Lesson Policy / FAQ


LESSON POLICY

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 us at 404.500.5375, drop by 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.

How much are lessons?

There is a one-time registration fee of $25 per family. Lessons are $32.50 for a 30 min. lesson and $60 for a 60 min. lesson. Additional family members are $30 for a 30 min. lesson and $55 for a 60 min. lesson.

Can I try out a lesson first?

Absolutely! Let us know if you would like to schedule an introductory lesson for $32.50. No registration fee is required for the introductory lesson. If you decide to continue with lessons, you are responsible for the one time $25 registration fee and normal lesson rate going forward to guarantee your time slot. To sign up for an introductory lesson, call us at 404.500.5375 or email lessons@guitarshedatl.com.

When do I have to pay for my lessons?

All lessons are paid for in advance on the 1st of the month by AutoPay. AutoPay is required for all new and returning students. 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 $162.50 ($32.50 x 5) at the beginning of that month. If there are only 3 Tuesdays you will owe $97.50 ($32.50 x 3).

How do I setup my account for AutoPay?

We can set your account up for AutoPay at Guitar Shed or by phone. You can also signup for AutoPay online by logging in to the student portal and choosing “Settings > My Preferences.”

What type of payments do you take?

We accept all major credit cards. We do not accept cash or checks.

What is your makeup / cancellation policy?

Beginning on 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. Students that arrive more than 15 minutes late will be charged for the lesson and the teacher has the right to cancel the lesson.

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.

How much notice do I have to give to un-enroll from lessons?

Notice must be given by the 1st of the month to un-enroll in lessons for the following month. No refunds will be issued after the 1st of the month.

When do make-up credits expire and how do they work?

The maximum number of make-up credits allowed is 5 per year. Make-up credits expire at the beginning of each calendar year and can not be transferred to another teacher. They can be used in 3 ways:

-They can be used to schedule an extra lesson with your teacher.

-They can be used for your regular lesson time in the following month if you are unable to schedule an extra lesson.

-They can be used if you are unable to attend your lesson and you fail to give us 24 hrs. notice.

How do I schedule an extra make-up lesson?

Online: Login to our student portal to see your teacher’s available times on the calendar and click on a time to register

Phone: Call 404-500-5375

Email: Drop us a line at lessons@guitarshedatl.com.

Ok, cool. How do I sign up?

Easy, register here and we’ll reach out with available times!


 F.A.Q.

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.

Do you offer any instrument rentals?

Yes! We offer violin rentals through Voss Violins. Click here to rent your instrument and choose “Guitar Shed” as your school. We do not currently offer rentals for other instruments.

What kinds of amenities do you have at Guitar Shed?

Office Manager to assist with billing and scheduling
Plenty of parking spots
Free coffee and tea
Ice cold filtered water
Super fast guest WiFi
Our favorite music magazines (Relix, Downbeat, Fretboard Journal)
Chalkboard wall stocked with chalk for little ones to draw on
Toys, puppets, books and games in the “Kids Corner”
A vast collection of new and vintage sheet music
High quality musical instruments to play on
Spotify 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 and bass lessons start at age 7. Drums, voice and banjo lessons start at age 9. If you have little ones, email us to sign up for the Jaminals early childhood group class (ages 2-4).

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!

Is Guitar Shed accessible?

Yes. Our parking lot, restroom, and lesson rooms are all wheelchair accessible. There is an accessible parking spot directly in front of Guitar Shed and no stairs at our facility.

Do you teach students with disabilities?

We teach several students with cognitive and physical disabilities. I am firm believer that anyone can learn to play an instrument. Please contact us directly to make sure we can find the right teacher for you.

Do you require a background check for your teachers?

Yes we do. 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, drums, voice, ukulele, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, and electric bass. Let us know if you would like us to add you to the waiting list for cello, woodwinds or brass.

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, the gift of music is always a great idea! We offer gift certificates packages for $145. This includes the cost of four lessons, registration fee and a $10 discount. Gift certificates expire one year from the date of purchase.  Setting it up is easy, just give us a call or email us! Gift certificates can be picked up at the store, e-mailed or snail mailed at no additional charge.

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 new student(s) signs up based on your referral, you will get credit for one extra 30 min. lesson. The credit can be used by you or a family member. Limited to one credit per family that enrolls. Thanks for spreading the word!