I offer private lessons at my music studio in Medford, MA. Steps from the Tufts University campus, the studio is accessible by public transportation and has a waiting room for parents with wireless internet. Lessons are $40-$60 depending on length. I require a weekly commitment while students study with me and expect that students will practice regularly and spend time at home working on material covered during lessons. This is encouraging for both me and the student as we can see continued progress. I invest a lot of time, effort, and care into the development of my students’ musicianship and only accept and continue to work with students (and parents of students) who will reciprocate this level of care and effort. I gladly accept beginner to advanced students with positive attitudes and open minds. I choose to cultivate a fun, open-minded, and non-judgmental atmosphere to learn and play music, so if you are interested in more of a competitive environment, I’m not the right teacher for you.
There are two recitals each year which are very relaxed performances where students can gain confidence playing in front of others. The age levels, instrumentation, and ability levels are mixed so students are exposed to a variety of musical styles. My studio is full of very supportive and friendly musicians so the recitals are a very welcoming environment. Depending on student interests, I often encourage student collaborations and will accompany on double bass to provide more of an “ensemble” experience.
“A good student-teacher relationship is essential to effective study. Throughout my own music education, I had many private instructors and the progress I made was remarkably different based on the strength of my relationship with each teacher. I would never want a student to study with me unless she/he felt strongly that I am the right teacher and conversely, I will not accept a student unless I am certain I am a good match for her/him. Because of this, I offer a free consultation with no commitment, allowing us to see if we are a good match.”
My studio is currently full with a waiting list. Turnover is very low, so it may be 6 months to over a year before a space will open up. If you are interested in lessons, please get in touch so I can place you on the waiting list for a consultation.
***If you are currently enrolled as a full time undergraduate or graduate student at Tufts University, there is no waiting list. We will set up lessons that coincide with your academic schedule each semester you enroll in lessons. Note that current Tufts University students must enroll in Music 68 to study with me on campus for credit. There are scholarships available to all music majors and minors that cover most of your lesson fees. Contact the coordinator of the applied music program, Edith Auner (Edith.Auner@tufts.edu) for details about taking private lessons at Tufts.***
Private instrumental instruction on mandolin and guitar is available to students of all ages and abilities. Beginner lessons on banjo, bass, and ukulele are also offered. Lessons are individually tailored to the needs of each student. Topics of instruction include:
Geoff has authored instructional books for mandolin and guitar, which are used in private lessons and group classes. Find more information on his books by clicking here or on the books link at the top of the page.
Teaching Reviews (Student Testimonials)
“I took up guitar as an adult and am delighted with the progress I’ve made studying with Geoff. One of the things that makes Geoff’s lessons so satisfying is his ability to teach across multiple musical styles. In a typical lesson we’ll work on a classical piece then switch to Django-style Jazz. This keeps the lessons challenging and exciting and increases my confidence to go outside of my comfort zone.” -David B. (48 years old)
“Geoff is an amazing instructor—he is patient, motivating and helpful. He brings you the exciting world of music through lessons that I look forward to every week. My friends and family are astonished by my knowledge of notes, rhythms, strums and chords I have learned in the past two years.” -Eva G. (13 years old)
“Geoff Brown is a dynamic teacher who can help players of all levels. He has revitalized my approach to playing with a focus on building strong fundamentals, and has helped me understand how to best make use of my practice and jamming time. Most importantly, Geoff has kept me motivated and made our time together exciting and rewarding.” -O. Richardson (22 years old, Tufts University Student)
“I think Geoff is nice. He is a good listener. He is always happy when we get to go to a new page and learn new stuff. He is always happy at how good I did it. I like to play the guitar alot. Whenever I walk by it I feel like I want to pick it up.” -M. Saghir (6 years old)
“Having decided to spend a semester in Ireland, I wanted to pick up a new instrument to take with me. After one semester of mandolin lessons with Geoff, I’d not only learned the basics of the traditional style, but how to continue teaching myself once abroad. So far, joining sessions here in Cork hasn’t been too scary. Thanks Geoff!” -L. McLaughlin (20 years old, Tufts University Student)
“My classes with Geoff are always a lot of fun. He makes me laugh, he is very patient and he has taught me so many great songs and chords. I hope I can play like him one day.” -Adrian G. (8 years old)
“I’ve taken music lessons at various times throughout my life, but I’m new to mandolin, and am fortunate to have Geoff as my teacher. Geoff takes his students and their goals seriously, and his approachable, engaging style has made learning mandolin rewarding and enjoyable. I’m gaining the fundamentals and an appreciation for what a versatile instrument the mandolin is. Geoff’s own excitement about mandolin is infectious and makes me want to always be improving. But most of all, I’m having fun playing music!” - Allison W. (50 years old)
“I really enjoy my guitar lessons with Geoff and am extremely satisfied with the progress I’ve made. I started as a pure beginner and Geoff helped me create a strong foundation to build on. He doesn’t just tell you how to do things, but, explains the techniques and concepts so that I could retain what I was learning and build on it. Geoff has a really positive energy that keeps learning music fun while pushing you to get better and expand your musical experiences. I highly recommend him as a teacher.” -Brett K. (Harvard undergrad and Harvard law student, 24 years old)
“I was very lucky that I had Geoff as my first guitar teacher; his versatility as a guitar player and willingness to alter our lessons according to my musical interests significantly increased how much fun I had as a student. His talent—as a teacher and as a musician—along with his enthusiasm definitely helped me learn more than I have with any previous instructors.” -Whan L. (Harvard undergrad, 18 years old)
“My favorite aspect of studying mandolin with Geoff is his balanced approach to teaching music; we work on a little bit of everything (theory, composition, reading, solo and group performance) and play across different genres. Geoff is an encouraging, creative, and versatile teacher, and his enthusiasm for music is contagious.” -Haze H. (34 years old)
“Geoff is an amazing teacher- I’m a self taught mandolin player of six years so as you can imagine, I had a lot of bad habits to break. Geoff deftly balanced helping me form new habits in tandem with helping me expand my repertoire. He is tremendously encouraging and patient. I really like that you can tell how hard he works outside of the lessons to make sure he’s teaching the best he can- he always comes in with the material I’m learning perfectly learned and he always has something interesting to say about each piece. I’ve improved far beyond I ever thought was possible with Geoff’s help in only three months. Now I’m excited to see what he’ll have me do next!” -B. Madsen (Tufts Undergraduate Applied Music Student, 20 years old)
For a complete listing of testimonials and reviews, visit the reviews section of the site.