Dana Rice Music's FAME Studio

Dana Rice Music's FAME Studio

5.0 (10)
Best of 2023
1 hire on Lessons.com
1 employee

About this pro

It's been over 3 decades since I first started teaching music when I was 12 years old. I knew I wanted to be a professional singer when I was only 2 years old. Because I was so young it was always difficult for my mom to find qualified people who would work with me and take my desire to perform seriously. As I got older a new problem appeared - finding qualified people who would nurture my gifts without ulterior motives. I started FAME Studio to help young people who have similar aspirations and to provide that missing piece of high quality training and a solid foundation on which to be build an arts life.
I also created FAME Studio for adults who want to reach their full potential in the arts and who need an outlet to grow their confidence and realize their dreams.
I'm a member of JEN Jazz Education Network, past member of MTNA Music Teachers National Association and Gospel Music Workshop of America. My work is highlighted in the best selling book The Savvy Music Teacher and my blog www.TheFAMESchoolBlog has been cited numerous times as Most Inspiring Blog. One of my most fun memories is being named Best Emerging Artist in the early days of American Idol.
Visit me online at www.DanaRiceMusic.com

I enjoy seeing others grow in confidence and I enjoy seeing people get inspired to do things they never thought they could.

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Sugar Hill, GA 30518
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10 Reviews


  • Jona Bowman

    Dana is so patient and she loves to have fun with her students. She makes them feel comfortable enough to make mistakes and encourages them to keep going. She truly loves her students as if they were her own kids. The studio is fun and inviting and I love spending time there. I'm so glad she is who she is, a true blessing to all.

  • Ivory Hoffman

    Always professional

  • Janice Neal-Vincent

    I served as adjudicator for some of her students and learned that Dana Rice was challenging and encouraging to them. The students were eagerly striving. It was an amazing session.

  • Janice K Neal-Vincent

    She challenges her students with enjoyment. That encourages them to venture.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

When I first meet with a new student I spend some time getting to know the student's musical tastes as well as what interests besides music they have. I ask questions to learn what their experience with music is and how their family enjoys music. 

I search for commonalities between myself and the student and build upon those. I use the info from the questions I asked to guide the lesson plan that I will develop for the student. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I started studying music privately when I was only 5 years old and continued to study throughout high school while attending a performing arts high school. I continue to hone my skills through collaborations with other musicians. 

In addition to training in music I have trained in theater and dance. 

In addition to private study I participate in several music organizations. I've also studied songwriting with Berklee College of Music. 

Besides my direct training in music, I have a degree in Chemistry which helps me greatly with the analytical aspect of music.  

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Single lessons are available for Voice. $95/hr $65/half hour

Lesson packages are available for Voice and Piano. Packages start at $150/month with an average of 3 lessons per month. 

What types of students have you worked with?

I work with ages 4-adult. Most of my students either work professionally in the entertainment industry or plan to do so. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Each year we showcase our students in an event called Big Dreams Concert. They get to perform solo, in groups, and with industry professionals. This year they performed with a jazz artist and actor who has years of experience leading a touring jazz band.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

My advice would be to find a teacher who appreciates the type of music that you are interested in playing/singing. Look for a teacher that will dedicate time to you and your goals. Also look for a teacher that provides lots of performance opportunities because music is meant to be shared in public as well as for personal enjoyment.