Spring Student Showcase – March 26th – Waller’s Coffee Shop

We’re gearing up for our Spring Student Showcase in a few weeks. The show will be on Saturday, March 26th at Waller’s Coffee Shop in Decatur. It will feature up to 50 solo students as well as performances by our two teen bands.

Registration opened on March 1st, so if your child intends to perform and you haven’t registered yet, follow the instructions below:

-Log in to the Student Portal
-Click ‘Calendar’ and find March 26th
-Click the ‘Spring Student Showcase’ event and then ‘Register’

That’s it! There are currently 16 spots remaining. We can’t wait to see what our kids and teens have been working on since the last recital. Don’t hesitate to reach out to the front desk if you have any questions about the showcase.

Welcome Our Newest Teacher, Adam Everett!

There’s a new drum teacher at the Shed!

Adam is a very patient teacher with years of professional experience on the drums. Born and raised in Massachusetts, he began taking drum lessons at the age of 8. His musical career has taken him to the California Bay Area, New York City, New Orleans and abroad! He has played drums in a variety of settings, from the cafe to the festival stage. Other credentials include cruise ship contracts, musical theater, second line parades, European tours, electronic music production and studio recording experience.

Adam has availability on Sundays between 2:30-6:00. Reach out to the front desk if you’re interested in lessons with Adam!

 

ShedFest 2022 Announcement!

We are excited to announce that the 3rd annual ShedFest benefit concert will take place on June 12th, 2022 at The Garden Club at Wild Heaven West End.

The proceeds from ShedFest go to the Lanta Gras Music Program and our goal is to raise $1500 – enough for a whole year of music lessons for a scholarship student!

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please reach out to the front desk – [email protected] – for more information on sponsorship packages. Buy tickets and learn more about ShedFest on our website here.

 

 

 

New Music From the Guitar Shed Family!

This past week marked the releases of new singles by two of our teachers: Mason and Brandon.

You can use the links below to follow them both and listen to their new singles on Spotify and all major streaming platforms.

 

Snow Aster (Mason) – https://open.spotify.com/artist/6R11CMLuU0T60nxV8TfWVR?si=8K26uh-3TkO2YapxVJZ6KQ

 

Brandon Marsolo – https://open.spotify.com/artist/2AiHmAutFg4xyjbhewRt4G?si=NBuFuRVCSdKNMh5WSE_MMA

 

Brandon’s single, “What’s Next?”, featured our own Zack Albetta on drums for a Guitar Shed collaboration!

We’ll be updating our Guitar Shed Teacher playlist soon to include these two new singles. Enjoy!

Lanta Gras Parade – January 29th

The 7th annual Lanta Gras parade is next Saturday, January 29th in Kirkwood! The parade begins at Bessie Branham Park at 1:00 and rolls through the neighborhood, eventually ending up in downtown Kirkwood where the Lanta Gras festival takes place. Fitting the Mardi Gras theme, local restaurants feature New Orleans-inspired menu items and there will be plenty of beads thrown from the parade floats.

We have partnered with Lanta Gras for several years to provide music scholarships to kids in the Kirkwood community. Our annual fundraiser event, ShedFest, aims to raise money for the Lanta Gras Music Program while bringing visibility and awareness to the organization.

The Lanta Gras Parade is a FREE event and is always a blast, so come out next Saturday for some fun floats, tasty bites, and live music! Wear your green, yellow, and purple and get in the Mardi Gras mood!

Current Covid-19 Protocol Update

Greetings Guitar Shedders,

As you are surely aware, we are in the middle of a significant surge in Covid cases and we wanted to give you an update on our current protocol.

We will remain open in person until further notice and will continue to check temperatures, enforce mask-wearing, and sanitize as often as possible. These practices have served us very well in preventing transmission since we re-opened in May of 2021.

Remember that you always have the option to switch lessons to virtual at any time. If you feel any discomfort about the idea of coming in for lessons, don’t hesitate to let us know and we’ll be happy to switch to virtual.

Regarding positive Covid cases among our staff – we are following the current CDC guidelines for quarantine/isolation. Feel free to read more about their recommendations here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/quarantine-isolation.html

We hope that everyone is staying safe and looking after your physical and mental health. Fortunately, the Omicron variant has shown to be milder than past variants and the rate of hospitalizations and deaths remains very low, even as cases reach all-time highs.

Thank you for your patience and continued support while navigating this situation.

Let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Keep Shedding!
Guitar Shed

We’re Back!

The Shed is back open after a nice holiday break! We look forward to having you all back for another great year of music, learning, and community. We have some exciting things on the horizon:

January 9th – Adults Recital @ Waller’s Coffee Shop – 7:00pm

January 22nd – Drum Recital @ Big House Guitars – 1:00pm

January 29th – Lanta Gras Parade around Kirkwood – 1:00-5:00pm

We’ll see you there!

Cello Lessons Are Back!

We are back to offering cello lessons at Guitar Shed!

Mason Johnston (they/them) is a composer, songwriter, producer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist based in Atlanta, GA. Classically trained in cello since the age of 4, they were a member of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra in the 2015 season. Since then, Mason has performed in several genre-eclectic ensembles, ranging from the Atlanta-based experimental indie rock trio Big Motion to the Mandé West African Ensemble at New England Conservatory, led by Balla Kouyaté.

Mason is teaching on Sundays and has plenty of spots available. Reach out to the front desk if you’re interested in cello lessons or if you have any questions. You can start as early as next week!

Blues Ensemble Starting January 16th, 2022!

If you are a blues lover, we have some exciting news for you! Guitar Shed will be starting a Blues Ensemble in January, which will be led by Sean McMorris. Members will learn about popular blues styles, iconic tunes, improvisation, and how to play in a group setting. The ensemble will be for adults and will be open to singers, guitarists, bassists, drummers, and keyboardists.

The ensemble will meet on Sundays from 6:30-7:30 starting on January 16th and the cost of participating will be $30 per rehearsal.

Reach out to the front desk for more information if you’re interested!

New Cheshire Bridge Location Now Open

Last week marked the grand opening of our new location! Guitar Shed is now offering lessons out of Big House Guitars on Cheshire Bridge Road. We have two new teachers shown below, Ben Williams(left) and Cody McAlister(right), who will be teaching guitar, bass, and ukulele lessons in the new spot. Contact the front desk for more information about lessons at Cheshire Bridge.

If you haven’t yet been to Big House Guitars, it is a wonderful new store that features some incredible custom guitars, collector’s items, and all kinds of instruments, amps, and effects pedals. If you’re ever in that area, be sure to check them out!