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Elias S.

8 Reviews
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  • Speaks Portugese
  • Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Oberlin College
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Elias S.

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In teaching lessons, it is my great pleasure to share with students of all ages and skill levels the knowledge that I've gained over 27 years of playing. I firmly believe that anyone can learn anything at any time, given the proper tools!

In our first lesson, we will determine your musical goals and create a realistic path to achieving them. It's my job to help you along this path while keeping things fun.

To maintain focus and week-to-week continuity, I always provide lesson notes to take home. I can also provide recordings of lessons and transcriptions of pieces, if desired.

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violins, viola, mandolin, guitar, bass, piano, recording equipment

About Elias

At 5 years old I was struck by the incredible beauty of Vivaldi's music, and ever since I've been playing violin. I hold a BA from Oberlin College of Arts and Sciences, won a scholarship to the Baroque Performance Institute in 2005 and attended the BPI again in 2006. Apart from teaching, as a profes

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Kim
Elias is a GREAT teacher! I'm an adult learning mandolin as a beginner while working on original songs with friends. He does an excellent job tailoring lessons to my specific needs and current level of proficiency, instead of imposing his own rigid constructs for me to learn. He's professional, punctual, articulate, a font of resources, matches drills and technique activities for my learning levels, and corrects errors in technique as objectively as he recognizes improvements. His demeanor is calm, and professional but warm and supportive. I highly recommend Elias to anyone learning mandolin or violin!
Grace
Jenni
Elias is a great teacher, and has been very patient with my talkative 9 year old. He's been very good about finding pieces that she wants to play and helping her to build her confidence and skills. I would recommend him to any age fiddle student!
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Edwin I.

124 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $49
  • Speaks Japanese, Spanish, English
  • B.M. in Studio Music and Jazz Instrumental - Guitar from University of Miami
  • Teaches students 6 and up
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Edwin I.

124 Reviews
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All styles - strumming, single note playing
Improvisation soloing
Proper technique
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About Edwin

Hello! Thank you for your interest in taking guitar/piano/music lessons. I am a professional teacher/studio musician/performer/producer with over 20 years of private teaching experience and a graduate of the University of Miami Studio Music and Jazz program in 2002 specializing in the guitar.

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Lanna
Edwin was very nice, and professional. My daughters first piano lesson went great and she’s excited for more lessons with Edwin.
Gustav
Edwin is great at helping you build lesson & practice plans to help build the skills you want on guitar. I couldn't recommend him any higher.
Adriana
Very knowledgeable and enjoyable to learn from!
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Justin M.

66 Reviews
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Starting at $40
  • Teaches students 7 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • B.A. Music from California Polytechnic State University
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Justin M.

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After 20 years of playing and a BA in Music, I know how to break down the mandolin and teach it to anyone willing to learn. I take the 80/20 approach to learning mandolin and will get you up and playing in no time. If you are tired of trying to figure out how to learn mandolin online or you feel stuck at your current level, then I can show you the most effective and efficient way to get your playing to the next level. Lessons will teach you the following:

* songs you actually want to play
* how to read music and tablature
* music theory tailored to suit your needs
* composition and improvisation
* performance practices and music history
* how to play solo pieces and jam with your friends

About Justin

Like most guitarists, I had always wanted to play the guitar as a little kid. Luckily, my parents finally caved to the request (ok ok, incessant begging) and I began my guitar journey at the age of 11. After now 20 years of playing and 12 years of teaching, I am excited to share my experience and th

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Lauren
Justin is teaching me music just not how to play the ukulele. Really appreciate his individual approach which incorporates my learning style. When needed, Justin picks up when I need a change of strategy. I am a very very beginner and have learned so much so far.
Isaiah H.
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!
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John B.

111 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $40
  • Bachelor of Music from Howard University
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
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John B.

111 Reviews
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While studying the mandolin, you'll learn how to read music in standard notation, tablature form or both. You will also learn how to play various chords, scales rhythmic patterns and improvisation while implementing them into various styles of music including, Bluegrass, Country, Basso Nova. or Blues.

