When do I have to pay for my lessons?
All lessons are paid for in advance by the 1st of the month. Monthly tuition is prorated and may fluctuate depending on the days in each month. For example, if there are 5 Tuesdays in a month and your weekly 30 min. lesson time is on a Tuesday you will owe $150 ($30 x 5) at the beginning of that month. If there are only 3 Tuesdays you will owe $90 ($30 x 3). Invoices are emailed 7 days before the 1st of the month. Lesson times will be forfeited if payment is not received by the end of the month.
What type of payments do you take?
We do not accept cash or checks. You can pay your invoices online through our Guitar Shed portal via PayPal or credit card and have the option of storing your info. You can also pay by credit card at Guitar Shed.
Can I setup automatic payments?
Yes. We can set your account up for autopay at Guitar Shed. You can also signup for auto-pay online when you pay your invoice.
What is your makeup / cancellation policy?
After the 1st of the month, students can cancel up to 24 hours before the lesson and receive a make-up credit. Students that cancel within 24 hours of the lesson will be charged the full amount and will not receive a make-up credit.
Can you remove a lesson from my invoice?
As long as you let us know before the 1st of the month, we will be happy to adjust your invoice if you are unable to attend one of your regularly scheduled lessons.
When do make-up credits expire and how do they work?
Make-up credits expire at the beginning of each calendar year. They can be used to schedule an extra lesson with your teacher or can be used for your regular lesson time if you are unable to schedule an extra lesson. The maximum number of make-up credits allowed is 5 per year.
How do I schedule an extra make-up lesson?
Login to our student portal to see your teacher’s available times on the calendar and click on a time to register or call (404) 500-5375 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
When can I take a lesson?
Currently, lessons are held Monday-Thursday from 1:00-8:00 pm and Friday and Sunday from 1:00-6:00 pm in 30 or 60 min. time slots. Call (404.500.5375) or email to see what times are available. If we can’t accommodate your schedule, we can add you to our waiting list.
How often can I take lessons?
Lessons are scheduled weekly. We do not offer bi-weekly or monthly lessons for scheduling purposes.
Can I try out a lesson first?
Absolutely. Let us know if you would like to schedule an introductory lesson for $30. No registration fee is required for the introductory lesson. If you continue with lessons, you are responsible for the one time $25 registration fee and normal lesson rate going forward.
How are your lessons different and why did you start Guitar Shed?
I pride myself on teaching to the individual. No two students are alike and I am a firm believer that everyone can learn to play an instrument. I am an advocate of lifelong learning and I am constantly examining ways in which my teaching and musicianship can be improved. I have taken countless lessons from several teachers over the years and have had very formative experiences. With Guitar Shed, I strive to create a place where I would personally want to take lessons. For more about my teaching philosophy you can read this.
What are the benefits of taking lessons?
Too many to count, but don’t take our word for it… read this short article from PBS Parents.
What kinds of amenities do you have at Guitar Shed?
Plenty of parking spots
Ice cold filtered water
Chalkboard wall stocked with chalk for little ones to draw on
A vast collection of new and vintage sheet music
High quality musical instruments to play on
Pandora streaming tunes in the lobby 24/7
What’s the youngest age my kid can start lessons?
We recommend that students start piano, violin and ukulele no earlier than age 5. Guitar, voice and bass lessons start at age 7. If you have little ones, email us to sign up for the Jaminals waiting list (ages 2-6).
Do you teach adults?
We have several adult students with a wide variety of goals. From absolute beginners to seasoned veterans looking for inspiration, we can help guide your musical journey!
Do you require a background check for your teachers?
Absolutely. All of our teachers have to pass a background check before they can teach at Guitar Shed.
What should I bring to my first lesson?
We recommend bringing your instrument (except for piano students) if you have one, a folder or notebook to keep music in, and an open mind.
Do you teach any other instruments besides guitar?
Yes. We teach piano, violin, voice, ukulele and electric bass. Let us know if you would like to be added to the waiting list for banjo, fiddle or drums.
What is Shedding?
“Shedding” is a jazz term that comes from “Woodshedding,” which Paul Klemperer explains eloquently below…
“The term woodshedding in jazz means more than just practicing. It is a recognition of the need to sequester oneself and dig into the hard mechanics of the music before you can come back and play with a group in public. There’s something philosophical, almost religious, about the term. The musical treasures of jazz are not easily accessed. You have to dig deep into yourself, discipline yourself, become focused on the music and your instrument, before you can unlock the treasure chest.”
Do you offer gift certificates?
Yes. We recommend four 30 min. ($145 includes registration) or 1 hr. lessons ($265 includes registration) for a gift certificate. Setting it up is easy, just give us a call and we’ll get your loved ones on the schedule.
Do you sell instruments or strings / accessories?
Yes. We have a small selection of DR acoustic strings, electric strings, picks and guitar straps. You can pay for accessories by credit card in store or easily have them added to your next invoice.
Where can I download the Transcribe software?
Click here to download Transcribe. There is a free 30-day trial to try it out and the software is available for Mac, Windows and Linux. This software helped Parker get through music school.
What happens if I refer someone to Guitar Shed?
If a friend of yours comes in for a lesson on your referral, you will get a credit for one extra 30 min. lesson. The credit can be used by you or a family member.
What are your dogs’ names?
Miles Davis (basenji mix) and Charlie Parker (chihuahua mix).
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