The mandolin is an 8-stringed instrument that is common on folk and bluegrass music.
» The mandolin has of 4 pairs of steel strings (8 strings total). The pairs of strings are tuned the same as the violin: G, D, A and E.
» Mandolins are known for their tremolo effect, which is created by rapidly repeating a note or a chord with the pick.
» There are several different styles of mandolin: Neopolitan (also called the "rounded back" mandolin), the carved-top mandolin (most commonly used in bluegrass and folk music), and the flat-backed mandolin. We typically recommend the carved-top mandolin for students interested in playing popular music.
MEET THE TEACHER
Kitty Jones comes from a family of musicians and grew up going to live shows and learning music from her own family. She decided to study music education and classical guitar in college because she wanted to become a well-rounded musician, and graduated in 2018 with a degree in University Studies with an emphasis in Creative Arts Education. Kitty has performed in various contexts: concert & marching band, Gospel & Soul choir, traditional & chamber choir, and as a lead singer and rhythm guitarist in her own band. Kitty is great at helping students believe in their abilities and she loves helping her students exceed their own expectations through lessons, practice, and encouragement.
Yes, you'll need to have an mandolin to practice on in between lessons. Many of our students choose to rent an instrument instead of purchasing one. Talk to your teacher for recommendations of where to purchase or rent an instrument.
DO YOU TEACH ADULTS?
Yes! A huge portion of our student base is adults looking to re-learn an instrument or learn a new instrument!
At NOLA School of Music, we believe you CAN teach an old dog new tricks — and adults are great students because they can grasp technique and music theory concepts much better than young children. So even if you're starting out from scratch as an adult, with a little bit of practice, you'll progress quickly!
IS MY CHILD TOO YOUNG FOR MANDOLIN LESSONS?
We teach all ages, from 4 to adult. A lot of our students are actually adults who are learning an instrument for the first time!
For younger students interested in playing the mandolin, we may recommend starting out on a smaller instrument such as the ukulele. Because of its smaller body and fewer strings, ukulele is a great starter instrument for children whose hands and arms aren't quite big enough to play the mandolin.
30-minute lessons are our most popular option at NOLA School of Music. They are ideal for beginners and children who don't have enough material (or the attention span) for a longer lesson.
60-minute weekly lessons are great for adults or intermediate/advanced students. An hour lesson gives your teacher plenty of time to focus on technique, sight-reading, improvisation, and other aspects of music without being rushed.
For many students, 45-minute weekly lessons are the perfect sweet spot. Since 45-minute lessons are difficult to schedule, they may only be available during early afternoon hours or late evening.