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Average Cost of Mandolin Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute mandolin lessons is $58. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $25 and $145 per hour.

30-min $15
 
$34 average
$92
45-min $20
 
$45 average
$84
60-min $25
 
$58 average
$145

For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute mandolin lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute mandolin lessons are 23% less expensive at $45, and 30-minute lessons cost 42% less at $34.

Curious how much mandolin lessons cost in your area? Do a quick search to get local prices for the best mandolin teachers .

Mandolin Lesson Reviews from Students

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Chris S.

Temecula, CA
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Orlando, FL
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Union, MO
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Temecula, CA
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Lilly H. January 10, 2019
· Violin · In studio
My daughter absolutely loved it!!
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Amanda July 27, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
My son had a great experience and learned a lot in the first lesson.
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Tyler M. July 23, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Tyler enjoyed his first lesson and looks forward to more

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Orlando, FL

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Learning to read proper music as well as basic chords. Being able to learn to play with other instruments and groups.

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Joshua April 12, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In home
I am quite pleased with Joshua's growth thus far! After playing his bass guitar with a start up teacher for 3 years, Joshua was ready for more. He needed someone new to push him to the next level. Not only is Damien perfecting Joshua's skills, but is introducing Joshua to music composition. I absolutely LOVE THAT!!! Thank you Damien because every time we visit, Joshua leaves with something new! FABULOUS INSTRUCTOR!!!
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Austin R. October 5, 2017
· Banjo · In studio
Damien is extremely professional and does an excellent job explaining the fundamentals. As Albert Einstein said, "If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough." Damien has a way of explaining concepts so they are easily understood and retained, even for more complex subjects.
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Jack C. August 21, 2017
· Banjo · Online
Learned more about music in just an hour than I ever did in the past.

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Union, MO

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.I can show you how to read notes, tabs and charts, play by ear and play like a pro.

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levi M. February 7, 2019
· Banjo · Online
Mel is a great teacher and his many past experiences in the music field have given him tons of knowledge. he has a simple and effective way of teaching music and theory. he listens to the way you learn and adapts his methods to best suit you.
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Elizabeth Coyne August 7, 2018
· Banjo · In home
Mel is a very patient and knowledgable teacher. I feel like I fumble along at the beginning of a lesson but by the end Mel has improved my technique and timing. I would definitely recommend Mel to anyone who wants to learn or improve on their instrument!
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Lew B. February 27, 2018
· Fiddle · Online
Mel is a great listener. My first lesson was great.

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North Brunswick, NJ
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Ryan B.

Chicago, IL
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New Orleans, LA
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North Brunswick, NJ

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It's all about Music Theory and Technique.

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Mike February 9, 2019
· Mandolin · In studio
Jimmy is very knowledgeable and very approachable. In a short time, he has helped me to unlock the fretboard. Highly recommended.
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Jason February 7, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Jimmy is an awesome teacher all around! He is very patient and makes me feel comfortable and confident. He has many helpful tips that progress me quickly and clearly truly cares about teaching! I highly recommend taking lessons with Jimmy!
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Kai February 6, 2019
· Guitar · Online
James has been a great teacher so far. He never wastes time and is clear and concise. I plan to continue with my lessons for the foreseeable future!

About Ryan B.

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Chicago, IL

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I've been teaching mandolin for 4 years helping students develop a love for the instrument and learn more about music along the way. Mandolin is an often underappreciated instrument which is fantastic for both melodic and rhythmic playing styles. Within the first few lessons you'll have a solid base of strumming, picking, chord changes and melodic playing, with a couple simple songs too. Moving on from there I will craft lessons to move you toward a "goal song," making sure to cater your progress to your needs while keeping a focus on good technique. I enjoy working with students of all ages and experiences and I can't wait to meet you!

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Susan S. March 10, 2019
· Guitar · Online
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Ben Sinclair February 27, 2019
· Banjo · Online
A great banjo instructor, and helped me with some general music and theory!
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Fran C. February 26, 2019
· Ukulele · Online
WONDERFUL instructor! Has taken my ukelele playing to new levels. Patient with great advice....moves at my pace. Highly recommend

About Grant H.

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New Orleans, LA

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I like to make learning an instrument fun and easy to fit into your schedule!

If you're an adult finally getting around to learning your dream instrument or a child following your passion of playing music I tailor your lessons specifically to you. We look at what you want to play, pick specific songs that you want to learn, and learn the techniques you need to play these songs. It sounds simple, but it's so effective and much more fun to learn this way!

If you have any questions for me hit the "Ask Grant A Question" button, I would love to hear from you and discuss your interests in music!

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Martina March 19, 2019
· Ukulele · Online
Love that notes are sounding better. Even though chords are very difficult, today I tried one song with easier chords and did not do too badly. Even tempo felt better. No time-outs for me...yet.
Grant is a great and patient instructor.
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Heidi February 28, 2019
· Ukulele · Online
I was so worried I wouldn’t be able to play ukulele or guitar at all cause it seemed really hard but grant knows how to break it down into easy steps. We will see how this goes as things progress. Thank you
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Martina February 26, 2019
· Ukulele · Online
Lesson was a bit challenging today but still enjoyed it. I'm purchasing more private lessons with Grant.

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Mandolin Lessons

Do you want to learn how to play the mandolin? If yes, then you’ve come to the right place. Private mandolin lessons and classes with a TakeLessons Certified™ teacher near you or online accelerates progress, increases enjoyment, and improves every beginner's chances of becoming an expert player.

The mandolin has a distinct and sustained home in American bluegrass and country music made popular by Bill Monroe, the father of bluegrass. This instrument features eight strings and can be played as a rhythm instrument or lead like a violin or guitar. However, while the mandolin is similar to these instruments it is most definitely a different instrument altogether. For example, the approach when playing the mandolin differs from what one would learn with the violin or the guitar. If you want to learn the correct technique in playing the mandolin, we suggest that you consider signing up for our mandolin lessons.

Our lessons can help shape your talent in playing this unique-sounding instrument. In addition, through your mandolin lessons you can learn more about its application in today’s music and receive a background in music theory for the mandolin. Your certified mandolin instructor will also teach you the basics including simple mandolin chord formations, how to tune a mandolin, how to pick the right mandolin for you, and how to read mandolin tabs. Intermediate and advanced students can learn mandolin arpeggios as well as other complex mandolin chords and techniques. So if you are looking for a total educational package for your mandolin study, enroll with us today for in-home, studio, or online classes.

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