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Winter Recital Signup

Mark your calendars for our Winter Recitals! We are very excited to have 3 separate recitals at some of Atlanta’s best music venues. Signup begins in the student portal on 10/1!

August 21, 2019 Comments Off on Winter Recital Signup

Fall Student Showcase

Registration is now open for our Fall Student Showcase in the Student Portal. This is a great opportunity to hone your performance chops in front of a smaller audience! To register, login to the student portal and follow the directions below.

Click “Calendar” in the sidebar >

Go to September 14 >

Click on the Student Showcase event >

Click “Register”

This is a free event and open to the public, so feel free to invite friends and family to see you perform! We will have amps, microphones and a keyboard available. Please bring your instrument with you (unless you are playing piano) and arrive at least 15 min. before your set time. Unfortunately, this performance is not open to drummers due to the size of the restaurant. Space is limited so sign up today to guarantee your spot.

P.S. We just created a private facebook group, “Guitar Shedders” for all of current and former Guitar Shed students that you can request to join here. The purpose of this group is to help us connect with each other in the local music community. If you’re looking to jam, sell an instrument or want to talk about the candy offerings in the lobby feel free to post it here! Open to adult students and parents. 

August 2, 2019 Comments Off on Fall Student Showcase

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

Kids Winter Recital Video

January 14, 2019 Comments Off on Kids Winter Recital Video

Kids Winter Recital Photos

Thank you all for participating in our Kids Winter Recital at City Winery! Click here to view the photo gallery where you can download and purchase photos. Big thanks to Addison Hill for capturing some excellent moments. We’re very proud of all our kiddos and all of the hard work they put in!   

December 14, 2018 Comments Off on Kids Winter Recital Photos

Kids Winter Recital Details

Our Kids Winter Recital is Sunday, December 9th at City Winery! We are excited to hear everyone perform and looking forward to a full afternoon of music.

We have close to 80 performers and are planning on everyone listed to be in attendance.

  • 11:00 – Doors Open
  • 12:00 – Drums
  • 12:30 – Piano
  • 1:30 – Violin and Voice
  • 1:45 – Ukulele
  • 2:15 – Guitar and Bass

Please arrive at least 45 min. before your set time, we will start at 12:00 sharp. You are welcome to come and go as you please, but we ask that you wait until the end of a set to leave.

There is plenty of parking available in the deck below City Winery. In addition, there is parking available surrounding the venue. They have great food and drinks and Ponce City Market is next door, so get there early and make a day out of it!

Admission is $10 and we encourage you all to purchase tickets in advance online. Admission is free for children 12 and under. Buy your tickets here!

Feel free to reach out with any questions. Most importantly, have fun on stage! This is your time to shine.

December 7, 2018 Comments Off on Kids Winter Recital Details

Winter Recital Update

It has been a busy month at Guitar Shed and we are looking forward to our upcoming Winter Recitals! Our Kids Winter Recital on 12/9 is full, but please email us if you would like to be added to the waiting list. The Teens and Adults Recital on 1/13 is filling up fast, so make sure to register in the student portal to guarantee your spot. Tickets are now on sale for both events. We encourage all of our students and families to attend, even if you are not performing. We would love to see you there!

KIDS RECITAL 12/9 at City Winery – BUY TICKETS HERE
TEENS AND ADULTS RECITAL 1/13 at Venkman’s – BUY TICKETS HERE

We’ve got a special Guitar 101 workshop this Saturday from Brandon Marsolo. Great for all of the beginning guitarists out there! Also, Halloween is just around the corner and if you wear your costume to your lesson you get one of our cool new Guitar Shed holographic stickers!

Some of you may have noticed our new “Birthday Board” in the lobby. We have two teacher birthday’s coming up this week! Nichelle’s birthday is on Tuesday and Brandon’s is on Friday. Make sure to wish (or sing) them Happy Birthday!

