Guitar Lessons in Decatur, GA

About Me

A picture of Kelly McCarty, who offers guitar lessons in Decatur, GA.

Kelly McCarty is a professional guitar teacher in Decatur, GA.

Hi, I’m Kelly McCarty and I’m a guitar teacher in Decatur, GA. I studied Composition and Theory at Kansas State University and also hold a Masters in Jazz Studies from Florida State University.  I’ve played the guitar for almost 20 years while teaching lessons for over 10. I specialize in educating beginner to late intermediate players in styles including rock, jazz, and classical.  I feel that music education should be fun.  Students who find a love for music have something they can keep for life, so I’m excited to share my love of music and the guitar with anyone interested in learning.

Guitar Lessons

I give my best effort to make guitar lessons fun as well as educational for my students.  Many of them have had a poor first experience in their lessons because their former teacher was more interested in playing than teaching.  Others were pushed into learning things that were not interesting to them.  I understand that teaching guitar lessons is a professional craft unique to performing, so I’m careful to be a teacher that responds to the feedback and interest levels of my students.  Lessons are scheduled in blocks of 30 minutes, but I leave a little space between so we always have time to finish what we’re learning.  I am happy to do house calls, or we can meet at my home studio.

Student Performances

Performance is a good supplement to piano lessons.

VillageFest is an annual concert for young performers hosted by

Taking guitar lessons is great, but many students dream of getting out and playing. Getting comfortable onstage is a muscle that has to be exercised before it can be flexed. For this reason, Kevin and I work very hard to organize live music events where our students can perform. These are great chances for young musicians to develop confidence in themselves and show their hard work. All the same, we both understand that some folks just love to play for themselves, so our students are never pressured into stressful situations.