What ages do you teach?
A mandolin requires more hand strength than your average guitar, so optimally anyone from age 10 and up. However, we typically see mandolins appealing to the more mature student.
Do I need to have an instrument?
You need your own instrument for lessons, but mandolins are affordable. Star Music can help if you need to purchase an instrument.
How long will it take to learn to play?
Within two months most beginners will be able to play a few simple melodies. Mandolins are relatively easy to pick up, yet will take years to master, like any other musical instrument. Proficiency depends entirely on your own practice regimen. The more you practice the faster you will advance. The lessons are geared to each individual student so that those who advance faster will move along faster and those who need more time will get it.
I play violin; can I play mandolin?
What style of mandolin do you teach?
Absolutely you can! The word "mandolin" actually means manual violin. Mandolins are tuned to the same pitch as the violin; the only difference is there are two of each string to press at the same time.
Many people are surprised at how many genres the mandolin crosses: from medieval to classical music, from Led Zeppelin to traditional folk jigs. Even if you have no prior experience, you can be guided and have fun finding your favorite musical style.
Eric Stevens has taught more than 2500 students on guitar, bass, and other fretted stringed instruments over the last 42 years. For the last 15 years, Eric has been a teacher with Star Music Academy.
After touring the United States in both rock and R&B bands, Eric earned his degree at the University of South Carolina where he studied both classical guitar and music composition. Eric went on to lead his own Hendrix cover band, in addition to a specialization in interpreting the works of Django Reinhardt. His musical activities have included arranging music, performing with theater orchestras, and producing and performing for radio and TV commercials. He is fluent in a wide range of styles including Classical, Rock, Blues, Jazz, Bossa (Brazilian) and Carnatic (Indian Classical) music.
Eric found his passion in teaching. He has shared his gifts not only in the recording studio, but also in public and private schools. Now the author of an original guitar method, Eric currently offers instruction in guitar, bass, mandolin, banjo, ukulele, and music theory and composition.