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3/10/14

 
Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music.
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Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music.
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Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music. - Ronald Reagan
All the news that's fit to print! 
This Email:
Spring Recital Filling Up!
Funny Stories From the Store
Orange Crush


Spring recital is 70% sold out. If you haven't turned in your form yet and are planning to do so, don't wait!!!  


Want to see your little musician up on stage? Join us for a spring recital.

Door prizes and prizes for best performance. Refreshments will be served.

Sign up sheets are located on lesson studio doors. Don't wait!!!

Space is limited to 25 per recital. Just like last year, this will sell out!

Deadline to turn in form is April 20th. $12 recital fee due at sign up.


After 19 years of having my own store, I have some stories to tell. 
By: Doug Ponier

The Marshall Stack

Ponier Music buys used gear. There is not a day that goes by when someone doesn't bring us something they want to sell or trade. A few years back an elderly couple (I'd bet they were well into their 70's) walked in the door with something to sell. Reader: have you ever seen those little Marshall amps? I'm not talking about the practice amps. I'm talking about the tiny ones that run on a 9 volt battery and you can clip on your belt like the one here in the picture.

The couple walked up to the counter and put the little Marshall amp on the counter and asked me "How much would you give us for this?" I picked it up, looked it over and replied "Well, they sell new for $50, this one's in good shape, I can give you $15 dollars for it." The old man was incensed. "Oh no." He replied. "OHHHH NOOOO!!! You are trying to take advantage of us!" I said, "How do you figure?" His reply was "This amp.............is worth $2,000 dollars!" He reached into his back pocket and pulled out a folded up computer printout. On that printout  was an ad from an online music store offering a Marshall stack for $1,999.95. And the little picture (if you didn't quite know what you were looking at) looks a lot like the little amp he put on the counter.

I smiled and asked them to come over to the electric guitar section. Luckily, I had a real Marshall stack in stock. I brought them over to it and said "This (with my hands doing my best Price is Right showcase gestures) .......is worth $2,000 dollars." At that point you could actually watch the realization of their mistake come over their faces and that any thoughts of striking gold, wasn't going to happen today. We all had a good laugh and they admitted they found it at a yard sale for $10 so they didn't get burned or taken for a ride. They were a little disappointed but they did take the $15. So hey, They still made 50% profit! 

Marshall Minis?Forgettaboutit! 

These Orange Crushes are so much better!!! 

Micro Crush
3 watts
Wooden box
Chromatic Tuner
Clean and distortion
$69.95

Or check out theStereo Micro Crushalso in stock:
6 watts
wooden box
2 speakers
stereo loop
chromatic tuner
Line out
$99.95


Thanks for shopping at Ponier Music. It's people like you that keep the independant music store thriving and alive!!!


2/23/14

In 3rd grade, I was taking tap-dance lessons. About six weeks before the recital I wanted to quit. My mom said "No, you're going to stay with it." Well, I did it, and it was bad too! but my parents never let their kids walk away from something because it was too hard. - Rebecca Lobo
Ponier Music Spring Recital
Sunday April 27, 1:30 and 4:00 at the Kennesaw Store

  Want to see your little musician up on stage? Join us for a spring recital.

Door prizes and prizes for best performance. Refreshments will be served.

Sign up sheets are located on lesson studio doors. Don't wait!!!

Space is limited to 25 per recital. Just like last year, this will sell out!

Deadline to turn in form is April 20th. $12 recital fee due at sign up.

Thanks for shopping at Ponier Music. It's people like you that keep the independant music store thriving and alive!!!


2/15/14

                                           Ponier Music Presents: A Spring Recital

                                 Sunday, April 27,1:30 and 4PM 

     Want to see your little musician up on stage? Join us for a spring recital.

Door prizes and prizes for best performance. Refreshments will be served.

Sign up sheets are located on lesson studio doors. Don't wait!!!

Space is limited to 25 per recital. Just like last year, this will sell out!

Deadline to turn in form is April 20th. $12 recital fee due at sign up.


   

12/7/13

Everybody has that point in their life where you hit a crossroads and you've had a bunch of bad days and there's different ways you can deal with it and the way I dealt with it was I just turned completely to music.”   ―    
Teacher Interview - Susan O'Brian - Piano/Voice

Susan O'Brian is available for private lessons at Ponier Music Marietta.
Call 770 422 7766 for available times.


Piano and Voice Teacher - Susan O'Brien
 

What is the thing you like the most about teaching? I enjoy many aspects of teaching but what I like most about it is interacting with my students. There are many funny & profound things that come out of my students' mouths. I also like the longevity of teaching private piano & voice lessons. While school teachers only have students for a year or so, I have the opportunity to teach a student for many years. I have some students who started taking piano lessons in elementary school & continued lessons until they moved away to college.

How do you inspire your students to practice? For younger students I use a practice caterpillar. I draw 10 circles to make the caterpillar & each time a student practices an assigned song they feed the caterpillar by filling in a circle. If the caterpillar is full by the next lesson they can get a sticker.

Where did you study music? I graduated from Kennesaw State University with a degree in Music Education.

 
What do you like to do in your free time?
As a mama of a 2 year old I do not have a lot of free time! When I do have free time I enjoy going to a local tea house to have a pot of tea, read & enjoy the quiet. I also enjoy taking pictures & making scrapbooks.
 
 
 
 
 
If you have a quick tip for students, what would it be? Think of practice like eating. It is better to practice every day (even if it is in several 10 minute chunks) than cramming in an hour of practice right before a lesson.  Also do things that bring you musical inspiration: go to concerts, watch YouTube videos, read interviews of musicians. Lastly, perform as much as you can.

 

 
 
 
Thanks for shopping with Ponier Music. It's people like you who keep the independant music store vibrant and alive.


11/15/13

I din't have nothin' going for me.... school, home... until I found something I loved, which was music, and that changed everything. - Eminem

Teacher Interview - Brandon Reeves - Guitar


Brandon Reeves is available for private lessons at Ponier Music Marietta.
Call 770 422 7766 for available times.


Guitar Teacher - Brandon Reeves
 

What is the thing you like the most about teaching? The most rewarding part of teaching guitar lessons for me is seeing the progression of student from someone who doesn't know how to hold the guitar, much less tune it or make music with it, to seeing them perform a song for their friends and family at one of Ponier Music's student recitals.  Or by the same token seeing a student who doesn't seem very interested in the instrument progress to enjoying playing the guitar.  

How do you inspire your students to practice? I try to teach my students the fundamentals of music by way of great music, whether it's songs that they come in wanting to learn, or new music that I introduce them to.  I try to actively encourage all of my students to listen to lots of music.  As a student myself I've always found the most inspiring thing is hearing a song that you dig and then seeing yourself learn to perform it.

Where did you study music and what was your focus? I have a bachelor of music degree with a concentration in jazz studies from Georgia State University.

 What is your favorite type of music and/or artists? Favorite artists in no particular order:  Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Thelonius Monk, The Black Keys, Miles Davis, The Rolling Stones, Chet Atkins, Johnny Cash, Albert Collins, Mississippi John Hurt, The Beatles, Bill Frisell, John Prine.  I'm sure I've forgotten some important ones.

 What do you like to do in your free time? Even though my job is playing music, I play music in my free time as well.  Mostly learning new tunes or writing.  But I also enjoy cooking and movies and putt putt and checking out local Atlanta musicians' live shows.

 If you have a quick tip for students what would it be? When you practice your scales sing along with them.  And then work on singing those same scales when you don't have your instrument around.  Regardless of whether you want to be a singer or not.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Thanks for shopping with Ponier Music. It's people like you who keep the independant music store vibrant and alive.



11/12/13



Ponier Music is giving away over $2,400 in store merchandise. Find how to claim yours! Anyone can do it!


Ponier Music News
$150
coupon at the bottom of this email!!!
Topics:
Recital Pics - Ready to View
Santas Wanted
Tiny Guitars = Great Stocking Stuffers
150 reasons to sign back up for Music Lessons
Jimi Hendrix - Who was his Idol?


 Fall Recital Pictures - Ready to view/purchase

The Ponier Music Fall Recital was very well received with over 50 students and half a dozen teachers participating.

Many thanks to Joe Polo, Matt Cooper and Ellie Chestnut for making everything run so smoothly. A big thank you to Roger Wilson, Conrad Abbot, Joe Polo and Brian Barazoo for their performances.

Congratulations to Annabella Carter (guitar/vocals) and Zach Dietz (drums) for Best in Show. Congratulations to Lewis Dilday (Animal) and Brody Huff (Dee Snyder from Twisted Sister) for best costume.

A big thank you to all the students and family who participated. I had a great time!

Huge thank you to Scott Davis for coming in and taking pictures. You can check out the pictures by following this link: http://affinity4photography.smugmug.com/ password is: 10272013

Support Scott: Buy his pictures!!!

Santas Wanted:

Over $2,400 in store credit to be given out.
 
