“Jody gives banjo and guitar lessons to our 8 and 10 year old boys in our home. He’s a great teacher and has a real knack for communicating with them in a way that keeps them motivated. They continue to improve and love practicing as a result.”-Earne

“I have been taking lessons with Jody for almost a year now via Zoom(Skype alternative) and it has been the most gratifying experience. I hesitated taking lessons via a computer but it is so much better than taking a lesson in person from someone in my hometown that is a guitar teacher that also does banjo lessons on the side. His knowledge of music in general is borderline genius. He makes you feel like you are his only student and he caters your lesson to your needs and likes. He also takes the extra steps to help you learn how to actually play the banjo and not just memorize the songs. I highly recommend Jody and if you are computer challenged as I am please don’t let the fact that you don’t live in Atlanta keep you from using Jody. He is the real deal and I feel blessed that I found him and look forward to many more years of lessons with him.-Kelly



 Lesson Overview

Instruments Taught:

  • Acoustic Guitar
  • Banjo
  • Mandolin
  • Music Theory, Harmony, Composition Techniques
  • Music Technology-Recording and Production using Logic Pro X, MIDI Controller and Sample Libraries for Mockups.

Styles Taught

  • Bluegrass
  • Jazz
  • Acoustic/Blues
  • Popular
  • Classical (Score analysis/composing)
  • Film/Media Music

If you are interested in lessons, review the lesson policies below. Testimonials at the bottom.

My personal Guarantee is I’ll save you hours and possibly years of your time in your musical journey.  I’ve had students tell me, “I learned more in this one lesson than I did the last four years!”  That’s what I want to hear, I don’t want to see you struggle.

Different Goals require different approaches, and that is why you need an instructor knowledgeable about a variety of methods.  

Lesson Locations

I teach in the Sandy Springs/Roswell area.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays are dedicated teaching days; inquire about times available. Rates-$70 per hour lesson, $35 per 30 minute lesson.  

Online Lessons

I teach online Banjo, Mandolin, Guitar and Music Theory Lessons via webcam using the Skype or ZOOM programs.  These lessons are ideal for those living in remote areas, and those with no access to an instructor.    I have students worldwide-Canada/Thailand/England/Australia.  For detailed information about Online Lessons visit this page here (-Please note Discounts for students who purchase bulk lessons and attend every week)

Rates are found here:

Online Lesson Details and Sign-Up

In Home Lessons

I do occasionally travel to students homes for lessons.  Locations available include Alpharetta/Roswell/Marietta/Sandy Springs.  I don’t travel inside the perimeter to Atlanta for lessons. Rates for in-home lessons begin at $75/hour lesson.  I only offer hour lessons in student’s homes.


Lesson Policies 

1)A Week cancellation notice is required for all lessons.  If cancellation is not given a week before the lesson then the student is responsible for payment of that lesson.  The student is paying for the time slot, that time slot is reserved whether the student attends.  I encourage students to attend the lesson even if they didn’t have time to practice.

2)While I do sometimes provide written materials; It is the student’s responsibility to completely archive lesson material for future reference.  This includes recording video or audio examples as needed.  I am more than glad to play slowly any material we went over while you record during the lesson time.  Use your phone to record audio or video.

3)I don’t give lessons on an inconsistent basis.  A minimum of two lessons per month is required for ALL students.  The only instance I offer one-time lessons is if a student is traveling to Georgia from out of town or during my traveling performing schedule.

4)Payment for the entire month of lessons is due at the beginning of the month before the first lesson begins. For in-person students, this is done via cash or check made out to “Jody Hughes.” The fees for online lessons are in US DOLLARS so if the exchange rate is off it is up to the student to pay the extra fee to equal the proper amount, this is done via Paypal or venmo.

5)Tune to standard pitch before the lesson.  Tuning takes time away from your lesson.  There are a number of great electronic tuners on the market for less than thirty dollars.



“The lessons that I had with Jody were truly a huge help in learning how to play the banjo. The time that I invested with Jody was well worth it. I progressed so much more in the lessons with Jody compared to me just learning on my own ”

Thanks Jody!

William B

“Jody Hughes is one of those rare musicians who has both expertise on multiple instruments (banjo, guitar, mandolin) and also the ability to effectively teach students.  I had struggled for a year to try to teach myself banjo without lessons and was not making much progress.  After the first few lessons, I was making rapid progress.  Jody knows how to adjust his methods to match your current abilities and then rapidly improve your skills from there. I strongly urge anyone looking for a music teacher to choose Jody Hughes.”

Ron Cline

“Before I found Jody I began to think I was too old, maybe too tired to learn music.  Jody changed all of those thoughts.  He is teaching me to learn how to play the banjo and to play it correctly.  Thanks to Jody I’m enjoying every lesson and making progress.  I believe him to be the best music teacher that I could have ever found.  Thank you so kindly”


Here is a link to Facebook Reviews from students:

Facebook Reviews

I have tried several of those self-learning banjo books and DVD’s and You tube downloads and I just got confused and would jump from one method to the next trying to find one that worked for me. I was just about to give up on the banjo when I decided that I need a good teacher and I started a thread “Looking for a teacher”. Jody Hughes came to my rescue.
In the first 20 minutes of our first lesson on Skype he had me play a song I’d been learning and pointed out 3 things I was doing wrong that no self-learning method could ever teach me.
Now I really enjoy my new hobby, the 5 string banjo.”