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Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Thursday, March 12, 2015
The Model City Groove School isn't your average music lesson...The performance based music academy takes students and instead of teaching them in a private, solo environment, they learn through being a part of a band or group. The teachers at the Groove School not only show the students how to play their instruments, they also focus on skills such as stage presence and the best ways to entertain a crowd.
The owner, Steve Komoromi, has been a musician all his life and started performing for audiences when he was five years old. His love of music led him to find joy in helping others discover their musical gifts. Komoromi isn't any stranger to this music teaching concept--he used to have a similar studio just outside of Nashville.
The Groove School is now located Downtown and it is not by accident. Komoromi is a major advocate of Downtown businesses, and felt like the central location and atmosphere was perfect for this non-conventional concept.
The goal of the school is to start with elementary age children and build and grow them in the music scene. There is no age limit to join the Groove School and students are grouped in bands with others around the same age. The school currently has around 30 students ranging in age from five to 58 and are looking to add 15 to 20 more.
Komoromi says that the School may not be for everyone, if you're wanting to delve deep into music theory and to play off a chart all the time (which he says is still a perfectly cool way of learning and playing) the group-based lessons may not be for you. If you're wanting to be an entertainer and base your learning off of performing, they want to hear from you.
The Model City Groove School--for those about to rock!
206 Cherokee St
Steve Komoromi- Owner
Kingsport is located on the Tennessee-Virginia border at the crossroads of I-81 and I-26 near the geographic center of the Eastern U.S. This city of 50,000 in a metro of 308,000, was planned by renowned American planner John Nolen in his office at Harvard Square. Located in the lush green foothills of the Tennessee Valley, it is surrounded by the Southern Highlands and mountain lakes. Kingsport is home to Marriott’s www.MeadowViewResort.com and thousands of acres of unique, natural amenities at Bays Mountain and Warriors Path Parks. The natural geography provides a temperate, well-balanced climate with four seasons and a natural shelter from extreme weather. Population growth has also been well-balanced, ensuring you will not outgrow your decision to relocate. With no personal property taxes, special assessments, or state income taxes on salaries/wages, you’ll find that Kingsport has a very low cost of living coupled with an exceptionally high quality of life (see for yourself at www.BestPlaces.net). The regional airport (TRI) has direct flights to Atlanta, Charlotte, Orlando and St. Pete/Clearwater with easy access, parking, and virtually no security lines. The public education system was planned by Columbia University and Newsweek has repeatedly recognized the local high school as one of the best in America. Year in and year out our graduates go on to the top colleges and universities (and without costly private school tuition fees). Harvard also recognized Kingsport in 2009 with the Innovations in American Government Award for its higher education initiative. What are you waiting for? It’s time to leave the high costs, traffic jams, and stress behind and discover this hidden gem.