Ponier Music is looking for Santa's to rock our intersection.You bring your guitar, we'll provide everything else. You are in costume so don't worry about acting like a fool! No one can tell it's you! And it's Fun. And you earn money towards musical gear!!! 
 
$25 store credit
every time you do it. Sign up at the counter.
 
Pretend it's your first job experience.............and you only gotta do it two hours at a time!

"But Doug.............Do I have to be good?" NO!!!! You only need 20 seconds of material. The cars go wizzing by, we want you to wave and spread good cheer more than perform a concert.

Tiny Guitars make great stocking stuffers!
These small replicas of rock star guitars have been great sellers! I'm sure your little rocker would be delighted to get one (or three) under the tree!  Rock Stars represented include Rick Neilson (Cheep Trick), KISS, Greatful Dead, The Beatles, Prince, Willie Nelson, Bootsy Collins, Steve Vai, Rush, Led Zepplin, Michael Anthony, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimmy Hendrix and more! Prices start at $24.95.
So cool!!!!

$150 off the regular price of ANY instrument.

When you sign up for 6 months of lessons. 

Wanna save more? Come ask us how!!!

So you love Jimi, but who did he love?

This guy: Buddy Guy

Don't miss your chance to see a living legend.

February 13th at Atlanta Symphony Hall.

George "Buddy" Guy (born July 30, 1936) is an American blues guitarist and singer. Critically acclaimed, he is a pioneer of the Chicago Blues sound and has served as an influence to some of the most notable musicians of his generation, including Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, and Stevie Ray Vaughn. In the 1960s Guy was a member of Muddy Waters’ band and was a house guitarist at Chess Records. He can be heard on Howlin’ Wolf’s "Killing Floor" and Koko Taylor’s "Wang Dang Doodle" as well as on his own Chess sides and the series of records he made with harmonica player Junior Wells.

Ranked 30th in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time", Guy is known for his showmanship on stage: playing his guitar with drumsticks or strolling into the audience while playing solos. His song "Stone Crazy" was ranked 78th in Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time.


Thanks for Shopping with Ponier Music
It's folks like you that keep the independent music store thriving and alive!

 

8/18/13
Student Recital

Sunday, October 27th

1:30 and 4PM

Want to see your little musician up on stage? Join us for a Costume recital.
Prizes for best costume, best performance and a door prize.
Refreshments will be served. Sign up sheets are located on lesson studio doors.
Don't wait!!! Space is limited to 20 per recital. Just like last year, this will sell out! Deadline to turn in forms is October 20th.
 $10 recital fee

This is a costumed recital:

Dress up! Have fun!




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This Issue:
Back to School
A Fantastic New Program

Back to School Already...Can you believe it? 
 
     It's only about two more weeks and we'll all be back in school! It went by so fast!!! I don't know if it's due to the shorter summer, but Ponier Music has had a fantastic summer for student enrollment and rentention. If you are waiting for school to start before getting back into private lessons................DON'T!!! Your favorite teachers schedules are filling up fast and you might not get the time slot you want or have to be put on a waiting list!!! 

A Fantastic New Program
 
Did you know? Since Ponier Music started the Free Guitar program we have given away over 400 instruments? As wildly popular as this program was, we knew there was room for improvement!

"How?" you ask?

Well..........One of the problems was you could only do the free guitar program once. Another was you had to pay for three months of lessons up front. We've fixed both of those problems! Sign up for Ponier Music's new "Lessons with Instrument Purchase" program and you could save up to 73% off the MSRP of a new instrument. Even if you did the free program in the past, even if you are currently taking lessons, you are eligible to take advantage of this new program. Drop by the store, see the incredible savings and get started with a brand new instrument!!!

Music is for Everyone!!!!
Thanks for shopping with Ponier Music
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
    
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6/16/13
When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years. - Mark Twain
Ponier Music News Letter
This issue:
 
How to get your kids to practice everyday with very little effort
 
 
Guitar Sale
 
 

How to get your kid to Practice Every Day with Very Little Effort

(Or, the Story of Doug)

       Did you know? I wouldn't be a musician today if it wasn't for my mother. It's true! I was one of those kids that didn't really fit into anything. On top of that, I was one of those kids that thought everything was stupid. Tried soccer, didn't get it. Tried tennis, wasn't my thing. When 6th grade came around my mom said "You're joining the band." My uncle Ken played the drums so I thought I'd try that. We started band. Started taking private lessons and started learning the drums. You'd think the rest would be history, right? That it just clicked and was a natural fit. That I had found my niche. You'd be wrong! I didn't hate the drums, far from it, but I didn't LOVE the drums either. I could have done with or without it. It didn't matter to me BECAUSE I WAS A DUMB KID!What would I rather be doing? Riding a bike, playing with my friends, watching TV, or playing video games. I wanted to do the same things all my friends were doing. I didn't want to be in my room practicing. But my mom wouldn't let me quit. So I kept doing it. Sometimes I'd practice. Sometimes I wouldn't. It wasn't until High School that I realized "I really like this drumming stuff." I fit in. I have friends here. I'm good at this.

 

      So why am I telling you this? Because parents come to me all the time and say "I can't get him/her to practice, so we are quitting." It's heartbreaking!!!  Mom, Dad......Don't do it!!! Don't let them take the easy road out!!! I have yet to meet the adult that is angry at their mom or dad for making them learn a musical instrument. Trust me, it doesn't happen. You know who I do meet? Adults who say "I wish I stuck with it." Maybe you are one of them? Is it your fault? No!!! You were just a dumb kid like me that would have rather played than practiced. It's human nature. Working towards a goal is work. Watching TV is not. So how come you stopped and I didn't? My mom!!! Thank you mom! I love that you could see for me what I was too young to see.

 

     Ok Doug, I get it! But how can I get them to practice? I've always said "You make them do homework, you make them eat vegetables, make them practice. It's good for them and they will thank you when they get older. I truly believe that to be true, but I didn't realize how difficult it was to get kids to practice until I had my own. Kate (9) is now singing and playing piano. Charlotte (6) is learning the ukulele. Every day they are with me, they practice. Not because they necessarily want to, because I figured out the secret!!! It's all about wants. They want to watch TV, go swimming, ride bikes. I want them to practice. When they come to me and say "Daddy, can I............?� I say, go practice for 15 minutes and then you can! Dangle a carrot. So simple, so effective. And I KNOW my kids are never going to grow up and say................."I wish I stuck with it."

 

Some people preach about religion. Some people preach against the government. Doug Ponier preaches about the benefits of music.

  

Post Script: In honor of Father's Day: I would be remiss if I did not mention the fact that my dad allowed me to make all sorts of noise on the drums even after he came home from a hard day at work. Thanks Dad. I love you!


 Dean Guitar Sale
 
Do you like flames and skulls?
 
This Brett Michaels acoustic might be for you!
 
 
 
Retail Price: $372.50
 
Regular Price: $249.95
 
Blowout Price: $169.95
 
 
 
Only one left at the Marietta location
Lots of other Deans on sale too!
 
 
Thanks for shopping with Poneir Music





5/20/13
Ponier Music News

Topics:
Memorial Day
How to get girls (Hint: Guitars help!)
Don't tell me you don't have time to practice
Dean Guitar Sale
 
 

 Memorial Day
 
Ponier Music will be closed on Monday for Memorial Day. May God bless our men and women in uniform and our Veterans. Be sure to take the time to reach out to the ones you know and thank them for their service and our freedom they help protect.

 New Study Proves Guys With Guitars Get More Girls!!!
 
 Researchers asked a twenty somthing year old man to approach 300 women in a shopping district. He was to introduce himself, compliment them and ask for a phone number. With each set of 100 women he was carring something or nothing.
 
   
When he carried a breifcase: He got 9 phone numbers.
When he carried nothing: He got 14 phone numbers.
When he carried a guitar case: HE GOT 31 NUMBERS!!!!
 
If he could get 31 numbers just carrying a guitar case, imagine how successful you'd be by learning how to play the guitar?
 
Did I mention Ponier Music teaches guitar lessons?
 
 

Students: I never want to hear "I didn't have time to practice" again!

The man ran out of gas and while waiting for help to arrive, he set up his drums on the side of the highway to practice. Now I wouldn't suggest you do something dangerous like this; but it just goes to show.....where there's a will, there's a way. 
 

Dean Sale

Still some great deals on discontinued models of Dean guitars at the Marietta store. Swing by the store and check them out! 

Thnks for shopping with Ponier Music




5/4/13
The Blues Ain't Nothin' but a Good Man Feeling Bad - Willie Brown
New Teacher - Roger "Hurricane" Wilson
New Guitar Teacher
Ponier Music is proud to add Roger "Hurricane" Wilson to our teaching roster.

Roger is something of a local legend in these parts and his bio is too long to list with over 22 records (CD's for you youngin's) under his belt.

Roger is available to teach at our Marietta store on Wednesday and only has the following times available: 2:30, 3:30, 4:30, 5:30, and 6:30.Don't wait! Call 770 422 7766 to reserve a lesson time and start playing the blues with Roger.

