Private Lessons

I offer private lessons in person at my house in Granby, MA.  

Granby is situated less than 5 miles from Amherst and convenient for UMass, Hampshire and Amherst College students and faculty.  Only 20 minutes north of Springfield and another 30 from Hartford, CT.

Lessons are generally one hour a week, but I am fairly flexible and sometimes offer bi-weekly or half-hour lessons.  Please ask.
Beginning students will learn the basics: music theory and how to read music, how to count, meter and rhythm, keys and chords; how to hold the instrument and pick (or bow for violin players); how to practice scales, arpeggios and exercises; how to play basic melodies.  At some point, usually within a few weeks, beginning students may be ready for more advanced material which will be assigned at that time.

Advanced students that can already read and understand the basics of their instrument will study more advanced theory including the modes, advanced timing and rhythm, advanced chords, harmonization, improvisation, and will be introduced to a wide variety of music depending on the genre and style they have chosen to study.  For example, Classical musicians will be exposed to a variety of composers from the Renaissance Era up to the Romantic Era and everything in between.  Folk musicians will be exposed to a wide variety of western European traditional dance music styles including Celtic, Quebecois and Cape Breton music as well as American styles such as Bluegrass, Country, Western Swing, Jazz, Blues, and more.

Advanced students may be eligible for either the Classical Group Class (Wednesdays at 7pm), the Celtic Group (Thursdays 7-9pm)..  Some advanced players may want to play in both.  There is a $5 discount per class for students that wish to join more than one as long as they attend on a weekly basis.  The discount does not apply for one-offs or trial periods.