About John

I have been playing for about 35 years and teaching music and guitar for 25 years. I have a Bachelor of Music in Jazz and Classical guitar. I've taught at the University level and currently maintain a professional studio in Arlington, Virginia. I am very well versed in many different styles of music

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Annie
John is the best! He is super kind, patient, and friendly and he'll meet you where you are skill-wise so that improving at your instrument is fun and not intimidating! :-)
Felicia
John was awesome. This is my first time playing acoustic guitar, and he broke it down and made it palatable for me to chew!
Eugene N.
John is great!
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Chris K.

3 Reviews
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Starting at $34
  • Teaches students 4 and up
  • Teaching since 2007
  • Bachelor of Music in Music Education from West Chester University
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Chris K.

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Interested in learning to play the mandolin? I can help you get started! Whether you are playing for the first time, or picking it back up after a long break, my lessons meet you where you are and help you work towards your goals. I accommodate different levels and love all types of music, helping make lessons more enjoyable and relevant to you. Let's get started!

About Chris

I have been teaching private music lessons for fifteen years and have eight years of experience teaching instrumental and general music in public schools. I have a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and a Master of Science degree in Music Education. I have an Advanced Professional Certifica

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Emberlein D.
A very enthusiastic and positive teacher. Highly recommend!
DON
Chris is a great instructor has a good sense of where you are at even though I am a total beginner!!
Christopher & Winter W.
Kids first lesson with Mr. Kefer went very well! No regrets!
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Chris C.

85 Reviews
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  • Teaches students 12 and up
  • Bachelor of Music in Commercial Music from Belmont University
  • Teaching since 2014
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Chris C.

85 Reviews
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Are you interested in being able to confidently play lead and rhythm parts in a band? Want to learn to write songs? Want to learn to just strum along to your favorite records by yourself?

I will teach you or your child all of the knowledge and tools needed to do whatever your dream is on your instrument. My aim is to help every student achieve their personal goals on their instrument within the context of a relaxed and patient environment that promotes a love of music!

I achieve this by:

1) Individualizing lesson plans so that each student stays engaged and learns in the style that is best for them as learners.

2) Ensuring that students learn BOTH how to play their instrument as well as the theory behind what they are playing. This creates a more well-rounded musician that is capable of problem solving on their instrument and being able to play in a variety of settings.

I have been playing music for over 10 years and teaching private lessons since 2014. I ...

About Chris

Are you interested in being able to confidently play lead and rhythm parts in a band? Want to learn to write songs? Want to learn to just strum along to your favorite records by yourself? I will teach you or your child all of the knowledge and tools needed to do whatever your dream is on your instru

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Caius
Chris has been an amazing teacher so far, he has worked with me to create a curriculum tailored to my exact interests in music. I was hesitant to start online lessons, but he has been nothing but kind, patient, and flexible with me and I would highly recommend him to anyone wanting to learn how to jam with friends, gig, or just improve musically.
Calvin
Chris is a great teacher and is very knowledgeable. His lessons are always great.
Khonnie G.
Chris is very very knowledgeable on the guitar and bass instruments. He is fun and very patient teacher. Highly recommend him!

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No matter where you live, chances are we can introduce you to an amazing mandolin teacher in your neighborhood. You can take lessons in the privacy of your own home or at your teacher's location.

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Is your dream mandolin teacher on the other side of the country? No problem. Now, you can meet your teacher online on your smartphone or using a webcam on your computer. The world is your classroom!

