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Career Day For Budding Musicians

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Jessie Wooten Jessie Wooten
Rainu Ittycheriah Rainu Ittycheriah
Sam Hunter Sam Hunter
Savanna Hill Savanna Hill

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Students interested in a career in music were given a head start thanks to the Grammys in the Schools program.

Music students at the Nashville School of the Arts received the chance to pick the brains of  professionals.

"I think before you think about melody or lyrics, you got to think about the title," said George Teren. "What is the song idea going to be about?

He has written many songs for many artists. He co-wrote "When I Get Where I'm Going" for Brad Paisley.

Teren, songwriter Darrell Brown and artist Tyler Hilton were among those invited to attend Grammy Career day.

It was designed to give the students a real life look at the music biz.

"I think every generation has a voice and a way to say things," Brown said. "I think what's great about this music nowadays is that people are hearing everything. They're exploring the past and exploring the new and they're tyring to find ways to bring it all together."

That's music to the ears of student Rainu Ittycheriah.

"I think probably the coolest thing I heard from the songwriters in particular was the fact that they were always combining," Ittycheriah said. "There was no specific genre they were going for."

Student Sam Hunter plans to follow more of a Tyler Hilton path.

"I can write the worst song in the world and at the end of the day, I decide if it goes on my record or not," Hilton said.

"He's a star," said Sam, a freshman. "He's making money and doing what he wants."

He is proficient in playing bass and lead guitars and singing.

"I'm going to try to be bigger than the Beatles," he said.

He knows it takes more than talent.

"You can have all the talent in the world, but if you don't know how to sell it, or you don't know how to use it to make money, then you're not going to be doing what you want to," Sam said.

"It was good," said Jessie Wooten, another student. "They were telling us about the business part because, for the most part, that's harder than the music part of it."

Savanna Hill said what she learned was that in music there's more than one way to be successful.

"When I was little, I used to like dream of being famous and when I go to concerts, like wow, I want to be like them," Savanna said. "But you never know what you're going to get. If you get that it would be awesome, but as long as I'm making a living and I'm happy, that's all that matters to me."

The Grammy in The Schools career day is just part of an extensive program that encourages students to learn more about the music industry.

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