Beginners, children, and musicians interested in learning the sitar or learning Indian Classical music on their own instruments are welcome.

  • Acquire a firm grounding in the theory and structure of North Indian Classical Raga and Tal (rhythm)
  • Develop proper form and technique
  • Learn the care, handling and maintenance of the sitar
  • Support in selection or evaluation of an instrument

Individualized lessons are held in Fremont (Tuesday through Saturday) and in Berkeley, near Downtown Berkeley Bart (Sundays and Mondays.)

Sitars may be available for rent or use without cost during the lesson.

  • $65.00 for 1 hour
  • $40.00 for 1/2 hour
  • Work exchange may be possible for very serious musicians


"Joanna Mack is a phenomenal sitar teacher that I found to be extremely encouraging and motivating as an instructor. She's not only a great teacher, but also an amazing player. Her lessons don't end at technique and repetition, she covers a good deal of the history and culture surrounding this amazing instrument. She went out of her way to help me choose a sitar when I first started playing which incredibly helpful. Although my schedule and location doesn't leave me much room to continue lessons, I really value the time I had learning sitar with Joanna. I would absolutely recommend taking her lessons to anyone."

Brad Moore (Petaluma, CA)

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