The Joy of Creating the Annual Student Album

At Guitar Lessons Ithaca, we believe in nurturing musicianship. We encourage our students to explore the music that resonates with them. That’s why twice a year, we invite students to dive deep into their favorite pieces of music. The Student Concert in early Summer and the Student Album in the Fall are not just events; they are opportunities to express yourself in a unique and personal way.

At this time we are currently working on Student Album Volume VI and it’s been a blast!  Here are some of the many benefits that students who participate in it receive.

Part I: Practical Advantages

Creative Expression:

Writing and recording original music is a chance to uncover your distinct artistic voice, fostering creativity.

Sense of Accomplishment:

Completing an album is a significant milestone that instills a profound sense of pride and accomplishment.

Real-world Experience: Participating in the album mirrors the professional music-making process, offering invaluable experience in the industry.

Portfolio Building and Collaboration Skills:

Crafting an album is a powerful addition to your portfolio, showcasing your musical prowess. It also hones your collaboration skills, teaching you vital lessons in communication and teamwork.

Time Management and Discipline:

Successfully completing an album requires dedication and disciplined time management. This skill transcends the realm of music, benefitting all aspects of your life.

Feedback and Growth:

Engaging with constructive criticism from teachers, peers, and listeners will fuel substantial growth in your songwriting, performance, and recording skills.

Exposure and Recognition:

The album has the potential to capture a wider audience’s attention, offering exposure for your musical endeavors. This recognition can serve as a springboard for future opportunities within the music industry.

Part 2: Musical Advantages

Deeper Understanding of Various Parts of a Tune:

Navigating the Melody, Harmonizing the Piece, and Rhythmic Considerations provide a comprehensive grasp of music.

Overall Arrangement/Form of a Piece:

Thoughtfully arranging your piece deepens your understanding of musical composition.

Timing, Expressive Elements, and Phrasing:

Perfecting the timing, mastering expressive elements, and delving into phrasing enrich your performance.

Enhancing Songwriting Skills:

Writing your own music for the album is a quantum leap in your songwriting abilities, pushing you to make decisions and execute your ideas.

Instrumentation and Achieving Desired Tone:

You have the power to select accompanying instruments and experiment with effects and pedals, sculpting your desired tone.


These albums are not just about music; they are about growth, collaboration, and the pure joy of creating something uniquely yours. Take the leap and let your music soar.

Are you ready to embark on this journey of self-expression and achievement? Reach out and schedule your free trial lesson today!

If you want to set up a free trial lesson either in person or online, simply fill out this form and we’ll get back to you within 24 hours.  You’ve got nothing to lose and an amazing musical world to gain. 🙂