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All InstrumentsNewton MAJill Geiger - Alexander Technique instruction - Interested in playing with greater ease and less tension & pain? Studied by musicians worldwide for over 100 years, the Alexander Technique is a practical educational method that teaches how to do more with less – how to feel and sound better by using less effort and tension to play and sing. Jill Geiger is an experienced, certified teacher. 617-527-7373 [email protected]
BanjoBoston and BeyondMAGretchen Bowder A 30-year veteran of the Boston music scene, Gretchen has been a member of numerous rock and acoustic bands on vocals, electric bass, and guitar, but mostly, playing her beloved BANJO! A former middle and elementary school teacher, her teaching style is hands-on and firmly rooted in developing and practicing actionable skills. Gretchen offers private lessons both in person and on Zoom. She also teaches group classes and offers workshops at area music camps such as Banjo Camp North and the Ossipee Valley String Camp. Gretchen plays 3-finger style and relishes everything from classic bluegrass to Newgrass, fiddle tunes, Western Swing, Bossa Nova, and jazz of the Great American Songbook. She currently plays with several New England-area bands, including the Mudsills, Local Freight, the Hazel Project, and the Bagboys. Contact [email protected]
BanjoNew LondonCTRandy Hogg 860 732 9102. I have 25 years of experience instructing students ages 15 and up at beginner or intermediate levels. All learning materials supplied - even the banjo if you're not sure about investing! Your choice of learning media - books, videos, recordings to suit a range of learning styles and backgrounds. I am located in New London, CT close to most of eastern CT, central MA and RI.
BanjoPutneyVTBruce Stockwell has been playing bluegrass banjo since 1968 and teaching since the 1970s. In the late 1970s he worked with Phil Rosenthal and Mike Auldridge as Old Dog, producing two albums on Flying Fish. Since the 1980s, Bruce has performed with his two brothers (and now wife Kelly) in various acoustic/electric formats. In 2005 he won the Merlefest Banjo Contest, and in 2008 a New Hampshire Arts Grant led to the formation of Hot Mustard, a double-banjo bluegrass band. Lessons available in-person in Putney, VT. [email protected] 802-387-2259
BanjoSalemMATom Collins specializes in clawhammer banjo style, specializing in fretless and Round Peak styles Contact: 978-740-3016, email [email protected]
BanjoCambridgeMACatherine "BB" Bowness BB tours regularly in the IBMA award winning band, Mile Twelve. In 2015, BB won Freshgrass Banjo contest and was awarded the Steve Martin Banjo Prize in 2020. She has 15 years teaching experience with students of all ages and abilities and is a passionate and dedicated teacher. She has taught at banjo camps around the world including Rockygrass Academy, La Roche Bluegrass Camp, Nimble Fingers, Midwest Banjo Camp and Banjo Summit. (720) 412-5441
BanjoWinchester MARich Stillman, Winchester, MA. Richard Stillman has been playing banjo for over forty years. He has founded or been a member of a number of influential Northeast bluegrass bands, including his current band, Southern Rail, WayStation, Adam Dewey and Crazy Creek and the Jersey Travelers. He has studio recording credits with multiple New England folk artists. Mr. Stillman was New Jersey banjo champion in 1983, and is the 2002 and 2003 New England banjo champion. He is a six-time winner of the annual banjo contest held at Lowell, Massachusetts (1985-1995), has written a banjo instruction book for Mel Bay Publishing, and has been on the faculty of almost every Banjo Camp North since 2002. Beginning to advanced students. Contact him at 617-75-BANJO (617-752-2656) or [email protected]
BanjoBrightonMAMax Wareham I play banjo and sing harmony with the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band. As a teacher, I try to meet students where they’re at in regards to their goals and interests. With beginners I place an emphasis on making music as quickly as possible, while gradually introducing new techniques and musical concepts. I like to challenge advanced players to grow into more balanced musicians and dig deeper in their development of specific skills.

I have myself learned from Bill Keith, Tony Trischka, Peter Rowan, Alan Munde, Roland White, Leon Hunt, Jayme Stone, and others. I have an open mind towards music on the banjo, and am equally at home talking about jazz theory on the banjo as I am with exploring classic breaks from the 1950's.

