Bad Information on Natural Ear Music School

RECEIVED Fri., Aug. 5, 2011

Dear Editor,
    I was surprised to see Sam McCandless claiming to be a "resident rock star" at Natural Ear Music School ["Off the Record," Music, Aug. 5], as he was fired midway through his only camp session for incompetence and destruction of school property several years ago. He might win the award for the worst teacher ever. I wish you'd check with me before using my school's reputation to boost another rip-off of Natural Ear Music Inc. As for John Moyer's participation with Sam, that might be, but I doubt it. I talked to John last week (he is out on tour with Disturbed), and he is ready to assume the directorship at the new location (TBA) of our Westbank branch. I am still the mayor of Liberty Hill, and I am having a great time, kicking ass and taking names. Not much different than running a rock camp … but it doesn't leave much time for Austin. Thanks to my Facebook friends, I was alerted to this blatant attempt to hijack my school's reputation for excellence. I guess I'll take it as a compliment, but you shouldn't print lies, dude.
Mike Murphy
   [Austin Powell replies: As I told Mike during our correspondence earlier this week, we had no reason to believe that Sam McCandless' tenure at Natural Ear Music School ended on these terms and have since reached out to his handlers for comment, though none has come back. Moyer was referenced as a means of highlighting some of the other prominent musicians from the metal genre that have relocated to Austin. As was to be noted in "Off the Record" this week, Natural Ear has closed its St. Elmo Road Music Lab location at press time.]
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