Music City: Connect with Metro Schools and boost music education right here

Applications wanted from musicians, organizations offering programs or expertise

mmuMusic Makes Us is launching an online hub allowing music educators and the music community to come together to enhance music education in Metro Schools.  Funded in part by a generous grant from the Bonnaroo Works Fund, the Online Hub is a listing of vetted music professionals and organizations who want to share their programs or expertise with students in Metro Schools.

By using the online hub, educators have access to quality music resources available in Nashville and can more easily communicate with the music community.

“The Online Hub gives teachers and students greater access to the full richness of the Nashville music community, whether it be a performance with a classical ensemble, a workshop with barbershop harmonies or a career-inspiring visit with a world famous songwriter, audio engineer or record producer,” said Music Makes Us director, Laurie Schell.

A pool of funds will be provided by Music Makes Us to assist teachers with the cost of programs.

“It is a database built with teachers in mind,” said Jennifer Cole from the Metro Nashville Arts Commission. “Teachers or school leaders can search by music genre, grade level, cultural origin, and program type. The hope is that music professionals will have a cleaner, easier way to connect directly with students in a way that is specific to classroom needs, and teachers will have a clearer way of cataloging their opportunities.”

The online hub is now accepting applications from music professionals and music organizations who want to share their expertise with students. Ideal applicants will provide quality musical learning opportunities, link music curriculum with real world experiences and collaborate with music educators.

The Online Hub offers two tracks for musicians and organizations to choose from, depending on their expertise and availability:

  • Track A, the extended outreach track, is for those who can be available regularly to Metro Schools’ teachers and have ongoing educational outreach programs.
  • Track B, the “Done in a Day” track, is for those who have limited time to share their expertise and may be available only occasionally.

Interested groups or individuals can request a link to the application online. The deadline for submission is Aug. 29 at 5 p.m. Those accepted to the Hub will be notified no later than Oct. 17.