“Opening Act” is designed for students just beginning their musical journey. It focuses first and foremost on instrument knowledge and proficiency balanced with instruction on feel and interpretation.
Once the student has achieved a predetermined level of success with their instrument, they are coached on our main stage “The Alley” in the art of stage presence. Topics covered include stage movement/blocking, eye contact, and facial expressions as well as mic technique, band member interaction and the use of props.
From day one, students will work with their instructor on songs designated for instrument proficiency and others for showcase consideration. Our “All Roads Lead to the Stage” approach provides the student with a path to performance immediately by promoting and encouraging strong goal setting. At Ridenour, showcasing is not something you are entitled to, it is earned.
In every “Opening Act” showcase, the student will first play their chosen showcase song solo in its entirety after which they are joined on stage by all of the instructors in a group setting and perform the song again as a band. This enables the student to have a better understanding of what it feels like to work with others to bring their songs to life!
Through a series of “Opening Act” showcases, the student moves closer for consideration in our “Headliner” program!
Ridenour Academy’s “Opening Act” and “Headliner” programs were created to educate, inspire, and empower singers, songwriters, and musicians of all ages and skill levels across middle Tennessee. Our coaches work to teach the students what they are interesting in learning.
We heavily believe that regular performance is a key factor in growth as a musician and so we hold student showcases in our fully equipped music venue "The Alley" every three months were students of all levels are given the opportunity to perform with a backing band in a professional environment. At Ridenour Academy, all roads lead to the stage.
In “Headliner” program, the student continues to hone their craft by tackling more advanced pieces of music as well as learning the art of arranging while also perfecting their stage presence and having more opportunities to “headline” upcoming showcases!