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