, , , 2022 Fall Student Showcase

The Fall Student Showcase was fantastic, and the weather was perfect! We had 48 performers and our Teen Bands back at Waller’s Coffee again last Saturday, and we’re super proud of everyone’s hard work.

Thanks to the students, parents, teachers, and Waller’s! We’ll see everyone next at the Winter Recital in December. Check out a few highlights below.

We are very excited for the Kirkwood Wine Stroll this Friday! We have two Guitar Shed ensembles performing – The Bobcats and Cosmik Debris.

Check out the Wine Stroll website for more info and we hope to see you there!

The Fall Student Showcase is next month! This showcase will be held again at Waller’s Coffee Shop in Decatur and will feature many of our talented students and bands.

To register for the showcase, please talk with your teacher and then sign-up through the student portal. Please contact the front desk if you have any questions!

Camp Woodshed is shaping up to be an awesome couple of weeks! We have only one remaining spot open for bass guitar in Week 2. If you may be interested, please contact the front desk.

Week 1 – 7/11-7/15  (ages 8-12)
Week 2 – 7/18-7/22 (ages 12-16)

Throughout the week, our talented faculty will host mid-day 30-minute workshops. These workshops include topics such as recording and production, songwriting, extended piano techniques, and instrument show-and-tell. The kids are in for a fun learning experience!

We’ll see you there!

Thanks to everyone who came out to ShedFest! ShedFest was held at a great new Atlanta music venue, The Garden Club at Wild Heaven West End, with music inside The Garden Club and the artist market outside in the Wild Heaven lawn area. The music lineup featured four great local bands: Voodoo Visionary, Casual Cadenza, Rujen, and The Norm. There was a little something for everybody with genres spanning from indie to rock to hip-hop to funk!

We look forward to the continual growth of this event for years to come! We raised $1000 for Lanta Gras this year, and we will continue our efforts through ShedFest to provide access to instruments and music lessons for kids in our community. You can donate to Lanta Gras year-round in support of this great initiative!

, , , Awesome Spring Student Showcase

Our Spring Student Showcase was last Saturday and we had a blast. We were impressed with the performances and all the positivity from our students, and enjoyed being at Waller’s for a second time. We still have showcase posters at the front desk, so grab one after your lesson if you like!

A reminder that we have more performance opportunities around the corner. The Summer Adults Recital will be held on 5/15 at 7:00pm at Red Light Cafe, and the Summer Kids Recital will be on 5/21 from 11:30-2:30 at City Winery. Registration will open soon for these recitals, so stay tuned!

Here is a picture of our Teen Band performing Amber by 311 at the Showcase!

Elliot Reynolds Easy On Me
Esther Williams Don’t Rain on My Parade
Finnian Sandifer Don’t Cry For Me Argentina
Ada Clear Perpetual Motion
Aiden Kanezaki Bohemian Folk Song
Zuri Harper Rocky Mountain
Conalie Ward Long Long Ago
Jennings Burr You are My Sunshine
Charlie Joye Seven Nation Army
Jackson Brown Careless Whisper
Ben Bacon Super Mario 64
Audrey Gillis Prom Queen
Salma Habal Rodeo
Greyson Spitzer Ode to Joy
Isabelle Clark Detective Agency
Asher Eanes Bugle Boys
Rocky Roberts Yankee Doodle
Edison Credi Ferris Wheel
Edward (Teddy) Collins Thompson Jazzy Joe
RJ Ritsick Pop Goes the Weasel
Kip Van der Heijden Row Row Row Your Boat
Ollie Hundere Bugle Boys
Ethan Brown Dinosaur Stomp
Isabel Vogelson Russian Sailor Dance
Millie Roberts Girl & Boy on a Bicycle
Safiya Miller Mozart’s Five Names
Everett Levine Peter Peter
Vincent Watson Driving in G Clef
Conrad Watson Aardvark Boogie
Zain Habal Chanson
Maddox Poole Forest Drums
Kalie Kucelin Viva La France
Justin So Eleanor Rigby
Adira Thomas Minuet In G
Anabelle Hebner The Willow Tree Waltz
, , , Fall Student Showcase – 10/18
Announcing our Fall Virtual Student Showcase!
10/18 – 6 pm – deadline to submit 10/14

All performances will be broadcast on our Facebook Page. Below are some guidelines for submitting your performance.

