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A Note to the Moms

We have a lot of moms at Guitar Shed. Moms that are teachers, students, grandmothers, families with two moms, stepmoms, moms with kids that take lessons, and we are grateful for all of them. Here’s why…

Two of our teachers are moms. Nichelle and Vivian are both the mothers of beautiful, talented girls.

Moms put their kids first when it comes to music lessons. I have had countless conversations with moms who have been itching to pursue a musical instrument, but give their kids priority.

Moms are with you every step of the way. One of my favorite things to watch at performances is when one of our students is singing and their mom is watching from the audience singing along every word and smiling. Doesn’t get much better than this.

Moms get us to where we need to be. Whether that’s dropping a kid off and running to get gas and groceries, or driving through the pounding rain, or dropping your kid off and taking a nap in the car.

Moms provide backup. You know that feeling when the teacher comes out to the lobby midway through the lesson and asks for backup. Either your kid is having a tough day, snack-deprived, or just not in the mood. We are thankful for the moms that help get our kids back on track.

Moms pay the bills. I was raised by a single parent and at times money was tight. My mom would ask me every month when I was taking lessons whether I would like to keep going. The answer was always yes and she never denied me a single lesson. Same answer when I got into the music school of my choice.

Moms are the best. Happy Mother’s Day from all of us at Guitar Shed.

May 12, 2019 0 Comments

Piano and Violin Availability

We just opened up some piano lesson times in the brand new keyboard room. Tuesday is available with Drew and Kelsey has a few remaining times on Wednesday. Jenny also has some availability for violin lessons on Thursday.

Sign up today to guarantee your spot!

May 3, 2019 Comments Off on Piano and Violin Availability

Summer Recital Signup – 4/1

Sign up for our Summer Recitals begins Monday, April 1st at 9:00 am. There is limited space available and we encourage you all to familiarize yourself with the student portal before next week to guarantee your spot. Here is a link to the student portal sign in page and we have recently included instructions on how to best use the portal. To sign up for our recitals, just click on the date in the calendar and click “Register.” If this is your first recital, please confirm with your teacher before signing up. Below are the recital dates and times. 

6/1 – Kids Summer Recital at City Winery – 12:00-3:00 pm – $10 cover (free for kids 12 and under) 

6/2 – Teens and Adults Summer Recital at Venkman’s – 7:00-10:00 pm – $10 cover (free for performers) 

We will send out another reminder this Sunday. Even if you are not performing, we encourage all of our Guitar Shed family to attend the recitals! Please let us know if you need us to resend your login information or if you have any questions.

Don’t forget to grab your FREE poster at Guitar Shed after your lesson!

March 28, 2019 Comments Off on Summer Recital Signup – 4/1

Using the Student Portal

We get lots of questions about using the Student Portal. Maybe you have never logged in before or misplaced your login information. We can help with that! We can resend your login info and give you a quick tutorial at the Shed on how to use the portal. Read on for all of the things you can do. Jump on in, the water is fine!

What should I use the student portal for? Good question! The student portal is our central hub of communication for everything related to Guitar Shed. Current students are able to sign in and do the following things:

Sign up for performances (student showcases and recitals). Our showcases and recitals are based on availability and fill up quickly. To sign up, just click on the date and click “Register.”

Cancel lessons. When you cancel a lesson in the student portal with at least 24 hrs. you will be automatically issued a makeup credit. This is also the quickest way to cancel within 24 hrs. and notify your teacher. If you cancel within 24 hrs. you will not receive a makeup credit. The student portal is best used for canceling lessons in the current month. We ask that you email us if you would like to remove a lesson from a future invoice so you are not issued a makeup credit.

Reschedule lessons. If you have a makeup credit, you can register for a makeup lesson by viewing the calendar and clicking “Register” on an available time slot.

View teacher availability. Interested in switching lesson times permanently? You can view your teacher’s current availability and let us know if you’d like to make the switch.

Log practice time. This is a great place to keep track of your practice habits and share them with your teacher.

View billing history. You can view past and future payments and update payment information easily. Click on “Account and Invoices” or go to “Settings” to update your payment info.

View teacher contact information. Need to reach your teacher directly? Click on “Studio Info” to view their contact information.

Download stuff! Visit our “Online Resources” to view a number of charts, mp3s, and teaching materials. You can also view past lesson notes and repertoire in the corresponding sections.

March 1, 2019 Comments Off on Using the Student Portal

Summer Recitals – 6/1 and 6/2

We’ve got a busy spring ahead at Guitar Shed with some great events, giveaways, and performance opportunities!

We are excited to return to City Winery (6/1) and Venkman’s (6/2) for our Summer Recitals. Please note that our Kids Recital is on a Saturday as opposed to previous recitals. Sign up begins on 4/1 for both recitals in our student portal. Space is limited, so mark your calendars and familiarize yourself with our student portal before 4/1. You can login on our website here and we are happy to resend your login info if you misplaced it. While you are in the student portal you can also register for our Student Showcase at The Pullman on 3/23. There are still some spots available!

