McNally Smith in St. Paul is known for pulling from the local music community to teach it's students about the ins and outs of the music business, and this semester they will welcome two familiar musicians to its roster: popular singer-songwriter Jeremy Messersmith and his longtime collaborator Andy Thompson. Both will teach songwriting classes in the fall semester, and Thompson will also teach a composition class this spring.
"Students are very fortunate to have Jeremy Messersmith and Andy Thompson as part of their educational experience here at McNally Smith," notes Christopher Cunningham, Department Head, Songwriting & Composition at McNally Smith College of Music. "Both bring their considerable talents to the classroom at a time when each is enjoying a period early in their young careers when they are breaking out in the wider world of music. We are looking forward toward their contributions in and outside of the college's academic environment."
Here's a recent video of the recently de-bearded Messersmith performing "A Girl, a Boy, and a Graveyard" at the 89.3 the Current booth at the State Fair:
This fall, McNally Smith is also offering its first music criticism course, led by new part-time professor and local music writer Jake Mohan. More information on all of McNally Smith's programs can be found at their website.