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Nelly's Ex'Treme Institute now open to students

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By Courtney Gousman

St. Louis (KSDK) - We're keeping tabs on a brand new school opening its doors in St. Louis.

Vatterott College and Nelly teamed-up to create a music and recording school in the heart of the city.

This week marked the first days of class, and NewsChannel 5 got a sneak-peak inside the facility.

The school is called Ex'Treme Institute By Nelly or E.I for short. The finishing touches are still in the works.

"The studio's just about finished. The last couple of wires are being connected as we speak," said Carl Nappa, Executive Director for Ex'Treme Institute by Nelly.

But classes have already started on The Landing. The state-of-the- art recording studio is where 30 students are now calling home.

E.I. is a continuing education program for those who want to learn how to create beats, graphic arts, and how to record.

"Our first class consisted of three young students and they were super excited to be here," said Nappa.

Nappa is also one of the industry's top music producers, who's created hits with Nelly and other artists like Mariah Carey. Nappa will now be grooming students, while creating music for big names.

"We're going to have a lot of bands in here. It's going to be run as a studio at night and the students will work as interns and as assistants," said Nappa.

Vatterott's CEO, Pam Bell, has been dreaming about creating a college like this for years, before teaming up with Nelly.

"I am elated. I can't say enough of how fantastic this is. He was just in here a few days ago with this and I think he is blown away and I think he's excited to be here and he will be in here to see him work with the students," said Bell.

Bell says many of the first students to study here have been teens, on up. Bell says the classes are all within reach.

"It can be as little as $25. It can be $200. It can be $400. If you get into series it's more. Most of them don't go over seven, $8,000 if you want to do everything from beginning to end," said Bell.

The school is still enrolling students.

If you'd like to learn more about Vatterott's Ex'Treme Institute by Nelly, you can visit their website.


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