Marla Fibish

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I teach private lessons on mandolin and mandola, in person (in Marin County, CA) and over Skype, group classes and workshops, online at Peghead Nation and at music camps.  Details on current class offerings are below, or drop me a line for more info at

Music Camps!

Each camp is always a completely different musical experience - each wonderful in a different way. There is nothing like immersion in a music camp environment to really get you fired up about your music!  Please check out my events page for more info about each music camp...and sign up early!

Here are the Music Camps confirmed for 2017:

Colorado Roots Music Camp                  June 4-10, 2017

The Swannanoa Gathering Celtic Week   July 16-22, 2017

Lark Camp                                            July 28-August 5, 2017

Portal Irish Music Week                         October 5-9, 2017

I teach group classes. These are a fantastic way to learn more tunes and grow confidence, while developing a group of compatriots who know the same tunes you do! We cluster tunes into sets so that you'll have some ready to go when someone invites you to start a tune at a session. We work on developing skills as well as learning tunes - we do exercises together to develop a strong rhythmic right hand, as well as to develop left hand patternings and fretboard knowledge. Please note - in addition to the classes listed below, I would like to start a new beginner group, meeting in Marin County.  Please contact me if this is of interest to you.

Upcoming Classes:

I will be starting two class series in January/February 2017, as listed below. If you are interested in joining a class, don't see the class that addresses your skill level or interests, or want to talk about which environment might be best for you, shoot me an email - (

Advanced Beginner/Early Intermediate Class - Mandolin

This class focuses on basic technique for playing Irish music on the mandolin. This class is limited to mandolins only. In the class we work with exercises to get both right and left hand working for playing tunes. Participants will learn 6-8 tunes in the course of the series. Recordings of the tunes are made available ahead of the class meetings. Class will meet in Albany on alternate Wednesday nights, 7:30-9:00PM for six sessions, beginning January 18.  Price: $180 for the series.

Intermediate/Advanced Class - Mandolin & family

This class focuses on Irish tune acquisition for mandolin and mandolin-family instruments (tenor banjo too). There is also focus on mandolin technique and ornamentation - both general and tune-specific. The group learns two, sometimes three, tunes per class session. Tunes are learned in sets, to facilitate session playing. Recordings of the tunes are made available ahead of the class meetings.  Class will meet near the Oakland/Berkeley border on alternate Thursday nights, 7:30-9:00PM for 6 sessions, start date 2/9.   Class dates: 2/9, 2/23, 3/9, 3/23, 4/6 & 4/20.  Price: $180 for the series.

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Image Credits

The fantastic photo of my mandolin on the home page was taken by Fionn O Lochlainn.
The photos of me playing on the About page and on this page were taken by the lovely and talented Dana Dubinsky.
Thank you both for your beautiful work!

Many Thanks

Thank you Mike Considine for your guidance and fabulous work in putting together this site. You're the best!

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