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Winter Recital Details

Our Kids Recital is this Sunday and the Teens and Adults Recital is the following Sunday! We are very excited to hear you all perform! Read on for all of the details on both recitals and feel free to reach out with any questions…

KIDS RECITAL – Sunday, December 10th

TEENS AND ADULTS RECITAL – Sunday, December 17th

Photo Release: We will have a photographer at both recitals, if you would prefer that you or your child not be photographed please let us know.
Attire: casual, only dress up if you want to 🙂
Poster: Pick up your free poster at the Shed if you haven’t already.

Let us know if you have any questions and…..stay tuned!

December 4, 2017 0 Comments

Want to teach at Guitar Shed?

NOW HIRING

Experienced piano, violin and voice teachers wanted at Guitar Shed. Must have previous experience teaching in a music school and ability to work with students of all ages (especially kids 5-12) and skill levels. Must pass background check and demonstrate proficiency on your instrument. Music degree is a plus but not required. Please spend a good amount of time on our website. After visiting our website, send resume and cover letter for consideration. Background in music therapy and early childhood education is a plus! Available days are Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays (and potentially Saturdays)

Send resume and cover letter to parker@guitarshedatl.com 

November 17, 2017 Comments Off on Want to teach at Guitar Shed?

Guitar Technique Workshop – December 2nd

With a little instruction and a bit of practice, anyone can learn to play with proper technique! Poor technique can hold back any guitarist from reaching their true potential. Playing correctly will improve ALL aspects of playing, from speed to stamina to clarity, and makes learning your instrument much more comfortable and enjoyable. While it’s best to learn to play properly from the start, it is never too late to fix bad habits! Whether you’re a singer/songwriter looking to improve your chord transitions or a lead player who wants to finally nail that solo, learning how to work on your technique will help push you in the right direction.

This workshop will cover:
-Basic playing techniques (holding the guitar, picking/strumming, left-hand technique)
-Lead guitar techniques (i.e slides, bends, vibrato, tapping)
-Stylistic techniques (i.e. palm mutes, funk style rhythm, reggae staccato)
To sign up email lessons@guitarshedatl.com or sign up in our student portal.
Teens and Adults only.

$30 for current students
$40 for non-students

October 27, 2017 Comments Off on Guitar Technique Workshop – December 2nd

Gift Certificates are here!

Tis the season! Our gift certificates make a great gift for your loved ones.

Gift certificates are $145 and include four consecutive 30 min. and registration. Setting it up is easy, just fill out the form below or give us a call and we’ll get your loved ones on the schedule.

 

October 25, 2017 Comments Off on Gift Certificates are here!

Jaminals – Fall Session

We are very excited to announce the return of Jaminals in the fall! Our teachers are on a first name basis here at the Shed, but when I am teaching little guys they refer to me as Mr. Parker.

Before opening Guitar Shed, I taught hundreds of preschoolers music in a school setting. I have always wanted to have my very own early childhood music class and Jaminals is finally here! Jaminals is a group early childhood music class for ages 2-4.

The classes will focus on movement, ear training, instrument exposure and fun with Mr. Parker! This is not a mommy+me class in that adults are not required to be in our “circle.” However, a parent is required to be at the Shed for the duration of the class.

Classes are from 9:30-10:00 am on the following dates and you can register here. Just select “Jaminals” in the instrument field. Classes are pro-rated and it is not mandatory to attend every class.

JAMINALS FALL 2017 Session – 8 CLASSES

October 26 – December 21 (no class on November 23)

October – 26

November – 2, 9, 16, 30

December – 7, 14, 21

Pricing: $25 one time registration fee + $16 / class

(If your family is already registered at the Shed, the registration fee is waived)

September 27, 2017 Comments Off on Jaminals – Fall Session

Fall Student Showcase Recap

Great job in the Fall Student Showcase at The Pullman everyone! At Guitar Shed there is a performance opportunity for each season. We have a Spring and Fall Student Showcase as well as a Summer and Winter Recital. Keep an eye out for more performance opportunities in addition to these soon!

At our Fall Student Showcase this past weekend we had some first time performers as well as seasoned veterans. All of our Guitar Shedders played beautifully! Thank you for having the courage to perform in front of a live audience. I encourage you to treat each performance as a unique learning opportunity and treat them objectively. It takes some effort to be able to objectively view both the positive and negative aspects of your performance. Make sure to use all aspects of your playing as a tool to keep your ego in check.

There is much to be learned from the performance process and a variety of internal and external factors can affect your desired outcome. By performing regularly, you are able to diminish performance anxiety and grow exponentially as a musician.

Keep Shedding!

September 13, 2017 Comments Off on Fall Student Showcase Recap

We are Open Today

Thankfully, we have power at the Shed and will be open for lessons today 9/12. Due to the unusual weather conditions, we will waive our normal 24 hr. cancellation policy. If you are unable to attend your lesson today, you will receive a makeup credit.

Email is the best mode of communication for now since our phones are being worked on. Feel free to reach out with any questions. Stay safe.

September 12, 2017 Comments Off on We are Open Today

iGen + Music = Happiness

After listening to a segment on NPR about generation “iGen” I couldn’t help but think about the role music plays in mental health. iGen refers to children born in the mid 1990’s or later and is the first generation to spend their entire adolescence in the age of the smartphone. Most of our young students at Guitar Shed fall into this age range and are doing great things to not succumb to the pitfalls of their generation. They are playing music!

You know what is great about music lessons? During a lesson we are playing music, and if we do use our phones (which is very rare) it is for a tuner or a metronome…not Snapchat or Instagram. Students and teachers are developing a relationship in the real world without distractions.

Music lessons also get people out of the house! There is a reason we don’t do in-home lessons or online lessons at Guitar Shed. Community. We see all of our students and families every week and watch them grow with each performance. We know about their struggles and victories, encouraging them every step of the way.

Studies show that teenagers in iGen are much physically safer, but on the brink of a mental health crisis. Some of the negative impacts that have been linked to too much screen time are loneliness, depression, isolation, sleep deprivation, increased suicide attempts, lack of focus… the list goes on.

An article about iGen in the Atlantic gives the following advice…. “Put down the phone, turn off the laptop, and do something—anything—that does not involve a screen.” Although iGen is the target of this discussion, we adults are not immune either. There are countless benefits to playing and learning an instrument, but now we all need music more than ever.

August 31, 2017 Comments Off on iGen + Music = Happiness

Guitar Ensemble is Back! September 13 – December 13

We are excited to announce the return of Guitar Ensemble in the fall of 2017! Students ages 9-14 are encouraged to enroll. During the classes we will focus on ensemble playing, rhythm, dynamics, good tone, and creativity. This is a great way to augment private lessons and give your children the opportunity to make music with their peers. The classes will culminate in a final performance at our recital on December 17.

All sheet music will be provided. There will be no make-up classes, but we are happy to adjust invoices prior to payment if you will be absent. In order to perform in the summer recital, students must attend at least 10 of the 14 classes. The Guitar Ensemble is directed by Alex Gordon and limited to 8 students.

September 13 – December 13 (No class October 18)

Wednesdays from 7:00-7:50 pm

Tuition is $25 per class. To register, either signup in our online portal or send us an email. Tuition will be pro-rated and added to your monthly invoice.

August 23, 2017 Comments Off on Guitar Ensemble is Back! September 13 – December 13

Fall Calendar 2017 – Important Dates

  • December 17
August 3, 2017 Comments Off on Fall Calendar 2017 – Important Dates