Classes and Workshops

Phone: 615-467-2020
128 Holiday Court, Suite 128
Franklin, TN 37067

Services: Classes & Workshops

The Singer’s School offers classes and workshops with Alan Dysert and other respected instructors from many professions including film, music, and other entertainment industries.

Small class sizes allow the student maximum attention and an intimate learning environment. From vocal training to voice-overs, find a class here that will improve your skills and take you to the next level!


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SINGER-SONGWRITER WORKSHOP with JANE BACH

Jan 4th and 11th , 2015 from 7:00 P.M. to 9:30 P.M.

Jane Bach has been teaching this workshop in Nashville, New York City and Los Angeles for the past eight years to critical acclaim. She was born and raised in New York City and move to Nashville in 1982 to pursue a career and songwriting and was quickly signed to a publishing deal.

In a career that has spanned over 30 years with cuts by such notable artists as Tammy Wynette, Ray Price, Reba McEntire, Jodee Messina, Collin Raye and many many others, as well as TV placements, Jane brings her expertise in the crafting of a great song and her understanding of the music business to a new level for anyone interested in becoming a better writer. With Matraca Berg, she wrote the number one song “The Last One to Know” recorded by Reba McEntire (Billboard, Cashbox) and the number one song, “Just Enough Love” for Ray Price (Billboard Independent Chart). She has been nominated for a Viewer’s Choice award, a Grammy award, and a People’s Choice award as well as earning multiple ASCAP awards.

Jane has had hit singles (among them, “Dare to Dream” for Jodie Messina) in this country as well as in Great Britain, France, Holland, Canada Japan and South America. A well-respected writer, teacher and producer, Jane is a member of NSAI, Songwriters Guild of America and LA Women in Music.

Now signed to an LA publisher, working out of Nashville and Los Angeles, she’s writing for TV as well as working with numerous young pop/rock and country artists. She works with Australian pop superstar, Nikki Webster and has travelled to Australia numerous times to work with Aussie singer/songwriters including Mandi Jarry Australian Idol Cosima DaVito. Jane’s home base is in Nashville where she lives with her husband, former Washington Redskin, Gary Bach.

Total Cost: $125

Please contact The Singer’s School at (615) 467-2020 for reservations or send an email to: alan@ActorsSchoolUSA.com

STUDIO SINGING 101 by PRODUCER P.T. HOUSTON

Saturday November 14, 2015

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Studio singing is quite different from live performing. Learn the techniques the pros use to achieve excellent vocals. This class will be held in a recording studio where we will cover how to use proper mic placement, headphone position, vocal coaching and more . Each student will be able to record 1 song with top producer P.T. Houston. You can provide your own song or choose from our abundant catalog.
ABOUT P.T. HOUSTON, ENGINEER/PRODUCER
Houston is a seasoned recording engineer/producer who has spent the last 12 years in the trenches recording songs for the hit songwriters in Nashville. Houston is one of the top tracking engineers in town, and his clients trust him to get the sound they need so their songs can be pitched to stars like Tim McGraw, Lady A, Rascal Flats and many others. In music row’s fast paced and demanding recording environment, Houston has honed his skills and is a master at creating demos that sound like records. His recordings have also helped several up and coming artists land their record deals. His background also includes recording in LA and New York, as well as touring the world as lead guitarist with legendary country star, Freddy Fender. He has played guitar for Randy Meisner from the Eagles, as well as Billy Swan, and Phil Everly from the Everly Brothers. He offers extraordinary backing vocals for his clients, acoustic and electric guitar, keyboards, drums and percussion when needed. He is multi-talented and has a keen ear for getting the best performance out of the artist. Clients credit “Off the Row” and Houston for getting the best tracks in town, definitely Nashville’s best kept secret.
Total Cost $95
Saturday – November 14,, 2015 from 10 am to 1 pm
To make a reservation please call Alan Dysert at: (615) 467-2020
or send an email: alan@ActorsSchoolUSA.com

 

TWO SESSION VOICE CLASS with CHRISTINE POYTHRESS

Two Mondays –  December 7th  and 14th  from 7:00 to 8:30 P.M.

Learn how to navigate the mine field of vowels and consonants–Uncover your voice!

