Learning Through Private and Group Classes
"I have studied mandolin with Adam for almost five years, both privately and in his group class. He is both thorough and engaging,and always has excellent stories to tell about music history. When I first came to his class, the idea that I'd be able to play mandolin seemed ridiculous, despite the music theory classes I took in college eons ago and having taught myself basic guitar chords and rhythms. Adam was right about one thing; I was able to play mandolin in very short time. I have been playing in his mandolin orchestra for the last two years, and it has been a phenomenal experience." ~ Mary Jennings
The South Hadley Mandolin Orchestra was started with the impetus to create a full-fledged traditional mandolin orchestra, which was music teacher Adam Sweet's long-time dream. Sweet offers private and group classes, where students of all ages learn to play different genres of music on the mandolin; classical, Klezmer, bluegrass, old-timey, Celtic, ragtime, blues, country and western, and rock and roll.
If you wish to learn the mandolin, Sweet recommends starting with Private Mandolin Lessons. Lessons are weekly for one hour (60 minutes). You will learn correct posture, scales, arpeggios, chords, rhythm patterns, improvisation, how to read music, advanced reading, playing and singing, and much more! Learn about taking private mandolin lessons here.
The Advanced Mandolin group has been focusing on orchestral pieces from the 17th to the 21st centuries. The requirement to participate in the Advanced Mandolin group is a minimum of five (5) years experience playing mandolin, a degree of proficiency on the instrument and the ability to read music. Group mandolin classes afford the mandolin student the opportunity to advance their skills and develop their sense of group dynamics. Learn more about the Advanced Mandolin group here.
Mandolin for Beginners is a new group being offered for ages 18+. If you're just getting started on mandolin, or you've been away for a while and would like to brush up on your skills, this group is for you! It meets select Wednesdays from 7-9pm. The group is working on scales, arpeggios, chords, simple melodies and learning to sing and play together. It's a lot of fun and available for ages 18+. Learn more about Mandolin for Beginners here.
Musician/instructor Adam Sweet has a BA and certificates from the New England Conservatory of Music, the Conservatory at Rivers, the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, the Keene Institute for Music and Related Arts and Hampshire College, where he graduated with a BA in Music in 1985. Sweet opened his studio in 1986, and has been teaching violin and mandolin, and the instruments of the violin and mandolin families, in the Pioneer Valley since. He has taught individual students privately and conducted group classes in Celtic, bluegrass, Klezmer, and mandolin ensembles for children, beginners, and advanced adult 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.
WE HAVE INSTRUMENTS YOU CAN BORROW!
If you would like to play with the group, but do not own an instrument, you may be eligible to take advantage of our FREE Loaner Program. We have mandolins, mandolas and mandocellos available for you to borrow. All we need you to do in return is attend weekly rehearsals, participate in the concerts and other events throughout the year (schedule). There is a refundable security deposit. All broken strings and/or repairs are your responsibility of course. To find out if you are eligible to take advantage of our Loaner Program, contact us.