Check out Rogers website here: www.hurricanewilson.com


                                
 
                                  Check out Roger in action!!!
Thanks for shopping with Ponier Music



4/30/13

I don't wanna work, I just wanna bang on the drum all day! - Todd Rundgren
Drum Teacher / Guitar Teacher Updates
 Doug Ponier - Drums/Percussion: Wow! Making my self teacher of the month paid off in a big way!!! My Schedule is almost full. In case you want to jump on board and become a great drummer I have 4 slots left! Monday at 2:30 and 7:70 and Wednesday at 3:30 and 5:30. Call Ponier Music Marietta at 770 422 7766 to sign up.
 
Joe Polo - Guitar/Bass/Rock Class: One of Ponier Music's favorite teachers just opened up Wednesday at the Marietta store. Joe's schedule is almost always sold out so if you are looking to get some lesson time with one of the masters, call the Marietta store at 770 422 7766 to grab a Wednesday spot!
 
Conrad Abbot - Guitar: Conrad is keeping busy at the Kennesaw location. He currently only has Tuesday at 7:00 and Wednesday at 6:00 available. Call Kennesaw at 770 514 5700 to get set up with him.
 
Check out Conrad in action!
 

 
In case you missed it................
Teacher of the Month:
Doug Ponier
 
Ok, I know.....making myself teacher of the month seems a little narcissistic. However, I do have a couple of good reasons for wanting to do this.
 
 
1) I'm kind of narcissistic. 2) I stopped teaching privatly about a decade ago and I wanted to let people that know that I am teaching drums and percussion again.
3) I'm under a dealine and instead of going out and having a teacher fill out the form, I can do this from my bed.
 
What is the thing you like most about teaching? The thought of making the student the best in their class. I've always emphasized reading music in my lessons so I like the fact that even after the students stop taking lessons with me (although I hope they never do!) they can read any type of music, continue learning on their own and be able to impress in their music programs.

How do you inspire your students to practice? I always say "If you practice one half hour a day, you'll be better than most." and I beleive that! Getting better at music takes just carving out a little time out of your day, everyday if you can.

Where did you study music and what was your focus? I'm a local boy done good! North Cobb High School class of '89. Degree in Music Performance with an emphasis on orchestral percussion from Valdosta State University class of '93. Played in every type of band you can imagine including playing Phil Collins drumset in the 2000 Super Bowl Half Time Show. My mom likes to tell peope I played in the Super Bowl.............and leaves it at that!!

What is your favorite type of music and/or artists? It's funny how your tastes change. When I was a kid, I was into heavy metal and 80's hair bands. I wanted everything to be heavy and distorted. In college, although I was studing classical music, I fell in love with jazz and wanted everything to be complicated. Now I just like music to be beautiful. And I love the blues. My record (kids: those are large CD's) collection is large and 
ecclectic.

What do you like to do in your free time? Practice guitar and uke, woodworking, spending time with my children and thinking of how I can make Ponier Music better.

If you have a quick tip for students, what would it be? NEVER STOP PLAYING MUSIC!!! By the time most of us are 18, your sports career will be done. No one will ever ask you to stop playing music and it's something you can do and enjoy for the rest of your life.

Thanks for shopping at Ponier Music



4/20/13
After midnight, we're gonna let it all hang out. - Eric Clapton
Guitar of the Month
1964 Gibson ES-335

Just about the cleanest one I've ever seen!

Completely original right down to the factory Bigbsy

Original Lifton case

This Tobacco Sunburst color is three times as rare as the trans-cherry model so you'd think it would be worth more......but guess who played a 1964 ES-335 in trans-cherry finish? Slow Hand Himself.....Eric Clapton

$17,999.95

Check out lots of cool inventory at
www.poniermusic.com

Need some cash? We love used gear!!!! Plus West Cobb Pawn (behind Ponier Music Marietta will buy ANYTHING of value!!!)


Thanks for shopping at Ponier Music



4/16/13

"I wanna rock.......
ROCK!!!"
- Dee Snyder
Summer Rock Camp
At Ponier Music

Extreme Rock!

Playing in a rock band........... rocks!!!  Learn to jam with your own rock band while working with a dedicated rock band coach!

Through daily lessons, clinics and band rehearsals, students will quickly gain confidence on their instrument and experience life as a professional working musician. Learn how to be both a performing musician and a studio musician. The students will be inspired to live a life of passion through music.

Open to singers, guitar, bass, keyboards, drums and harmonica

 Establish your band with a name

 Select your songs

 learn and rehearse your parts

develop and rehearse stage presence

 record your songs

 perform your first gig on stage at The Warehouse

 
Ponier Music

www.poniermusic.com

Marietta 770 422 7766

Kennesaw 770 514 5700

Reserve your spot by the end of April and pay only $249!!!!
 

Ponier Music Rock Camp is designed for students with at least one year of playing experience. Beginning to advanced students can come individually or as a group. Ages 8-18 may attend.

Space is limited to 10 students so don't delay!

Session I: June 3-7

Session II: July 8-12

Schedule:

Monday - Thursday 10:30-3:30 Rehearsals at Ponier Music Marietta

Friday - 10:30-2:30 Clinic on how a recording studio works and recording songs

Friday 8:00 PM Performance for friends and family on the Ponier Music Kennesaw Warehouse stage.

Students should bring a lunch

Price: $269 per week.

 

 

 

 

 

 
2/28/13

Become the person your dog thinks you are!!!

 

 

Ponier Music News
This issue:
Spring Recital
Store Upgrades
Introducing: Practicing
Teacher of the Month
Student of the Month
Guitar of the Month
Rock Class
Referral Program
Trade up Coupon
18th Anniversary Coupon

Ponier Music Presents: A Spring Recital
Sunday, April 7, 1:30 and 4PM

Want to see your little musician up on stage? Join us for a spring recital. Door prizes and prizes for best performance. Refreshments will be served. Sign up sheets are located on lesson studio doors. Don't wait!!! Space is limited to 25 per recital. Just like last year, this will sell out! Deadline to turn in forms is March 30th. $10 recital fee due at sign up.

Bonus: The recitals will have a professional photographer that will take the performers picture as they leave the stage. NO CHARGE! The pictures will be available on the photographer's website for purchase if you choose to do so.

Get one of those books with a CD and start working with your teacher today!


Store Improvments
We are always working on making the stores better. Here is a before and after shot of the women's bathroom at the Kennesaw location. Hopefully you can tell which one is which! Look closely, can you see me in the mirror?
We have also installed more lighting behind the Marietta store and on the stairs out front of the Kennesaw store.
Rick Hunsucker is working on finishing our guitar hero windows at the Marietta store. We are adding Angus Young of AC/DC and Bootsy Collins from Parliment Funkadelic.

Ponier Music Presents ...........Practicing!!!

Ask any music major......."What do you do before your private lesson?" The answer will inevitably be......."Practice!!"

Ponier Music has more (Marietta and Kennesaw) has more lesson studios than we can use at any given time. We invite you to show up to every lesson one half hour early, pick a room, warm up and practice for your lesson.

You'll get better, and your teacher will appreciate your preparedness!


Teacher of the Month:
Doug Ponier
Ok, I know.....making myself teacher of the month seems a little narcissistic. However, I do have a couple of good reasons for wanting to do this.

1) I'm kind of narcissistic.
2) I stopped teaching privatly about a decade ago and I wanted to let people that know that I am teaching drums and percussion again.
3) I'm under a dealine and instead of going out and having a teacher fill out the form, I can do this from my bed.
What is the thing you like most about teaching? The thought of making the student the best in their class. I've always emphasized reading music in my lessons so I like the fact that even after the students stop taking lessons with me (although I hope they never do!) they can read any type of music, continue learning on their own and be able to impress in their music programs.

How do you inspire your students to practice? I always say "If you practice one half hour a day, you'll be better than most." and I beleive that! Getting better at music takes just carving out a little time out of your day, everyday if you can.

Where did you study music and what was your focus? I'm a local boy done good! North Cobb High School class of '89. Degree in Music Performance with an emphasis on orchestral percussion from Valdosta State University class of '93. Played in every type of band you can imagine including playing Phil Collins drumset in the 2000 Super Bowl Half Time Show. My mom likes to tell peope I played in the Super Bowl.............and leaves it at that!!

What is your favorite type of music and/or artists? It's funny how your tastes change. When I was a kid, I was into heavy metal and 80's hair bands. I wanted everything to be heavy and distorted. In college, although I was studing classical music, I fell in love with jazz and wanted everything to be complicated. Now I just like music to be beautiful. And I love the blues. My record (kids: those are large CD's) collection is large and ecclectic.

What do you like to do in your free time? Practice guitar and uke, woodworking, spending time with my children and thinking of how I can make Ponier Music better.

If you have a quick tip for students, what would it be? NEVER STOP PLAYING MUSIC!!! By the time most of us are 18, your sports career will be done. No one will ever ask you to stop playing music and it's something you can do and enjoy for the rest of your life.


