Nashville Music Students Play Hard Rock Cafe Stage
By Chris Cannon
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Students at a Nashville music school got the opportunity of a lifetime to play the stage at Hard Rock Cafe, with some of the best musicians the city has to offer.
Pro Music Academy held its showcase Thursday night, where students of all ages got a chance to show the crowd what they have learned. They played, or sang, alongside professional musicians, who were also their teachers.
"We've got people who've played with Vince Gill, to Carrie Underwood, to the Back Street Boys, to Toby Mac, Casting Crowns. So our students are learning from professional musicians who can teach from their experiences, not just their knowledge," said Pro Music Academy founder, Chad Chapin.
Chapin has played for Ben Folds, DC Talk, Casting Crowns and has recruited his fellow musicians to teach at his school.
The fact the teachers can one night play Bridgestone Arena, and then the next night teach a music lesson, was not lost on the students.
"It's a really big deal, because I can kind of have bragging rights to my friends, about, hey I was at the Hard Rock Cafe with Carrie Underwood's guitar player. It's, it's very cool," said student Ben Long.
Pro Music Academy has been open for 18 months and has already helped 200 students broaden their musical talents.
Students in the Academy of Energy and Power at Maplewood are busy getting ready for next week's Project Expo and had the opportunity to show it off some of their projects to Tennessee Congressman Jim Cooper.