Adam Sweet
Granby, MA
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Adam Sweet

Adam S.

Granby, MA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I am the President of Mandolin New England, a 501c3 nonprofit mandolin orchestra. I teach mandolin, mandola, and Mandocello online and out of my studio in Granby Mass. In addition to classical mandolin, I also teach Bluegrass, Celtic, and Klezmer mandolin styles. Weekly lessons are recommended for adults and children alike.

About Adam S.

I am the president of Mandolin New England a 501c3 non-profit Mandolin Orchestra. I have a BA in music and certificates in violin from the New England Conservatory of Music, the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, and the Conservatory at Rivers. I studied ethno music ecology at Hampshire College with course work in jazz, music theory, composition, music therapy at UMass Amherst, Amherst College, Smith College, and Mount Holyoke College. I opened my studio in 1986 to offer Mandolin and Fiddle lessons. I currently play fiddle with Celticado, a traditional Irish ensemble that performs for weddings and special events.


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3 Reviews
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I have learned more from Adam than I had from my two previous mandolin teachers. He is very knowledgeable and skilled in all of the instruments he teaches.

Posted Aug 23, 2021
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I play guitar in a local band and we decided we needed mandolin on this part, so I put an ad in Craigslist. Long story short the guy we hired to do the part turns out was a teacher. I always wanted to learn the fiddle so I thought a couple lessons would be enough, but this guy knows so much and so many styles that I'm hooked. I live in Greenfield, so most of my lessons are online

Posted Aug 21, 2021
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I asked at Downtown Sounds in Northampton who is the best fiddle teacher in western MA. Joe said "Adam Sweet". I called and he responded promptly. I must say, he's very patient and knowledgeable. I've been taking lessons now from Mr. Sweet since 2009 when he was teaching in South Hadley

Posted Aug 20, 2021

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Founder, music teacher
Jun 2018 - Present


My music is a center for adults who wish to learn how to play music. We offer private lessons and workshops as well as group classes and online workshops.

Jan 2012 - Present

Mandolin New England, Inc.

Mandolin New England is a 501c3 non-profit Mandolin Orchestra based in New England that performs free concerts, master classes and workshops.

May 2008 - Jun 2018

Music Studio

I taught lessons out of my studio in South Hadley Massachusetts.

Mandolin and fiddle teacher
May 1999 - Jul 2009

Keene Community Music Center

Offering mandolin and fiddle lessons

Mandolin and fiddle teacher
Jan 1995 - Oct 2007

Northampton Community Music Center

I taught mandolin and fiddle, held Celtic music workshops, and started the first mandolin orchestra in Western Mass since 19 39

Viola teacher
Jan 1992 - May 1999

Keene institute of music and related arts

KIMRA was a non-profit musical organization offering free music lessons to children in the Keene New Hampshire area


BA Ethnomusicology
Sep 1980 - Jan 1985

Hampshire College

Certificate in violin and performance
Sep 1977 - Jun 1980

Conservatory at Rivers

Certificate in violin and performance
Sep 1966 - Jul 1977

New England Conservatory of Music


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Jan 1985

Hampshire College


Music Teachers National Association
Mar 1995
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