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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 2016 Music Camps

There are still openings for this years jamBand camps. All jamBand camps are child-centered, fun experiences in learning to play basic pop music by ear in an ensemble situation. We learn groove, intros, solos, vocals, harmonies, vocals, stage cues and teamwork. We want guitarists, bassists, drummers and keyboard players. Other instruments will be considered on an individual basis. An audition is necessary.

June 20-24 - Ultimate jamBand Camp is for 13 to 18 year-olds with a focus on learning lots of tunes. We will play student-chosen songs across genres. We will bring in guest teachers to work on specific techniques. At the end of the week we will have a concert production and invite the public.

June 27- July 1st - Songwriting jamBand Camp will involve playing lots of songs, but we’ll have a focus on writing and developing songs, start-to-performance. Guest songwriters will visit and offer tips. Students will perform at pubic concert at the end of the camp week.

July 25 - July 29 - Young Rockers Camp is for ages 10 – 13, and will focus on the fundamentals of playing rock music in a band. We cover the basics of making music with others by doing it. Guest musicians visit and offer tips for becoming better players. Simple rock, blues, R&B and country tunes are studied, played and performed in concert at the week’s end.

Please email to register. You may also call 615-862-8440.

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The Hartman Park Band

Fridays at Noon at Hartman Park

Hartman Park Band Performing

The Hartman Park Band (HPB) 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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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.