Musician/instructor Adam Sweet has been teaching violin and mandolin, and the instruments of the violin and mandolin families, in the Pioneer Valley since 1986. He has taught individual students privately and conducted group classes in Celtic, bluegrass, Klezmer, and mandolin ensemble for advanced students. The group classes teach the individual musicians the fine points of listening to and performing with one another, and affords them opportunities to play out at public or private functions.
Adam Sweet provides private and group lessons on mandolin-family instruments. The Project was started with the impetus to create a full-fledged traditional mandolin orchestra, which was music teacher Adam Sweet’s long-time dream. The classes previously learned to play different genres of music on the mandolin; classical, Klezmer, bluegrass, old-timey, Celtic, ragtime, blues, country and western, and rock and roll. With the ensemble fully in place, the class has now been focusing on orchestral pieces from the 17th to the 21st centuries. The orchestra members consist of Sweet’s mandolin group students, and musicians outside of his studio who have been playing for years.
The requirement to participate in the mandolin group, is an advanced proficiency of the instrument and ability to read music, Monday night group mandolin classes afford the mandolin student the opportunity to advance their skills and develop their sense of group dynamics.