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Parks and Recreation

The Music Division

Our music division boasts an always-full schedule, with on-going classes for youth, adults, and seniors, plus numerous performance opportunities for our ever-popular "jamBand" participants.  We even offer special opportunities for patrons to come in and experience different musical styles with open rehearsals for the Latin romantic group Serenatta and our occasional Blues Jams.

Centennial "jamBand" rockin' the Looby Theater

Classes

We offer a wide range of classes throughout the year, offered in 3 different sessions (Winter/Spring, Summer, Fall).  Some classes focus on the instrument taught (Harmonica, Guitar), while others narrow in on a style (Blues Jam) or skill (Songwriting).  Whatever you skill level or age, there is bound to be something for you.

Please see attached schedule for fall classes.

Spring Music Classes 2014

jamBand

One of our most popular programs is our jamBand experience for young musicians, with classes for those as young as 8.  The jamBand class not only allows kids to grow in their skills on their chosen instrument, but also to gain musicianship by playing with the same "band" throughout the session.  Each participant is also encouraged to experience the other instruments in the group. Tunes range from classic rock, to pop, to blues, country and self-penned tunes.  Peer interaction and music appreciation are powerful benefits to the process of creating music for our jamBand participants.

Performance Opportunities

The older and more experienced jamBand musicians have several opportunities to get out and play music, under the leadership of our staff.  These "gigs" include a broad range of settings and audiences, from performing at the Downtown Public Library, to playing to large crowds at the Celebrate Nashville cultural festival.  Additionally, program participants are chosen to be opening acts each summer for Hillsboro/West End Neighborhood Associations' Dragon Park Sunday concerts.  

Observation

Our Music Division is part of many festivals and concerts within the Parks system. Also, we regularly offer chances to experience rehearsals with working musicians. We partner with the romantic Latin ensemble, Serenatta, which welcomes visitors to rehearsals. Our blues jam players invite visits and participation. These experiences are offered at varying times thru the year, so an email to our staff will ensure the correct date and time for the next opportunity.  Email Music Staff here

Luna Morena, Pablo Garzon and Serenatta

Music News

  • New class schedule.   See what's up in Spring Music Classes 2014 !
  • Check out our new offering "Blues Fundamentals" in the schedule above .
  • Email staff for information on registering for classes or pre-requisites.
  • Our next "Staff Concert"- January 8, 2014 in the Centennial Black Box Theater. Showtime 7pm (doors open at 6:30pm).  This month's event features two of our Music Educators, Sam Frazee and Shannon Williford.   Email samuel.frazee@nashville.gov for more details.

Joey, Jamie and Cassie play some tunes at celebrate Nashville