On any given day, you will find nearly all the lesson studios at a new, south Reno music school filled with a variety of musicians; some strumming on guitars, others working their drum riffs or practicing piano.
JamPro Music Factory is a brand new, state-of-the-art music school and recording studio for musicians of all skill levels. And it's buzzing! "There's nothing like this anywhere in the country," explains Chris Sewell, who opened JamPro in August of last year. "It's very high level. There's a lot of nice equipment in here, but it's all accessible."
Chris, who calls himself a hobby musician, is a father of three and through the family's music education endeavors, came up with a business model that not only focuses on creating technically-brilliant musicians, but also strives to make learning music fun. The former hedge fund manager left stocks for rock not long ago and spent the last year or so bringing the JamPro concept to life with a team of experienced musicians. "All our instructors have formal educations in their discipline." Their expertise coupled with the most cutting edge technology is proving successful for many students.
For example, inside the Prototype Drive facility, you will find an iMac Lab, which features industry standard interactive software; everything from beginning keyboard to theory and composition. Beginning pianists will generally split their time in the lab learning notes, tempo and other fundamentals and then apply the lessons learned on an acoustic piano. "It keeps them interested and it keeps them wanting to come back," explains Chris.
JamPro also has two professional recording studios, where musicians can create a CD of their music. They can also design the CD's cover art in the iMac Lab. Studio A takes your breath away. "It is a full-blown L.A.-style recording studio. There's nothing like this in Reno," says Chris, who is more than elated with how it turned out.
Chris says his team also plans to launch recording and audio production classes, along with DJ lessons. He hopes to start a production company and develop talent around the country.
What is most rewarding for many JamPro students is taking what they have learned in the lesson rooms and showing off under the bright lights in a concert setting. At the end of every semester or weeklong Jam Camp (which happen during the Washoe County School District's seasonal breaks), students get to perform a concert for their family and friends. They don't have to travel outside the school to perform, however. In house you will find an impressive stage, complete with show lights and concert quality equipment. Chris says it is wildly successful and it is incredible to watch young musicians, who just picked up their instrument for the first time days earlier, rock out on stage to the music of their choice. Chris says it's another example of why JamPro is unique and why business is booming. "I'm very satisfied with how this came out. It's hard to believe it has come this far so quickly." Eventually, Chris would like to bring JamPro to dozens of cities around the country. Especially with school districts nationwide cutting funding to music education, "It creates a pretty compelling environment for us to launch a business like this."
To learn more about JamPro, log onto: www.JamProMusicFactory.com or find JamPro Music Factory on Facebook. You can also call (775) 800-1772 or stop by 9300 Prototype Drive in Reno (across the street from IGT) for a tour.Written by Kristen Remington