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Joe S.

18 Reviews
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Starting at $44
  • Speaks English, Spanish
  • Teaching since 1996
  • Sociology / Psychology from Illinois State University
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Joe S.

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I have been playing banjo for about four years now as a supplement to my guitar playing. It has a been a real joy learning the different styles and techniques.

About Joe

I absolutely love teaching music! After over 20 years of teaching, performing, writing, and recording in all styles/genres, it continues to be a great adventure. It is a joy to pass this on to others...especially seeing my students that never touched the instrument going on to be very proficient

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Carson C.
First lesson was great.
Analyzed previous progress with my 12 yr old and had a plan for future growth.
John P.
Very happy so far
Grant
Terrific instructor...just what i was looking for.
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Ben E.

3 Reviews
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Starting at $40
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaching since 2000
  • Teaches Intermediate
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Ben E.

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I can teach five string bluegrass, old time or folk banjo playing or four string tenor banjo. I can give you the basics of chords as well as the types of right hand technique you need to pick or pluck.

About Ben

Benjamin is a percussionist and mandolin player from North Carolina. Coming out of a folk music tradition he has expanded his interest into the world of electronic music, free improvisation and world music. He most recently visited Dublin to work with composer Cal Folger Day on a historical Operett

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Danya
Ben is a fun mandolin teacher and very thoughtful! He brings great tunes and gives helpful feedback to improve how you play.
Henry
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Concetta A.
Ben is a caring and thoughtful teacher. He helped me out at my studio teaching drum lessons for a 5 year old student and they had a great time working together! 5 Stars *****
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Robert M.

15 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $40
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Bachelor of Arts from University of North Carolina at Asheville
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Robert M.

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About Robert

Professional musician in the Asheville, NC. area offering private guitar, banjo, ukulele, mandolin, and bass lessons. I am also available for studio recording and live performance. With over 28 years experience, I have been teaching all ages, styles, and levels. This is not a hobby or part-time

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Wolf L.
Patient and knowledgeable, good teacher! First lesson went great, I feel I have learned a lot already.
Margaret
Robert has been teaching my 11-year old son electric guitar for the last few months and has done a brilliant job. My son loves his lessons and is inspired to practice and learn more. Robert works with my son's song choices and is amazingly patient and supportive. He is also an outstanding mentor for a young musician!
Bob
Robert is amazing! He is remarkably patient, encouraging, thoughtful, and generous. He is also quick to think of all kinds of fixes to advance your progress. He wears his encyclopedic knowledge lightly, and his lessons are always fun. I would recommend him with great enthusiasm for any stringed instrument!
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Mel P.

15 Reviews
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Starting at $29
  • Teaching since 1968
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Mel P.

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5 string banjo Skruggs style bluegrass.

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

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Matthew
Very patient and calm.
Very talented teacher.
Matt
Explains everything in detail , moves in a progress in which I retain the knowledge very Easy.
I highly recommend Mel.
Very calm , collect and patient.
Alyza
best ever
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Damien S.

39 Reviews
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Starting at $38
  • BFA Studio Composition from SUNY Purchase
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Damien S.

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I have been teaching for over 10 years. My goal is to get my students quickly able to play, learn what they want to learn and have fun.

About Damien

Orlando-based composer and guitarist Damien has made a name for himself as a writer of scores for film, theater and dance productions.;A graduate of Music Composition at SUNY Purchase (New York) and Musicology at the University College of Dublin (Ireland). Years of touring internationally and score

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Ben Snyder
I really enjoyed my lesson and am very excited about learning to play the banjo and taking more lessons!
David R.
Damien does a great job of mixing theory with practical application.
Chris
Great first lesson
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Nick R.

20 Reviews
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Starting at $55
  • 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)
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Nick R.