Student of the Month
Laura Ginter
Age: 9

What Instrument do you play? Guitar

How long have you taken lessons? A little over a year

Who are your favorite musicaal artist / influences? Queen and Kelly Clarkson

What are your other hobbies besides music? Basketball and Art

What is the coolest thing you've learned in your lessons in the past three months? We are Never, Ever, Ever Getting Back Together by Taylor Swift. I LOVE Her!!!

What advice would you give other aspiring students? Always practice and listen to lots of different music.


Guitar of the Month:
1962 Gibson Les Paul Custom
Completley original with PAF humbuckers and a very rare factory installed Bigsby Tremolo.
Don't call me an SG!!!
The one Les didn't like! The Les Paul guitar (as we know it) came out in 1952. By 1961 Gibson thought it needed a new look and so came out with the body style you see here. Les Paul (the man, for you youngsters that didn't realize how this guitar got it's name) didn't like it. He told Gibson "If that is the new Les Paul, I'd like you to take my name off it." Gibson relented and went back to making Les Pauls in the more traditional format. This body style would be renamed the SG which stands for "Solidbody Guitar". Oddly enough, that is what a Les Paul is, but I guess no one seemed to point out that irony.
If you watch Pawn Stars, you might have seen a 1961 Les Paul Custom (very similar to this one) sell for $90,000. That paticular guitar was given from Gibson to Les himself. He gave it to his wife Mary Ford.She used it and can be seen on record albums with it. At some point it got passed down. It is currently on Ebay with an asking price of $140,000.
This paticular model was only made from '61-'63 and is currently being offered as a reissue from Gibson. You can pick this guitar up from Ponier Music for $20,000.



Rock Class
Private lessons are great...............but who dosen't dream of being a rock star? Rock class is a weekly class taught by long time teacher's Joe Polo and Brett Kelly. Available to guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and vocal students. When your young rocker takes the Warehouse stage, you will be delighted and amazed. Classes are offered at the Kennesaw store on Saturdays and the Marietta stores Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. Drop a line to pmusic@bellsouth.net , let me know what day is good for you and I'll have Brett or Joe reach out to you and answer all your questions.

Talk us up....
Earn store credit
One of the best ways Ponier Music gets great students like you is FROM you! Talk us up! If someone signs up for lessons and uses your name as "How they heard about us". You get a $30 gift certificate from Ponier Music........and a big old hug!

Ready to Upgrade?
If you have bought an instrument from Ponier Music in the last 6 months and you want to upgrade to something nicer......bring it in, let us look up what you paid and we will give you 100% trade in credit towards a nicer, newer instrument.
Some rules apply:

#1. Instrument must be in EXACTLY the same condition as when it left. If it was new, it better still look new. If it was a new keyboard, you still need the box. Otherwise it's all negotiable.

#2. You must be willing to spend at least $100 dollars more for the upgraded instrument. Otherwise what's the point, really?
#3 Coupons cannot be combined.
#4 Offer good until March 30th, 2013

18% off everything!!!!
March makes 18 years Ponier Music has been in business.
Bring in this coupon and get 18% off your next purchase.
Expires 3/13/13
(excludes repairs, rentals & lessons. Offers cannot be combined)

Thanks for shopping at Ponier Music
It's people like you that keep the independent music store alive and thriving!!!
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6/14/12

Ponier Music is now on Amazon. To check out what we currently have in stock, go to www.amazon.com and do a search for Ponier Music and you can see a lot of the new guitars, basses and ukes we have in our store.



Ponier Music News 5/12/12
News from Ponier Music
Because Music is Good for You
 
In this issue:
 
Recital Pictures
Summer Music Lessons
Summer Rock Camp
What's going on in Woodstock
Coupon
Joke
 
 



 
 
 
 
Recital Pictures
 
 
 
 
The spring recital was so much fun! We had over 48 kids get up and show thier stuff. Photographer Scott Davis was there to take pics of all the fantastic performers. The pics are now up for your viewing pleasure and maybe you'd like to purchase one of your little performer.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
affinity4photography.smugmug.com
password is 04152012
For your childrens protection, there are no names listed.
 
 
For a deal on 3 or more of the shots, be sure to contact Scott at Affinity4photo@aol.com



There's a BIG difference between enriching a child's life and occupying a child's time.

 Summer Music Lessons
 
What are you doing all summer? How about getting better at your instrument? No home work to bog you down. Plenty of time to practice and a chance to "WOW" your friends when you get back to school! It's good for you, good for your brain and it's fun! Take some lessons or a rock class and let's make some music!!!
 
Mention this email and get your first lesson free when you sign back up for summer lessons!
A $25 value!!!
Offer good until May 30th, 2012
 
 
But don't take my word for it!
Read what the experts say......

Music Lessons Pay Off Years Later

In the study, published in Neuropsychology, researchers divided 70 older adults, ages 60 to 83, into three groups based on their levels of musical experience:

  • Nonmusicians: those who never took music lessons or learned to play an instrument.
  • Low-activity musicians: one to nine years of musical experience and some formal training.
  • High-activity musicians: at least 10 or more years experience on a regular basis and formal training.

All of the participants were tested on various types of cognitive processing, memory, and other brain function skills that typically decline with aging.

Musicians with at least 10 years of musical experience scored significantly better on tests of nonverbal memory, naming, and executive processes such as ability to organize, plan, and manage time, compared with nonmusicians.

For example, musicians were better at naming objects and their brains were better able to adapt to new information (a skill referred to as cognitive flexibility).

Researchers say a greater number of years of musical experience and an earlier age of starting music lessons appeared to have a beneficial effect on brain function, but this link needs more study.

"Based on previous research and our study results, we believe that both the years of musical participation and the age of acquisition are critical," says Hanna-Pladdy. "There are crucial periods in brain plasticity that enhance learning, which may make it easier to learn a musical instrument before a certain age and thus may have a larger impact on brain development."

All of the musicians were amateurs who started music lessons at about about age 10. More than half played the piano, about a quarter played a woodwind instrument, such as the flute or clarinet, and smaller numbers played stringed instruments, percussion, or brass instruments.

SOURCES: Hanna-Pladdy, B. Neuropsychology, April 22, 2011; vol 25: pp 378-386.News release, American Psychological Association.




 Summer Rock Camp at Ponier Music, Marietta
June and July camps

Playing in a rock band........... rocks!!!  Learn to jam with your own rock band while working with a dedicated rock band coach!

Through daily lessons, clinics and band rehearsals, students will quickly gain confidence on their instrument and experience life as a professional working musician. Learning how to be both a performing musician and a studio musician, the students will be inspired to live a life of passion through music.

Open to singers, guitar, bass, keyboards, drums and didjeridu

- Establish your band with a name

- Select your songs

- learn and rehearse your parts

-develop and rehearse stage presence

- record your songs in a state of the art recording studio

- perform your first gig on stage at The Warehouse

 

Ponier Music Rock Camp is designed for students with at least one year of playing experience. Beginning to advanced students can come individually or as a group. Ages 8-18 may attend.

 

Space is limited to 10 students so don't delay!

Session I: June 4-8

Session II: July 9-13

Schedule:

Monday - Thursday 10:30-3:30: Rehearsals at Ponier Music, Marietta

Friday - 10:30-2:30: Clinic on how a recording studio works and recording songs at Vineyard Sound Studio

Friday 8:00 PM: Perform for friends and family at The Warehouse Music Venue located at Ponier Music, Kennesaw

Students should bring a lunch

Price: $269 per week

 
 

Also: Weekly Rock Classes

Due to overwhelming demand Ponier Music is now offering weekly rock classes at the Marietta store on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. Saturday classes are held at the Kennesaw store. Rock on!!!



                                                              

Ponier Music Woodstock Presents:

                       

Summer Mini-Camps and Other Fun Stuff

So what do you have planned this summer? How about MUSIC EDUCATION? We have some fun ways to keep your chops active. Why not try a new thing? Check out these great events that fit every budget!

  

THE SUMMER GLEE EXPERIMENT

The Summer Glee Experiment is an eight week workshop where students will come together to learn about the art of singing in small group and solo settings leading to a live performance in the final week. Those enrolled in the workshop will learn these fundamentals:

Stage Presence * Connecting With the Audience * Microphone Technique * Choosing Appropriate Musical Material * Lyric Interpretation * Refining Phrasing * Overcoming Stage Fright * Communicating Effectively With Accompanists

WHEN: Monday, June 4th through Monday,  July 23rd

TIME: 7:00 � 8:30PM Every Monday

FEE: $125 for the eight weeks

  

SUMMER WOODWIND CLUB

Our fantastic woodwind instructor Neil Newcomb has put together an exciting summer woodwind club that will keep those chops active during the break. Fun, energetic music featuring Rock and Broadway solo and ensemble tunes leading to a live performance in the final week.

