Imagine Music Academy has combined teaching vocals with an “On-Stage Experience”. The students will be instructed in a stage environment with stage lights, a sound system, and their own microphone. We start each lesson covering the techniques needed to sing, starting from the basics and continuing with each lesson.
Amid the store's array of new instruments, vintage instruments, and even some vintage skirts, Fanny and her staff of experienced musicians will help you learn the basics of your preferred instrument. Under their careful tutelage, you'll learn to harness the funk as it escapes your heart, travels through your bloodstream, and wafts out of your finger-pores in a funk mist. At Fanny's House of Music, budding musicians can take the first step of a glamorous journey that will have them rapidly ascending to rock stardom, weathering their band’s unfortunate yet predictable break-up, and reluctantly joining a reunion tour that will pay off their debts and gain a new legion of Japanese fans.
Tell us about your business.
I'm a well-known guitar teacher on the internet who provides lessons for people in Smyrna, Tennessee and all over the globe, using Skype and FaceTime video-conferencing platforms.
What makes your business stand out?
[I give] quality instruction, with 10 plus years of one-on-one [teaching] experience.
What inspired you (or the owner) to start or run this business?
I always wanted a music store growing up. After working for a music store, I realized that the real money is made in the servicing department. I'm very gifted on the guitar, and not every great guitarist has the communication edge and ability to teach. Some of my musical influences are Tommy Emmanuel, The Beatles, Eric Clapton, and John Mayer.
What is the best reaction you’ve ever gotten from a customer?
When [a student] says they can't, yet they do after a little coaching.
What’s your favorite part about your job?
Seeing people's lives enriched through learning music.
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