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Mandolin Lessons

Available Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
A fun, percussive instrument. I focus on chords and songs in addition to reading and understanding the fretboard.

About Frankie P.

In addition to being a Berklee College of Music Graduate, I have a Masters in Music Education, and currently completing my Doctorate in Music Education from Boston University, I have been playing for over 30 years.

Lessons are written and tailored to you. I use music, printouts, and instructional material to make sure you progress as you should.

I have spots available every day of the week, so I'm confident that we can find something that works for both of us.

I know that learning to play any style of music whether it be Jazz, Blues, Soul, Motown, Funk, or Rock is a challenge, but with help from an experienced educator, your instrument becomes a rewarding lifelong enjoyment.

Please feel free to contact me. I would be happy to speak with you regarding any questions you may have.

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  • Awarded Berklee Achievement Scholarship from Berklee College of Music
  • Master of Music from Boston University
  • Teaches students 5 and up

Reviews (20)

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Mary Krull Oct 21, 2019
Clarinet · In home

Frankie helped me with my clarinet tone within the first 15 minutes of the first lesson, and gave me many more helpful playing tips throughout the hour. He was really interested in what my goals were. Looking forward to many more lessons with Frankie.

Carol Mar 1, 2019
Banjo · In home

It's so rewarding to meet a teacher on the same page with me. Very personable, knowledgable and sets direction/goals clearly.

Dwonka "Dee" C. Dec 3, 2018
Songwriting · Online

I enjoy my song writing coach Frankie. His knowledge and patience was well appreciated.

Stephen Sep 10, 2018
Guitar · In studio

Frankie tailors each music lesson to my needs and interests, while sharing his extensive knowlege of music, theory, and playing technique. I have enjoyed each lesson over past 8 years, as he has encouraged me to grow and develop my own knowledge and skill. An excellent instructor!

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J Aug 7, 2018
Guitar · In studio

Frankie's knowledge and his ability to teach in a way that's easy to learn make him the greatest.

Andrew Aug 6, 2018
Piano · In home

Frankie has been my piano instructor for several years now. He's always on-time, communicates well, and treats my house with respect (my instructions are at home). He's let me learn at my own pace while challenging me to do things the "correct way." And he doesn't mind the occasional side-discussion on music theory or history.

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Drew Aug 6, 2018
Guitar · In studio

I'm very grateful to have had Frankie as an instructor. He taught me how to be a better musician in addition to teaching me how to play the guitar. I understand so much more about music, composition, playing in ensembles, among other aspects of making music thanks to him. He was always patient with me and found ways to make me excited about playing everyday-even if my assignments were practicing difficult chords or scales. Truly a fantastic musician and leader.

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Justin Aug 5, 2018
Music Theory · In studio

I have been learning music from Frankie for a couple years now. He has always been extremely knowledgeable about music. Whether I want to learn guitar scales or learn to write songs, he is always able to help. He is also very supportive, friendly, and interested in your well-being as a person and as a music student.

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Wil Aug 3, 2018
Guitar · In studio

Great teach great musicion really knows how to work with you. Does play the jeprody theme when you are trying to think though

Andrea Aug 3, 2018
Guitar · In home

You would be hard pressed to find a teacher as dedicated to his craft and teaching than Frankie. As a beginner he understood the challenges and frustrations of a newbie guitar player. He was always patient and quick to point out progress. He starts with the basics and builds on that knowledge so you know both theory and technique. Every week brings a new challenge to improve, expand and grow. All with Frankie’s wonderful guidance.

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Anne Jul 31, 2018
Songwriting · In studio

I've been taking guitar and songwriting lessons with Frankie for over 5 years now, and I'm so glad I found him! Very patient, easy-going and excellent teacher. Lately we've been working on songwriting, and his expertise is top notch. He lets you go at your own pace and cater's to your style. Thanks Frankie!!!

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Maxwell Jul 18, 2018
Clarinet · Online

Frankie has been very patient with my 9 year old son who is learning the clarinet, My son is enjoying his lessons.

Bill Jun 27, 2018
Banjo · Online

This was an excellent first lesson. Frankie was patient, engaged, knowledgable, and very helpful. He was able to assess my skill level after talking a bit and had a clear plan to help me begin to learn to play the banjo and understand why I am playing what I'm playing. I'm looking forward to practicing and seeing where this all goes.

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Allison T. Jun 27, 2018
Clarinet · Online

Steve J. Jun 19, 2018
Banjo · Online

Excellent first lesson

Lisa Mar 5, 2018
Banjo · Online

Anetta Jun 10, 2017
Piano ·

Frankie teaches the perfect mix of fun and serious technique! His care to make sure the student not only learns but understands why and what they are learning has me excited to stick with piano for the long haul! I can't wait to se what future lessons bring! :)

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Matthew Dec 29, 2016
Banjo · In studio

Great, knowledgeable teacher. Highly recommend.