This two-week group class will focus on understanding the basic way in which the voice functions. Topic covered include the importance of breathing and posture and the way in which the articulation of the text—words (vowels and consonants) impacts the relative freedom of the vocal production. You will be learning techniques that can be applied to any style of music. A clear understanding of the way in which the production of sound is linked to the articulation of both vowels and consonants enables a singer to trouble shoot their own vocal challenges regardless of the style. Singers need a clear understanding (map) of how the voice works.

In week one, Christine will be demonstrating basic vocal techniques to establish a clearer tone through the understanding of onset and offset. You will be doing exercises to build flexibility and range, and most importantly addressing the idea of staying on the speaking level while singing. As well as doing group exercises, She will work with each student individually. For the second week, students should prepare a song they wish to develop or troubleshoot. Students should bring sheet music in the appropriate key. Sheet music can be downloaded and printed at a minimal cost. There are numerous online sites that provide sheet music downloads at minimal cost– one such source is www.musicnotes.com.
ABOUT CHRISTINE POYTHRESS
Christine Poythress has a broad performance background that includes opera and concert stage, country and pop as well as the music of Broadway. She appeared as Glenda in The Wizard of Oz (such fun to fly!); Bunny in Babes in Arms; the Snake in The Apple Tree; and Agnes in Agnes of God. During a 13 year hiatus from the legit singing, she played “flattop” guitar in a variety of country bands, was the “girl” singer at the Silver Saddle Saloon in Atlanta, GA, and worked the Southeastern hotel circuit playing solo gigs. She has played in nightclubs, at private parties and in honkytonks—thankfully, though she did witness a brawl or two, she at no time performed behind chicken wire. She sang three guest performances of the National Anthem in Madison Square Garden for the New York Knicks and the Rangers.

Christine holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from Belmont University in Nashville, TN. Christine has been a part of the faculty of the School of Music at Middle Tennessee State University since the spring of 2001. She currently teaches general music classes as a part of the Distance Learning Program using the text, Music in Your Life, which she developed for use in the online sections as well as other sections of Introduction to Music, the general music course offered by the School of Music. In addition to teaching general music, Christine has also taught applied voice lessons and class voice for MTSU. She currently divides her time between MTSU, The Singer’s School in Franklin, TN and teaching in her private studio in Murfreesboro, TN.

Date: Two Mondays, Dec 7   and 14th from 7:00 to 8:30 P.M.
Class fee: $60
Call (615) 467-2020 or or send an email to: alan@ActorsSchoolUSA.com to reserve your space.

 

THE BUSINESS SIDE OF SONGWRITING with Jane Bach

Date TBA –  – 7:00 to 9:00 P.M.

1. Copyright Basics
What are the creative, legal and licensing rights of the creators of music?

2. Income Sources
Performance (ASCAP, BMI & SESAC), mechanical rights, streaming, synch.

3. Networking Your Way In
How to become integrated into the songwriting community and the industry culture.
Writers’ nights, trade organization, reading materials, industry news sources, co-writing, home demos vs studio demos, etc.

4. Publishing Deals
How to find publishers and get meetings. What to do in that first meeting.
Reasonable expectations of songwriting/publishing deals. Publisher demos.

5. Living The Dream
Discuss the emotional and financial ups and downs of a career in songwriting.

6. Song Critiques and Q&A
Each student will have one song evaluated by the moderator. We will allow time for plenty of Q&A.

Jane Bach has been teaching this workshop in Nashville, New York City and Los Angeles for the past eight years to critical acclaim. She was born and raised in New York City and move to Nashville in 1982 to pursue a career and songwriting and was quickly signed to a publishing deal.

In a career that has spanned over 30 years with cuts by such notable artists as Tammy Wynette, Ray Price, Reba McEntire, Jodee Messina, Collin Raye and many many others, as well as TV placements, Jane brings her expertise in the crafting of a great song and her understanding of the music business to a new level for anyone interested in becoming a better writer. With Matraca Berg, she wrote the number one song “The Last One to Know” recorded by Reba McEntire (Billboard, Cashbox) and the number one song, “Just Enough Love” for Ray Price (Billboard Independent Chart). She has been nominated for a Viewer’s Choice award, a Grammy award, and a People’s Choice award as well as earning multiple ASCAP awards.