Whether you’d like to learn more about how music works, develop your ear, or fine tune your technique, I’m confident I can help you further along your musical path. I teach via Zoom and in-person in Brighton, MA. Please get in touch if you’d like to talk more about lessons. [email protected] 860-685-0000
Banjo (Clawhammer)BostonMATim Rowell Tim Rowell is an avid clawhammer banjoist, tune collector and educator. An award winning player and teacher, Tim has taught and performed at regional schools, stages and music camps from Los Angeles to Boston. Author of several books of clawhammer tablature and producer of Old-Time music CD’s, Tim has a deep interest and affection for Southern Appalachian music and culture. Tim teaches both clawhammer and three-finger banjo styles and also gives lessons on autoharp, dulcimer, ukulele and guitar. He teaches at the Real School Of Music in Burlington, MA as well as privately at peoples homes throughout the Boston area and on Skype. Contact Tim at [email protected]
Banjo, Guitar, Bass, Singing, SongwritingAny townNew EnglandMichelle Canning, I teach banjo, guitar, bass, voice, and songwriting. You can find my bio at Most of my teaching in the Boston area would be online (via Skype, Zoom, FaceTime, or Facebook) because I'm currently living in Nashville, however I visit Boston regularly because that's where I grew up. Therefore, I can give in person lessons whenever I am visiting. [email protected] 781-990-6273
Banjo,Tenor Banjo,Tenor GuitarBerlinMAGlenn Nelson Glenn Nelson has been building and playing five string banjo for over twenty five years and has performed professionally with numerous groups encompassing music from traditional bluegrass through newgrass to jazz. Glenn currently performs with "Acoustic Planet" and "Wide Open Spaces". An active banjo instructor, Glenn teaches at Mockingbird Music Company in Berlin, MA and has been an active staff member and performer at Banjo Camp North since its inception. 978-838-2344
MADimitri Eleftherakis - I have been playing Bass professionally for over 40 years with many bands, including CrabGrass, Granite Grass, Waystation, Bear Acker and Billings Gap, The Schankman Twins, and Barry & Holly Tashian. I've given Bass workshops at festivals including Joe Val and (The Festival Formerly Known As) Winterhawk, and I toured Europe with the Tashians (from Nashville). I offer all levels of String Bass instruction in Bluegrass, Old-Time, Country, and Folk music styles. Haverhill, MA 978-257-1299 (calls only please, texts won’t get forwarded). Email [email protected]
Bass, SingingProvidence RIJeff Horton, East Providence, RI 401.435.4173
DobroGlastonbury CTRoger Williams. 30-plus years of professional performing (The Lilly Bros. and Don Stover, White Mountain Bluegrass, Southern Rail, Salamander Crossing, New England Bluegrass Band, Amy Gallatin & Stillwaters), session work (Don Stover, Hazel Dickens, Joe Val, Bill Harrell, Wyatt Rice, Delia Bell & Bill Grant, Ray Legere, Mark Schatz, Mac Wiseman, others), instruction, and workshops. All levels welcome, beginner to advanced, all styles.
Email :[email protected] or 860 368-1090 or 860 633-2574.
Dobro, Guitar (Lap Steel)Lexington, CambridgeMALloyd Thayer is a well known local musician who has been teaching and playing for over 20 years in the Boston area. All levels welcome, from beginners to advanced all styles, including bluegrass and more. Lloyd teachs at both the MUSIC EMPORIUM in Lexington, MA and at the PASSIM MUSIC SCHOOL in Cambridge, MA. Phone 617 744 1606 email [email protected]
Dobro,Guitar, Lap SteelEaston MAAdriel Jeremiah Azure, P.O. Box 1122, Easton, MA 02334-1122, ph. 508-337-6671. E-mail [email protected]. Guitar, Dobro (resophonic guitar) and Lap Steel Instructor. All styles. Beginner to advanced. Theory, performance skills, composition and innovative playing techniques. Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory trained. 12 years of professional teaching and performing experience. Learn arranging, songwriting, improvisation and performance techniques! Opportunity for a professional recording session and final performance! Workshop opportunities also available.
