F.A.Q.

We offer in-person classes at Legacy Park in Decatur, online classes via Zoom (and similar meeting apps), and ‘hybrid’ classes that meet both in person and have online streaming capability. 
 
In-person classes & live jams meet here:
Legacy Park, Gillespie Building
520 South Columbia Dr, Decatur, GA 30030
→ Google Map Link
 

Each class is an hour long and lasts eight (8) weeks*, unless specified otherwise. We also offer half-courses and workshops that are shorter in length; tuition may vary. Day-time and evening classes are available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Tuition is $150 per class per 8-week term. 

* Classes affected by a declared holiday are longer in length (70 minutes) for the 7 weeks available for the class, allowing for the same instructional time as the full 8-week classes. These holidays include Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day.

If you’ve never touched your instrument, Level 1 or an intro class is where to start. If you’ve played a little bit on your own but don’t feel too confident, try Level  1 – if it’s too easy, you can switch to Level 2. Most classes have a range of skills, and our talented teachers cover them all!

Absolutely! The classes are designed to be repeated. We’ll vary the repertoire and reinforce the same skills. Take the same class as many times as you need to feel comfortable with the skills before moving up to the next level.

You’ll need your instrument (see below for recommended places to buy or rent [see note below]), and a tuner or tuner app. Guitar, ukulele, mandolin, and bluegrass banjo players will want to bring picks. Guitar, ukulele, and banjo players will also want to bring a capo.

Many students benefit from recording the teacher as the skills and tunes are demonstrated, so feel free to bring a recording device, like your phone.

Second Half is an informal gathering of teachers and students that provides an opportunity for them to share, make music together, and learn from each other. Whatever the format may be, jam, singalong, or impromptu get-together, students are encouraged to join in. The level of expertise on your instrument doesn’t matter. Come and strum chords, sing along, improvise melodies, or simply tap your feet. While the class is devoted to studying a chosen topic or instrument, the second half is an opportunity to share that learning with the community.

We currently have an in-person jam in between our Tuesday and Wednesday daytime classes. Join us at the Gillespie Building to play a bit at lunch! We’ll get underway at 11:30 am, out under the oak tree as weather permits. We’ll go inside if it rains. Bring a lunch, bring an instrument, and enjoy the afternoon!

Second Half sessions are included each term, at no extra cost, for all students registered in any other class. If you’re not registered in any other classes, however, you can register for just the Second Half by clicking here!

You sure can! Second Half sessions are included each term, at no extra cost, for all students registered in any other class. If you’re not registered in any other classes, however, you can register for just the Second Half by clicking here!

We recommend you rent or buy your instrument from a reputable dealer who will set up your instrument so that it will be easy to play. Below are a few shops recommended by our instructors. Please call ahead to see which merchants rent or buy or both. (Links open in a new tab/window).

Maple Street Guitars
3199 Maple Drive NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
404-231-5214

Voss Violins
Ground Floor Suite 104
Ponce Spring Lofts
B 620 Glen Iris
Atlanta, GA 30308
404-876-8617 – call for an appointment

Ronald Sachs Violin – Avondale Estates
100 N. Avondale Rd
Unit A
Avondale Estates, GA 30002
678-974-7740

Fit Fiddles
113 North Broad Street (inside the Mercantile)
Monroe, GA 30655

Atlanta Strings
229 W Pike St
Lawrenceville, GA 30046
770-338-5446

Banjo Warehouse
4318 S. Chestatee St.
Dahlonega, GA 30533
404-218-8580

Vintage Music
42 Public Square S
Dahlonega, GA 30533
John Grimm
706-864-2682

Music Go Round
3675 Satellite Blvd
Duluth, GA 30096
770-931-9190

Earthshaking Music
648 McDonough Blvd Se
Atlanta, GA 30315
404-577-0707

Uke Republic
5000 Austell Powder Springs Rd.
STE 250
Austell, GA 30106
770-235-6606 – call ahead to make sure they’re open

Balalaikas – contact David Cooper (dcoop80@hotmail.com)

Online:
Rockin’ Ron’s Music (harmonicas)

Our instructors can take a look at your instrument to see is it’s playable. If you’d like someone to look at it before the beginning of class, email us at info@frankhamiltonschool.org to make an appointment for someone to examine the instrument.

Most of our classes are all in the evening, and our students are usually adults. Children who would be comfortable with adult classmates are welcome, but if your child is pre-teen, we ask that you be present during class.

We do have a program on Sunday afternoons designed specifically for children. It encompasses a 30-minute class (35 minutes for terms that have a holiday weekend) and a 10-15 minute “jam” afterwards so the students can play together with the other kids’ classes. See all the details here.