Have you looked at Takamine guitars lately? They make great beach guitars, Open Mic guitars, and Graduation gifts!
A Little Night Music August 12, 2017
6:30 pm @ The Backroom
Sign up today for the next Classical Department Recital!
See the front desk to sign up.
This is the first pedal every guitarist and bassist needs to have! Solid, easy to read, and the industry standard. Pick yours up today!
Music Authority's Story on the Road
This summer, I have been asked to speak at an industry event about building culture in business. To talk about how culture creates sustainability in retail and private music lessons.
I was telling a parent about this opportunity and without thinking about it I said, "I'm taking Music Authority's message on the road."
At first, I thought that was a funny way to explain what I was doing, but then I realized it was completely accurate.
Music Authority Family's culture contains a message: embrace all musicians, young and old, with support, positive reinforcement, and experiences.
Your student might take one private lesson each week. That's okay. Hopefully you've still experienced the culture. Someone besides your teacher greets you. Another students tells your student "good job" after a recital.
Or your child might be in every concert, camp, and band they can sign up for. You've experienced the group outings, the concerts out of town, and the camaraderie of the larger group.
Music Authority's culture is meant to be supportive of all students, regardless of ability, social-economic status, age, or instrument. It is a culture that gives back to the community and doesn't leave room for bullies.
What we do is profound. The long term impact we have on our student's courage, self-confidence, and life paths cannot possibly be measured.
Now imagine if ten other stores in ten other cities had a similar culture.
What kind of global and national impact would making music have? Like ripples in a pond, these ideas would reach out farther than anyone could see or imagine. This is the Music Authority message. This is the story of culture I want to tell.
This isn't my story. I can't do it alone. Neither can Louis, Eric, Andrew, Dawn, or any of the other teachers. This is OUR story. Yours, mine, the students, Rise's, Eclipse's, and all of the teachers.
I'm looking forward to taking each and everyone of you with me this summer. Thank you for giving me a story to tell.
- Melissa A. Loggins
Guitar Ensemble with Andrew Loggins
Join Guitar Ensemble for the summer! Learn new music, play guitar in an orchestra style setting, and hang out with Mr. Andrew!
You can always try it out for free the first time!
Music Authority's Rise
Music lessons have a lasting effect on all students. Take a listen what Brayden has to say about his time at Music Authority.
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Have you ever wondered what all those effects pedals do? This is one of our favorites:
EarthQuaker Devices presents Levitation Reverb
The Importance of Guitar Maintenance
Guitars need love and attention. You have to feed them, care for them, put them to bed, and tuck them in.
And once in a while, you need to change the strings (approximately every 90 days - sooner if you're playing it more than thirty minutes or so a day). Think of it this way - strings should be shiny. If they're dull and tarnished, they need to be changed.
And every once in a while you need to have a set up.
What's a set up?
A set up adjusts the neck and makes your instrument play better. Over time, a wooden guitar will warp and bend. You will need to adjust that neck or the warping will become permanent and your guitar will be hard to play.
You should have a set up if you live in Georgia every 6-8 months.
Music Lessons - Not Just for Kids
Studies show that adults who participate in music lessons have lower chances of developing dementia and better cognitive function later in life. In 2016, Music Authority set out to engage our adult customers in order to grow our adult lessons program.
Since Music Authority already had an established Rock Band program for youth, we decided to see if it would work for adults, too. The hope was that a regularly performing adult Music Authority band would show the community what adult students at Music Authority can accomplish.
Vintage Cab was born.
Vintage Cab’s first gig was on May 1, 2016 (six weeks after their first rehearsal) at Relay for Life in Dawsonville. They play a consistent schedule of gigs in and around Cumming. Videos and photos are posted to social media. Concert dates are announced to the Music Authority Family to draw out a crowd.
So have adult lesson numbers gone up?