  

WHEN: Tuesday, June 5th through Tuesday, July 24th

TIME: 7:00 � 8:30 Every Tuesday

Fee: $125 for the eight weeks

  

UKE CAN DO IT!

A ukulele club led by Hanna and her Ukulady. By the time this eight week club is over, you will be a professional ukulelist (is that a word?) and have a full gig�s worth of material. We will then help you build your fan club and supply you with a roadie. Just kidding, but you WILL be able to perform �Stairway To Heaven� in the very near future.

  

WHEN: Wednesday, June 6th through Wednesday July 25th

TIME: 7:00 � 8:30

Fee: $125 for the eight week club

  

ROCK CAMP:    WHEN: June 18- 22nd, Monday through Friday            TIME: 9:00am � 3:00pm    FEE: $400 for the week

  

GUITAR MAINTENANCE 101: RESTRINGING AND BASIC GUITAR MAINTENANCE

When: Monday, May 7th, Tuesday June 5th and Tuesday, July 2nd             Time: 7:00-8:00PM                             Fee: $15.00

  

STUDENT OPEN MIC NIGHT (Open to all students, not only PMW students)

When: Saturdays May 12th , June 9th and July 14th        Time: 6:30PM � 8:30PM    Fee: $5 for students (includes free beverage)

  

ADULT OPEN MIC NIGHT (Ages 21 and up only please, alcohol is present at this event)

When: May 26th, June 30th, and July 28th         Time: 7:30PM - ?                 Fee: $5 (includes a free beverage of your choice)

  

Please call 770-928-8807 for more details!




Coupon
 
Guitar Players:
Cut this out and bring it in for 25% off any effects pedal in stock. Try out some new crazy sounds this summer!
 
Offer expires May 30th, 2012
 
 
Joke
A man walks into a store and orders a meatball sub and a coke. The employee behind the counter says "You must be a drummer." The man is amazed and replies "Yes! How did you know that?" "Because" says the clerk, "This is a hardware store."
 
 
 
Stick with music
Trust us:
No one is ever going to be impressed with the fact that you are good at video games
 
(Fantastic slogan now available on a T-shirt at fine Ponier Music outlets everywhere)
 
 
 

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3/25/12
 
 
What's the difference between a violin and a Tuna fish?
 
You can tune a violin, but you can't tuna fish!
What's New at Ponier Music?
In this issue:
 
Summer Rock Camps
Teacher Videos
Spring recital: sold out!
Student of the Month
Teacher of the Month
Did Ponier Music Open a Pawn Shop?
Coupon
Referral Program
Trade in Coupon
Guitar of the Month
Welcome New Students
Chicken and the Egg
Vote for Gene Clarke
Joke
New T-shirts



 Summer Rock Camp at Ponier Music, Marietta

Playing in a rock band........... rocks!!!  Learn to jam with your own rock band while working with a dedicated rock band coach!

Through daily lessons, clinics and band rehearsals, students will quickly gain confidence on their instrument and experience life as a professional working musician. Learning how to be both a performing musician and a studio musician, the students will be inspired to live a life of passion through music.

Open to singers, guitar, bass, keyboards, drums and didjeridu

- Establish your band with a name

- Select your songs

- learn and rehearse your parts

-develop and rehearse stage presence

- record your songs in a state of the art recording studio

- perform your first gig on stage at The Warehouse

 

Ponier Music Rock Camp is designed for students with at least one year of playing experience. Beginning to advanced students can come individually or as a group. Ages 8-18 may attend.

 

Space is limited to 10 students so don't delay!

Session I: June 4-8

Session II: July 9-13

Schedule:

Monday - Thursday 10:30-3:30: Rehearsals at Ponier Music, Marietta

Friday - 10:30-2:30: Clinic on how a recording studio works and recording songs at Vineyard Sound Studio

Friday 8:00 PM: Perform for friends and family at The Warehouse Music Venue located at Ponier Music, Kennesaw

Students should bring a lunch

Price: $269 per week

Secure your spot by April 29th and only pay $249!!!



 Check out our Teachers!
 
Rookie film maker Rik Hunsucker has been busy getting all of our teachers on our website.
 
 
Follow this link to check out all the teachers at: http://www.poniermusic.com/Teacher-Videos_ep_36.html



Spring Recital
 
April 15
1:30 and 4PM
 
 Sold Out!!!
 
I'm pleased as punch to say our spring recital sold out in record time!
 
We will offer another recital at the end of October
 
Tell Grandma and Grandpa: They can check out the recital from online by following this link: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/the-warehouse-live
 
If you are attending/performing in the recital:
 
1) Dress light - it can get warm in the Warehouse
2) Dress nice - the photographer will be there to take the performers pictures. No obligation to purchase. Check them out online, buy what you like.
3) Practice, practice, practice.



Student of the Month

Brock Nordin
age 12
What instruments do you play? Guitar 

How long have you taken lessons? 3 weeks

Who are your favorite musical artists/influences? Foo Fighters, AC/DC, Guns and Roses

 What are your other hobbies, besides music?

 Running, playing football, working out 

What is the coolest thing you've learned in your lessons in the past three months? Everlong by the Foo Fighters

 What advice would you give other aspiring students? To practice a lot and never give up!




 Teacher of the Month:
Brandon Reeves
 
 What is the thing you like most about teaching? Seeing the students achieve their goals.  

How do you inspire your students to practice? By teaching them to play songs that they enjoy listening to.  

Where did you study music and what was your focus? Georgia State University - Degree in Music, Jazz studies. 

What is your favorite type of music and/or artists? Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix

What do you like to do in your free time? Cook, play music with friends

 If you have a quick tip for students, what would it be? Keep your instrument out of it's case and visible when you are at home. If you have a free 10 or 15 minutes, it will be easier to sit down and have a short practice session.




17% off everything!!!!
 
March made 17 years Ponier Music has been in business.
 
Bring in this coupon and get 17% off your next purchase.
 
Expires 4/15/12
(excludes repairs, rentals & lessons)  



Pawn Shop at Ponier Music Marietta
 
 Question: Did Ponier Music open a Pawn Shop?
Answer: Yes we did.
  
Question: Why?
Answer: Well...................two reasons:
1) Ponier Music has always been successful with buying used gear and turning around and selling it. It's been a big part of our business. We thought "Why not buy and sell all sorts of used gear? We thought a pawn shop was a good way to get all kinds of used gear.
 
2) As more and more people shop online, less and less people shop locally. We thought having two businesses under one roof would help pay the rent and thus insure that Ponier Music stays for another 17 years.
 
Think Globally, Shop Locally!!!
 
Question: How does this effect me bringing my child to music lessons?
 
Answer: It shouldn't. The Pawn shop is in another part of the building with a separate entrance. Just like the gas station is another part of the building. Think of this building as an oddly shaped strip mall. We are not selling or dealing in guns. Pawn shops are not allowed to purchase or pawn things from children under the age of 18.
 
 



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Talk us up....
Earn store credit
 
One of the best ways Ponier Music get great students like you is FROM you! Talk us up. If someone signs up for lessons and uses your name as "How they heard about us". You get a $30 gift certificate from Ponier Music. And a big old hug!



Please Eat Here!!!
 Being a small business owner, I like to patronize and recommend other small businesses. Kim and I stumbled across this place a couple of months ago and I think we've been back five times already. The food is fantastic! Family friendly, clean, waitstaff and management are all top notch! Please go eat there. I want this place to stay. Tell 'em Doug Ponier sent you. Maybe I'll get a free dessert!
 
800 Whitlock Avenue Northwest  Marietta, GA 30064
 



Vote for Gene Clark 
 
I am usually not one for politics but Mr. Clark is a close friend of mine and a great guy. I taught his son Gene Clark Jr. (and he still plays!! See? You can do music your whole life!!!) years ago and Mr. Clark was always very interested and involved in his progress. A true family man! He was also kind enough to help me in a few tough spots. I got over eager to buy another music store a few years back and things went sour very quickly. Mr. Clark was very helpful in getting my butt out of a losing proposition.  
 
When you see Mr. Clark's name on the ballot, please be sure to vote for him.
 
 
 



Want to Upgrade?

If you have bought an instrument from Ponier Music in the last 6 months, and you want to upgrade to something nicer......bring it in, let us look up what you paid and we will give you 100% trade in credit towards a nicer, newer instrument.
Some rules apply:

#1. Instrument must be in EXACTLY the same condition as when it left. If it was new, it better still look new. If it was a new keyboard, you still need the box. Otherwise it's all negotiable.

#2. You must be willing to spend at least $100 dollars more for the upgraded instrument. Otherwise what's the point, really?
#3 Coupons cannot be combined.
#4 Offer good until April 15, 2012

 

 



 
Guitar of the Month
 
1962 Gibson ES-335
 
All original
 
Period correct Gibson hard shell case
 
Last year of the Micky Mouse ear body
 
2 PAF humbuckers
 
Only year of the small block inlay
 
Blue book of Guitars says this is worth between 18K-23K
 
Your price:
$19,995.00



Welcome New Students
Turn T.
Grace W.
Johnny B.
Kelly B.
Harper T.
Anna H.
Liam K.
Tracy P.
Gabi C.
Tammy B.
Miranda D.
Naji S.
Larry B.
Sid R.
Christopher H.
 
