Welcome to the Music Authority Family! It's been an exciting, fun filled summer and now it's time to settle back into the school routine. I'm glad you're part of Music Authority - but did you know you're part of a world-class music store? We innovate, think outside the box, and challenge convention to be one of the Top 100 music stores (as recognized by the National Association of Music Merchants); five years in a row. This picture above is of myself and Andrew with Joe Lamond and Robin Walenta (NAMM President and NAMM Chair) at the Top 100 Dinner on July 19.
We do a lot at Music Authority, so I thought it might be helpful to new (and returning) families to help sort through some of our opportunities and options.
Focus - Our first focus is helping young (and not so young) musicians experience music. We want to help you stretch your wings, try things you've never tried before, push you to be better, and to climb outside your box. We want Music Authority to be a safe place to be creative and we want to leave each life we touch a little bit better than it was before.
Retail - Music Authority is a retail facility. We sell guitars, amplifiers, drum sets, accessories, and we rent school band instruments. A portion of all profit goes back into our educational programs. Purchases made at Music Authority directly affect the quality of programming at Music Authority. Not only is buying at Music Authority like buying from family, but your purchases help us improve our already outstanding educational programs. Retail is an integral part of the process, without retail, we cannot offer many of our programs.
Private Lessons - Our most common programs are our private lessons. These one on one lessons are held in our studios with your private instructor. We have thirty instructors on staff, each one carefully vetted.
Ensemble Programs - Ensemble programs are group experiences. We offer 8 rock bands; 1 women's vocal ensemble; and 1 guitar orchestra. These programs allow students to utilize what they learn in private lessons; students will develop a deeper understanding of music; they concentration on cooperation, team work, and building self esteem.
Fall/Spring Show - The largest concerts we produce in the school year, these programs are open to all enrolled students of all ages. Students sign up to be in a band, practice 1-2 songs once weekly for 12 weeks, and then perform in a themed concert. These programs are among the most popular of Music Authority's programs.
Recitals - Music Authority hosts 3-15 concerts each month. Many are private recitals for instructors. Some are "Classical Department Recitals." Any student can sign up to play on one of these recitals. They are themed and occur 5-6 times per year.
Originals Show - Many of our students are writing their own music. Starting this year, we will offer concerts specifically to showcase original music written by students.
Workshops - Workshops are educational opportunities that are offered several times each year. From Collaboration to Overcoming Stage Fright to How to Restring Your Guitar, these workshops cover a variety of topics.
Levels - All students are in levels at Music Authority. Your instructor will help your student progress in a logical manner that teaches both how to play and how to speak the language of music. Each level requires a recital and a jury - a test administered by another instructor. This is meant to help students gain confidence and to lower fear of playing in front of others.
Roadies - The Roadies are Music Authority's PTO. All parents are part of it by being at Music Authority. They Roadies provide social events for students and family, they help show teachers that they're appreciated, and they sponsor service projects to encourage students to give back to their community. The Roadies Board meets the second Tuesday of each month in The Backroom at 6pm; meetings are open to the public. If you'd like to be more involved with the Roadies (you can be on their information list without actually volunteering for anything), let the front desk know at Music Authority and we'll get you in touch.
Sound Interns - With so many concerts at Music Authority, there are a lot of opportunities for students to gain hands on experience running sound at a live event. Our sound interns are high school students who complete training and are available to engineer sound at Music Authority in house concerts.
Repairs - As part of Music Authority, there is a repair shop that specializes in guitar repair. We also do some drum and electronics repairs. Most school band repairs are sent to an off site repair shop where they have a larger facility to handle the instruments.
Service Projects - We believe in giving back to our community. Through the Roadies and through the retail store, we support many local non-profits through both monetary donations and through service. Over the summer, we raised over $2100 for The Alzheimer's Association in honor of my Grandma, Jean Schlea.
Music Authority Family - #MusicAuthorityFamily is our brand. We believe you become musical family when we learn, grow, and make music together. It's not always perfect, like all family sometimes we disagree, make mistakes, or forget your birthday. But, we will laugh with you, cry with you, and watch your musicians grow. We'll take time to have coffee with you, listen when you have questions, and help you through the steps of college applications. We'll have fun at First Friday in the park, and give you memories that will last a lifetime.
Thank you for choosing to be part of The Music Authority Family. We're glad you're here. You're part of something special, a program unlike anything else out there. We hope you enjoy being here as much as we do.
Are you looking for a school band instrument? Rent from family! Music Authority offers a full line of school band instruments.
You can stop by and rent today, or you can pre-fill out your rental form online! For more information, call 770-886-9066.
Adult Summer Program Success
Congratulations to all of our adult performers who brought down the house on July 27!
The show, which paired adult singers with adult guitar players, gave over a dozen musicians the opportunity to meet other adult performers, to put together their set lists, and to play in front of a full house.
Music Authority is excite to continue offering opportunities to it's adult students, including songwriting, fall show, and Origins (an all adult band).
Please follow Music Authority on Facebook; on Instagram @musicauthorityinc; and join the Music Authority Roadies Facebook group for informational articles and to keep up to date with the happenings at Music Authority.
Join the Music Authority Family at Hancock Park in Dahlonega this Friday for a free concert! We're kicking off the start to the school year by enjoying a show by Kurt Thomas Band.
Bring a blanket, lawn chairs, a picnic, and the family. Friday, August 2, 2019. Music starts at 6:30pm.
We love to look back at shows gone by. This one is from March 14, 2014. It features two Eclipse members (who never played in the band at the same time). Nicole Fleeman on vocals and a very young Savannah Hughes on guitar.