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Average Cost of Mandolin Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute mandolin lessons is $57. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $28 and $95 per hour.

30-min $15
 
$33 average
$70
45-min $20
 
$44 average
$74
60-min $28
 
$57 average
$95

For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute mandolin lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute mandolin lessons are 23% less expensive at $44, and 30-minute lessons cost 43% less at $33.

Curious how much mandolin lessons cost in your area? Do a quick search to get local prices for the best mandolin teachers .

Mandolin Lesson Reviews from Students

Students are raving about their Mandolin instructors on TakeLessons. Check out some of these recent reviews.

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Popular Mandolin teachers

Thomas F.

Torrington, CT
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Steve G.

Deerfield Beach, FL
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Joe Danny O.

San Diego, CA
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About Thomas F.

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Torrington, CT

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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.

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Mark January 4, 2018
· Guitar · Online
Great first lesson!
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Phillip S. December 14, 2017
· Songwriting · Online
Thomas is a wonderful teacher, he is helping me gather my thoughts on the songwriting process and provides excellent guidance on how to proceed in my own practice as a novice.
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Martina November 28, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
A great, enthusiastic teacher!

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Deerfield Beach, FL
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I will teach you how to approach the mandolin as a rhythm instrument as well as a melodic instrument, and how to use chords and modes in your lead and rhythm playing in bluegrass as well as traditional styles.

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Barry November 16, 2017
· Mandolin · In home
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.
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Ali September 18, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Very easy to learn from Steve, he explains very well and is excellent with children.
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David September 1, 2017
· Music Recording · In home
Steve is knowledgeable in recording software and was able to get me up and running.

About Joe Danny O.

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San Diego, CA

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Chop chords, melodic lines, pick techniques, the list goes on. I can even show you some jazz or classical on the mandolin!

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Michael December 8, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Joe was very knowledgeable. He has a very relaxed air about him and is really encouraging. Looking forward to more lessons with him in the coming weeks/months.
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Connor G. October 21, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
just finished my first lesson with Joe. It was a great experience. He is fun, very laid back and informative. I got a lot out of this session
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Janet September 13, 2017
· Mandolin · In studio
First lesson, and loved it. I am being forced to think. Now we'll see how well I can practice on my own.

James R.

North Brunswick, NJ
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Mike M.

Indianapolis, IN
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Anthony H.

Frisco, TX
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North Brunswick, NJ

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It's all about Music Theory and Technique.

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Rob December 9, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
When my 7-year-old son asked for guitar lesson's, my wife and I were at a loss. As we are not musically inclined at all. We found Jimmy from a friends recommendation and could not be happier. Our son, loves his lesson's with Jimmy, he is learning music theory , how to read music and how to make his guitar sing (for a 7-year-old, at least). Jimmy is very patient and attentive to the needs of such a small learner. We would highly recommend him to anyone looking to play.
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Walter November 18, 2017
· Mandolin · In studio
Jim is a very good instructor for me. He has great patience with me and proceeds in an orderly professional manner.
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Ace October 21, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
Very professional and knowledgeable in the field. Highly recommend.

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Indianapolis, IN
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Mandolin is an easy string instrument to learn. Many chords can be play with 1 or 2 fingers and you can play hundreds of songs with just 3 chords. You will also learn how to read tab and play melodies.

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Joshua Lunsford November 3, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Had a productive first lesson!
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Larry W. October 27, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Mike is very patient with my 9 year who has no experience and this is what I was looking for in an instructor.
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Sudipto C. July 19, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Great start.way to learn more from Mike..

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Frisco, TX

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Most view mandolin as an instrument used exclusively for country and classical music. I disagree. I am a blues and jazz mandolinist with years of onstage professional experience and a library of knowledge on contemporary styles and theory. My approach to mandolin starts with basic theory and ear training. I find this helps students understand structure and form more easily. From there we learn what you want anf the lessons are structured around your needs and goals. Whether you want to play an Irish jig or rock out like Hendrix I have something for one and all.

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Sebastian W. November 7, 2017
· Piano · In home
Anthony is patient and kind and taught my 4 year old quite a bit during his first session.
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Jess November 2, 2017
· Acting · In studio
We love Anthony! He has worked with my oldest and youngest kids and his talent and patience with the kids is top notch! He truly puts his whole heart and soul into working with them and you can see it in the final results!

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Mandolin Lessons

The mandolin has a distinct and sustained home in American bluegrass and country music made popular by Bill Monroe, the father of bluegrass. This instrument features eight strings and can be played as a rhythm instrument or lead like a violin or guitar. However, it is a while the mandolin is similar to these instruments it is most definitely a different instrument altogether. For example, the approach when playing the mandolin differs from what one would learn with the violin or the guitar. If you want to learn the correct technique in playing the mandolin, we suggest that you consider signing up for our mandolin lessons. Our lessons can help shape your talent in playing this unique-sounding instrument. In addition, through your mandolin lessons you can learn more about its application in today’s music and receive a background in music theory for the mandolin. Your certified mandolin instructor will also teach you the basics including simple mandolin chord formations, how to tune a mandolin, how to pick the right mandolin for you, and how to read mandolin tabs. Intermediate and advanced students can learn mandolin arpeggios as well as other complex mandolin chords and techniques. So if you are looking for a total educational package for your mandolin study, enroll with us today!


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