, , , 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

Our Fall Student Showcase 🍁 is just around the corner at Waller’s Coffee Shop on 10/30 at 2 pm. Performances will take place outside on their ‘outer space’ stage 🚀

Check with your teacher to see if you are ready to perform, and start shedding! Registration begins in the student portal on 10/4. 🎸 🎹 🎙

RSVP here

, , , 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]

Our Spring Student Showcase registration is now open in the student portal. Please check with your child’s teacher to make sure they are ready to perform before signing them up. Teacher contact info is available in the student portal. Registration is open to kids and teens and all instruments except drums (due to space limitations). This is a free event and open to the public.

To sign up, click on the event in the student portal and click “Register” 

When: Saturday, March 21st from 2:00-4:00 pm 
Where: The Pullman – 1992 Hosea L Williams Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30317 

Our Student Showcases are a great way to hone your chops in an open, informal environment. We hope to see you there! 



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. 

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.

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!

Great job in the Fall Student Showcase at The Pullman everyone! At Guitar Shed there is a performance opportunity for each season. We have a Spring and Fall Student Showcase as well as a Summer and Winter Recital. Keep an eye out for more performance opportunities in addition to these soon!

At our Fall Student Showcase this past weekend we had some first time performers as well as seasoned veterans. All of our Guitar Shedders played beautifully! Thank you for having the courage to perform in front of a live audience. I encourage you to treat each performance as a unique learning opportunity and treat them objectively. It takes some effort to be able to objectively view both the positive and negative aspects of your performance. Make sure to use all aspects of your playing as a tool to keep your ego in check.

There is much to be learned from the performance process and a variety of internal and external factors can affect your desired outcome. By performing regularly, you are able to diminish performance anxiety and grow exponentially as a musician.

Keep Shedding!

  • December 17

Join us for an afternoon of music at The Pullman featuring Guitar Shed students and teachers. Limited to 20 perfomers. This is a great opportunity to perform in a relaxed, informal environment.

Sign up by emailing [email protected]

RSVP to the Facebook event here

Kids and families are welcome!