Artist works provides an amazing format. A student can spend hours going through the curriculum and practising in a systematic way. The curriculum makes sense; it builds progressively from foundational lessons to lessons that are more elaborate. There are guests and additional material from festivals added regularly. The opportunity to converse and demonstrate one's skill level with the Musicians / teachers is invaluable. In my experience both Michael Dave's and Bryan Sutton are incredibly engaging, attentive to detail, supportive, and just generally awesome people to exchange videos with and to learn from.
Dallas is home to a wide variety of music venues, ranging widely in both styles of music (hip-hop and R&B, indie rock, country, electronic, whatever you’re looking for) as well as size, with hole-in-the-wall bars and clubs, intimate converted venues such as the Kessler and Granada Theater, mid-range venues like Trees, the Southside Ballroom, and even gigantic stadium venues such as Nokia theater, the American Airlines Center, and Gexa Energy Pavilion.
Riley could not even look adults in the eye when speaking to them when Steve began teaching her at age 10. But by the time she graduated high school at 18, she had blossomed into a very powerful, skilled, and controlled singer who had starred in several school productions and won several awards and accolades such as the NJ NATS award and the NJ All-State Honors Choir.