I have a lot of experience playing many different styles. I am mostly self taught, but did study with Tammy Rogers-King (Reba, and the Steeldrivers www.tammyrogers.com)

About Daniel

Daniel toured with the violin troupe, Barrage for two years playing Violin/Fiddle, Bagpipes, and Irish whistles. While touring with Barrage, Daniel performed for audiences in 11 different countries, and was involved with 103 high school and middle school workshops for over 6,861 students in 3 coun

Recent Reviews
Dafna K.
He is soooooooooo NICE and VERY supportive.
Caryn M.
Daniel is incredibly patient and very accommodating to my ever changing schedule. That is to say don’t be like me. My name is Caryn and clearly by the current meme I’m not easy. Don’t be like me, be like Daniel.
Alexandra

Meet Online Mandolin Teachers Serving Garrison, IA

Profile-background-check Background Check
This teacher successfully passed a thorough criminal background check with SterlingBackcheck. This badge verifies trusted teacher status.

Tom F.

17 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $30
  • Teaching since 1994
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Music from Dean College
Teaching Locations:
Profile-location-online Online
Quick View
See Profile
Background Check
This teacher successfully passed a thorough criminal background check with SterlingBackcheck. This badge verifies trusted teacher status.

Tom F.

17 Reviews
Book Now
Online Mandolin Teacher

I can teach all levels and many styles. I make it easy for you to learn at your own pace so you can achieve your goals and have fun playing music.

About Tom

Tom Furdon is a musician, multi-instrumentalist and teacher currently residing in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Becoming obsessed with the guitar in his middle school years living in New England he quickly started playing in bands and looking for gigs. Anything musical that he could get his hands on

Recent Reviews
Frank G.
Great first lesson.
Steve B.
First lesson was right on and to the point. Thanks Tom...
George S.
No doubt Thomas will help fill in some gaps. I think he's got plenty he can tech me. Looking forward 👍👍
Profile-background-check Background Check
This teacher successfully passed a thorough criminal background check with SterlingBackcheck. This badge verifies trusted teacher status.

Marija (pronounced, "Maria") K.

1 Review
Teaches Online
Starting at $30
  • Speaks Serbo-Croatian, English, Spanish
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Awarded Best Female Guitarist from Rock City Awards
Teaching Locations:
Profile-location-online Online
Quick View
See Profile
Background Check
This teacher successfully passed a thorough criminal background check with SterlingBackcheck. This badge verifies trusted teacher status.

Marija (pronounced, "Maria") K.

1 Review
Book Now
Online Mandolin Teacher

Having taught Mandolin for over 10 years, I can help improve your technique while also assisting with any pieces you are preparing to record or for live performance.

About Marija (pronounced, "Maria")

Greetings from Marija (pronounced, "Maria")! Anyone who is curious about playing music or has a passion for it can learn. Whether you are an adult who is brand new at it (and you are NEVER "too old to start"), have been away from playing for a while & would like to get back into it, a performer

Recent Reviews
Tina D.
She is soooo GREAT!!

She makes me feel so comfortable, and is a great teacher!

Zander W.

4 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $30
  • Teaches students Male: 8 and up; Female: 6 and up
  • Teaching since 2004
  • Bachelor's Degree in Commercial Music from Belmont University
Teaching Locations:
Profile-location-online Online
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio
Profile-location-home Student's Home
Quick View
See Profile

Zander W.

4 Reviews
Book Now
Online Mandolin Teacher

Fiddle tunes and improv

About Zander

I am a Nashville session musician, sideman and music teacher. I received a Bachelor of Music degree in Commercial Music with a Composition and Arranging Emphasis from Belmont University. Coming from a family of Classical and Jazz musicians, I have been exposed to music my whole life. Over the year

Recent Reviews
Suzana
Wonderful instructor! I'm finally getting rid of my old bad habits. I very much look forward to every new lesson. Highly recommended.
Cate
Zander is extremely knowledgable and has the ability to communicate that knowledge in an easy tower and way. Great teacher!
David Otto
I am a first time stringed instrument student. Zander has a talent for structuring lessons to make me 'work' to see progress. He is patient and answers my questions in a manner that make sense. I'm fortunate to have connected with him. Given his multi instrument proficiency and obvious knowledge base I can't help but recommend his teaching skills.

A Better Way to Learn

Expert Teachers

Top rated instructors guide you in every step of your journey

Personalized Lessons

Your style, your pace. Customized lessons designed for you

100% Guaranteed

Try a lesson. If you're not satisfied we'll refund your unused balance

Connect Locally or Online

Local Lessons

No matter where you live, chances are we can introduce you to an amazing mandolin teacher in your neighborhood. You can take lessons in the privacy of your own home or at your teacher's location.

