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Parks and Recreation

Metro Parks Music Classes

Our music department offers recreational music opportunities for children, teens, adults and seniors. We emphasize an all-inclusive, relaxed approach to playing popular music. Our students are provided with technical instruction, a place to practice their craft, and plenty of performance spots on festivals, celebrations, and parks events throughout the Music City. Many of our students have performed professionally in Nashville and around the nation as well as appearing in TV, radio and multi-media venues.

Note: Some classes have different start and end dates. Please examine schedule carefully.

Spring 2020 Class Offerings

Beginning African Drumming

Have fun learning authentic West African rhythms, intros, breaks and solos in a group setting, all focusing on proper djembe technique. Drums are provided. This is an 8 week session. Cost is $120 for eight weeks. Register for classes online.

Intermediate/Advanced African Drumming

This series is for people who have taken at least one African Percussion class with instructor Clifford Koufamn or for experienced musicians. In this series you will learn the dununs, intros, breaks, accompaniments and solos. There will be a performance opportunity at the end of the series. Class fee is $140. Register for classes online.

Beginning Keyboard Private Lessons

These individual lessons are for students between the ages of 8 and 18. The student needs to have access to a keyboard or piano to practice with. Taught by staff member Rashad Sylvester

  • This is a free class.
  • Space is limited; all spots are full for this semester, we do have a waiting list for those that are interested, please email Samuel Frazee

jamBand

Our jamBand program takes young people who are already playing an instrument and places them in a group with other students their own age and skill level; while teaching them how to be in a band. We have many performance opportunities throughout the year. We are always accepting new students who play guitar, keys, bass, drums, and/or other instruments.

jamBand Jr

This is an entry level class for students ages 8-11. It is helpful if the child has had some sort of lesson or class on their instrument. We will be covering the very basics of how to be in a band.

Gig Band

This class is great for teens who are a bit more advanced on their instrument or have been in JamBand for several years. There will be several performance opportunities throughout the semester

Jazz Standards Only

This is a chance to play jazz tunes from the American songbook with other musicians. Some sight-reading and improv skills are helpful; although not required. Open to all instruments and vocalists.

Songwriting

This class will explore different strategies for writing original material. Students will have an opportunity to perform their work in an end-of-semester concert. Taught by Allison Kerr, this class is $60 for a five week session.

Beginning Guitar Class

This class is designed for those who do not have any guitar experience. We will be learning simple melodies and basic chords. The student needs to have access to a guitar in good playing condition. Space is limited. This is a fee-based class.

Cost is $60 for a 5-week session.

Intermediate Guitar Class

This class is for students that have completed beginning guitar class. Also appropriate for young students that have had guitar lessons elsewhere. Students should be proficient in playing the basic open chords C, A, G, E, and D. Cost is $60 for a 5-week session.

Cost is $60 for a 5-week session

Acoustic Picking Party

These are held every Tuesday evening from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. 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 and developing chops. Come with at least a couple tunes you'd like to play and an open mind. Ages 12 and up. Hosted by Mike Teaney.

The Hartman Park Band

This laid-back class gives older adults a fun opportunity to play together in a band. Some experience on an instrument is recommended. We play great tunes from the blues, R&B and oldies catalog. This group will have several performance opportunities throughout the year.

Important Dates

  • January 13: Classes begin.
  • March 16-20: Spring Break,No classes this week.
  • April 10: Student Showcase at Looby Theater.

Weekly Schedule of Classes

Most classes take place in the Centennial Performing Arts Studios in Centennial Park. Hartman Park Band takes place at Hartman Park.

Week Day Time Class Name Session dates Fee Instructor Age
Monday To Be Announced Piano Lessons January 13-April 10 No charge Sylvester 8-18 years old
Monday 5:30 p.m.-6:25 p.m. JamBand - teens January 13-April 10 No charge Frazee/Sylvester Teens
Monday 6:30 p.m.-7:25 p.m. Beginning African Drumming January 6-March 16 $100 early enrollment, $120 after January 6 Koufman Teen/Adult
Tuesday 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Standards Only, Jazz Jam January 13-April 10 No charge Frazee Adults/Seniors
Tuesday 3 p.m.-3:55 p.m. Home School Jam Band January 13-April 10 No charge Frazee/Sylvester To Be Announced
Tuesday 4 p.m.-4:55 p.m. Songwriting January 14-Febuary 11, $60 for 5 weeks Guest Instructor 10-18 years old
Tuesday 5 p.m.-5:55 p.m. Jam Band Jr. January 13-April 10 No charge Frazee/Sylvester 8-11 years old
Tuesday 6 p.m.-6:55 p.m. JamBand January 13-April 10 No charge Frazee/Sylvester 12-18 years old
Tuesday 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Acoustic Picking Party returns January 7 No charge Teaney Teens/Adults
Wednesday 4:30 p.m.-5:10 p.m. New Beginners Guitar January 13-Febuary 12 $60 for 5 weeks Guest Instructor 8-18 years old
Wednesday 5:10 p.m.-5:50 p.m. Progressing Beginners January 15-Febuary 12 $60 for 5 weeks Guest Instructor 8-18 years old
Wednesday 5:50 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Intermediate Guitar January 15-Febuary 12 $60 for 5 weeks Guest Instructor 10-18 years old
Wednesday 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Intermediate/Advanced African Percussion January 22-March 11 $140 early enrollment, $165 after January 6 Not available Not available
Thursday 4 p.m.-4:55 p.m. Jam Band January 13-April 10 No charge Frazee/Sylvester 8-18 years old
Thursday 5 p.m.-5:55 p.m. Jam Band Jr. January 13-April 10 No charge Frazee/Sylvester 8-11 years old
Thursday 6 p.m.-6:55 p.m. Gig Band January 13-April 10 No charge Frazee 13-18 years old
Friday 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Hartman Park Band Ongoing No charge Frazee/Sylvester Adults/Seniors