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Karen D.

36 Reviews
Somerville, MA
Starting at $40
  • Teaches students 3 and up
  • Teaching since 1980
  • Awarded Grand Prize Winner from Meridian Records
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Karen D.

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An instrument in the lute family that is usually plucked with a pick or with fingers. Mostly used in folk music it is very versatile for all types of music. I have many teaching techniques. I could teach a student just to strum or pick to songs, or teach you the basics of notes, chords, theory, rhythm and soloing. How ever you like to learn I will be there for you.

About Karen

Hi! My name is Karen D. I’ve had the pleasure of performing, singing, writing, and recording since I was seven years old. Besides being an Honor Graduate of Berklee School of Music, I have been a lifelong student of the international world-renowned instructors Dante Pavone and Charlie Banacos.

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Stacie J.
Karen obviously loves the piano & guitar. She’s probably an excellent teacher for those instruments. Why do I say that? That’s what she talked about! She spent half my lesson trying to convince me to learn one of those instruments. Could work on listening skills! Not even sure if she owns a set of bongos herself. Didn’t start teaching me anything until last 10 min & then I had to leave early anyway. So 50 min out of 60 and about 5 I actually learned a few things I could have been practicing for at least 30 min of class. Use her if you want to learn something else other than bongos.
John J Conlon
Ms. Karen did a pretty good job, she had ideas for the lesson and provided ideas for the next lesson. She went out of her way to help me with this new idea---------"music" and "reading music." If there was any short fall in the lesson it was on my side and my preparation failings. I have no problem recommending Ms. Karen to others. Regards, JC
Troy W.
Extremely knowledgeable! Karen is a superb guitar instructor. Honestly, I was struggling. Discouraged! She helped me understand my strengths and weaknesses, and moved me from beginner to intermediate in a matter of months. If you’re getting tired of learning from YouTube and smart phone apps, let Karen kick start your guitar playing. You’ll be glad you did. Thanks Karen!!
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Zachary J.

11 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $35
  • Speaks Spanish, English
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaching since 2001
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Zachary J.

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About Zachary

Zachary is a multi-talented teacher and performer. He teaches violin, piano, guitar, voice, mandolin, banjo and more. As a singer/ songwriter, he has released 3 cds, tours nationally with over 100 dates per year and has shared the stage with multiple multi-Grammy award winners. He is an inspirationa

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Chance S.
Chance really enjoyed her lesson. She said Zachary was encouraging, engaging, super nice and knowledgeable. She is looking forward to next week.
Eric S.
Zach has been great to work with! I look forward to every lesson.
Chas E.
My first lesson with Zach was great! 5 stars. He asked the right questions as to what aI am looking to do. And we quickly came up with a lesson plan that with the right amount of work in my part will get me headed in the right direction. Zach does a great job of making his students feel comfortable and good about their abilities.
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Joshua K.

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Starting at $30
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Teaching since 2010
  • Secondary Music Education Instrumental from Ottawa University
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Joshua K.

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Josh has been playing and performing music for over 16 years. He has achieved a bachelor's degree in instrumental music education and has experience as an instructor teaching private students and group classes for over 10 years. He has studied instrumental music education including areas of classical music, jazz, theory, history, and improvisation.

About Joshua

Experienced with students of all ages, backgrounds, and styles. Josh has been playing and performing music for over 13 years. He has achieved a bachelor's degree in instrumental music education and has experience as an instructor teaching private students and group classes for over 7 years. He has

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Linda L.

23 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $25
  • Speaks Hebrew, Spanish, Hebrew, English
  • Associates Degree in Jazz Theory and Composition from Mannes Conservatory of Music
  • Teaching since 1979
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Linda L.

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I have over 30 years experience as a music teacher. Although guitar is my main instrument, I play several stringed instruments, including mandolin, well enough to teach beginners of ALL ages - children, teens, and adults. I have played mandolin with bluegrass bands, in the past.
Mandolin is a good first instrument for those who have never played a stringed instrument before, and for young children whose hands are not strong enough to play a larger instrument such as a guitar. It is fairly easy to learn, and fun to play.

About Linda

I have been teaching music (guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, recorder, music theory, and classes for toddlers, preschoolers, school-aged children, and adults) for over 20 years. I am also a band/show director at the School of Rock! In addition to teaching music, I also tuto

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Carolyn M.
so happy I chose to have Linda as my teacher ! she's patient with me (a beginner who does not always have time to practice regularly) and is super helpful with giving me tips and advice on how to be better. Linda can also play ANY song and has helped me learn tons of my favorites. We're working on Annie's Song right now and Linda has helped me not only understand how to play the notes but why we play them a certain way (heck yeah music theory !)
Nan -.
Linda is great. I left with a big smile on my face!
Dan T.
Linda is awesome. After 3 lessons I'm getting pretty good at a couple of basic rolls and have a song to work on. She is patient and knowledgeable, and has helped me get basic technique going. So far so good.
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Steve G.

54 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $35
  • Teaching since 2002
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Steve G.

54 Reviews
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I will teach you how to approach the mandolin as a rhythm instrument as well as a melodic instrument, and how to use chords and modes in your lead and rhythm playing in bluegrass as well as traditional styles.