Skye B. Apr 30, 2016
Clarinet · In home

He quickly assess my dayghter's level and began immediately teaching her new notes and how to read music.

Henry M. May 14, 2015
Banjo · In home

Great instructor. Explains things clearly. A pleasure taking the lessons each week.


Owner / Lead Instructor
Jul 2018 - Present

Private Company

I am the owner and lead instructor for my own business. I teach and play many instruments including, but not limited to: Guitar, Woodwinds, Piano, Banjo, Ukulele, and Mandolin As well as: Theory, Songwriting, and Composition If you have an interest in something that is not on the list, ask, and I’ll make it happen. I tailor the lessons to you and your interests. I want you to understand the “why” of your instrument rather than the “put your fingers here” approach. In my lessons I teach and help you to understand: Chords, Scales, Music Theory, Note Reading, Rhythm, Improvisation, and Songwriting Techniques along with any other topic you have an interest in learning.

Director of Curriculum and Program Development / Lead Instructor
Apr 2008 - May 2018

Private School of Music

• Director and Music Instructor for Private and Group Lessons, Harmony, Theory, and Performance Ensembles. • Teach guitar, bass, clarinet, saxophone, and piano lessons to students of all ages and backgrounds. • Responsible for group and individual woodwind lessons focusing on overall technique and musicality, including facility, breath, phrasing, dynamics, and articulation. • Proficiency on recorder, flute, clarinet, soprano, alto, and tenor saxophone, piano, and guitar. • Teaching of rote songs to establish early tonality and rhythm. • Instill various rhythmic concepts, including fast, slow, and steady beats enhanced through specific instruments. • Test each student’s ability to listen and play instruments with other students, a metronome, and to pre-recorded music. • Impart specialized knowledge of theoretical music learning and instrumental performances through a variety of exercises, activities, and structured practice.

Program Coordinator / Consultant
Jan 2016 - May 2016

St. Paul’s Foundation Ryan’s Guitars Project

• Develop and author the curriculum used in the Ryan’s Guitars Program. • Identify, interview, and hire qualified instructors. • Provide oversight and instruction to the program’s instructors. • Offer guidance, criticism, and the analysis of student progress and participation in the Project.

Freelance Mix Engineer / Production Assistant
Sep 2006 - Apr 2007

Hendrickson Audio / Avatar Studios

• Assisted Mix Engineer to the only Engineer-in-Residence at Avatar Studios. • Worked with such artists as Roberta Flack, Tal Wilkinson, and Dream Theater. • Recalled all mix information including the Pro Tools HD setup with a Yamaha DM2000 Console including microphone choice, microphone placement, outboard gear, and patchbay information. • Maintained the media inventory, equipment, and outboard gear.


Doctorate of Musical Arts
Sep 2013 - Present

Boston University

Master of Music
Sep 2009 - May 2011

Boston University

Bachelor of Music
Sep 2003 - May 2006

Berklee College of Music



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Boston University RCR Program for Doctoral Candidates and Post-Docs: Social & Behavioral
Apr 2017

Boston University

Good Clinical Practice Course (US FDA focus)
Apr 2017

Boston University

Human Subjects Protection Training: Social & Behavioral
Apr 2017

Boston University

Information Privacy and Security for Faculty
Apr 2017

Boston University

Blackboard and Online Teaching Certification
Jun 2012

Mountain State University


Gear Endorsement from Black Market Custom (Guitar Division)
Jul 2011

Black Market Custom Music Equipment

String and Swag Endorsement
Jan 2007

Dunlop Guitar Company

Pedal Endorsement
Jan 2007

MXR Pedals

Winner of Dunlop's Band of the Week Contest
Jan 2007

Dunlop Guitar Company

Don Puluse Award for Outstanding Musicianship
May 2006

Berklee College of Music

Berklee Achievement Scholarship
Sep 2005

Berklee College of Music


D'Adarrio Education Collective
Aug 2018
a global community of music educators who are committed to inspiring the next generation of lifelong musicians. Our program provides music teachers with access to resources and other tools to help support their role in education. The Education Collective will grow to include opportunities to network with other teachers, share your knowledge and content, and attend special educational events. Our goal is to support those that support the future of music.
Technology in Music Education
Aug 2018
The mission of TI:ME is to assist music educators in applying technology to improve teaching and learning in music.
Berklee College of Music Alumni
Dec 2006
The Berklee Alumni Affairs Office embraces the college’s alumni as valuable members and vital stakeholders in a lifelong, global community. We strive to foster and strengthen alumni engagement in meaningful and innovative ways that support the interests and goals of alumni in their professional and personal pursuits. Guided by the college’s mission, we seek to build a sense of shared community, pride, professional achievement, volunteerism, philanthropic support, and commitment to Berklee. We celebrate and applaud our alumni as they seek to improve the world around them through their creative pursuits.
Aug 2003
Broadcast Music Inc. was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.

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