FiddleMedford, Jamaica Plain MALaura Smith teaches bluegrass, oldtime, celtic fiddle and classical violin to all ages, with a focus on inspiring and enabling students to love making music. She has a BA in Violin Performance and a minor in American Roots Music from Berklee School of Music, and has taught privately for eight years.  She plays in several bands, and has taken firsts in her age division at several fiddle contests, including the California and Nevada Oldtime Fiddle State Champions, Western Open Championships and top 5 in the National Oldtime Fiddle Championships. Laura is currently teaching at locations in Medford and Jamaica Plain.  For more info and updates, please check or email [email protected]
FiddleBerlinMAJason Duguay teaches fiddle at Mockingbird Music Company in Berlin, MA. 978-838-2344
FiddleMedfordMAEllery Klein teaches all levels and ages 6 and up fiddle and violin in the Boston area, at her home studio in Medford, MA and at Powers Music School in Belmont, MA. While professionally, she focuses primarily on Irish music, she loves to play Old-Time and a little bluegrass. She has trained in the Mark O'Connor Method for Books I&II (2013) and in Alice Kanack's Creative Ability Development Method (2019). For beginners, she mainly uses, an online fiddle curriculum. She teaches a wide variety of fiddle tunes to expose students to different genres and styles. As students achieve technical proficiency, encourages them to find resources such as the Boston Bluegrass Union to meet others, play out in the community and discover their own style. She runs group workshops through the year to allow students group playing, harmonising, chording, listening and improvising practice. Ellery's students enjoy her patient teaching, her ability to teach to the individual, and her love of all things fiddle!
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FiddleStratham,TiltonNHEllen Carlson Ellen Carlson (Nottingham, Exeter, NH) teaches in person and online all days except Fridays. She started the NH Fiddle Ensemble, Inc. 501c3. In its 14th year, this group of over 100 musicians features vocals, fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass, harp, cello and more! She has also organized the Fiddleheads Acoustic Jam Camp since its inception 25 years ago (always the weekend after Labor Day) in Contoocook, NH. She has taught at Fiddle Hell, Grey Fox, Silver Bay Wernick Camp, Joe Val, Strawberry Park, Pemi Valley, and Kaufmann Kamp, is a certified Wernick Jam teacher, and is a member of the roots band High Range and many other groups. E-mail: [email protected]
FiddleLexingtonMADave Reiner (781-863-0140, emsil [email protected]. Dave has played with several bluegrass bands, including Southern Rail, Hot off the Frets, and Stringtown. He now plays with Granite Grass and the Reiner Family Band. Dave is author of three Mel Bay books including Oldtime Fiddling Across America, and has won numerous fiddle contests. Dave teaches at his home in Lexington on weekends only, focusing on excellent versions of fiddle tunes and playing with a bluegrass band. This includes demystifying bowing techniques and chord progressions. Dave also teaches oldtime and Irish styles.
Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo (Clawhammer)New Bedford, Taunton, WarehamMAJeff Angeley is a full time musician with 15+ years of performance experience and 10+ years experience teaching bluegrass, old time, swing, folk, and more on fiddle, guitar, mandolin, and clawhammer banjo.  He teaches in 3 locations in the Southcoast and accepts students of all age levels and playing abilities.  Whether you wish to play tunes, improve technique, learn the skills needed to improvise, improve your knowledge of theory, or just learn to play for the fun of it, lessons are tailored to you.  For more information, please email at [email protected] or call at 508.207.7357.
Fiddle, Mandolin South Hadley MAAdam R Sweet - Are you ready to embark on a musical journey and learn a new skill? Sign up for mandolin lessons and discover the joy of playing this beautiful instrument! Whether you are a beginner or an experienced musician, our mandolin lessons are tailored to your individual needs and goals. With expert instruction and a supportive learning environment, you will be strumming and picking your way to musical success in no time. Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity – sign up for mandolin or fiddle lessons today!
Fiddle, Mandolin, GuitarMarlborough MAPeter Anick, Marlborough, MA  Email [email protected] or 508 481-8488.  Peter is a writer for Fiddler Magazine, co-author of the Mel Bay instruction book “Old-Time Fiddling Across America”, and member of bluegrass band “Wide Open Spaces". All ages welcome.