October 21, 2018 Comments Off on Winter Recital Update

Girls Night

Let’s face it, middle school is tough even for the most well-adjusted emotionally intelligent pre-teen. It is a time of transition, where kids are taking on more responsibility, a busier workload, balancing a busy schedule and trying to fit in. No they are not kids any more, but not young adults either. Tweens are certainly in between. After talking with some of our parents, I got the sense that several of our middle schoolers were having a tough time adjusting to the new school year. Especially our girls. And our girls are awesome, they play every instrument at Guitar Shed and they continue to impress me with their creativity and work ethic. I spoke with my wife, and she immediately said “Why don’t you do a girls night?!” (whenever she is in need of some friendship a “Girls Night” always does the trick…and gives me an opportunity for some alone time). I said, “great idea” and “Girls Night” was born! This will be a time for girls age 10-16 to let loose and have some fun with fellow Guitar Shedders. This a free event with pizza and karaoke. Nichelle will be in charge of the karaoke and you’ll get to hear her belt out some great tunes as well. Trust me, she can SING! Space is limited, so email us or RSVP in the student portal to guarantee your spot. Girls are also welcome to bring a friend.

Looking ahead, we’ve got a busy fall at Guitar Shed with several great events coming up. This year is the first year we will be participating in Oakhurst Porchfest with both our Teen and Adult Bands performing. Brandon is teaching a Guitar 101 Workshop in late October and we have just announced our Winter Recital Dates!

Signup begins for the Kids Recital (only open to ages 12 and under) on October 1st in the Student Portal. This recital is limited to 70 performers, so make sure to signup early to guarantee a spot! Let us know if you need us to resend your login information or if you have any other recital questions. We are very excited to be back at City Winery and looking forward to having our Teens and Adults Recital at Venkman’s as well in January!

October 5Girls Night

October 13Oakhurst Porchfest

October 27Guitar 101 Workshop

December 9 – Kids Winter Recital at City Winery

January 13 – Teens and Adults Recital at Venkman’s

 

September 25, 2018 Comments Off on Girls Night

Fall Student Showcase – Saturday, September 15th

Our Fall Student Showcase is Saturday, September 15th at The Pullman from 2:00-4:00 pm. Registration is limited to 30 students and you can sign up in our student portal. This is what we like to call an “informal” performance opportunity, (performances that don’t include a big stage and a big audience). Other informal performance opportunities could include playing for your friends and family, at an open mic, in a song circle, at a campground of a music festival or for your significant other. With each performance, our hope is that students become more comfortable playing music in front of an audience. This is also a great platform to test out new material that you have been working on.

Scheduling performances give you a concrete timeline and goal to work towards. This time of year, students and parents are working on getting into a new groove and establishing a practice routine. I recently listened to an interview with Yo Yo Ma on NPR about the value of incremental practice. He describes how he has been playing the Bach Cello Suites since day one (his first lesson when he was 4 years old). Not that practicing is akin to homework, but he does mention that there are days that the homework is a bit harder and days when it is easier. I encourage you (and your children) to establish a practice routine with the new school year that is realistic and works well with your schedule. I don’t like to quantify practice sessions, but playing your instrument several times a week is a good goal!

With much of our lives focused on instant feedback, whether it is getting instagram likes, taking a test at school, playing a video game, there are fewer and fewer meaningful long term goals that we have to work towards. Playing music is a lifelong pursuit and I am still playing the same songs that I played when starting out, Twinkle, Oh Susanna, When the Saints Go Marching In, and other folks songs. Not only am I still playing these songs, but I am still learning them. Learning how to interpret them in different ways, learning how to teach them and learning the history of them. Have you ever read a book as a child and then re-read it again as a teenager and then as an adult? Even though it is the same book, your relationship with it and interpretation changes with each read.

Children are always modeling the environment around them, so next time you tell your kid to practice… pick up a book, pick up an instrument, paint a painting, write in your journal, build something, or cook a meal… use that time do something for yourself as well. Go forth and create!

August 19, 2018 Comments Off on Fall Student Showcase – Saturday, September 15th