Leanna Fugate

Leanna F.

Atlanta, GA

Lesson Details


Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I became interested in the mandolin while teaching guitar at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago and got hooked. I especially enjoy playing traditional fiddle tunes, but I also have fun with the classical and yes, rock styles as well. Mandolin lessons are available to ages 13 and up. Younger students may be accepted with previous violin training.
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Leanna delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 6+

Teaching since:

I have been in the performing arts since age 3 and teaching music for over 20 years. With a Bachelor of Arts in Music (voice, classical guitar, and pedagogy) from BYU, I am a multi-instrumentalist and comfortable in many different styles and genres. I love to learn and this love infuses every aspect of my teaching style. My diverse career has included a season in the ASO Chorus under Robert Shaw, playing drums with the indie band Silent Kids, composing the theme song to PBS's Georgia Outdoors and fronting the Americana group Georgia Fireflies!


Bachelor of Arts in Music, Minor in French
Sep 1987 - Jun 1994
Brigham Young University


Professional Proficiency
Limited Proficiency
Limited Proficiency

Photos & Videos

Here is a video I made to promote my wedding business.  The tempo is a bit slower to make the clawhammer sound more ambient and pretty.
My home studio in Atlanta, GA.  Guitar and banjo not shown.

Another video made to promote wedding music.  Fun and cheerful mando tunes!
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10 Reviews

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EDWARD Mar 15, 2018
Banjo · Online

As always I learn something new from Leanna each time we get together. She is an excellent teacher and makes our lessons very enjoyable.

EDWARD Aug 24, 2017
Banjo · Online

Leanna is an outstanding teacher. I just finished my third session and I am having a lot of fun. She has recorded a couple of pieces for me to listen to and I can't wait to do so. Learning alot. If you are looking for a teacher (of many instruments) she is THE person to go to.

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EDWARD Jul 10, 2017
Banjo · Online

Leanna is an outstanding teacher. She is patient, has a plan in mind to help you learn the banjo and knows her stuff. I would recommend her to anyone.

EDWARD Jul 10, 2017
Banjo · Online

Scott Sep 13, 2016
Piano · In home

My 9 year old son and I have been consistently taking piano (for him) and clawhammer banjo lessons (for me) since January 2014. We go together, and it’s been wonderful tackling the challenge of learning something new at same time. Leanna is kind, flexible, but creates appropriate expectations so that you actually progress. She is also skilled and exceptionally reliable. We believe our son has enjoyed piano and stuck with it because Leanna is not only so good with children but has also chosen a great curriculum that progresses through songs and encourages a sense of confidence, without spending too much time bogged down in hardcore theory. He actually enjoys sitting down at the piano and practicing (usually…). And for me, I started too late and am too distracted with other things to be a great player, but I enjoy the process and love the instrument – especially nights out on the porch. And I enjoy trying to keep up with my son. But without Leanna, I wouldn’t be where I am now. So, would I recommend her to one of my best friends? You betcha.

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Rocky S. Jul 28, 2016
Mandolin · Online

There is a learning curve to every endeavor, and the two of us tackled the first-time challenge of interacting as teacher-and-student on Skype (for me was added the additional challenge of it being also my first experience of any kind with Skype).

Leanna is evidently upbeat by nature and a positive-thinker, so the hurdles encountered by each of us were readily overcome. I can attest to Leanna's patience and kindness, and look forward to my continued progress under her capable tutelage. Onward and upward!

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Dave Jun 16, 2016
Mandolin · In studio

I have been working with Leanna for over five years. We started with guitar which I had been playing quite a while but had never pushed myself to improve. She taught me finger picking styles and I was amazed by how quickly I was able to play some pretty complex songs. Then I bought a mandolin and we started from scratch and studied old timey tunes and some classical. Leanna was extremely patient in teaching the very basics. Now we're back to guitar, and I'm currently learning different styles in open tunings. All of this is to say that Leanna is a great teacher across a variety of instruments and genres. (She is also an incredible musician!)

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John Jun 15, 2016
Banjo · In studio

I had never played an instrument before I started taking clawhammer banjo lessons from Leanna about three years ago. Because of her knowledge of the banjo, music theory, and her patience with a true beginner, I was playing my first song after just a couple classes. Leanna pushes you just enough so that it does not get boring but not so much that you feel overwhelmed. Thanks to Leanna I can now sit on my porch and play the old tunes that I grew up with! I have thoroughly enjoyed taking lessons from Leanna and look forward to many, many more!

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Hannah Jun 15, 2016
Banjo · In studio

Leanna's lessons have really helped shape my artistry with many different instruments, not just with Banjo but with Drums, Guitar, and voice coaching. She is a very talented instructor and performer. I absolutely recommend her classes to anyone with an enthusiastic interest in creating music.

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Audrey Jun 14, 2016
Banjo · In studio

I have been taking lessons from Leanna for over a year, and have really enjoyed having her as my teacher! She is very knowledge about music theory, in addition to providing practical and accessible instruction for playing clawhammer banjo. While she does teach some old time tunes, she also teaches tunes of other genres, for those folks who don't want to stick to just old time.

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