 
 



Music Joke

What's that sound?

A tourist is sightseeing in a European city. She comes upon the tomb of Beethoven, and begins reading the commerative plaque, only to be distracted by a low scratching noise, as if something was rubbing against a piece of paper.
She collars a passing native and asks what the scratching sound is.
The local person replies, "Oh, that is Beethoven. He's decomposing."



New T-Shirt
 
Everyone told us they loved it on a bumber sticker, so come and get it on a T-Shrit. The back says.....
 

 
Stick with Music
 
No one is ever going to be impressed with the fact that you are good at video games
 
 
 
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$14.95
Mention this email and get it for $13.50!!!
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11/18/11
 
Happy Holidays

Ponier Music News Letter

In this issue:

Santas wanted

Free guitar & violin program
Huge discounts on drums & keyboards
Black Friday sale
Halloween recital wrap up
Student of the Month
Teacher of the Month
Welcome new students
How to earn $30 store credit
Coupon
Letter of Inspirado
Student Recording Day
Something for Adult Students
Joke

 

Santas Wanted
Rock our intersection, make money

Every year Ponier Music has people dress up as Santa, play guitar and wave to passing cars. You don't have to know much because the cars go by so fast. Sign up for two hour shifts and make $25 store credit every time you do. Do it as much as you like and save up for the guitar of your dreams!!! You bring the guitar, we provide the suit. Go to the counter for more details and to sign up.



 

Get a Free Guitar or Violin
(one time per customer)
  

Interview by Rik Hunsucker

Rik: So now you are giving away guitars? Tell me about this program.
Doug Ponier: Yes, free guitars. It�s simple:Sign up for three months of lessons, get a free guitar. Our motto is, �We don�t just want you to own a guitar. We want you to play guitar.� So far we have given away about 35 guitars.
Rik: Yeah, but the guitars are really crumby ones, right?
Doug Ponier: Actually, no. The customer may choose any guitar in the store that costs $129.95 or less. Even if you want to get a more expensive guitar, you just pay the difference. So you can get a $200 guitar for just $70 bucks.
Rik: Why give them a guitar? Why not sell the guitar and get them to sign up for lessons?
Doug Ponier: We get a lot of parents who come in to buy their child�s first guitar but don�t sign up for lessons. I hear, �We want to see how it goes first.� Or, �We want to see if he/she is really interested, and then we�ll get the lessons.� Quite honestly, that is a terrible way to look at it.
Rik: Really? That is exactly what I thought when I bought my son his guitar. Why is that such a bad idea?
Doug Ponier: Is he still playing?
Rik: No.
Doug Ponier: I think you answered your own question. Let me put it this way: I could buy a book on how to build a deck and try to build a deck. But it would be a heck of a lot easier if I got my friend Joe, who builds decks for a living, to be right there next to me for guidance.
Rik: That makes sense.
Doug Ponier: Of course it does. My progress is going to be faster, easier, with less chance of mistakes, and I�ll enjoy the process more by getting professional help.
Rik: So I should apply that same concept to making music?
Doug Ponier: Exactly! And that is why we are giving away the guitars. We know that if you get proper help right from the start instead of �seeing how it goes,� you are going to have a better chance of sticking with it. Don�t just own a guitar, Play guitar!

 

Save $100 off any drumset or keyboard when you sign up for 3 months of lessons.
One time per customer

Black Friday One Day Sale
And Saturday and Sunday too!!!

You know what's funny about being an independant retailer on Black Friday? The first few years you think "Wow! Black Friday.............the biggest shopping day of the year!!! I'm going to sell a ton of stuff!!!" Then you sit there all day long and wonder what went wrong. Nothing really went wrong! It's just that you guys all go to the mall!!!! Well come see us! We're bored!!! And just to make it worth your while.....Ponier Music is having the biggest sale of the yeaer. I can't even tell you how big because I'll get in trouble with my distributors. Drop by, say hello, get cool music gear, save money. We are sure to have a deal for everyone this Friday. We won't open up early, but we'll be there at 10.


 

Halloween Recital
Pictured: Doug, Miles, Charlotte and Kate Ponier

The Halloween recital was a great success with over 45 monsters, witches and goblins performing for friends and family. Congrats to Makare Craig, flute and Andrew Riney, guitar for winning best performance. Next recital is in the spring. Pick out a piece and start practicing now! Or if you really have the itch to do another one right away, Ponier Music Woodstock is doing a Holiday recital on December 11. Call 770 928 8807 for more info.

Student of the Month
Tyler Gentile

1. What instruments do you play? Um�drums, guitar, piano..I�ve played the violin and the cello before and that�s about it.
2. How long have you taken lessons? Probably, a little under a year.
3. Who are your favorite musical artists/influences? Dave Grohl, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Iron Maiden, and my friend Matt. He�s really good.
4. What are your other hobbies, besides music? I actually skateboard a little bit and I�m a really big computer nerd.
5. What is the coolest thing you�ve learned in your lessons in the past three months? I think it�s really cool that Mr. Jeremy is teaching me theory.
6. What advice would you give other aspiring students? Just don�t give up. I�ve been frustrated before where I think �Agh, I can�t do it!� but practice will get you there. Don�t give up!

Teacher of the Month:
Hanna Jones, violin

What is the thing you like most about teaching? The thing I like most about teaching is to see my students grow and become better musicians.
How do you inspire your students to practice? I encourage every student to set a goal and make their goals their inspiration; whether that be working on solo performances or reaching a higher chair seating in their orchestra.
Where did you attend college and what was your focus? I currently attend Kennesaw State University. I am working on a degree in Communications focusing in the area of Media Studies with a possible minor in film.
What is your favorite type of music? I love every genre of music, it is hard to choose a favorite. My top 3 favorite genres are classical music, classic rock, and bluegrass. 
What do you like to do in your free time? Music is a huge part of my life, so in my spare time I love to play my banjo. I have been playing banjo for about four and a half years, and like to attend bluegrass jams at the Marietta Square.
If you have a quick tip for violinists, what would it be? Practice, practice, practice! And have fun with it! If you can devote 30 min. a day to your instrument it will make a huge difference! You will be amazed at how far you have come. 

Welcome New Students

David G. 
Kendall C. 
Alex L. 
Erin V. 
John K.
Alex M.
Chris W.
Kevin V.
Morgan H.
Reagan H.
Michael K.
Asha H.
Rainey R.

 Lesson referral program

We've already given away over $900!

Thank you!

"I just got $30 worth of free stuff!!! You can too!"
Here's how...............We know that word of mouth is the best way to get more students, so why not reward the ones who talk us up? If you get a friend to sign up for music lessons, we will give you a $30 gift card as a thank you! Spread the word and get free stuff!

I can't believe you've read this far down!!!
Here's a great coupon for you!
50% off one song book
Offer good until 12/1/11

Letters of Inspirado....
Urban Dictionary: Inspirado -
The creative juices which allows a normal human being to create music, poems, stories, etc.


I'd like to share a recent letter we received from a parent and the teacher's response. 

 

Dear Jimmy,
     We need to change Justin's guitar lesson this week. We have a conflict with basketball practice. Also, with basketball ramping up with after school practices, we are going to need to discontinue lessons at the end of the month. At least at this point. Let me know what days are available to reschedule his lesson this week.


Thanks,
Dr. Hfuhruhurr

Brett's response:

Dear Dr. Hfuhruhurr,
     Are you available to do Wednesday at 3:30? I understand about basketball beginning but I'd likes to encourage you to continue lessons so Justin doesn't instill in his mind that guitar lessons are second to sports. This mentality will reflect in his practice habits. It is completely your decision on what your child's priorities are; however I always like to offer my professional opinion. I'm sorry to be so forward on this topic but I have lost many students to sports only to see them never return.

Sincerely,

Jimmy
 




STUDENT RECORDING DAY
On Sunday, November 20th we are hosting a recording day for our students at Ponier Music Woodstock. This is completely free and a great opportunity to record your latest song and make a Christmas cd for your Grandma!


This event filled up on the first day. However, we have a waiting list for cancellations. PARENTS: IF YOUR STUDENT IS SIGNED UP AND WILL NOT BE IN ATTENDANCE, PLEASE REMOVE YOUR RESERVATION. The reservation sheet is located at the front desk. You can also reserve by calling or emailing: 770.928.8807 or info@poniermusicwoodstock.com.
 




SOMETHING FOR OUR ADULT STUDENTS

We realize that the last thing you want to do is to play Blackbird in front of an audience of dedicated, glowing parents on recital day. That�s why this next one is for you. We are now offering an artist open mic night for adults ages 21 and up. This event is free if you are a student of Ponier Music. Bring your own wine or beer and watch as we transform the lesson common area into Woodstock�s most distinguished listening room. Jeremy Cochran and Hanna Henry will be hosting, so be bold and be ready to play!