Fiddle, SingingCape CodMA Monica Rizzio I began teaching in 2004 and opened up my own music school, Washashore Music to focus entirely on my methodology of teaching. I specialize in Fiddle (Mark O'Connor Fiddle Method) individual and ensemble, Guitar, Ukulele, Piano, Voice, Viola, Songwriting and Artist Development. I also teach several adult students, whether they are beginning, picking it up again after years of collecting dust, or just want to advance their skillset. Over 75% of my students are female and many of them study with me throughout their school years. I have developed a deep connection with these girls, as I try to empower them to be strong, successful women. Oftentimes our lessons go beyond music. [email protected] (774) 316-2838
Fiddle, SingingCambridgeMALaura Orshaw, fiddlist and vocalist, “has firmly established [herself] as a significant emerging artist in the arena of traditional American music,” according to Bluegrass Unilited magazine. Laura grew up in a musical family in Northeastern Pennsylvania; at age 10 she learned to play and sing from paternal grandmother and regional Old Time musician, Betty Orshaw. Throughout her teens Laura performed across the Northeast with her father in The Lonesome Road Ramblers, performing classic bluegrass from the 1950’s around one mic. She recorded two solo fiddle projects in her early teens, and is currently available for studio work. Laura has 10 years of experience performing, teaching private lessons, and conducting educational programs and workshops throughout the Northeast and now makes her home in Cambridge, MA. Her passion for teaching is also evidenced in her professional education, as a master’s level school counselor.  For more information: (website), or e-mail [email protected]
GuitarWorcesterMASean Davis through hundreds of live shows and countless hours of study Sean takes the teaching approach very sincerely, seriously, and universally. believing anything can be learned by developing a deep and mathematical relationship with your instrument - he wants to know you and your goals with guitar playing and help you see how to work at it. His long standing projects include Mamma's Marmalade, Poor Monroe, and Hound & Handler. Call 774-345-0886 or email [email protected]
GuitarCambridgeMAAlex Rubin has been a teacher of flatpick and fingerstyle guitar for more than a decade. A former member of the April Verch Band, Alex has toured extensively both at home and internationally, including performances in 49 states and abroad on distinguished stages including: Merlefest, Australia's National Folk Festival, Estonia's Viljandi Folk Festival, Kaustinen Folk Festival in Finland, the Vancouver Island Musicfest and more. Alex is also the winner of the 2022 Freshgrass Guitar Contest.

I tailor lessons to individual students as opposed to a generalized lesson plan. We will identify your immediate and long-term goals, and I will design lessons to move towards attaining those goals. I prioritize learning tunes over exercises, and learning by ear over tab, which I think leads to a more intuitive understanding of music and your instrument. You can reach me through my website,, or other means ([email protected], 781-820-7813). I teach out of my home in Cambridge, MA or on Zoom.
GuitarBrightonMAAlex Formento is a guitarist based in Boston, MA. He is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music, where he studied with Joe K. Walsh, Bruce Molsky, and Tony Trischka. Since graduating he has been teaching and playing out with several groups. He is a founding member of the band Pretty Saro, who were winners of the 2018 Podunk Band Competition. Alex aims to work within the students’ interest to help them achieve their goals and take their playing to the next level. He has experience playing in a wide variety of styles including Bluegrass, Jazz, Old-time, Rock, and Country.
