About Me

Adam Sweet
My name is Adam Sweet.  I was born in Boston in 1962.  My parents moved us to Olympia Washington in 1963, where I lived until moving back in 1966.  I graduated from High School in 1980 and went to Hampshire College in Amherst, MA with a BA in Music Therapy.  I stayed in western Mass after graduating, working for 9 years at Whole Foods before 5 years at Dr. Hauschka Cosmetics in Hatfield.  I went back to school in 1995, getting certified in HTML, Web Design and Microsoft Office.  In 1997, I attended Westfield State College, taking coursework in Business, Marketing and Consulting.  I started my own business in 1998 and have been self employed ever since.  I am married, live in Granby, and have two boys and ten chickens.

Bio, written by a former student:

"Mr. Sweet attended the New England Conservatory of Music's pilot Suzuki program from 1966 until 1972, and the Conservatory at Rivers from 1972 until 1980.

Sweet attended the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music from 1974 until 1980 where he studied chamber music coaching, and focused on the music of Mozart, Bach, Dvorak, Brahms, Schubert, Borodin and Mendelssohn.  Sweet studied violin with Judith Canon, Mary Parker and Phillip Naegele; viola with Betty Hauck and Robert Merfeld.  He attended mandolin master classes with David Grisman, Sam Bush, Adam Steffey, Mike Marshall; and fiddle master classes with Darol Anger, Stephane Grappelli and Vasser Clemens.  In 1996, Sweet spent three weeks in Kilfenora, Ireland, where he played nightly at Linane's Pub and attended Set Dances with the Kilfenora Ceilidh Band.  He attended a concert and master class by De Dannan with master fiddler Frankie Gavin.  Sweet went to Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, where he majored in Music.  He studied jazz with Roland Wiggins at UMass, electronic music with Randall McClellan and World Music with David Reck.  His thesis was on music as part of a therapeutic environment.

Mr Sweet graduated with a BA in 1985 and opened his studio in 1986.  Since then, Mr. Sweet has been teaching adults and teenagers how to play the violin, mandolin, guitar and bass.  Mr Sweet performs and therefore teaches celtic music, bluegrass, klezmer and world music.  With a background in chamber music coaching, Sweet coaches a classical mandolin ensemble that performs with Mandolin New England in western Mass and Providence, RI."

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