Alani Sugar
Sykesville, MD
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Alani Sugar

Alani S.

Sykesville, MD
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Have you ever wanted to play fiddle, but never knew where to start? Do you have trouble learning correct technique, practice strategies, or struggle finding good repertoire to learn? Well, you've come to the right place!

I am a young and passionate teacher, committed to helping you improve on your instrument and achieve your goals! Many students comment on my patience, communication skills, and flexibility as a teacher.

In our first lesson, I will likely ask you to demonstrate your level to me, either by telling me or showing me what you know. I will use this to better understand your strengths and weaknesses and go from there. You can expect to come away from our first lesson with some learning materials, a plan for going forward, and an encouraging start to our journey as musicians together!

Some examples of things students can learn from me include: expanding repertoire, ear training, music reading, improvising, jamming, music theory, and technique.

About Alani S.

I am a multi-instrumentalist with a passion for bluegrass and old time music. I have been studying music since the age of 9, and fell in love with traditional music when I was 13. I love to perform and have had the opportunity to share the stage with many of my hero's. My interest in teaching started when I was very young, and some of my first students were my younger siblings who wanted to play violin like me.

Aside from being a musician and music teacher, I work as an informal ESL/EFL tutor, and love learning new languages.

My teaching experience includes leading orchestra sectional rehearsals throughout high school, privately teaching students of all ages and skill levels, including special needs, and working as a teachers assistant in a religious school music class.

I love helping my students succeed, and will do anything I can to teach a student in a way they connect with and find meaning in. I am a flexible and patient teacher with lots of knowledge and experience. I can explain things in many different ways to ensure you understand and learn something new in every lesson. I believe a solid foundation of technique and music theory, along with a dynamic and interesting lesson plan, will help any student succeed in learning any genre of music.

I am accepting of all folks, including those who are LGBT+, disabled, neurodivergent, etc.

I'm looking forward to seeing you in class!


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17 Reviews
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Alani was very thorough and patient with a very novice, first time student. I am looking forward to our next lesson.

Posted May 3, 2021
Molly O.
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Alani is an outstanding instructor! My daughter is 13 and has learned so much from Alani. Alani is an accomplished musician and is very knowledgeable regarding fiddling and music. Alani has great communication skills and you will be happy with her as your instructor. I especially liked that Alani took the time to create youtube instructional videos for my daughter after the lessons. Thank you, Alani!

Posted Mar 21, 2021
Abby R.
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I am currently working with Alani on the mandolin and I have already learned so much. Alani is has been very patient with my limited understanding of music and incredibly encouraging. I chose to work with Alani because she identified in her profile that she enjoys playing and teaching old-time and bluegrass. She has been helping me learn to play by ear so I can eventually contribute to some campfire jams when I am back in my home state of Maine! She always sets me up with a task and/or lesson to practice on my own. The lessons include a Youtube video that allows me to follow along and listen as I learn. In all, she is incredibly knowledgeable, talented, kind, and a great communicator. I have already recommended her to two friends who are looking to get into playing.

Posted Mar 16, 2021
Alice G.
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Amazing teacher!!

Posted Mar 12, 2021
Shachar Rose
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Really fun, met me where I was at. A really great experience, looking forward to our next lesson

Posted Feb 22, 2021
Sharon W.
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I was pleasantly surprised by Alani's calm and patience. Very knowledgeable and make understanding music easy.

Posted Feb 11, 2021
Missy Kremer
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Knowledgeable and patient!

Posted Dec 29, 2020
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Very patient thank God. She really tries to teach according to what you want to learn. Looking forward to many more.

Posted Dec 11, 2020
Kayo U.
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It was my first lesson online. And I was worried about time lag. But it worked perfectly! I really appreciate supports from Alani and staffs of takelessons. And the lesson was great. I'd love to say that you can take lessons from overseas, like Japan!

Posted Nov 11, 2020
Dave M.
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Really enjoying my lessons with Alani. She’s very knowledgeable and has good plans of action each week. I would Recommend her as teacher.

Posted Sep 28, 2020
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Alani is an awesome fiddle teacher who gave me the personal attention needed for a beginner. As an adult student, she was quickly able to assess my strengths, weaknesses and learning style. She made me feel at ease and had lots of patience. I would highly recommend Alani to anyone looking to learn the fiddle. Can’t wait for my next lesson!

Posted Sep 7, 2020
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I saw a post on Facebook by Alani that she was giving fiddles lessons. It had been a while since I picked up the fiddle and thought that this was the best way to get back to playing. I messaged her and we set up a date and time for the lesson. The lesson was amazing, we were both a little nervous but it didn’t stop us from playing some awesome music. Alani was really patient with me as I hadn’t tuned or played my fiddle in a good while. After the lesson, Alani sent me audio files of the music we played so that I could listen back and continue learning. Overall a great lesson, and I hope to take another soon!!

Posted Aug 12, 2020
Christine Cerezo
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Alani has been wonderful. She was so flexible and understanding when I had to cancel due to family reasons at the last minute. She has taught me several types of tunes and songs and listens and lets me take the lead in what I would like to learn and answers all my questions. She even simplified one of my favorite songs by Nickel Creek that was way too complex for me to try to play as a beginner but now I can play it and work up to the more complex version if I'd like. She is good at helping me find answers to many of my questions myself and guides me so that I can figures things out on my own. She is a great teacher for an independent person and can give a great foundation for a student to build from and know how to teach themselves. (Like the teacher who teaches one to fish rather than just giving the student the fish)

Posted Aug 4, 2020
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Alani is a charming and patient teacher. I especially appreciate (for me) her focus on fiddle vs. violin techniques. (The "fiddle" teachers near me are violin players and don't really understand the difference in playing technique.) I highly recommend her if you're looking for some fun fiddle lessons.

Posted Jul 30, 2020
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My 13 year old daughter is a classical violinist and wanted to learn how to fiddle. We found Alani and after 4 lessons my daughter is fiddling! Alani has a patient way of teaching teenagers how to fiddle by making it fun. She sends us recordings of the song so my daughter can work on the piece during the week and we appreciate it! I highly recommend this artist! We are having so much fun!

Posted Jul 14, 2020
David H.
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Posted May 10, 2020
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Alani is very personable and easy to communicate with. She quickly assessed my strengths and weaknesses and gave me immediate feedback to improve on my concerns. Very positive and encouraging. She is also able and willing to work on what I’m interested in but also points out things she thinks I need to improve on. On my first lesson she started me on some embellishments for a tune I had started teaching myself (Whiskey Before Breakfast) a made a recording for me. 🎻🎻🎻🎻🎻

Posted Apr 28, 2020

Photos & Videos

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English as a Foreign Language Teacher
Jan 2020 - Present


Fiddle Player/ Band Leader
Nov 2018 - Present

Ghost Sugar (Freelance)

Private Music Teacher
Aug 2018 - Present


Professional Solo Musician
Oct 2016 - Present



General Education
Sep 2015 - May 2019

Wilde Lake High School



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Professional Proficiency


Steve Mandell Memorial Scholarship
Mar 2020

Steve Mandell Memorial Music Scholarship Fund

Fletcher Bright Memorial Award
Jul 2019

Bluegrass On The Grass Festival

First Place Old Time Fiddle
Jun 2018

Deer Creek Fiddlers Convention

Fiddle Scholarship
Apr 2018

Seven Mountains Bluegrass Assosiation

Fiddle Scholarship
Apr 2016

Delfest Academy

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