Take a look at these statistics. On March 1 of 2016, there were 27 adult students enrolled at Music Authority. As of March 1, 2017, that number had grown to 63 students. The Spring Concert in 2016 had one adult band and a total of 6 adult students performing. This year’s Spring Concert had 22 adult performers showing off their skills alongside youth.
If you've always thought about taking lessons, you're not alone. Join 63 of your friends in lessons at Music Authority. Maybe we can even find you a spot at the same time your child is already here!
Rock Camp is Almost Full!!!
Session 1 - Punk Revolution - 2 spots left
June 5 - 9
Session 2 - Rock Camp, Jr. - 2 spots left
June 19 - 23
Session 3 - British Invasion - 12 spots left
July 17 - 21
Rock Camp is one of the highlights of the summer at Music Authority. Campers are placed in a band, learn music, and perform in a concert on Friday night at The Warehouse. Music Authority's camp focuses on quality of education, complex songs, and challenging every student to play beyond their boundaries.
Rock Camp, Jr. provides the same experience for the younger student in a less intense environment. The camp day is shorter (designed for younger attention spans) and the concert is held in the Backroom at Music Authority.
Contact the front desk at 770-886-9066 for more information or to sign up.
Space is limited and some instruments are already full, so don't wait!
Music Authority Family students made the front page of the news on April 16. They collected almost 5,000 candy filled eggs to give to economically challenged families in Forsyth County - just in time for Easter.
Sign Up for Brass Lessons with Nick Dixon!
Music Authority Instructor Nick Dixon – Brass:
Why do you like teaching? Teaching is a great opportunity to share a passion for music which allows the student and the teacher to grow as individuals. Music changes the way someone experiences life and is an art form that enables expression through the good and hard times that one experiences in life. What makes you excited about playing music? Music is a chance to escape from what is troubling. It can be used to build confidence to learn new skills. What’s your favorite food? Mediterranean Where is your hometown? Atlanta, Georgia
Nick teaches on Sundays at Music Authority!
Coffeeshop - A New Class
Coffeeshop is a new class offered by Matt Karb in June and July.
Vocalists and guitarists will be paired together to learn Open Mic and Coffeeshop style songs. (Generally one singer with one guitarist.) The goal of the class will be to network with other musicians, create the beginning to a song catalogue, and to hopefully gain enough confidence to go out and perform.
Sundays in June and July
5/9 - 7pm - Music Authority Family Night at Rosati's - Fearless, Unveiled
5/20 - 6pm - Student Jam Night
5/20 - 7:30pm - Rock Ensemble End of Year Show - Fearless, Unveiled, Transcend - Tickets $5
5/21 - 3pm - Cantina Band: A Tribute to Star Wars in The Backroom - Tickets $5
5/24 - 7pm - Music Authority Family Night at Crimson Moon - Rise, Eclipse, Transcend
5/29 - Memorial Day - CLOSED
6/1 - 7pm - Rise and Eclipse at Open Mic 37 Main Buford
6/5 - 6/9 - Rock Camp Session 1 - Punk Revolution
6/9 - 7pm - Rock Camp Concert @ The Warehouse - Tickets $5
6/17 - 6pm - Student Jam Night
6/19 - 6/23 - Rock Camp, Jr.
6/21 - The Longest Day - Alzheimer's Awareness Day
6/23 - 7pm - Rock Camp, Jr. Concert @ The Backroom
6/26 - 6/30 - Broadway Camp
6/30 - 7pm - Broadway Camp Concert @ The Backroom
This photo is Music Authority band members Kira Young (Unveiled), Preston Kerr (Fearless), Nicholas Lopez (Transcend), Jackson Warren (Transcend), Brook Dohoney (Transcend), and Chance Briscoe (Fearless) with some fans at Wild Wing in Gainesville on April 30, 2017.
We're always hiring!
Do you know someone who would be a great fit to the Music Authority staff? Please ask them to drop off a resume! Currently, we're looking for:
Part Time Sales Floor