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The Art of The Singer/Songwriter Class

Price: $200


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Trish Ferrell Wileman, vocal/performance coach and Butch Ross, singer/songwriter bring back this popular class which features local speakers such as Storyteller Jim Pfitzer, Singer/Songwriters Amber Fults, Ryan Oyer, Anthony Quails, as well as others. The class opens with a concert of former students Mike Crowder, Joylene Green, Derick Anderson, Howard Tillison, John Harr, Eric Jordan, Wilson Von Kessler, Lee Shuff, and more! Emerging Singer/Songwriters are guided by Butch and Trish in the areas of songwriting, vocal technique, mic skills, and performance skills. The class culminates in a coffee house concert, highlighting each student and their original work. This unique class offers a safe place to work together with other singer/songwriters to build confidence, find inspiration, and has built lasting friendships.

Joylene Green, a recent graduate of the class says, "I have been songwriting for a couple of years and wanting to play more. I came to the class because I felt it was the right time to put more energy into the art and craft of songwriting and performing. The class showed me that I want to be performing more and I am willing to put the work in to feel good about the process. I gained some really solid ideas about how to to take a song in a beginning rough format and really polish it, edit it, and finish it out so it is ready to be performed. I use to have this idea that you are born with natural talent or not which I found discouraging. But this class showed me that a lot can be accomplished with practice and instruction and editing. Since the class, I have continued working on my vocal confidence with Trish and continued songwriting. I played out at the Backstage Bar and Casual Pint with another songwriter because of a connection I made in the class, performed for the holiday show of River City Sessions because of the credibility I gained from taking the class, and was asked to perform in a songwriters-in-the-round event at the Creative Arts Guild in Dalton where I performed new songs I've written since the class that were very well received. I also played at Puckett's and The Spot. I am on my way to being a singer/songwriter who gets to play and perform regularly for pay!"

The class is located at the Mountain Arts Community Center, 809 Kentucky Ave. on Signal Mountain. Classes begin with an off-site concert on Tuesday, March 6 (location information given upon registration), and all classes thereafter each Tuesday from March 13-April 10 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuition discounts are available if registration is paid in full before March 1. Accompanying instrument helpful, but not required. Ages 16 and up. Space is limited. For more information, please email Trish Ferrell Wileman at or call 941-330-5547.
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