We welcome new students at any time during the year. Please fill out this form to get started!
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 $60/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.
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.
Classes are one hour long.
Workshop classes take place once a week at a designated time Monday-Thursday, 3:30-8:30pm.
Workshop classes run on a seasonal schedule (September through December, January through May).
Classes are taught by GIGS' owner, Sean Gaiser.
All classes have at least six students and no more than ten.
Classes are $60/month per student.
At the end of every season, each class comes together to put on an exciting concert in the Workshop for family and friends!
Our classes for the Fall 2019 schedule are Guitar Orchestra, Ukulele Orchestra, Singing Ensemble, The Greatest Showman Performance Troupe, and Taylor Swift Back Up Band.
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.
Sing your heart out every week alongside friends during our weekly jam! Sean brings the group together as both the chorus leader and instrumentalist, accompanying the singers on his guitar. We will learn and sing a variety of pop songs - your favorites (new and old), brand new chart toppers, classics from years past, and tons more. The goal of this class is for all students to become a better singer while having a blast with their friends. Students will expand their personal repertoire of songs and musical palettes by experiencing a vast array of wonderful songs from a variety of genres and eras. Open to all GIGS students who love to sing!
If you love this movie, this class is for you! We welcome all singers and students of all instruments to join the band as we bring the music of this inspiring musical to life. We will learn, sing, and perform songs from The Greatest Showman each week, focusing on each student's unique talents to put our own spin on these songs that we know and love. Open to all singers and students of all instruments and ages.
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.
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
Academy & Workshop
Open for designated weekend events, April through October.