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19th, 7:00 SIGN-UP, 7:30 MUSIC BEGINS

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17th, 7:00 SIGN-UP, 7:30 MUSIC BEGINS

 




Joke
A community orchestra was plagued by attendance problems. Several musicians were absent at each rehearsal. As a matter of fact, every player in the orchestra had missed several rehearsals, except for one very faithful oboe player. Finally, as the dress rehearsal drew to a close, the conductor took a moment to thank the oboist for her faithful attendance. She, of course, humbly responded "It's the least I could do, since I won't be at the performance." 

 

 
5/7/11
Summer Rock Camps
 
 
 
 
 
 
4/3/11
Very cool interview by Rik Hunsucker for the Northside News about Ponier Music's Guitar Giveaway program.  
 
Guitar Give-away at Ponier Music!

Interview by Rik Hunsucker

Rik: So now you are giving away guitars?  Tell me about this program.

Doug Ponier: Yes, free guitars. It�s simple:Sign up for three months of lessons, get a free guitar. Our motto is, �We don�t just want you to own a guitar. We want you to play guitar.� So far we have given away about 35 guitars.

Rik: Yeah, but the guitars are really crumby ones, right?

Doug Ponier: Actually, no. The customer may choose any guitar in the store that costs $129.95 or less. Even if you want to get a more expensive guitar, you just pay the difference. So you can get a $200 guitar for just $70 bucks.

Rik: Why give them a guitar? Why not sell the guitar and get them to sign up for lessons?

Doug Ponier: We get a lot of parents who come in to buy their child�s first guitar but don�t sign up for lessons. I hear, �We want to see how it goes first.� Or, �We want to see if he/she is really interested, and then we�ll get the lessons.�  Quite honestly, that is a terrible way to look at it.

Rik: Really? That is exactly what I thought when I bought my son his guitar. Why is that such a bad idea?

Doug Ponier: Is he still playing?

Rik: No.

Doug Ponier: I think you answered your own question. Let me put it this way: I could buy a book on how to build a deck and try to build a deck. But it would be a heck of a lot easier if I got my friend Joe, who builds decks for a living, to be right there next to me for guidance.

Rik: That makes sense.

Doug Ponier: Of course it does. My progress is going to be faster, easier, with less chance of mistakes, and I�ll enjoy the process more by getting professional help.

Rik: So I should apply that same concept to making music?

Doug Ponier: Exactly! And that is why we are giving away the guitars. We know that if you get proper help right from the start instead of �seeing how it goes,� you are going to have a better chance of sticking with it. Don�t just own a guitar, Play guitar!

Doug Ponier is the owner of Ponier Music. Ponier Music has been serving West Cobb, Kennesaw, and Woodstock for 16 years on everything musical. For more information visit www.poniermusic.com
 
3/30/11
Learn the Blues, Play the Blues 2nd date added
The Ponier Music Blues trio was a big hit at The Daily Grind Coffee Shop and they've added us for a 2nd date. May 7th 6-9. Work on a blues song with your teacher and come sit in with a real blues band to impress friends and family. More details below.  
 
 
3/1/11
Former Ponier Music Teacher now a Published Author!
Cicily Janus was the very first trumpet teacher Ponier Music had way back in 1995. She is now a mother of three, writer and published author with a new book called The New Face of Jazz: An Intimate Look at Today's Living Legends and the Artists of Tomorrow
 
Follow this link to check out her book:
Or to find out more about Cicily, check her out here:
 
 
2/23/10
Spring Recital
Sunday, May 1st 1:30 and 4 PM
Wanna see your little musician up on stage? Join us for a spring recital. door prizes and prizes for best performance. Refreshments will be served. sign up sheets are located on the lesson studio doors. Don't wait! Sapce is limited to 25 per recital. Just like last year, we will sell out. Deadline to turn in forms is April 24th. $10 recital fee due when ou turn in the form.
 
1/29/11
Performance Oppourtunity
Learn the Blues, Play the Blues
Work with your teacher on any standard blues song and then come sit in with a real blues band. Perform for your friends and family.
Saturday, March 12, 6-9PM
The Ponier Blues Trio
At: The Daily Grind Coffee House & Cafe
3960 Mary Eliza Trace Marietta, Ga 30064
Across from Due West Elementary School

 

 
 
1/23/11
Free Guitar
When you sign up for 3 months of music lessons
We don't want to make you a guitar owner, we want to make you a guitar player!
 

1/18/11
 
1/10/11
Ponier Music is closed today due to the weather. Enjoy the snow!!!!

1/3/11

 

 
10/15/10
Ponier Music is now a Line 6 Dealer
 
 
 
 
10/10/10
New webcam at the Warehouse
Thank you to Joe Polo who has now added a webcam to the Warehouse. Tune it to check out what's going on Friday and Saturday nights. We will also be broadcasting the Halloween Recital on 10/30/10 at 1:30 and 4PM. Follow this link to tune in.
 
 
 
10/3/10
Ponier Music student jams on stage with Collective Soul
Ed Roland brought a very talented young man up on stage to play with Collective Soul during the PAR3 Concert at East Lake in Atlanta 9/24/2010. Dylan Porper. Dylan is a student of Joe Polo's Rock Camps given every Saturday at the Kennesaw Ponier Music. Dylan told Joe he wasn't nervous at all to be on stage with Collective Soul due to all the experience he got at the Rock Class. Rock on Dylan!!!

 
 
9/4/10

 

 
 
 
 
9/4/10

 
6/2/10
 
Free* Guitar Class
Got a guitar? Need some direction?
Ponier Music is proud to announce the return of group guitar class
Starting Saturday's in July at the Marietta store
11AM
4 non-sequencial lessons, so you can start any time
All ages, bring your guitar
Class space is limited so please call 770 422 7766 to RSVP

 

Cost:
* If you've ever bought a guitar from Ponier Music the class is totally free. Otherwise the cost is $50 for the four week class.

 

5/28/10
The Taylor Guitars Road Show
Ponier Music Cartersville
Wednesday, June 23, 7PM
Rare and one off Taylors. Test-drive new Taylor models. Fr
ee digital subscription to Premier Guitar for every attendee. Taylor wear and Elixer acoustic strings (while supplys last) Register to win a Custom Taylor guitar.
 
 
 
4/27/10
Pics from the spring recital 4/25/10 courtesy of Steven Wanke.
 
 
 
4/14/10
Rock Class
Ponier Music is proud to announce two summer sessions
June 7th-11th, 10-3
July 12-16, 10-3
Both camps end with a Friday night show at the Warehouse
Both camps given at the Ponier Music Warehouse
Taught by rock god Joe Polo
open to guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, vocalists and accordian
199 per person, sign up by May 10th and pay only $179
Don't wait!!! Space is limited
Check out last years rock band 6' Midgets on the lessons page 

 

 
1/10/09
Group Guitar Class
Did you get a guitar for Chritmas? Figuring it out all by yourself can be a daunting task. Starting in February Ponier Music is offering a group guitar class to help you get started. Taught by Chad Shivers who has taught private lessons and group classes for Ponier Music over the years, Chad will get you on track and rocking out!!!
Classes start Sunday February 7th at 1:30 AM. $99 gets you six weeks of class. Space is limited to 8 students so sign up ASAP to reserve your spot!!!

11/23/09

Black Friday One Day Sale  
Friday, November 27th 
You know what's funny about being an independant retailer on Black Friday? The first few years you think "Wow! Black Friday.............the biggest shopping day of the year!!! I'm going to sell a ton of stuff!!!" Then you sit there all day long and wonder what went wrong. Nothing really went wrong! It's just that you guys all go to the mall!!!! Well come see us! We're bored!!! And just to make it worth your while.....Ponier Music is having the biggest sale we have ever had. I can't even tell you how big because I'll get in trouble with my distributors. Drop by, say hello, get cool music gear, save money. We are sure to have a deal for everyone this Friday. We ain't openin' up early, but we'll be there at 10.


Vote For Your Favorite Rock Star
If you've driven by our Marietta store latley you've seen the cool window art by our artist in residence Rik Hunsucker. Rick has done a wonderful job painting rock gods and who he should draw next has been the topic of heavy debate. Rick has one more to go and we want to put it to the vote. All you have to do is pick your favorite from this list and send an email to doug@poniermusic.com The one with the most votes gets painted.

 1) Jimi Hendrix
           2) Bruce Springsteen
  3) Junior Brown
4) Chuck Berry
 5) Willie Nelson
6) Write in vote

Santa's Wanted
Rock our intersection, make money.
Every year Ponier Music has people dress up as Santa, play guitar and wave to passing cars. You don't have to know much because the cars go by so fast. Sign up for two hour shifts and make $20 store credit every time you do it. Do it as much as you like and save up for the guitar of your dreams!!! You bring the guitar, we provide the suit. Go to the counter for more details and to sign up.
 
