The Italian Accordion Academy (Accademia del Mantice) is an Italian association exclusively concerned with education on diatonic accordion and its repertory around the world.

Recently, the Academy has released the first diatonic accordion on-line course, organized through user-friendly online lessons held by Gianni Ventola Danese, one of the most representative Italian diatonic accordion players.

The Italian Accordion Academy (Accademia del Mantice) thought to those who, having no time or opportunity to find a peofessional diatonic accordion teacher in their city, they want to play the accordion acquiring step by step both a correct setting-out and a wide repertoire of international diatonic accordion tunes through innovative teaching that is unique in quality and effectiveness.

The diatonic accordion online course is divided into three main sections:

  1. The Basic Course section. The section consists of fifteen lessons for beginners and for those who want to acquire a good basic technique. An educational path that in a time ranging from four to six months, brings the student a good knowledge of the instrument and a confidence level that lets start to build a personal repertoire of accordion tunes.

  2. The Expert Techniques section, a collection of five lessons to learn advanced techniques for those who aspire to become experienced and/or professional players.

  3. The Accordion Tunes Repertory section. The section consists of a collection of lessons to learn in a correct way the most beautiful tunes for diatonic accordion. Italian, French, Scandinavian and many international accordion tunes are available. The online lessons catalogue is enriched time by time with new tunes.

What is an Online Lesson

Each online lesson is equivalent to two to three hours of face to face lesson, without considering the time the student has to devote to the study and practice of the given exercises. The online diatonic accordion course offers a comprehensive series of practice oriented and easy to learn lessons. Each lessons includes:

  1. A cultural background of the tune or tradition analyzed through the lesson;
  2. Detailed step by step video instructions about studying and interpretation of the tune;
  3. English subtitles for the spoken parts;
  4. Videos for step by step tune learning and clear representation of hand position on the keyboard, both for left and right hand and the necessary interpretative criteria. The whole duration of the videos is about one hour;
  5. Audio extracts, in order to emphasize determinates musical passages, both in slow and normal speed;
  6. Tablatures or musical notation of the tune, for those who are able or need to read music;
  7. Exercises to improve individual technical aspects or musical passages;
  8. Suggestions for playing and studying.

Further features:

  1. Access h24 without time limitations;
  2. Tutoring assistance for any technical problem by phone or chat;
  3. No downloading needed, you need just a web browser (Chrome, Firefox, etc).
  4. The Online Course is compatible with all computers, both Windows and iOS, and with all mobile devices, smartphones and tablets, both Android and Apple.
  5. If you don't have an accordion G/C tuned, all the videos of the Online Course can be instantaneously transposed to the key of your diatonic accordion trough a specific function illustrated in detail in this Guide.

Online Students Map

This map shows the locations of the current diatonic accordion online course students.

Student reviews

Andrea B.: "The course is just fantastic!" | Pietro N.: "As for the lessons, I find them extremely clear. I've managed to make a lot of progress from October to now." | Arno S.: "Thank you for your lessons. They are really good." | Marco T.: "I wanted to thank you, the course is beautiful and easy to follow. I'm just starting out but this is fantastic." | Cristina C.: "I am taking lessons from a teacher, but I was missing something. The lessons of the course are fantastic, precise, they gave me a lot of hints and tips. I am extremely satisfied." | Carlo C.: "First of all I confirm that I am satisfied with the course: well done and clear, I would like to have more time to study but with three small girls... however I am happy to follow the course!" | Michele S.: "Thank you for your helpfulness and professional organisation of the online course." | Hakan S.: "I wish to express my satisfaction and admiration for your professional and systematic instructions. Until now I have not met any diato teaching at this level." | Pietro M.: "I think the course is excellent." | Marion R.: "Mercí pour votre travail car j'ai beaucoup appris de vos lecons d'accordéon." | Anne M.: "I really enjoyed studying the basic course and your exercises have improved my playing a lot compared to the private lessons I take here in Belgium" | Giacomo D.: "The videos and instructions are clear and well worded, congratulations on your work." | Samuele G.: "I took lessons from Alessandro D'Alessandro, but with your course I realize how important it is to have a good teacher. I am extremely satisfied with your online lessons! " | Luca C.: "I've used other video lessons but none so well set up to make learning in a fair and rewarding way." | Silvia C.: "Les lessons sont très bien faits et je me félicite d'avoir trouvé ce cours online." | Thomas H.: "I am very happy with your lessons!!!" | Davide B.: "In these two years of online course I have improved a lot, in fact I would like to continue with songs of greater difficulty." | Vicki F.: "Finally found an accordion instructor with video lessons." | Sergio A.: "I confirm my satisfaction with the course purchased, very well done and with clear and detailed explanations." | Daniele M.: "I'm having a great time with your lessons, thank you for everything." | Rafaela F.: "I am still very happy and thankful for your online course, the didactic structure of the course is really very good!" | Francesco M.: "I must say that I am very comfortable with the course, the lessons are explained step by step, there are many exercises in each lesson." | Calina I.: "So-far I love the video lessons; they are so detailed and clear and easy to load with my bad internet!" | Alberto C.: "The lessons are well done, I have to congratulate you for the clarity." | Kahori S.: "Thank you so much Gianni. I am so excited about the new songs!" | Anna C.: "Shall we take stock? I start by telling her that the course seems to me really well done, you can see that there is a job behind it and I am satisfied, you are really good." | Daniele R.: "I really appreciated the precision of his execution and the progressiveness in the approach to the songs." | Peter H.: "Your lessons are wonderfoul. In addition to being a good teacher, you're really inspiring me to fall in love with the diatonic accordion." | Patrizio S.: "I see encouraging results, the technique lessons are immediately useful for the execution of the pieces." | Silvia D.: "I am very happy with these lessons, they are gradual and very clear." | Kristell P.: "Thank you for the very good quality of your online lessons! I am really enjoying myself! I am so happy I discovered your website!" | Anati G.: "The study proceeds slowly !! I find your lessons clear and well done!" | Sergei R.: "I am completely satisfied with the course!" | Gabriela B.: "Me gustaron mucho los ejercicios que propones. Tus clases me ayudarán mucho a disfrutar y avanzar." | Isotta C.: "I'm finding it very well, so I'll definitely buy more lessons." | Roberto B.: "I was already following a “frontal” course with the teacber [...] and the online course serves as a very useful complement." | Luca B.: "I have fixed many naive setting errors in the use of fingers and bellows.." | Mariangela D.: "I like your course, it is clear in the explanations and I really appreciate the introductory part with the story and the characteristics of the tune." |

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What specialized press write about us

La didattica dell'organetto ora è multimediale e online, "Strumenti & Musica", in Italian language.

Le Cours Online de l'Accademia del Mantice, "Le Canard Folk", in French language.


Attention: Click on the images to view screenshots of the lessons.

Video 1. Numbers of the Online Course

Video 2. Online Course Video Presentation

The aim of the Academy is to increase the number of good player around the world and, above all, communicate the passion for the diatonic accordion and its international repertory.

For further information about the Accademia del Mantice courses please visit the FAQ page or contact us.