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


Group classes 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.

New Classes Starting Soon!

I will be starting classes at three levels, described below. If you are interested in joining a class, shoot me an email at mfibish @ gmail dot com.  If you don't see a class below that addresses your skill level or interests, or want to talk about which environment might be best for you, let me know, and we'll figure out a path for you.

Beginner - starting Thursday January 3, 2019
This class focuses on the basics of getting started on the mandolin, laying the foundation for learning to play Irish music on the instrument (techniques learned would also apply to interest in other trad forms -- Old Time, European, etc., but not bluegrass or classical music). Emphasis is placed on exercises that develop left hand placement and dexterity, while building on a solid rhythmic right hand technique, and (of course!) learning a few tunes. Classes meet bi-weekly on alternate Thursday nights for six 90-minute sessions -
7:15-8:45.  Price for the series: $180.  Class meets in Larkspur.  Address provided with enrollment.

Class dates:  January 3, 17 & 31;  February 14 (will reschedule to avoid Valentines Day!) and 28;  March 14

Intermediate - starting Monday, January 7, 2019

This class focuses on basic technique for playing Irish music on the mandolin. In the class we work with exercises to get both right and left hand working for playing tunes. Participants will learn 8-12 tunes in the course of the series. Recordings of the tunes are made available ahead of the class meetings. Classes meet bi-weekly on alternate Monday nights for six 90-minute sessions -- 7:00 - 8:30.  Price for the series: $180.  Class meets in Larkspur.  Address provided with enrollment.

Class dates:  January 7, 19; February 4, 18; March 4, 18

Advanced Intermediate / Advanced - starting Thursday, January 10, 2019

This class focuses on Irish tune acquisition and mandolin technique and ornamentation - both general and tune-specific. The group learns two, often 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.  Classes meet bi-weekly on Thursdays for six 90-minute sessions -- 7:30 - 9:00. Price for the series: $180.  Class meets in Albany.  Address provided with enrollment.

Class dates:  January 10, 24; February 7,21; March 7, 21

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Winter Intensive Workshops

This year's event was such a rich experience, I'm going to do it again next year!  This will be a great opportunity for remote students to get in-person attention in the company of a small group of players looking to take their playing to the next level, and have some fun in the process! The Feb 22-24 session is full, so I've added a second session, Feb 1-3.  Contact me with interest or any questions -

Friday - Sunday, Feb 1-3, 2019 - spaces still available

Friday - Sunday, Feb 22-24, 2019 - full, waiting list only


2019 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 so far for 2019:

Walker Creek Music Camp                     April 11-14, 2019                           West Marin County, CA

Lark Camp                                             July 26 - August 3, 2019                  Mendocino Woodlands, CA

Puget Sound Guitar Workshop               Week 3 - August 10-16, 2019           Bremerton, WA

Portal Irish Music Week                         October 9-15, 2019                         Portal, AZ

Southwest Mandolin Camp                     November 1-3                                 Kingston, NM

Fiddle & Pick Irish Music Weekend         November, 2019 - dates TBD            Pegram, TN

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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