 
 
10/17/09
 
Halloween Recital at the Ponier Music Warehouse  
Ghosts, Goblins, Music!!! 
 Rocktober 25th 1:30 and 4PM
Wanna see your little musician up on stage? Join us for a Halloween recital. Prizes for best costume, best performance and a door prize. Refreshments will be served. Sign up sheets are located on lesson studio doors. Don't wait!!! Space is limited to 25 per recital. Just like last year, this will fill up!!!! Deadline to turn in forms is October 20th. $10 recital fee due when you turn in sign up sheet. This is a costumed recital: No costume, no gettin' on my stage!!! 



The Fender 100% Trade up Guarantee - Expanded!
100% trade up program to now include Martin, Taylor & Guild Guitars!!!
There are some brand names that absolutely hold their value. Ferrari. Harley-Davidson. Tiffany's.  We believe these guitar brands are included. Investing in one of these guitars is a no brainer. Investing in one of these guitars with us shows that you are a savvy shopper indeed! Ponier Music is the only music store that will offer you a 100% trade up guarantee if you decide to move up to a more expensive Fender. Here is your chance to get a great Fender guitar that fits within your budget. Play it, enjoy it, take care of it, then trade up to a nicer Fender until you reach the guitar of your dreams.

If you are in the market for a Fender, Martin, Guild or Taylor and you don't get it from us, you are crazy!!! We will price match and with this trade gaurantee............there is no better deal out there, anywhere!!!

Four simple rules:
1)       100% trade up offer is good for 12 months from the original purchase date.
2)       The Guitar must come back in the same condition as when it was purchased and come back with all the same stuff it left with.
3)       The new guitar being traded for must be one of these four brands and must be priced at least $100 more that the originally purchased guitar.
4)       If the trade is over the Internet, the customer is responsible for getting the guitar back to Ponier Music and pay the difference before the new guitar leaves the store.


9/7/09

Battle of the Bands
Saturday, Rocktober 3rd
Win a $500 gift cirtificate to Ponier Music and maybe a Fender Stratocaster too!!!
Ponier Music, Cartersville is hosting a Battle of the Bands October 3rd from 10-4PM at the Earl Smalls Harley Davidson facility in Cartersville. (Rain date Oct. 4th) Do you have a band? Do you rock? Do you want to win $500 gift cirtificate from Ponier Music? Then follow this link to the Ponier Music Myspace Warehouse page and tell Joe you want to sign up. http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=29498070&MyToken=104052f8-06e8-4281-b695-e3ea36f6e101
 
Should be fun for the whole family with over 45 vendors, entertainment, motercycle swap meet, antique cars and lots of other stuff!!! I'm told the first year they did this (last year) they had over 1,000 in attendance.
 
 
Halloween Recital at the Ponier Music Warehouse
Ghosts, Goblins, Music!!!
Sunday Rocktober 25th 1:30 and 4PM
Wanna see your little musician up on stage? Join us for a Halloween recital. Prizes for best costume, best performance and a door prize. Refreshments will be served. Sign up sheets are located on lesson studio doors. Don't wait!!! Space is limited to 25 per recital. Just like last year, this will fill up!!!! Deadline to turn in forms is October 20th. $10 recital fee due when you turn in sign up sheet. This is a costumed recital: No costume, no gettin' on my stage!!! 
 
 
Johnathan Mover Drum Clinic
Cancelled until a later date!!!
(Drummer for Joe Satrani)
Wednesday, Rocktober 28th
The Warehouse, Ponier Music Kennesaw
$8 in advance, $12 day of show
I am so excited about this one! As a teenager I saw Johnathan Mover in clinic at Atlanta Pro Percussion and I can tell you he will not disappoint!!! Johnathan plays double bass licks with one bass and no double pedal. It is unreal. With over 125 album credits to his name, Johnathan has performed and/or recorded with the likes of Alice Cooper, Joe Satriani, Aretha Franklin, Mick Jagger, Peter Frampton, Frank Gambale and Joe Lynn Turner just to name a few. Check out this clip of Johnathan Mover in action and don't miss this clinic!!!
 

 
 

 

8/22/09
Shawn Drover Drum Clinic
Ponier Music is proud to have Shawn Drover of Megadeth in drum clinic at the Kennesaw Warehouse. Thursday August 27th at 8PM. $5 in advance, $8 the day of show. Presented by Ddrum.





Blink 182 / Fallout Boys ticket contest
9/29/2009
Aaron's at Lakewood

Presented by Fender Guitars
Winner to be picked Sept 26
How do you win two tickets to the Blink 182 / Fallout Boys concert? All you have to do is check out our Cartersville location. We want you to see all the cool Fender (and Taylor) guitars we have in stock. Come on...................you already like checking out music stores...............make the drive, check out the store and register to win the tickets. By the way...........do you know about the Fender deal we are running?
 

The Fender 100% Trade up Guarantee
 There are some brand names that absolutely hold their value. Ferrari. Harley-Davidson. Tiffany's.  We believe Fender guitars are one of those brands. Investing in a Fender guitar is a no brainer. Investing in a Fender guitar with us shows that you are a savvy shopper indeed! You see, Ponier Music is the only music store that will offer you a 100% trade up guarantee if you decide to move up to a more expensive Fender. Here is your chance to get a great Fender guitar that fits within your budget. Play it, enjoy it, take care of it. Then trade up to a nicer Fender until you reach the guitar of your dreams.
 
 
7/24/09
God Bless Frank Moates Jr.
My friend Frank Moates lost his battle with cancer this past Monday. Frank was the owner of Atlanta Vintage Guitars. Great guy, great guitar player. We did some business over the years but mostly I would go in AVG and shoot the bull with Frank for hours. There was never a time I met with Frank that he didn't ask about how my family was doing or a time when he wasn't bragging about his beloved daughter Francis. I was lucky enough to play 2 or 3 dozen gigs with Frank over the years and always loved listening to him play and sing. 55 is too young. I will miss you dearly my friend. Rest in Peace.
 
 
 
6/1/09
Chris Proctor Guitar Concert/Clinic 
And Big Sale!!!

Ponier Music Kennesaw
Saturday June 20th 7:30PM
$8 in advance, $10 day of show

Biography
Chris Proctor was winner of the U.S. National Finger style Guitar Championship, and is a popular Sugarhouse, Rounder, Flying Fish and Windham Hill recording artist will be performing in concert. A nationally-recognized 6 and 12-string guitarist, composer, recording artist, performer, and clinician for Taylor Guitars, Proctor has produced several books and videos which teach his techniques and compositions for solo guitar, and writes extensively for the guitar press. He is touring to promote his new release and ninth solo recording, "Ladybug Stomp," on Sugarhouse Records, his 6 and 12-string instructional DVD�s for Homespun Tapes, and his Warner book/instructional CD, Chris Proctor, Guitar Collection.


check out Chris' website at www.chrisproctor.com


Come to the Chris Proctor guitar clinic/concert and you will be amazed at the prices!!!
Prices so low I'm not allowed to print them here. We want a good turnout to the clinic so all new guitars/basses/drums will be on sale. You have to come to find out but you won't be sorry. The clinic will be great and if you are shopping for a deal, you will find it at Ponier Music Kennesaw on Saturday night!!! 


6/2/09
Free guitar class & free guitar
Ponier Music Cartersville and Kennesaw is starting a free guitar class for beginners that includes a free guitar on June 20th. The class is offered to children ages 8-14. The first class will meet at 10:30am on Saturdays in June and July. More classes will be added in the afternoon as needed. Classes are limited to 8 students. For more info and to get signed up call Ponier Music Cartersivlle  770 386 1314 
Ponier Music Kennesaw at 770 514 5700
 
 
6/2/09
Summer Rock Camps
Join us for a week of rock at the Ponier Music Warehouse
Open to guitar, bass, keyboards, drums and vocals. Students will study various aspects of rock music including technique,  song writing, soloing, improvisation, and performance. The week will conclude with a live performance for friends and family featuring songs from the popular Guitar Hero and Rock Band games.
June 15-19, July 13-17, 10-3pm
Kennesaw Warehouse
Performance Friday for Friends and Family
Tuition is $250 per week
Space is limited to 10 students so don't delay!
(7 students already signed up for June camp)

Contact Ponier Music at 770 -514-5700 (ask for Joe) for more information
*Because space is limited there will be no refunds for any reason
 
 
5/28/09

Drummers:
Dom Famularo Drum Clinic
Ponier Music just finalized a deal to have Dom Famularo do a drum clinic at the Kennesaw Warehouse Monday June 8th at 8PM. Dom Famularo has been traveling the globe preaching the gospel of drumming for over 30 years. An intense performer, Dom is one of the most respected solo drum artists in the world, with a career built solely upon his unique skills as a drummer and motivational speaker. Admission will be $8.00. For more info on Dom check out his website at www.domfamularo.com . Hope to see you there!!! 

 


 
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