Introducing our newest teacher at Guitar Shed, George Kotler-Wallace. George is an expert at all things that slide on the string! George teaches pedal steel, lap steel, guitar, banjo, ukulele, and bass.
We’ve been looking to offer pedal steel lessons for a long time, and are glad to have George join our faculty! He has availability on Friday afternoons from 4:00-7:00 pm starting 8/12. Call us today to reserve your spot!
SIGN UP for Cello lessons with Gail!
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Gail Burnett has a degree in Cello Performance from Western Michigan University. For 20 years, she has been teaching young children the foundations of music in a developmentally appropriate, educational and fun class setting, performing as a children’s entertainer (Miss Gail and the Jumpin’ Jam Band) in the Atlanta area, speaking on a state and national conference level to Educators on using music effectively in the classroom and teaching private cello and piano lessons. She most enjoys working with beginner-range students, children and adults alike, to help reinforce rhythm and pitch, mechanics and other components that are important to competence….all while making it an enjoyable experience! She is currently co-authoring the music section for a book on brain development.
Gail is also a studio musician, contract musician for worship and other bands and has been a part of ESOEBO, a roots/Americana-charted band, performing regularly at clubs, private events and songwriter festivals including 30A, Wire and Wood and 2016 winner of Eddie Owens Presents open mic shoot out.
In her 20’s, Gail found she had a gift for playing by ear and much of her work now is improv-based. However, she is passionate about helping students to both discover their creativity and learn foundational music knowledge to get them where they want to go on their musical journey! She is the mother of a 23-year-old son and a 21-year-old daughter, who are both songwriters/musicians, with music on Spotify and other platforms. She is a strong believer that while music does have a strong genetic component, everybody is musical and capable of learning!…. its just a matter of helping them discover their best way to learn!
It’s that time of year again and we are getting into recital mode! Below are all of the details for our Winter Recitals, please read carefully.
-Signup begins 10/1 in the student portal at 9 am. Space is limited, so please sign up promptly to guarantee your spot. Starting on 10/1, click on the recital date in the calendar and click “Register.” Please familiarize yourself with the student portal before 10/1. We are always happy to resend your login info and walk you through event registration at Guitar Shed.
-Check with your teacher first to make sure you are ready to perform, you do not need to choose your piece when you sign up. Your teacher will give us that information as the event gets closer.
-Tweens ( 10-12 year olds ) are welcome to sign up for the Kids or Teens Recital since there is limited space in the Kids Recital.
-Admission is $10 in advance and at the door for ALL performers and guests. This is a new policy to help with the production of our recitals. Admission covers the costs to pay the venue, market the event, design and print posters, hire photographers, print our photo albums and most importantly pay our awesome teachers.
-Tickets will be available on each of the venue’s websites soon.
-There will be a teacher house band for the Teens and Adult recitals. Please let your teacher know if you would like to be accompanied by the house band. The house band will also accompany all of the drummers at the Kids Recital.
-There is a mandatory rehearsal if you would like to be accompanied by the house band. Date TBD.
Venues, Dates and Times
-Kids Recital: 11/16 at City Winery – 12-3 pm
-Teens Recital: 11/24 at The Vista Room – 7-10 pm
-Adults Recital: 1/19 at Eddie’s Attic – 7-10 pm
-If you haven’t already, grab a free poster on the music stand in our lobby.
-Please stay to see your fellow performers. We have split up our recitals into 3 events to allow for a shorter program.
-We will have a photographer, please let us know if you would not like to be included in recital photos.
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
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.
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!
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!
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!
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