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Metro Parks Music

The Metro Parks Music department provides recreational music opportunities to Nashville and its surrounding communities. This includes lessons, musical ensemble participation, performances, and connecting and networking with the local music community. We provide a friendly and safe environment for beginners and advanced musicians alike to play, learn, and share musical experiences. Music is a life-long journey and we're here to get you started, to be another stop along the way, or simply offer you quality musical performances to enjoy.

Contact us at: 615-862-8440

We are located in the Centennial Performing Arts Studios in Centennial Park. Centennial Performing Arts Studios (Map image)

Summer 2015 Music Camps

Centennial jamBands still has openings for our summer 2015 Music Camps. Camps for teen musicians meet June 1st-5th and June 22nd-26th. The camp for students ages 10 and up meets July 20th-24th. These camps will focus primarily on guitars, keys, bass, and vocals. We will also have a workshop on songwriting and visits from pros in the music industry. There will be a performance opportunity at the end of the week. Some musical experience is required. Call 615-862-8440 to schedule an audition. Or you may email

Spend your summer rockin' out in Centennial park!

kids performing in the park

kids posing infront of Parthenon

Free Concerts

Metro Parks Music and Arts In The Parks present many different live music performances for FREE! Most occur during the warmer seasons, as they are enjoyed outside in our wonderful parks, while some run year round. Please explore our web page for information on these performances.

Information can also be found at our Summer Concerts page or by calling 615-862-8440.

View from the band!

The Hartman Park Band; Fridays at Noon at Hartman Park

Hartman Park Band Performing

The Hartman Park Band is a group of retirees who come together once a week to socialize and play music. Always glad to, as they say, “Make a Little Noise” with their leader, Parks music instructor Sam Frazee; the group has played regularly for more than five years. Co-founded by Hartman Community Center manager Adrean Gregory, the HPB has practice on Fridays at noon. Rehearsals are open to new-comers and visitors. You can also see them performing around town for special parks events and concerts. The band focuses on popular music form the last 50 years, mainly Rock n Roll, but also blues, country and some jazz.HPB includes keys, guitars, drums, electric bass, and saxophones. They feature several outstanding vocalists. Some of the musicians have a lifetime of experience, playing in churches, clubs or with friends and family. However, some HPB members are beginners, having found a new passion in their golden years. The oldest member is in his 80’s, with the youngest being in his 40’s.
Instructor Sam Frazee says that his favorite part of working with the Hartman Park Band is listening to the musicians joke around and enjoy themselves. He feels that it’s important for aging adults to continue to learn and try new things. “No one is born knowing how to play,” says Frazee, “we all have to learn sometime; and it’s never too late to start!”

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  • Big Band Dances

    This is a staple of summertime in Nashville. Enjoy authentic Big Band era music and dancing. THIS IS A FREE EVENT! Saturdays June - Aug 7PM-10PM (no dance July 4th) Centennial Park Event Shelter

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  • Tales At Twilight

    Tales At Twilight is an event for kids! This FREE series will take place at the Cumberland Park stage on July 10th, 17th, 24th , and 31st from 7PM-8PM.

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Acoustic Pickin' Parties


These are held every Tuesday evening from 7PM - 8PM in the Centennial Black Box Theater. Bring an acoustic instrument, join the circle and play along. All styles of music welcome, including originals. Great for ear training, developing chops, and learning new tunes. Relaxed environment similar to porch-sitting and pickin' with friends. Come with at least a couple tunes you'd like to play and an open mind. Ages 12 - up. Hosted by Mike Teaney.

Free Form Friday

Shadow of performer at a Free Form Friday.

Metro Parks Music and Arts In The Parks is happy to present the ongoing series Free Form Friday.; Free Form Friday is an event that provides a platform for performing artists whose style is (for lack of a better phrase) out of the box. It is really all about offering a unique experience while giving artists that are out of the mainstream, yet still creating relevant and interesting art, a place to perform and share their ideas. It is held in the Centennial Black Box Theater.