Jane has had hit singles (among them, “Dare to Dream” for Jodie Messina) in this country as well as in Great Britain, France, Holland, Canada Japan and South America. A well-respected writer, teacher and producer, Jane is a member of  NSAU, Songwriters Guild of America and LA Women in Music.

Now signed to an LA publisher, working out of Nashville and Los Angeles, she’s writing for TV as well as working with numerous young pop/rock and country artists. She works with Australian pop superstar, Nikki Webster and has travelled to Australia numerous times to work with Aussie singer/songwriters including Mandi Jarry Australian Idol Cosima DaVito. Jane’s home base is in Nashville where she lives with her husband, former Washington Redskin Gary Bach.

Total Cost: $95

Please contact The Singer’s School at (615) 467-2020 for reservations or send an email to: alan@ActorsSchoolUSA.com

 

MAKING A MUSIC VIDEO
For Singers, Artists, Songwriters, Performers and Actors

Friday Dec 4th , 6:30 to 9:30 P.M.

Instructor:  Josh  Johnson

joshheadshotLearn what to expect when your music video opportunity comes along. Create an actual music video in this class. Gain hands-on experience!

If there was ever an empty slate in the field of video production, it is making a music video.

In the last 25 years, the invigorating art form of making a music video has grown to be one of the most influential and individually stylistic modes of production in the industry. From the first frame to the last, music videos serve as a blank canvas to your mind’s eye, a place to show the world what you can really do when let loose with a camera. But, if you let your creative juices drown your common sense approach to production, your music video masterpiece could wind up a public-access catastrophe.

Topics Will Cover:

· The Treatment – Storyboard
· Shooting the video
· Lighting
· Audio
· Budgets – Small and large
· Licensing – ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, SAG, AFTRA
· Locations and Logistics – Permissions
· Synchronization – Lip and instrument syncing
· Working with a studio recorded song
· Willing Participants
· Promotion – Our class music video goes to YouTube

Call Alan Dysert at (615) 467-2020 or email: alan@ActorsSchoolUSA.com

CAREERS IN THE CHRISTIAN MUSIC INDUSTRY Luke Gambill
DATE: TO BE ANNOUNCED

Luke Gambill is the Creative Director and Producer for Brentwood-Benson Music and its worship label, GreatWorshipSongs.com. His daily life is driven with developing new songs and projects while, depending on project needs, operating as A&R director, producer, arranger and orchestrator. Prior to Brentwood-Benson, Luke was Creative Manager/A&R for Integrity Music’s Worship Resources Division while also traveling as a clinician and touring musician for Integrity’s Seminars4Worship events held across the Country. His education includes Southeastern University (B.A. in Music), Liberty University (M.A. in Religion with emphasis in Worship Studies), Integrity Worship Institute (Cert. Worship Studies) and Berklee College of Music (Music Industry). Multiple Dove nominations and awards have been received through his creative input and involvement. Through the years, Luke has worked in several aspects of the Christian Music Industry: copyright, touring, marketing, and creative. Luke and his family are actively involved at Thompson Station Baptist Church.

CAREERS IN THE CHRISTIAN MUSIC INDUSTRY

What are they, Who are they, Where are they, Why are they?

Have you ever dreamed of using your talents and gifts in the Christian music industry? Not sure what positions are available? Ever wondered what A&R means and what this guy does? And an engineer conducts a train – but what is a Recording Engineer and a Mix Engineer? Today’s Christian music industry contains many positions – some are experience and education specific, but some can be learned hands on. During this two-hour workshop, Luke will share with us the many various career aspects of the industry.

TOPICS WILL INCLUDE:
· What careers are available?
· Is there certain training required?
· What are the challenges of being a session singer/player?
· I’m not a singer or player, are there careers for me?
· Should I do an internship?
· What’s more valid: what you know vs. who you know?
· Where can I find potential job listings?