Looking ahead, we’ve got our first ever Guitar Shed “Spring Concert” featuring 3 of our groups: Teen Band, Americana Ensemble and Rock Ensemble on 4/15. Also, CAMP WOODSHED is back this year and we have added a session for our younger shedders. Early bird sign up ends on 3/31. Take advantage of a $25 discount!

February 21, 2019 Comments Off on Summer Recitals – 6/1 and 6/2

Spring Performances

Our “Spring Student Showcase” is coming up at The Pullman on 3/23. Our Student Showcases are informal performance opportunities for solo and duo performers (sorry no drums). This showcase is limited to 20 students and is a great way to hone your chops in front of a live audience. They have a great PA system, food, and drinks. The event is from 2-4 pm and you can sign up now in our student portal. Tell your friends and RSVP here.

Our first “Spring Concert” is on 4/15 (Tax Day) at Red Light Cafe. This performance will showcase all of our groups at Guitar Shed; Teen Band, Rock Ensemble and the first performance of our newest group, Americana Ensemble. Tell your friends and RSVP here.

Looking ahead, our Summer Recitals are on 6/1(Kids) and 6/2 (Teens and Adults). Signup begins in the student portal on 4/1.

February 12, 2019 Comments Off on Spring Performances

Meet the Teachers – Zack

Zack Albetta has been playing and teaching professionally for 15 years. He grew up in Santa Fe, NM, where he began playing drums at age 8. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Music in percussion performance, a Master of Music in percussion performance, and a Master of Arts in jazz and studio performance. From 2003 to 2010, Zack lived in Kansas City, MO and was a first call drummer in that city’s rich and historic jazz scene.

In 2010, he moved to Los Angeles, where he expanded his jazz resume, played dozens of musicals for the region’s top theatre companies, and became a staff musician at Disneyland. In 2016, he and his wife relocated to Atlanta, where he has hit the ground running with top acts such as Atlanta Funk Society, The Equinox Orchestra, and Delta Moon. As an educator, Zack has taught everything from beginning private lessons to college classes with students ranging from ages 8 to 80.

Zack’s website: Zack Albetta

January 30, 2019 Comments Off on Meet the Teachers – Zack

Meet the Teachers – Nichelle

Nichelle has over 18 years’ experience teaching music and theatre in various public and private schools instructing Pre-K, elementary, middle, and high school students. In addition to group teaching, she has over 16 years’ experience instructing students of all ages in private voice and piano lessons. Nichelle has enjoyed being on a brief tour with Grammy award winning Speech from Arrested Development as well as conducting a 24-piece choir for one of Josh Groban’s tour concerts. She has also had the pleasure of being an integral part in the audio recording, instructing and conducting of a 60 -100-piece choir and band for many years under the direction of Frank Davis. Currently she helps lead worship, singing from the keyboard alongside her husband (bass player) with various musicians and singers on Sundays.

Nichelle is ecstatic to be using her Bachelor of Music degree as she steps into the role of teaching both piano and voice here at Guitar Shed. She equally enjoys her administrative role as Office Manager assisting Parker as a liaison between parents/students and teachers.

January 24, 2019 Comments Off on Meet the Teachers – Nichelle

“The Dragon King” – Debut Musical Performance – 1/31 and 2/1

We are very excited to announce that the musical, The Dragon King, (created by one of Guitar Shed’s own teachers, Vivian Slade) will be performed by the Academy Street Theatre Group at River Ridge High School, 400 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock, GA.  Performance times:  7pm, Thursday, January 31st and Friday, February 1st.  Tickets are $5.  The musical, The Dragon King, is based on the children’s book, The Dragon King (www.TheDragonKing.com)–an entertaining fairy tale with an empowering message written for a boy who had been badly burned. This is Vivian’s first musical.

What people are saying about the book, The Dragon King:

“I loved it!  I want to give you a hundred hugs for it!  I am definitely adding it to my list of favorite books.” –Kiley, Age 10.

“Courage, responsibility, and dependability are character traits that every parent wishes for their child.  As a mother and a licensed therapist, I highly recommend The Dragon King as a must read.” –Sandy O’Donnell, LPC, MHSP, Nashville, TN.

The Dragon King is a children’s book (also in Spanish), audio book, values education curriculum/workbook and musical.  Find out more/purchase at www.TheDragonKing.com.

Based on the book by Vivian Slade

January 15, 2019 Comments Off on “The Dragon King” – Debut Musical Performance – 1/31 and 2/1

Kids Winter Recital Video

January 14, 2019 Comments Off on Kids Winter Recital Video