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GuitarClintonMAMatt Carlen is well known in and around New England for his guitar work with the bands Wide Open Spaces, and Acoustic Planet.    Many who are reading this ad will already know that Matt’s playing is far from the ordinary.  Matt’s profession is teaching and has his masters in education. He has been a guitar instructor for more than 20 years. He teaches all levels and styles from traditional fiddle-tune standards to progressive newgrass/jazz and songwriting.  You can hear some of Matt’s playing by visiting   and His studio is in Clinton MA.  You can reach Matt at 508-423-7533, email him at [email protected]
GuitarYarmouthMELincoln Meyers, Stratham, NH 603-778-9711. He has been playing professionally for 25+ yrs. and placed in the top 5 at the 2001 National Flatpicking Championships in Winfield Ks. Currently is a member of the New England Bluegrass Band. Bluegrass, Flatpicking, Western Swing, beginning to advanced players. INFO: [email protected] or call 603 659-8456
GuitarSomervilleMASam Reid is a Somerville, MA - based bluegrass guitar instructor. He has a band called Sam Reid & the Riot Act which features flatpicked acoustic guitar in the styles of Doc Watson, Russ Barenberg, Clarence White and Tony Rice. Currently accepting students interested in learning how to craft lead guitar breaks to bluegrass and old-timey tunes. 617-775-1543 Email:
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Guitar, Banjo, MandolinNewton MAHowie Tarnower is a multi-instrumentalist and well known veteran of the Bluegrass and Folk world.  He has recorded and toured extensively with many bands including; The Fiction Brothers, Country Cooking and Special Consensus. He has performed with many of Bluegrass' finest musical talents; Tony Trischka, Peter Wernick, Matt Glaser, Don Stover, Chris Jones, Hazel Dickens, and Rose Maddox to name a few. He has played on dozens of recordings, soundtracks and broadcasts from Prairie Home Companion to Car Talk.   He has taught at many area schools and  arts programs including; Winchester and Belmont Community Music Schools, All Newton Music School, Cambridge Public School, Middlesex School and The Park School. He continues to perform with many local artists as well as his own bands; Boston City Limits and The Blue Suede Boppers Teaches guitar, banjo and mandolin.  Home phone (Newton) 617-969-2559
Guitar, Bass, Mandolin.Northampton MAPaul Amos is the mandolin and banjo player for Angry Johnny and the Killbillies He studied classical guitar in college with Philip DeFremery (a pupil of Andres Segovia). Teaches all ages, levels and styles and composes music for independent films and other media. Phone: 413-210-3916 Email:
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All instrumentsBoston, Cambridge and beyondMATony Watt, IBMA and SPBGMA award-winning bluegrass musician Tony Watt has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and on the Grand Ole Opry. He has toured with Alecia Nugent, Leigh Gibson, Alan Bibey & Grasstowne, and his version of Cherokee Shuffle with Noam Pikelny and Andy Falco has been viewed on YouTube over 200,000 times. Tony is a graduate of IBMA's Leadership Bluegrass and is the BBU's Vice President and Education Co-Director. At Berklee, he is a Five-Week Summer Program Faculty Member and a visiting artist within the American Roots Music Program. Tony led Ashokan's First-Ever Bluegrass Camps and was the Jam- and Beginner-Track Coordinator for Guitar & Mandolin and Banjo Camp North. He also presents JamVember, a bluegrass jamming "non-festival" held the weekend before Thanksgiving. And he is the new host of Bluegrass Tuesdays at Lily P's in Cambridge, MA, one of the longest-running and most-successful bluegrass nights in history. Tony currently teaches lessons, classes, and jam sessions throughout the Boston area and anywhere in the world via Zoom. 615-330-6396 [email protected]
Guitar, MandolinCambridgeMABen Pearce Ben Pearce teaches beginning guitar lessons as well as mandolin lessons to students of all ages and at all levels. The focus of his lessons is to teach students the musical underpinnings of traditional music so as to better facilitate playing with other people and building the musical community. Ben gives lessons in and around Boston. He is also a respected luthier, specializing in mandolins and guitars and does repair work as well. [email protected] [email protected] 401-484-8236
Guitar, MandolinPeterboroughNHAugust Watters, Brookline, MA email [email protected]. Ear Training and ensemble instructor at Berklee College of Music. Teaches guitar, mandolin, theory, ear training. Bluegrass, jazz, classical, folk. (617) 738-8198 (mobile),
