Alani Sugar

Alani S.

Sykesville, MD
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I love teaching students what THEY want to learn, while providing them with a solid foundation on their instrument. I will cater the lesson to the needs of the student and make it fun, because music is meant to be fun. I can help students learn music of their choice, or I can come up with some music to get them started. If they want to to learn music by ear, read music, improvise, or learn new tunes, I love teaching all of those things!

About Alani S.

I am a fiddle, mandolin, and guitar player with a passion for bluegrass and old time music. I love to perform and have had the opportunity to share the stage with many of my hero's. Over my years of learning and playing this music, I have been taught and mentored by many amazing musicians, which has inspired me to want to teach and mentor other musicians.

My students can expect to learn whatever kinds of music they are most interested in, or if they prefer, I can choose some music to start them out on. I have experience in learning multiple styles of music from various teachers with different teaching styles, which gives me the ability to explain things to my students in many different ways to ensure they fully understand. 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.

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

I am very energetic and enthusiastic, I love to teach! I already have several years of teaching experience, with students of all ages and skill levels. I am a very encouraging teacher and I love seeing my students succeed. I am looking forward to meeting you soon and hope you can learn something valuable from me!


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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

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Fiddle Player
Nov 2018 - Present

Bluegrass Band

I am the leader of my own bluegrass band based in Baltimore. I enjoy leading rehearsals and playing a major role in finding gigs.

May 2018 - Present

Shabbat Around The World

Play in a small ensemble during Friday night services once a month to help bring the family oriented program to life.

Oct 2017 - Present

Carroll County Public Library- Eldersburg Branch

On at least a bi-monthly basis, I provide an all ages bluegrass program where I play music in the library. I especially enjoy when children sit down and listen, and I have a chance to teach them a little bit about what I do.

Fiddle Player
Oct 2016 - Nov 2016

Dundalk Community Theater

I was a fiddle player and backup singer for the show "Always Patsy Cline" put on by the Dundalk Community Theater


General Education
Sep 2015 - May 2019

Wilde Lake High School



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited 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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