Average Cost of Online Mandolin Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute online mandolin lessons is $65. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $35 and $105 per hour.
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"It was only my first lesson but I've had to take lessons constantly during my younger years and it was always made difficult to understand. Frankie let me choose what I wanted to learn and has made it easy to get excited about it."
Georgia
Took Mandolin lessons from Frankie P.
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"Chris is an amazing teacher. He has a way of channeling technique and music theory in our lessons which are always fun. His deep love of music and versatility with so many styles is inspiring. I am an older student and because of Chris’s patience with my learning, I know he will be a great teacher for children as well. I chose Chris when I saw his photo, seeing in it the face of a warm and kind man. I was right."
Zoe
Took Mandolin lessons from Chris C.
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"I have been working with Eric for one year and he is an excellent instructor. He is quite knowledgeable, patient, and friendly. He is detailed oriented and provides lots of tips on improving my playing. He is also very flexible and allows me to select what I would like to work on whether it be new skills or selecting music I wish to learn. I would very highly recommend him as an instructor."
Ken
Took Mandolin lessons from Eric L.
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"I’ve been taking mandolin lessons from Mel for several months now. As a beginner student, I’ve found Mel to be very patient as I learn the basics and he really takes the time to explain and break down any music theory I need. The sessions are fun and I feel like I get the feedback I need to grow each week as well as feel confident and ready to join in local blue grass jam sessions, my first goal. I’ve learned so much from Mel in such a short time. Highly highly recommend him!!"
Stephanie
Took Mandolin lessons from Mel P.
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"Patient and fantastic"
Kari
Took Mandolin lessons from Grant H.
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"Elias is a GREAT teacher! I'm an adult learning mandolin as a beginner while working on original songs with friends. He does an excellent job tailoring lessons to my specific needs and current level of proficiency, instead of imposing his own rigid constructs for me to learn. He's professional, punctual, articulate, a font of resources, matches drills and technique activities for my learning levels, and corrects errors in technique as objectively as he recognizes improvements. His demeanor is calm, and professional but warm and supportive. I highly recommend Elias to anyone learning mandolin or violin!"
Kim
Took Mandolin lessons from Elias S.
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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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"Our first lesson went very well. Rachel was very kind, patient, and complimentary. I look forward to my next lesson."
Mitchell
Took Mandolin lessons from Rachel C.
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"Patient and skilled. Also a great listener."
Jim
Took Mandolin lessons from Grant H.
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"Really enjoying my lessons with Alani. She’s very knowledgeable and has good plans of action each week. I would Recommend her as teacher."
Dave
Took Mandolin lessons from Alani S.
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Mandolin Online Lessons

A mandolin is a small, stringed instrument, which is part of the lute family. There are several different styles of mandolin, including the flat-backed, round-backed, and curved top. Each style mandolin is associated with a specific genre, such as European classical music, American bluegrass, and Irish folk music. Some mandolins have eight strings, while others only have four or six strings. With so many different variations and sounds, there’s a lot to learn about mandolins.

If you’re interested in discovering the ins and outs of the mandolin world, turn to online mandolin instruction. With online classes, you can learn how to play the mandolin wherever and whenever.

Why Learn Mandolin Online?

Learning how to pick and strum this instrument can open up a world o

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f musical opportunities. Whether you’re looking for a beginner’s guide to the mandolin or tips on perfecting your mandolin skills, mandolin lessons online are the way to go. With the help of a private instructor, you can master this instrument in an online classroom. Whether you use your smartphone or your computer’s webcam, all you need is an internet connection. It’s an easy, affordable, and hassle-free way to receive one-on-one instruction.

The Benefits of Mandolin Lessons Online

When you sign up for the best online mandolin lessons, you’ll be well on your way to playing all your favorite mandolin songs. If you’re a beginner, your instruction will start from the top. You’ll find out how to properly hold, strum, and pick the instrument. Your teacher will provide you with exercises for learning the notes and the proper finger positions. Not a beginner? No worries. Your certified teacher will assess your current level and provide the appropriate instruction. You can learn different styles of playing or challenge yourself with new kinds of music. No matter where you are in your mandolin playing journey, online mandolin instruction will get you where you want to be.

Find Your Mandolin Instructor

At TakeLessons, we understand the importance of choosing a certified teacher who best suits your preferences. Our selection of professionals include teachers who can instruct at the beginner, intermediate, and advance level. We invite you to look at each teacher’s profile. Explore their educational and professional background, read reviews from past students, and contact them with any questions. Since the lessons occur 100% online, be sure your teacher can accommodate your schedule, too.

Once you find your ideal instructor, you can begin learning right away. Your one-on-one online courses can occur where and when you want. As long as you have an internet connection, you can set up anywhere. Learn from the comfort of your living room or in your at-home office. Our classes are inexpensive and convenient, and we offer a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee for all new students on their first lesson. Ready to learn mandolin online? Sign up for the best online mandolin lessons today.

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