Calvin has been playing mandolin since the 1970’s. While trained primarily in the classical style of mandolin techniques he has a broad knowledge of music and applies that knowledge in his lessons. Calvin’s primary goal in any set of instructions is to determine precisely the current abilities and desires of the student. Once determined, Calvin works with the student to expand their knowledge and abilities at a pace with which the student is comfortable. Setbacks are handled with patience and care always returning to the basics of good mandolin technique as the mainstay of solid progress. Calvin has composed and published several musical collections written for both the mandolin and violin specifically: A Baker’s Double Dozen of Modern Mandolin Solos and A Baker’s Double Dozen of Modern Violin Duets.