I believe learning how to listen critically and communicate with other musicians is as important to musicianship as learning the ins and outs of an instrument. My teaching approach blends discussion of technique, repertoire, and ear training into a holistic method for learning the mandolin. There’s more to music than tunes and scales, and I want to show it to you.

I teach out of my home in Northeast Portland, and am always looking to take on new students. If you’re interested in scheduling a mandolin lesson, use the contact form below.


“After going through a succession of mandolin teachers, I am very happy to have found Kaden, who is both a great teacher and a great musician. Our work on right hand and left hand technique has me playing on a higher level than when I started taking lessons with him 6 or so months ago.  Kaden is a skilled listener and communicator who has coached me towards reaching my personal goals, and I’m confident that he can do the same for you.”

“I always look forward to my lessons with Kaden. He is a virtuoso on the mandolin and has a thorough knowledge of music and proper technique. In the sessions with him, he focuses on things I am interested in and gives great advice for becoming a better player and performer. He is very upbeat and enthusiastic. The time always seems to fly by too fast!”

“Kaden Hurst approaches teaching with great intelligence, focused attention and enthusiasm.  Whether teaching adults and children individually or in groups, Kaden meets students where they are and inspires them to delve more deeply into their own music practice.”