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-5 string Bluegrass (Earl Scruggs technique)
-Tenor banjo (plectrum techniques)
-Plectrum banjo (plectrum techniques)
-Bluegrass, Country, Blues and Folk
-Gullah Geechee, North Indian classical music and other world music rhythms

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

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Bob Tilton
This was my first lesson with Nick. He is a very nice guy. He created a calm, relaxed atmosphere in his studio, and he was clear when he gave me particular instructions. His knowledge of music theory in general, and of the five-string banjo in particular, was quite impressive. I would recommend him highly to both a beginner and to anyone (like myself) who is in need of a refresher course. I am very much looking forward to my next lesson.
Melissa
Nick Russo is a fantastic tutor for kids and adults who would like to learn Ukulele, guitar, banjo or other instruments. He makes ‘learning fun’ he's friendly and cheerful. I don’t have any background in music but, Nick made it easy for me to understand the notes and how it works. I always look forward to every lesson. I Highly recommended Nick to everyone.
Bill
I’ve been taking guitar lessons with Nick now for a few months and it’s been a terrific experience — cannot say enough good things. Each lesson builds on the last and Nick tailors them to my ability and musical interests mixing in enough music theory, which makes learning both productive and enjoyable. Most importantly I feel like I’m beginning to understand how music works and not just blindly memorizing patterns or scales. I considered online courses before choosing Nick, but there’s no substitution for one-to-one instruction. Nick’s feedback and instruction are invaluable.

I was a little concerned about trying to pick up guitar in my early 40s, but its been a rewarding experience so far and I’m looking forward to more lessons with Nick.

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

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Is your dream banjo 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 Banjo Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute banjo lessons is $63. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $40 and $130 per hour.
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$36 average
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$47 average
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$63 average

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

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"Listened well and adapted this first lesson to what I wanted and my level of experience"
- Harvey
Took Banjo lessons from Glenn S.
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"Mike was excellent! We have started with the basics and now it's time for practice! He's very patience and explains the lesson clearly. He also records what we did with our time and writes out a lesson plan on what to practice. I'm very excited to be working with Mike!"
- Melissa
Took Banjo lessons from Mike T.
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"After only three lessons Grant had me playing chords and finger rolls. Grant is a super instructor who is well organized and very patient. Great investment of my time and money. Thanks Grant"
- Jack
Took Banjo lessons from Grant H.
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"Just had my first lesson. Have never played an instrument. Michelle was so patient and positive I can tell this is going to work out well for me."
- Terry
Took Banjo lessons from Michelle Y.
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"Nick was quick to assess my ability and direction and we made immediate progress
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- Robert
Took Banjo lessons from Nick R.
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"I'm as new as they come; zero banjo experience. Mike was absolutely outstanding! In my first lesson he taught me how to tune, 3 major chords, strumming, picking, rolls, and I got my first song to practice. I highly recommend Mike!"
- Chris
Took Banjo lessons from Mike T.
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"Mel is a great teacher and his many past experiences in the music field have given him tons of knowledge. he has a simple and effective way of teaching music and theory. he listens to the way you learn and adapts his methods to best suit you."
- levi
Took Banjo lessons from Mel P.
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"I am so glad I found Edwin on line. I live only one mile from him. I just turned 80 and wanted to learn an instrument. Edwin is so patient in understanding I might be a bit of a slow learner. I will recommend Edwin to anyone interested in learning or inproving their skills with any string instrument.
Thanks Edwin
Jim"
- Jim Younger
Took Banjo lessons from Edwin I.
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"I really enjoyed my lesson and am very excited about learning to play the banjo and taking more lessons!"
- Ben Snyder
Took Banjo lessons from Damien S.
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"Always great lessons with Kelvin!"
- Joe
Took Banjo lessons from Kelvin L.
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Private Banjo Lessons Near You

The banjo is a unique instrument that’s gaining popularity in modern-day music, while also providing an important window into the past. Banjos have been around since the 1600s when African American slaves first created them. It's believed that the instrument was adapted from centuries-old African culture, and the "plucked lute” which dates back at least 6,000 years.

Modern banjos generally have between four and five strings, although a six-string version is also available. In the past, banjos consisted of a head, frame and neck all comprised of animal skin, but today's construction is usually made of plastic. 