-Please keep videos under 2 minutes
-Have your teacher send you an accompaniment track to play along with if necessary
-Dress up, play outside, set up a mini-concert hall, play with family members, get creative, and have fun with it!
-Make sure the video is well lit and the performer is clearly visible in the frame
-Upload your video to YouTube (if you are unable to upload the video to YouTube send us the file and we’ll upload it)
-Join the watch party and share it with friends and family

Uploading your video to YouTube
1) Under Audience – click “No, it’s not made for kids” (this makes it possible to add the video to our playlist)
2) Visibility – click unlisted
3) Email the link to [email protected]

Greetings Guitar Shedders,
We are continuing to offer only virtual lessons for the time being. However, we have some exciting news about our Teen and Tween bands! Our bands will resume in person rehearsals on Saturday mornings starting 9/12. If you are interested in joining our Teen or Tween bands (ages 10-17) led by Sean and Nichelle please let us know. Priority will be given to former band members and below are the safety measures we will be putting in place. 

-Temperature checks are required at the door. Please stay home if you are feeling any symptoms.
-All bands will rehearse in our lobby and furniture will be cleared to create more space.
-Our front doors will remain open with the fan on to create air circulation.
-Band members will be spaced apart as much as possible.
-Masks are required for band members and instructors.
-Plexiglass booth for singers.
-Hand washing is required before rehearsals.
-Sanitizing of surfaces between rehearsals.
-No communal instruments (except for drums, amps, and keyboards) or supplies – bring your own cables, drumsticks, picks, etc.
-No parents or family members in the lobby. Please wait in your car or drop off.

All holds on lesson times will be released next week on 9/1. We know several of you are adjusting to a new school/work schedule and will do our best to accommodate any time changes. Several of our teachers have added more flexible teaching hours so don’t hesitate to reach out if you need to switch times. Our administrative staff is continuing to answer phone calls and emails Sunday-Friday from 10-7 pm. This is a great time to double up on lessons (twice a week) or extend your lesson to an hour with your teacher’s permission. 

Thank you all for sticking with us through this period of virtual lessons. Our teachers have been meeting each week to share strategies and improve our teaching processes. We have learned a great deal from all of you and I appreciate you letting me observe some of your lessons as well. I am continually impressed with how well our students have adapted to the virtual lesson environment. 

Our virtual recitals, video projects, festivals, and free lessons have been a huge success! We have yet to determine whether our Winter Recital will be virtual and will continue to issue updates the last week of each month. Feel free to reach out with any questions.

Stay healthy and…

Keep Shedding! 
Parker 

, , , , Virtual Tween and Teen Band Projects

During this period of virtual lessons, our Tween and Teen bands have been hard at work collaborating on music video projects. Each band member filmed themselves playing along with the original recording of the song. Sean McMorris coached his bands and worked with them on the arrangement to create a cohesive final product. Chris Case mixed the audio and Craig Newman edited the video. We are very proud of both band’s videos and are thankful for the opportunity to still collaborate musically while we are physically apart.

The Tween Band performed “Go Your Own Way” by Fleetwood Mac and the Teen Band performed “Ain’t it Fun” by Paramore. Hope you enjoy watching the videos as much as we did making them!

, ShedFest 2020

We are organizing a live stream music festival on May 30th to raise funds for Lanta Gras. Watch your favorite teachers play music from their homes to keep you entertained and keep our chops sharp, all while doing some good for those in need. The schedule for ShedFest is TBD, but stay tuned for more updates on this inaugural event!  

We are raising funds for Lanta Gras so that our students on scholarship can continue with lessons. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Lanta Gras and you can tune in to our Facebook Page on 5/30 for the performances.
Special thanks to Brandon Marsolo for organizing this event! Click here to RSVP