Online Lessons

Is your dream mandolin teacher on the other side of the country? No problem. Now, you can meet your teacher online on your smartphone or using a webcam on your computer. The world is your classroom!

Average Cost of Mandolin Lessons in Garrison, IA

The average cost of 60-minute mandolin lessons in Garrison is $61. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $30 and $106 per hour.
30 min
$36 average
45 min
$49 average
60 min
$61 average

How It Works

Here's why 2 million people a month use TakeLessons

Match

Find your perfect mandolin teacher in under 3 minutes. Need help finding the right teacher? Call our friendly student counselors at 877-231-8505877-231-8505.

Meet

Your instructor will motivate, support, and inspire you. Meet up with your teacher in person or connect with them online anywhere around the world!

Master

Each mandolin lesson is customized to help you grow. Learn faster and easier than ever with personal attention from an expert instructor.

Educating the World

310
Lifelong learning subjects offered
6,483
Amazing, inspiring, supportive teachers
2,045,044
People that use our platform each month
3,004,877
Lessons given around the world

Why TakeLessons?

  • Easy and Hassle-Free
  • 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed
  • Background Checked Teachers
  • Over 3 Million Lessons Given

Hear From TakeLessons Mandolin Students

Over the past 12 years, we've given over 3,000,000 lessons to happy customers around the world.

Profile_70171_pi_for%20compilation
"Damien explains the concept very well and asks questions to find out how much I already know. He tailors the classes to my abilities (I used to play piano and guitar) and interests. I am inspired to practise the techniques so I can play the music I chose. Just my third lesson and Damien is already introducing “improvisation” and that I was ready as long as I practise my scales. Being taught by Damien is exhilarating. Very blessed."
Mona
Took Mandolin lessons from Damien S.
Profile_123897_pi_20429854_10203570669505197_4282354914846384664_n
"Fantastic Instructor and outstanding mandolin player"
Dan
Took Mandolin lessons from Andrew H.
Profile_195861_pi_50F71D44-CD8B-4693-8362-02208BE1E6A0
"First lesson, and loved it. I am being forced to think. Now we'll see how well I can practice on my own."
Janet
Took Mandolin lessons from Joe Danny O.
Profile_142690_200427_23485
"David is the best teacher for beginnings - he can teach you any beginner level instrument and make learning materials relevant available to you both in and out of class. I am so grateful that I found him to be my teacher - it took me 5 weeks to find a good Mandolin teacher. He is absolutely AWESOME! Knowledgeable, patient, passionate, all you can name. I am excited to follow his lecture and practice more with my new mandolin."
Sylvia
Took Mandolin lessons from David B.
Profile_192603_pi_E928D6E0-A27A-4E5B-AF21-80F7361F69F8
"Grant encouraged me as he taught me how to tune the instrument, strum, play 3 chords and start on a song. Great experience, Grant is. a patient and friendly instructor, who I think will have me playing well in no time. Really glad I signed up!"
Jen
Took Mandolin lessons from Grant H.
Profile_100810_pi_John%20Currie%20%26%20Lynn%20TFFM%202
"Great first lesson!! Looking forward to my next one."
Diane
Took Mandolin lessons from Lynn K.
Profile_192603_pi_E928D6E0-A27A-4E5B-AF21-80F7361F69F8
"Great lesson! Reviewed old material and covered new material.
Looking forward to next lesson."
Jim
Took Mandolin lessons from Grant H.
Profile_88832_pi_IMG_0462-3-279x300
"Great teacher! We were so happy to have found Alex."
Maya
Took Mandolin lessons from Alex R.
Profile_187946_pi_DSC01195resized
"Very patient with a beginner!"
David
Took Mandolin lessons from Victor S.
Profile_101933_pi_Mel%20Martin%20Guitar
"Mel has done a fantastic job getting me started on Mandolin. I have a tiny bit of musical background, and he has been able to help me quickly move to where I need to be in order to challenge me to grow. I highly reccomend him."
Russell Wyatt
Took Mandolin lessons from Mel P.
View More
View Less

Popular Mandolin Articles from our Blog

How to Play The Mandolin for Beginners: 5 Steps to Get Started

So you want to learn how to play the mandolin. For beginners to playing an instrument, the mandolin is a great option for starting your musical journey. Many people ask, "Is the mandolin easy to play?" or "Is it hard to play the mandolin?" Fortunately, the mandolin is not a difficult instrument to learn. It’s lightweight and compact so you can practice anywhere. It also has less strings than many other instruments, like the guitar, which makes reading tablature much easier. The mand …

By Jessica Dais