Visual and Performing Arts

True to our Music City Roots, the arts are very important in Metro Nashville Public Schools. We are proud to offer and oversee thriving programs in music, theatre, dance, and the visual arts. These programs have tremendous support from the local music, and valuable business partnerships spanning the public and private sectors.

We believe that the arts are vital to a well‐rounded education. Our staff work very hard to make sure that every one of our students has access to high-quality artistic instruction in the classroom, and vibrant experiences with the art world outside of the classroom. We work hard to provide an educational framework that draws out the creative potential of all children, regardless of their cultural and economic circumstances. In doing so, we aim to provide each of our students with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in their academic, professional, and personal lives.

In order to accomplish all these things, the Music Makes Us (MMU) program was founded.

About Music Makes Us®

A joint effort by Metro Nashville Public Schools, the Mayor's Office, music industry leaders, and community leaders, the Music Makes Us® initiative aspires to be a national model for high-quality music education. With a focus on music literacy and student participation, Music Makes Us® is builds on traditional school music by adding a contemporary curriculum that embraces new technologies and reflects the diversity of our student population.


We support artistic excellence in dance, music, theatre and visual arts through quality teaching as well as partnerships, exhibitions and performances throughout the community. Cultural institutions such as the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville Symphony Orchestra, TN Performing Arts Center, Nashville Ballet, and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum provide opportunities for enriching artistic experiences. Inspiration is all around us, with the 36,000+ creative workforce in Nashville.

Our teachers go beyond simple classroom instruction to seek arts experiences that are culturally relevant and promote global awareness for their student. In doing so, they expose their students to great art and the latest technology used to create that art.