Cost: $70

Call Alan Dysert at (615) 467-2020 or email: alan@ActorsSchoolUSA.com

DIRECTIONS TO THE ACTOR’S SCHOOL STUDIO:

The Studio is located at 1227 Lakeview Dr Ste 2A, Franklin, TN 37067
(615) 467-2020

FROM NASHVILLE:
Take I-65 South to Franklin. Take exit 65 for Murfreesboro Rd/Hwy 96
Turn right at Murfreesboro Rd/Hwy 96. Turn right at Royal Oaks Blvd.
Turn right at Lakeview Dr. The Actor’s School is Suite 2.

 

SONGWRITING WORKSHOP with KIRSTI MANNA

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The Singer’s School Presents Kirsti Manna’s  – 6 week Billboard #1 smash hit “Austin” introduced Blake Shelton of NBC’s “The Voice” to country radio. She’s the founder and owner of Songwriter Girl, and the go-to person for creative empowerment.

This is YOUR chance to learn from a #1 hit songwriter!

Join Kirsti for an all female workshop to learn REAL INFOabout the music business, songwriting and performing!

What You Will Learn:

“The real truth behind networking, co-writing, copyrights, and rejection.”

“How writers and publishers make money with their songs.”

Get The Opportunity to:

* Perform and co-write

Those Attending This Workshop Will Leave With:

more developed, encouraged and enhanced creativity laser focus on learning how to write better songs, greater confidence as writers and performers and friends for life

Total Cost: $75.00

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Space is limited. To make a reservation call (615) 467-2020 or send an email to alan@ActorsSchoolUSA.com

 

FREE CREATIVITY WORKSHOP WITH JOHN STARNES

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Success in the Film, TV, and Music industry (both secular and sacred), most often follows those who produce constant and consistent creative output. However, many of us who started with a seemingly unlimited supply of creativity find it begins to dry up with the added pressures of life.

The harder we try to regain this creativity, the more it seems to elude us. Is creativity an innate gift or is it something that can be learned (or re-learned)? Can anyone learn to be more creative?

There is no doubt that creativity is a skill that can be learned and enhanced. Anyone can nurture, renew, and increase their creative skills by understanding how a few simple laws govern the creative process.

This workshop will focus on three basic areas:

• The Creative Brain – How it is creative and how it is not
• Collaboration – Simple rules to harness the power of synergy
• Commitment – Planning for (not waiting on) creativity

The workshop will give you all the necessary tools needed to tackle any project, script, song, play, musical, etc. that you are faced with.

You will be given the opportunity to see immediate results, hone your creative skills, and take the process home with you.

This class is for everyone. It’s really child’s play. So, relax and have some fun releasing your childlike creativity. Leave with a life-long plan for harnessing the power of your own creativity.

ABOUT JOHN STARNES

For over thirty years, John Starnes has traveled around the world as a featured soloist on many top religious programs. Programs such as Bill Gaither’s Homecoming Friends or Dr. Charles Stanley’s InTouch TV broadcast. He has performed for literally millions of people. India was the most glorious and memorable occasion as officials estimated the crowd in excess of two million.

John is not only a singer but also a gifted songwriter having co-written several Platinum selling gospel songs as well as many “Top 10” gospel songs.

It was during John’s early songwriting days that he became intrigued with the actual creative process. “I would watch seasoned songwriters navigate the creative process using unspoken rules,” he said. This ca used John to launch a decade long quest to uncover these rules and quantify how creativity could be taught and nurtured not only in songwriting but in other endeavors as well.

As the answers became clearer, John often volunteered to teach his simple principles to churches across the U.S. He has taught these principles in music workshops such as Babbie Mason’s School of Music and Nashville’s Christ Church Music conference.

Hungry for more knowledge, John enrolled at Belmont University in 2004 and graduated in May 2008 with a B.S. in Liberal Studies. In December 2008, he was awarded a Honorary Doctorate (Honoris Causa) of Sacred Music from Canada Christian College in Toronto, Ontario because of his extensive work in the fields of music and creativity throughout Canada and the U.S.

John continues to travel, minister, and teach in churches, and conferences around the world. He and his wife Teresa have two grown daughters and reside in Brentwood, TN.

The class fee is FREE.

Please contact The Singer’s School at (615) 467-2020 for reservations or send an email to:  alan@ActorsSchoolUSA.com