Digital Abyss was formed in June of 2018 and bring the energy and enthusiasm that only a group of 8-12 year olds could bring to the table! Specializing in modern folk rock and with their signature two drummer line up, these kids are not messing around and are ready to ROCK!
Wyatt Garfinkle – Age 8 – Drums
Wyatt has been playing the drums for aproximatly one year and does an amazing job holding down the back beat for the band. Wyatt is also an avid baseball player who’s team made it all the way to the finals in their league this summer!
Ella Marks – Age 9- Guitar/Vocals
Ella is a rising 4th grader at the Galloway School and is the one of the singers and guitarists for Digital Abyss. Ella’s upbeat attitude and energy are one of the keys to DA’s fun loving feel in their music! Besides her love of music Ella also keeps busy playing soccer, basketball, horseback riding, and rock climbing.
Layla Szikman – Age 8 – Keys/Vocals
Layla has been singing and playing piano since the age of 4 and loves bringing her talents to the band in whatever way she can! Layla draws her inspiration from artists such as The Beatles, Green Day, Elton John, Billy Joel, Brandi Carlile, and movies such as Moana and The Greatest Showman. Layla is also involved in gymnastics at Jumpstart Gym and theatre at Orbit drama academy. She was recently in the ensemble cast for Honk Jr. and The Aristocats.
Nadia Allen-Krincek – Age 12 – Drums
Nadia has been a drum student at SSM for a little over a year and adds her experience and talents to round out the rhythm section of Digital Abyss. Nadia’s other interests include reading, anaconda’s and other exotic animals, traveling, and hopes to one day own her own condo in Hawaii! (don’t we all! ;).
Ryan Brill – Age 9 – Guitar & Bass Guitar
Ryan comes from a family steeped in the love of music and concert going. In his 9 years Ryan has seen more than his fair share of concerts from Phish to Dead & Company, here in Atlanta, all the way to Red Rocks in Colorado! Ryan’s other interests include fishing, video games and being an armature outdoors man. He hopes to one day run the Nature Shack at Camp Barney Medintz.
From David Szikman, SSM’s owner:
The two most common questions we’ve gotten over our 14 years of operating, “How old should kids be to start music lessons” and of course, “How long will it take me to learn to play..?”. I always smile a little to myself at the second question because it is such a relative question. I personally have been playing guitar since I was 9 years old, and to me, I’m still trying to learn how to play! :). Meaning, when it comes to learning an instrument, it is a never ending journey every musician takes and their truly is no end to learning. I always answer that question with a comparison to sports, the more time you put in, the more you will get out. Learning your instrument comes down to one thing, practice. The more you practice, the faster you learn, the more your fingers memorize their positions and transitions and every day you get a little better than the day before.. and I can personally testify to that fact, I am still practicing every day, and hopefully getting a little better than the day before! Hopefully..
When it comes to the right age to start, we typically start children as young as 4, however this is a child by child situation where some kids are more ready than others depending on interest, motivation and of course the ever important attention span. So, we always offer a one time trial lesson to gauge the child’s interest and if they are motivated and wanting to learn, we are here to teach! Typically the age ranges we try to stick to are as follows:
Piano: 4 and up
Violin: 4 and up
Viola/Cello: 7 and up
Guitar: 7 and up
Uke: 6 and up
Drums: 6 and up
Voice: 6 and up (voice is tricky and you have to be very careful not to push a child’s vocal chords too hard as they are still developing, so we always take great care in this for our younger kids!)
Brass & Woodwinds: 7 and up
If you would like to come in to try a one time lesson on any of our instruments, just call us at 404-250-0406 or email email@example.com and we can arrange a one time $35 trial lesson for you or your child!
Check out these amazing performances from our Students at SSM!
Concert for a Cause – a Benefit for Ian’s Friends Foundation- 5/21/16- Fly, Vivi Melkonian, Rose Sanders, Emma Hilleary perform “FLY”
Layla Szikman (5 year old) performing “The Cup Song”
Robert Breeser and Hal Olsen performing at the SSM Student Showcase Concert