Don't miss out on Music Authority's summer camps! Spaces are filling up quickly.
Rock Camp Session 1 + 2
Rock Camp, Jr.
To register, see the ladies at the front desk.
Eclipse at Tannery Row
Join Music Authority's Eclipse, along with MA alumni Jake Lanni and Brayden Segat, as they open for Running with the Devil at Tannery Row in Buford.
February 9, 2018
Coming soon! Japanese made Takamine guitars will be making their way to Music Authority. Be sure to check one out, and watch our social media for updates on their arrival.
The Music Authority Program - A Parent's Perspective
My name is Mary Ellen Strandquist. Most of you know my son, Christian. He's a member of Eclipse and a TA for both Rock Camp and Fearless.
As some of you know, we were in Nashville for Christian’s audition for Belmont’s School of Music last weekend. I texted Melissa a few times while there; but wanted to share a couple points with you, the Music Authority Family.
I know we all appreciate M.A. and all their programs, but spending Friday touring the School of Music and listening to the Dean, REALLY demonstrated that point to Christian and me:
- During the "about our program" speech, The Dean of Music emphasized how their curriculum includes ensemble classes, small and large group performances, and more. Christian and I looked at each kind of like, “well, duh!”. But immediately hands all around us shot up – parents and other students, “but I’ve never performed with a group – I’m a soloist”, “I only do Marching Band”, and on and on. Hardly anyone had any type of ensemble experience like we do. Think of every spring and fall show, Rock Camp, Rock Ensemble, Showcase band and more! My gosh – the experiences our kids have over others is amazing!
- Later, The Dean and professors discussed “cross-pollinating” music styles and genres and the importance of learning all types of music. Again, Christian and I looked at each like “no kidding”. But again, hands shot up! “I’m a jazz musician”, “I only played classical,” "I don't play rock music," and on and on. How many different styles had Christian played while he was here?
It made both of us realize 1) Melissa really is right when she says, "it's time to stretch your wings," and 2) for those kids seriously thinking of pursuing music beyond high school, these points cannot be over-emphasized.
And thank you all for the kind messages, and FB posts – it was great! As for the audition, he’ll find out in 3 weeks if he made into the School of Music. He felt the audition went “okay”. Some parts went great and some were okay – but he felt he kept his cool throughout. The professors were running behind by the time they got to his group and so when they called him in to perform they announced “usually we give you an extra chance if you make a mistake but not today since we are running behind. You have 7 minutes”.
There were students from NYC, L.A., Dallas and all points in-between. We met several who already auditioned and were accepted into Berklee in Boston and other programs throughout the U.S.
Regardless of the outcome of the audition, Christian is accepted into the Music Business program at Belmont and this last visit only confirmed he absolutely loves it there: the campus, the people, the curriculum, Nashville, and all its opportunities. He will definitely be headed there in August with a musical resume full of experiences other kids in this country would kill to have.
My advice to all the upcoming students and parents after last weekend? Take advantage. Sign up for every show, every camp, and every band you can. Never played country music? Try it. When a teacher says, "you should try...", do it. You don't know if your child's path will lead you to a music school. We didn't. We thought Christian was going to be an engineer. But we're glad and grateful now for every opportunity Music Authority has given him.
- Mary Ellen Strandquist, Music Authority Roadies President and proud parent of a soon-to-be Music Authority Alumn
Melissa A. Loggins
Owner, Music Authority
Be a Champion
Being a Champion takes hard work, dedication, and a good sense of humor. Meet Music Authority's Fearless, a rock ensemble band - Gavin Lorenzo, Preston Kerr, Thomas Livingston, Alex Hall, and Chance Briscoe. (And Yancey Dahlberg.)
@the.band.fearless on Instagram
Don't Cup the Mic
February 18, 2018
Join Music Authority on February 18 for "Don't Cup the Mic." This workshop will cover live and recording microphone technique.
There will be door prizes!
Featuring Music Authority instructors Marquis Hardy, Jeff Gray, and Michael Lacy.
It takes a village.
Being a part of Music Authority is about more than private lessons. The Music Authority family embraces music to a deep level - supporting each other, cheering each other, and providing students with all ages a positive environment to stretch their musical wings. If you're new to Music Authority, we're glad you're here. We can't wait to hear you (or your child) perform. We look forward to meeting you at the next Music Authority concert, recital, or night out. And we're excited to know that you're part of our village.
Together, we fill restaurants and concert venues. With 578 students at the time I write this, we've become more of a city than a village. And together, we're changing the atmosphere of musical education. Music isn't an end sum game. There are no winners or losers. Together, we can cheer for all the students, all the performers, and each other. Thank you for being a part of this city.
Welcome to the family.
- Melissa A. Loggins, owner
The Music Authority Roadies - Music Authority's parents organization. We exist to provide social and philanthropic activities to the Music Authority families. We also provide an opportunity for better communication between families and the Music Authority management team.
To be a part of The Roadies, fill out a registration card at the front desk of Music Authority.
How many of you remember this moment from last spring, when the Bel Canto singers gave this incredible performance as part of Chase the Sun?
Music Authority offers a variety of opportunities for adult lessons and performances. Embrace your inner star today!
Do you have a graduating Music Authority student? If so, please email us your student's name, high school, and what they're planning on doing after graduation. (Job? College? Studying what?) Send your email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sign Up for Lessons with Brandon Black, piano and voice instructor!
Why do you like teaching? I enjoy passing on the life lessons that come with learning an instrument. Formal lessons require discipline!
What makes you excited about playing music? I enjoy having music as my super-power! You can teach with music, influence emotion, and even change a life!
What’s your favorite food? Pizza, duh. What’s better?
Where is your hometown? Kansas City, Missouri (not Kansas)
Anything else you would like to add? “Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything” - Plato
2/3 - Back to the Band Celebration for Rock Ensembles, 7pm
2/9 - Eclipse at Tannery Row Ale House, 7pm - no cover/all ages
2/10 - Music Authority's Roadies CASA 5k
2/10 - Mandatory Rehearsals, Spring Show
2/18 - Don't Cup the Mic, The Backroom, 5pm - Workshop Tickets $5
2/24 - Rock Ensemble Concert, The Backroom, 7pm - Tickets $5
3/10 - Apollo Dress Rehearsal, The Backroom, 5:30pm
3/16 - Apollo, The Warehouse, 7pm
Photo: Rock Camp Teaching Assistants, July 2017