Pro Music Academy's founder, Chad Chapin, was fresh off a five-year tour as a percussionist and guitar player for Ben Folds when he returned home. He was greeted by his 2-year-old daughter, who promptly said “Thanks, Daddy, for coming over.” The statement tugged at Chapin’s heartstrings and he had a revelation: that he could spend more time with his family by practicing music right in Nashville. He called on other professional musicians to form an elite group of instructors, and thus, Pro Music Academy was born. During 30-minute lessons, instructors known for touring with recording juggernauts such as Sheryl Crow, Madonna, Casting Crowns, Carrie Underwood, Toby Mac, and many more teach pupils how to master vocals, song writing, instruments, and how to squeeze a tuba into the driver's seat of a tour bus.
Despite being blessed with a mellifluous, five-octave voice and an unwavering desire to sing, Brett Manning couldn’t find a vocal coach who would give him the results he wanted, always slipping back into the same problems and frustrations. That all changed when he met a wizened old gentleman who had spent his career amassing effective exercises and training some of the country's top singers. Taking classes from his new mentor, Manning began his own experimental foray into vocal training, streamlining his newly discovered secrets and adding new tricks to enhance his lessons. Before long, he was helping Broadway casts, Grammy-winning artists, and big-label singers to improve their vocal performances and shame all other party invitees in renditions of "Happy Birthday."
At Brett Manning's studio, a hand-selected coterie of coaches—each individually trained in Manning’s method—helps to shape up aspiring crooners, bringing a wide range of experiences to lessons. Classes are available in person, over the phone, or on Skype, allowing students to hone their pipes from across the country or safely hidden in the studio's air ducts.
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Founded and directed by esteemed actor and film producer Alan Dysert, best known as Sean Cudahy from All My Children, The Actor's School instructs trained thespians and prospective talent alike in the art of on-camera performance and navigating the entertainment industry. During the two-hour course, students learn to get comfortable in front of a camera, cultivating characters in a variety of mediums, such as films, soap operas, sitcoms, commercials, music videos, and stunt-double work for a Supreme Court justice. The small, unintimidating class size allows timid trainees to break out of their shells as they run lines from real TV scripts with friends, or improvise post-apocalyptic love scenes with strangers. The experienced instructors will share essential tips and tricks on how to find work in the industry. Peruse The Actor's School's alumni success stories to see where a newly honed craft may land you.
Professional six-string shredder Ron Worrell has honed his craft under Grammy-winning jazz musicians and guitar players for Michael Jackson and Jeff Beck. From his studies, he has gleaned the best ways to show beginners the ropes. Lessons for the acoustic, electric, or bass guitar take place in the student's home, at Ron's Music Row studio in Nashville, or even online.