Guitar, Mandolin, Fiddle, Banjo, DobroCumberlandRI Bill Thibodeau began his professional career as a mandolin player at the age of 8.  He performed with his late father, Sam Tidwell, and his brother Dave at Colby College in Maine, and became an equally skilled performer of ukulele, banjo, mandolin and fiddle.  Over the next decade he performed with several regional and touring bands including Bluegrass Supply Company, Kennebec Valley Boys, Blue Diamond, Union River Band, The Adrians, Anna Mae Mitchell, The Bill Thibodeau Band, and many others. Bill began his career as a noted instructor, sharing his talents with the musicians of tomorrow.  Following a recent move to Rhode Island, Bill has been welcomed to the staff of the RMI Learning Center at Rick’s Musical Instruments, Inc. of Cumberland.Contact: 207-949-0868 or email [email protected]
Guitar, Mandolin, Fiddle, Bass, SingingCambridgeMAEthan Robbins is a Boston-based bluegrass musician, specializing in guitar, violin, mandolin, bass, and voice. He plays in numerous bluegrass groups in the area, including Cold Chocolate, Twisted Pine, and Uncle John's Banjo, and can be seen performing at such festivals as Ossipee Valley, Green Mountain Bluegrass and Roots, and Thomas Point. For the past 10 years, Ethan has taught students whose ages range from 3 to 75 and can teach beginners to advanced students in almost any style. He offers very competitive rates and is available for both in-home lessons or at his studio in Medford. [email protected] 301-213-5851
Guitar, Mandolin, Singing, BouzoukiCape CodMADemetrius Becrelis teaches guitar, mandolin, voice and bouzouki. Demetrius was trained while living in Nashville and has been performing for over 12 years. He performs reguarly with his band Tripping Lily. Email [email protected] or 508-775-9205.
Guitar, SingingBoston CambridgeMAFlynn Cohen, Boston MA. Phone: 617 825 1877. email: [email protected]. Flynn has a BA in Music from Dartington College of Arts (Devon, England) and MA in Music from Mills College (Oakland, California). He has taught classes for the BBU as well as workshops at Joe Val and Grey Fox Bluegrass festivals. Teaches guitar and singing. Check out his website at

Guitar, SingingBostonMAEvan Murphy is a vocalist and guitarist from Boston, MA. He received a degree in music from Boston College in 2012 and has been playing and teaching professionally since graduating. Evan is a founding member of the band Mile Twelve. He specializes in vocal technique, learning how to expand your range, develop your ear for harmony and sing with less tension and more freedom. On guitar he specializes in bluegrass rhythm, both traditional and contemporary, and several styles of flat-picking. He is based in Boston. (617) 291-2517 or [email protected]

MandolinCambridge MADan Bui is a mandolin player and graduate of the Berklee College of Music, where he studied with John McGann, Darol Anger, Joe Walsh, and Jason Anick.  He is experienced with teaching students of all levels but specializes in intermediate to advanced players. Dan is open to working on anything that you're interested in, and generally likes to focus on good right and left hand technique, tune-learning, improvisation, and music theory.  He plays many styles including bluegrass, old-time, swing, jazz, and classical.  If you are looking to take your mandolin playing to the next level, Dan can help! Email [email protected]
MandolinBrightonMAJimmy Ryan, Brighton, MA 617-254-4909
MandolinAmherstMAMike Hoffmann is giving mandolin lessons, based out of Amherst, MA. Will travel a reasonable distance. $15 an hour. Focusing on the right hands of Bill Monroe, Ira Louvin, Earl Bolick, and Frank Wakefield and simple melodic styles. 973-600-3376 or
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MandolinBrighton MAJD Williams studies at Berklee College of Music, is an instrumentalist/vocalist for Amy Gallatin & Stillwaters (, and is offering mandolin lessons - all ages and levels welcome. Will travel anywhere in the Boston area. 603.303.8650 or email [email protected] website
Mandolin, Guitar, BanjoPortlandMEMaddie Witler offers Skype lessons in Mandolin, Guitar and Banjo. Lessons typically focus on developing strong and accurate right hand technique, learning the fingerboard, learning to improvise, and learning repertoire from a variety of musical styles. Lesson content will vary depending on the personal interests and abilities of the student. originally from LaCrescenta, CA. Maddie picked up the mandolin when she was 14 and fell in love with the instrument and bluegrass music. Maddie attended the Berklee College of Music from 2010-2014. Maddie met her band mates in the Lonely Heartstring Band while at Berklee, and has been a member of the band since it began in 2012. Email [email protected] for more information