About Steve

Music has been a part of my life for over 5 decades. I stepped onstage when I was 15, and have been active in the music business ever since. I was raised in the New York / New England area, and played in many bands in the 70's and 80's, most notably the band AVALON. I moved to Florida in the late 80

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Keith C.
Steve is a great instructor. He's knowledgeable and patient. I'm a beginner mandolin player but more experienced at guitar. Steve knows the right approach and progression to my lessons, incorporating the experience I already have. Highly recommend!
Daniel K.
Steve actually researched a style of play that he was unfamiliar with to teach me. Obviously a master musician, he analyzed the basics of the style and started from my baseline, teaching me the technique from the ground up. A dedicated and friendly teacher, I'd recommend him to anyone.
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Meghan L.

34 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $30
  • Speaks Italian
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Teaching since 2014
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Meghan L.

34 Reviews
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Learn to play this unique, portable instrument! The Mandolin is a beautiful traditional folk instrument, but we can learn plenty of modern songs. We will go over chords, proper finger positioning, strumming patterns, rhythms, music theory and more.

About Meghan

Hi I'm Meghan! I'm a professional singer and vocal coach who has performed and taught professionally all over the country. I received a B.F.A. in Musical Theater from The Boston Conservatory with an emphasis in Vocal Repertory. I will provide detailed and constructive feedback on your vocal techniqu

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Maddock G.
I like how she connected with my son very fast,and in a professional ready to teach and very dedicated. I am very happy with the choice l did.
Lily
Meghan dove right into the lesson, customizing it at the perfect level for our daughter's experience. We liked that she was prepared and maximized the time. She has a youthful personality and knowledge of pop songs which is a great personality fit with our 13 year old daughter. She also customized the lesson and song choice in a way that would appeal to my daughter. My daughter is actually excited to take lessons and is already planning her list of songs she wants to learn.
Rivky C.
i am very new to singing and she totally made it a no pressure environment. she also made me feel empowered to try and explore exercises and techniques.

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"Great instructor with great patience for zero experience student. Looking forward to next lesson. I'm hooked."
Joe
Took Mandolin lessons from Ben H.
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"Alani has been wonderful. She was so flexible and understanding when I had to cancel due to family reasons at the last minute. She has taught me several types of tunes and songs and listens and lets me take the lead in what I would like to learn and answers all my questions. She even simplified one of my favorite songs by Nickel Creek that was way too complex for me to try to play as a beginner but now I can play it and work up to the more complex version if I'd like. She is good at helping me find answers to many of my questions myself and guides me so that I can figures things out on my own. She is a great teacher for an independent person and can give a great foundation for a student to build from and know how to teach themselves. (Like the teacher who teaches one to fish rather than just giving the student the fish)"
Christine Cerezo
Took Mandolin lessons from Alani S.
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"Kelvin is a very patient teacher! I knew absolutely nothing about mandolin or music and Kelvin has helped with that. I have a long way to go but, with Kelvins help I believe I can get there!
I highly recommend Kelvin!!!!!"
Susan
Took Mandolin lessons from Kelvin L.
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"Mark is an excellent teacher. He is well versed in Banjo and Mandolin techniques and music theory. He also teaches mountain Dulcimer, I believe. He brings forth the information in an interesting fashion as well as fun. His sense of humor is a delight which helps in the learning process. All in all, he is a teacher worth learning from."
Gordon
Took Mandolin lessons from Mark B.
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"John has been teaching me chords, which are very difficult on the mandolin. He's an excellent teacher."
Bob
Took Mandolin lessons from John B.
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"Tara's very knowledgeable about the mandolin and thorough in her teaching. She's also patient and keeps the session light and fun. Looking forward to learning more with her."
Brad
Took Mandolin lessons from Tara L.
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"Excellent instructor, was prepared and presented me with great material that was exactly what I was looking for."
Corey
Took Mandolin lessons from Chris C.
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"Extremely knowledgable, nice and overall great teacher. I'm extremely happy with my first mandolin lesson and can't wait to practice what Ryan taught me and return for my next lesson."
Brian
Took Mandolin lessons from Ryan B.
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"I "shopped around" for a great teacher on this site.

For many new lesson takers, not only do you have no clue about your instrument, you aren't even sure what makes a great teacher!

So here are some things to look out for in a first lesson:

Your teacher should be personable and interested in your musical experience and taste. Ask them what they like! You might hear something you want to learn.

If you mention some level of experience, they will ask you to play something you either know or have been working on. This is important!

Then, preferably, they will ask why you have chosen your instrument and what you want to be able to do with it (i.e. do you want to play in a band, or just play your favorite songs for your family gatherings).

All of this allows you to relax and not worry too much about performing too much during your first lesson.

More importantly, it gives the instructor a clear path on how to work with YOU. The more they know about your current level, the better your experience and learning progress will be.

For absolute beginners, I would hope that they have a simple melody for you to learn right then and there by watching and playing with them.

Well, Justin knocked it out of the park! And then some.

He showed that he is willing to customize teaching to your style, as well.

I learn by ear, so he knew how to use that as an advantage for learning the fretboard and notes. Instead of giving me a paper with chords on it, he challenged me to use my knowledge and play around more thoughtfully to figure out what the names are for notes and chords I'm already playing.

Please, don't hesitate to work with Justin. The price is beyond fair! Especially since other teachers in the same price ranges are between 2-4 stars.

Thanks, Justin!"
Isaiah
Took Mandolin lessons from Justin M.
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"She is very patient, very laid back, and so nice. Can't wait for more lessons"
Jules
Took Mandolin lessons from Rachel C.
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