Common genres that the banjo appears in include country, bluegrass and folk music. Read on to find how taking Banjo lessons near you will allow you to carry on this intriguing musical tradition!

Reasons to Take Banjo Classes Near You

One of the first things potential banjo players want to know is the benefits of learning the instrument. It's a big investment, after all. The good news is there are a surprising number of emotional, physical and social benefits to playing an instrument like the banjo. This is equally true whether you're a child or adult. Here are some benefits worth considering!

The Benefits of Banjo Lessons for Kids

Children who learn to play banjo experience a variety of benefits. Their music will not only enrich their own lives but also the lives of others. There's a greater chance of eventually mastering the banjo when starting at a younger age. And becoming an expert at this instrument will open up many professional opportunities down the road, such as teaching and performing. 

Learning the banjo as a child will also improve finger dexterity and posture, which every good teacher enforces. Finally, the opportunity to be an essential part of a band provides plenty of chances to make new friends and improve social skills. Your child will learn to be a better team player after mastering the banjo!

The Benefits of Banjo Lessons for Adults

Adults who learn to play banjo also reap many benefits. Because adults have been exposed to music throughout their lives, the skill is generally easier to pick up. Adults tend to have more persistence and determination to learn banjo. Your years of understanding and breaking down abstract concepts will serve you well! 

By learning the banjo, you'll experience a few health benefits too. Learning music helps adults to keep their brains healthy and young. The rigors of learning the banjo sharpen your mind, which means a higher quality of life as you age. Learning banjo is also a fantastic stress reliever that all adults could benefit from!

Topics You'll Learn in Banjo Lessons for Adults and Kids

Though it involves similar playing concepts to the guitar, the banjo has lots of tricks up its sleeve that are specifically intended for this instrument. In order to make your banjo playing more accurate and distinct, you need to learn all those technicalities. It will also help if you have music theory to back up your technique.

Everyone starts at a different place when taking banjo classes. Depending on your musical background, age and learning style, your banjo teacher will plan out a unique curriculum tailored to your needs. Here's a little of what to expect whether you’re starting at banjo for beginners, intermediate lessons or the advanced level. 

Sample Curriculum for Beginner Banjo Lessons

Learning the banjo for beginners is an exciting time. You're entering a new world of music and setting a strong foundation for years to come. What are some topics you'll cover at this stage? Here's what to expect.

  • How to tune the banjo
  • Proper posture and hand/finger placement
  • How to read tabs
  • Basic strumming and plucking
  • Playing scales and simple melodies

Sample Curriculum for Intermediate Banjo Lessons

If you’re already at the intermediate level, congrats! You’ve passed beginner banjo lessons with flying colors - nice work. Although you're not considered an advanced banjo player yet, your teacher will help you get there by covering the following topics. 

  • How to play your favorite songs 
  • Playing more advanced chords
  • Reading sheet music
  • Learn "melodic playing" techniques
  • Explore different musical genres

Sample Curriculum for Advanced Banjo Lessons

You’ve made it to the advanced stage of banjo classes. Keep up the great work! Your goal is now to have your musical talent enjoyed by others, and an expert instructor will help get you ready for such ventures. Here are a few of the topics you may go through.

  • Advanced music theory
  • Songwriting and composition
  • Improving playing speed 
  • How to play banjos with more strings
  • Audition and performance preparation

Finding the Best Banjo Teachers Near You

When you’re ready to learn Banjo, your first step will be to find the right teacher. Here at TakeLessons, we make the process simple. Just browse our online directory to find your perfect match. You can have the confidence of knowing that our local and online banjo instructors are thoroughly vetted and qualified. 

As you search, be sure to check out our teachers’ reviews, credentials and experience to help you find the best banjo teacher for you. Sometimes, with so many great choices, it can be tough to decide. Feel free to contact our team of dedicated student counselors who can help with scheduling and booking lessons. 

With TakeLessons, you can start your journey of playing the banjo like a pro today. Who knows? You may even become the next Earl Scruggs or Alison Brown!

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