We welcome new students at any time during the year. Please fill out this form to get started!
We do! You can read more about our virtual lessons program here.
We are open for lessons Monday - Thursday, 3:30-8:30pm. Lessons are 30 minutes long and take place on a weekly basis. Students at GIGS work with the same teacher on the same day & time each week.
Our calendar is based around the school year, but is independent from the MCPS calendar. Lessons begin on the Tuesday after Labor Day, and continue through the first week of June.
We offer summer lessons in June and July for students interested in jamming over the summer. We close for the month of August every year to recharge.
Academy lessons (30 mins) are $160/month per student. Workshop classes (60 mins) are an additional $80/month per student per class. These rates reflect an average of four weekly sessions per month.
For families with two students enrolled, we offer a sibling discount of $140/month per student. For families with three students enrolled, the cost is $120/month per student.
Payments are made via automatic online credit or debit card transactions, on the first of each month (for the month ahead). We do not accept cash or checks.
There is no long term commitment to lessons at GIGS. Your child may start and stop lessons at any time.
Due to COVID-19, classes in the Workshop are currently on hold. We are excited to start back up as soon as we can! All questions and answers below still apply for when classes at the Workshop resume.
Anytime! Depending on the enrollment of each class, students may join the Workshop at any time during the season. Please fill out this form to get started!
Classes in the workshop are designed to build off of what each student is working on in their weekly lessons, and they are therefore only available to students currently enrolled in private lessons at the Academy. The only exception to this rule is for the Toddler Music Immersion class - any child age 2-4 is welcome to join.
Classes are one hour long.
Workshop classes take place once a week at a designated time (depending on students' and staff availability) Monday through Thursday, between 3:30 and 8:30pm.
Workshop classes run on a seasonal schedule (September through November, February through May).
Classes in the Workshop are taught by various GIGS teachers each season - including GIGS' owner Sean Gaiser!
All classes have at least six students and no more than ten.
Classes are $80/month per student for an average of four classes each month.
At the end of every season, each class comes together to put on an exciting concert in the Workshop for family and friends!
Classes in the Workshop are announced before the start of each semester. Some of our previous courses include:
Sean will lead the charge in these group guitar sessions every week, drilling students on their chord formations, rhythmic strumming, dynamics, and specialized techniques. Throughout the course of the season under Sean's guidance, students will learn and perfect the proper methods for guitar maintenance and upkeep (tuning and string changing) in addition to honing their technical skills. The goal of this class is to hammer home the fundamentals of guitar using fun, engaging drills while learning as many songs as possible with a crew of fun loving musicians! Open to all guitar students at GIGS - we will group interested students according to age & ability.
Same details and format as guitar class, except with ukes! Open to both ukulele and guitar students at GIGS - if any guitarists are looking to try something new and add a new instrument into their personal musical arsenal, the ukulele is a fun (and quite easy) transition.
Put simply, Sean will be leading a group of musical Swifties to learn and perform as many Taylor Swift songs as humanly possible. Students in this class will band together to recreate Taylor Swift's catalogue with every student bringing his or her unique skill set to the table. Open to all singers and students of all instruments.
This class has been specifically designed for toddlers with special needs, but is open to any and all music loving children ages 2-4. Every week, Sean and his staff will help students express themselves musically and connect with peers through sensory activities and exercises. The main goal of the Toddler Music Immersion class is to break down barriers between children with and without special needs in a positive and loving musical environment.
Due to COVID-19, we are not currently hosting live events at the Courtyard. We are excited to activate a new schedule as soon as we can! All questions and answers below still apply for when events at the Courtyard resume.
Tickets are available for purchase online through the GIGS website. You can find the list of events and links to tickets here.
Yes. Each show at the Courtyard features a delicious local food vendor and a wide variety of beer and wine (as well as water) available for purchase.
Each season, we select a diverse range of musical acts with a local and regional following to perform at the Courtyard. If you think you or your band might be a good fit for the venue, please feel free to send us a message at email@example.com.
There is no designated parking lot at the Courtyard, however, there is street parking available throughout the surrounding neighborhood and there are several parking lots within walking distance (Kensington Town Hall, BCTGM International Union, St. Paul Church).
Most events are 21+, but some events are family friendly. The age policy for each event can be found on the event listing here.
If the show is not sold out, tickets may be available for purchase onsite via cash or credit card.
Yes. Illegal substances of any kind are not permitted at the Courtyard. Infractions will result in ejection from the venue and possible legal action.
No. Outside food & drink are prohibited.
The Courtyard is a standing room only venue. However, our main facility at GIGS remains open throughout the duration of the show. Guests may enter GIGS as they please to relax on couches, arm chairs, and folding chairs inside while enjoying the AC!
Tickets are non-refundable. In cases of inclement weather, GIGS will post on our website and social media channels to update guests about the status of the show and their tickets.
No, pets are not permitted at the Courtyard (with the exception of service animals).
There are portable restrooms outdoors in addition to two inside of GIGS.
The Courtyard can host up to 500 attendees.
Sure! We will consult with anyone interested to figure out if the Courtyard is right for your event. Please send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org to get started.
3762 Howard Ave, Kensington, MD, 20895
Open for designated weekend events, April through October.
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