Andy's Mountain Music
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My goal as a teacher is simple: 
to help people express themselves musically.

In the last two decades, I've worked with people of all ages and skill levels to help them master and enjoy guitar, banjo, mandolin, singing and songwriting.  It's been a unique honor for me to contribute to students' understanding of both the music they play and of themselves.


Guitar:

I offer lessons in bluegrass flatpicking, cross-picking and rhythm, Travis-style fingerpicking, fiddle tunes, country and folk songs, pop tunes and most everything else in between.  Whether your interest leads you to Doc Watson, Bob Dylan or Dave Matthews, I'll show you the ropes from beginning to advanced guitar playing.


Banjo:

Banjo instruction includes an A - Z  approach to bluegrass (Scruggs, melodic, single-string and hybrid styles), as well as Appalachian clawhammer, drop-thumb and frailing.  Improvisation is also covered. 


Mandolin:

Mandolin students will be shown the classic "Monroe" approach to bluegrass music, both as lead and rhythm players.  Other styles include new-acoustic or "jamgrass" mandolin, and related jazz/swing concepts.


Voice/songwriting:

Aspiring singers and songwriters are encouraged to explore the essentials of their craft.  Singing lessons involve pitch, timbre and projection; harmony construction and placement are also covered.  Songwriting instruction includes lyric and harmonic development.


Lessons for kids:

I love working with kids!  I've taught many youngsters how to get started on guitar and banjo, as well as general music appreciation.  Full references are available for parents and scheduling is designed around your convenience.


Rates/scheduling:

I teach each weekday, and most weekends, from 1PM - 5PM at my home in South Burlington, Vermont.  My rate is $40.00/hour; payment is kindly requested at the end of each session (cash, check or money order are fine).  I offer a 10% discount for prepayment of 4 or more lessons.  I don't insist on a cancellation or rescheduling fee; simply let me know if you can't make an appointment and we'll look at replacement dates and times.
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