Wonder what Rock Camp, Jr. is all about? Check out this video from last year's concert!
Rock Camp, Jr. -
June 19-23, 2017
Bel Canto in Concert April 23, 2017
3pm @ The Backroom
You heard "Cups" at Chase the Sun - now come on out and hear the whole show!
Congratulations to Music Authority's Graduating Seniors
Class of 2017
Ryan Lally, Eclipse
Brayden Sudduth, Rise
Jake Lanni, Rise
The Importance of Consistency
It takes less time to forget a new concept than it does to learn it.
What a straightforward idea. Unfortunately, when the summer months arrive, we often forget. We think about spending time at the pool, on vacation to Florida, or "just relaxing" at home.
The guitar gets put into a corner, the piano remains silent, and the clarinet collects dust on top of the desk.
Don't forget about music over the summer!
Staying in lessons over the summer is important - the consistency of lessons will prevent your student from losing ground. They'll be able to learn faster and more complex concepts when they don't have to share study time with math and reading assignments.
And most importantly, your student will continue to challenge their mind over the summer months. By continuing lessons, students will engage their brain (and all important muscle memory), which will make them more effective when they return to school in the fall.
Music is an investment. You've invested your time and finances over the last several months or years in lessons. Less than 7% of students who "drop for the summer" actually return, even the most excited musicians will find other activities. Don't lose the investment you've already made.
So don't drop for the summer! Talk to Anastasia about your scheduling woes - she'll be happy to move your lessons around to make time for those vacations and days at the park. The Music Authority schedule tends to be more flexible over the summer. Take advantage and don't let your child forget their musical lessons.
ESP Bass Guitars
Pick up a new instrument for the summer! Don't waste away all that musical knowledge you've worked for - stretch your mind and try something new!
Music Authority's shows and camps are always looking for bass players. Add diversity to the instruments you know.
Starting at $210
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Taylor GS Mini
Taylor GS Mini is available at Music Authority starting at $499. Come on in and play one today!
Why Your Next Guitar Should be an Electric Acoustic
When most students start guitar lessons, parents are looking for an affordable guitar that will help the student be successful without breaking the bank. Many new students walk home with an entry level acoustic guitar that will start them on their path to musical stardom.
After the beginning student has proven themselves (or as many parents say, now that I know they're going to stick with it), they begin looking at step up instruments.
Each student should invest in a nice acoustic electric. Many great performance opportunities require an electric acoustic. Open Mic Nights. Some songs in Spring and Fall Shows. Recitals. Go to Music Authority's YouTube channel and watch "Seven Bridges Road" from Chase the Sun.
Some songs just need to have that Acoustic Electric guitar to sound amazing.
An Acoustic Electric doesn't need to be expensive. If you're not sure what you're looking for, come see one of our sales staff. They'll be happy to help. Let them know you're thinking about an acoustic with electronics and what your budget it. They'll find you the right solution for your needs.
And then you'll be all set up for the summer musical season!
Preston Kerr - New Town, New People
Preston Kerr’s house was where all the kids wanted to hang out. He had the pool, the great neighborhood with all the kids, and fantastic parents who loved having a dozen kids over.
But all of that was in Texas. A move across country brought Preston’s family to Cumming, Georgia, just north of Atlanta.
Preston, age 10, started lessons at Music Authority in January 2016. He signed up for Rock Camp over the summer and then joined Music Authority’s Fearless in January 2017. Fearless, a Rock Ensemble that plays Pop/Punk music, is taking Preston a step closer to his dreams of being a professional musician.
“He doesn’t want to play video games any more,” his dad, Gary, tells us. “When his friends want to play video games, he’ll sit behind them playing guitar.”
Preston is quickly establishing a group of friends at Music Authority. He frequently sits in other bands rehearsals, helps assist musical directors by quickly pulling up songs on his phone, picks up after rehearsals, and is generally helpful to any older student who asks.
About Music Authority, Preston’s mom Debra says, “We moved here a year ago from a community in Texas that we loved and were deeply established. Preston always played sports and had a large network of friends but his passion has always been music. Leaving that network has been extremely difficult, especially for Preston. As he has gotten older and more dedicated to his music that passion has set him apart from new classmates, as they do not get it. Finding Music Authority is the best thing that could have happened to our son and in return our whole family. For the first time EVER Preston is around other kids (and adults) who get him and his love of music, giving him a place where he fits in. He tells us daily how he could live there and that these are his people. We have always been in an environment where even the parents are extremely competitive, it is so refreshing to be in a place that is supportive of everyone and wants every child to succeed. Melissa and Andrew have done an outstanding job of creating an inclusive network that has become a second family with “older cousins” that mentor the next generation. “Aunts/Uncles” who truly want the best for these kids, giving them a safe place to land. “Parents” who help prepare “their children” for the future no matter where their music takes them. Because of all of this, I have finally begun to feel as if Cumming is a place that we can call home and my son can have friends and role models that share his passion.”
Guitars and Keys Needed for Rock Camp!
Session 1 - Punk Revolution
June 5 - 9
Session 2 - Rock Camp, Jr.
June 19 - 23
Session 3 - British Invasion
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!
The Music Authority Family on the road - Green Day at Infinite Energy Center
March 10, 2017
Sign Up for Bass Lessons with Jeff Gray!
Music Authority Instructor Jeff Gray - Bass:
Why do you like teaching? I love teaching because I enjoy passing on the traditions that were passed on to me. I come from a jazz background and have taken lessons and master classes from the great players in jazz that were more than happy to share their knowledge and wisdom with me. I feel that If I can do that with my students, than the tradition of music will live on.
What makes you excited about playing music? Music is engrained in my soul. I have played music since I was a child, piano, and have added many instruments to my repertoire throughout my life. Music helps me to relax, concentrate, get my art out and groove. I couldn’t imagine my life without it. It has also presented many opportunities for me throughout the years. I have shared the stage with many of my mentors including Brian Setzer, The Stray Cats, Adele, Dick Dale, Mudhoney, and the Presidents of the United States of America, just to name a few.
What’s your favorite food? My favorite food is a good street taco from a taco truck. It’s all about the salsa!
Where is your hometown? My hometown is here in Georgia. I was raised in Stone Mountain.
Anything else you would like to add? Keep playing, no matter what. Let music live in your soul and express itself through your groove.
Available Times (as of March 30):
Wednesday - 5:30, 7:00, 7:30
Saturday - 10:30, 11:30, 12:30
New This Year: Broadway Camp
Broadway Camp with Ashley Young!
Show: Broadway Beat
June 26 - 30., 9am - 2pm
Show on Friday at 7pm.
Join Music Authority for Broadway Camp! We'll put together a short musical, sing, dance, act, work on props, costumes, and sets. Stop by the front desk and sign up today!
4/1 - 9pm - 500 Songs for Kids @ Venkman's, ATL - Music Authority's Eclipse
4/15 - 6pm - Student Jam Night
4/16 - Easter Sunday - CLOSED
4/18 - 7pm - Music Authority Family Night at Rosati's - Vintage Cab, Eclipse, Rise
4/21 - Time TBA - 500 Songs for Kids @ Venkman's, ATL - Music Authority's Rise
4/23 - 3pm - Bel Canto Singers in The Backroom - Tickets $5
4/30 - 3-7pm - Music Authority Family Night at Green's Tavern
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