"Within the next three years, all Kindergarten through Grade 12 students in Metro Schools will have opportunities to participate in high quality music instruction..."
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The chorus program at Oliver Middle School is in the running for a $15,000 music grant courtesy of Rack Room Shoes! From Dec. 28 - Jan. 13, 2013, vote for Oliver’s video here at Rack Room Shoes website and click on the Gift of Music icon. The top four vote recipients will win $15,000 to support the music program. So log on and vote for Oliver!
UPDATE! Marcus and Joey will finally make their national debut! Thursday, Dec. 20, a special segment highlighting their time working with Brad Paisley will air during the CMA Country Christmas Special on ABC.
Live television, folks! CMA Week (a.k.a “Country Music’s Biggest Night™”) cast a national spotlight on two Metro high school students – even if they didn’t end up playing with Brad Paisley during the broadcast.
Marcus Wanner, a student at Nashville School of the Arts, and Joey Santoro, a student at Hume-Fogg Magnet High School, were hand-selected to perform with Brad during the The 46th Annual CMA Awards on Thursday. The performance was meant to draw attention to Keep the Music Playing, a program that has donated more than $6.1 million to support music education on behalf of the hundreds of Country Music artists that perform at CMA Music Festival for free.
But the hectic world of live television forced the performance to be cut from the show, though they still had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rehearse with Brad and appear with him on Good Morning America.
Isaac Litton Middle School, home of the Marching 100, was also to be featured, though that video segment was cut from the broadcast, as well. Teachers Allison Winstein and William McMillan - along with more than twenty students - participated in a video shoot promoting the Keep the Music Playing partnership with MNPS.
Litton was selected to participate for its long and rich history of excellence in music. Litton is now redeveloping its music program as part of its overall school improvement program and in partnership with Music Makes Us, a city-school partnership that aims to reinvigorate music education in Nashville.
“The support and generosity of our Nashville community is remarkable,” said Laurie Schell, director of Music Makes Us. “We are so grateful to the Country Music Association's Keep the Music Playing program for ensuring our students have access to quality musical instruments. Having a good instrument is the first step toward becoming a music-lover for life."
About Keep the Music Playing
Keep the Music Playing is an initiative of the CMA Foundation, which exists to provide financial support to worthwhile causes that are important to the Country Music Association and the Country Music community. The CMA Foundation places special emphasis on serving the needs of CMA's core constituents and nonprofit organizations with initiatives that preserve the legacy of the format, music education, and respond to such other needs that may be identified in the future by the CMA.
Since 2006, KTMP has contributed more than $6.1 million to Metro Nashville Public Schools. The funds have been used to build music labs, provide sound and lighting equipment for school auditoriums, and purchase more than 4,000 instruments for the schools.
About Music Makes Us
Music Makes Us promotes, supports and advances student engagement and achievement through robust, high quality music education with both a traditional music curriculum as well as a contemporary curriculum track that uses new technologies and reflects a diverse musical landscape. A public/private partnership among Metro Nashville Public Schools, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, and music industry and community leaders in Nashville, Music Makes Us is committed to becoming a worldwide leader in music education, bringing the resources of the Nashville music community together to enable participation and foster student success for all of its 81,000 students.
Building on a model partnership and the generosity of the Country Music Association’s Keep The Music Playing program, Music Makes Us seeks to establish groundbreaking new contemporary curriculum pathways as well as create a strong alignment with the instructional goals of MNPS, enhance existing chorus, band and orchestra programs, facilitate strong partnerships among the business and nonprofit music communities, develop a facilities master plan, and improve the support infrastructure for teachers, students and community partners.
The Wright/Glencliff Mariachi classes made their debut performance during a special field trip to Cheekwood Saturday, Oct. 27. According to leader Alan Lambert, “Not only were the students enthusiastic, but they did a great job performing for the first time in front of their friends and family on the steps of Glencliff High School!” Lambert said after the performance, the group visited Cheekwood Gardens for the Dia de los Muertos event. There students interacted with local mariachis, decorated sugar skulls, and took in the sights, sounds and smells of the beautiful gardens and special exhibits. “For most students and parents, this was their first time at Cheekwood, but it won’t be their last,” said Lambert.
Eakin elementary students had a real life visit from their online music hero! Known to his audiences as Quaver, Graham Hepburn dropped in to music teacher Rita Black's class to demonstrate in real life what the students are learning through his online music program. The best part? Channel 4's Terry Bulger caught it all on camera! Check out Quaver with Mrs. Black's class in Bulger's Beat.
In August, 16 Oliver Middle School musicians were featured singing and playing with Carrie Underwood on the CBS special Teachers Rock. The TV special paid a musical tribute to America's teachers and serves as a fundraiser for the "Teach for America" program. Dierks Bentley, Josh Groban and pop group Fun. were among the other artists seen on Teachers Rock. Teachers Rock also featured personal recollections from Dave Grohl, Usher and Maroon 5's Adam Levine and James Valentine. Some well-known actors also appeared on the program, including Meryl Streep, Viola Davis, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jennifer Garner, Jack Black, Morgan Freeman and Matthew Morrison.
The students from Oliver were selected from a wide pool of musically gifted children. They ranged in ages from 10-12 and represented the wonderfully diverse culture of Oliver Middle School. Susan Waters and Katie Harrah, Band Directors, Franklin Willis, Choir Director and Delores McCreery, Drama Teacher all collaborated to select the 16 students to sing and play along with Underwood.
The performance was pre-taped on Opry Stage A for the Friday night broadcast. The students worked with Underwood's musical director for about two hours on the back up vocals, percussion parts and clapping responsibilities. During lunch the students, teachers and parents were treated to a catered lunch and were able to mingle with the production crew. After lunch, Underwood's band came on set and the rehearsal continued. Late in the afternoon, Underwood joined the group on stage and performed the song "Nobody Ever Told You" four times with the students. Afterwards the students posed for photos with Carrie Underwood and each received an autographed photo. That’s what we call a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!
Mariachi offered at Wright Middle, Glencliff High as part of the Music Makes Us education program
The Maplewood Showstoppers performed at the grand opening of a Fifth Third Bank last Saturday, July 14.
The Maplewood Showstoppers' "Black Cat Band" performed outside the new Madison bank branch, and were even joined by a famous sabre-toothed mascot - Gnash from the Nashville Predators!
Public-private partnership will make the Metro Schools program the nation’s best
Made weekend plans yet? Don't bother! We know what you'll be doing.
Grammy nominated mariachi star José Hernàndez is giving a FREE performance at Glencliff High School this Friday night! He'll be joined by the Veterans Juvenil de America Mariachi Band from Rio Grande City, Texas.
It's all a fundraiser for the Music Makes Us Mariachi program kicking off next year. This new program will bring middle and high school students into the world of mariachi, practicing and performing in school ensembles. Donations will be accepted at this free concert event.
This is a wonderful opportunity to not only enjoy a free concert, but to support a budding music program that could change the lives of young students. Don't miss it!!
Dozens of young musicians will light up the stage at the 2012 Keep the Music Playing All-Star Concert. Hosted by CMA and organized by the Nashville Public Education Foundation and Metro Schools, the concert will feature some of the district's finest young musicians. Recording artist Chris Young will host the concert and special guest Suzy Bogguss will be on hand to help celebrate. CMA will also announce the 2011 CMA Music Festival donation to music education through the CMA Foundation and the Keep the Music Playing initiative. Since 2006, CMA has donated $4.7 million in funds and musical equipment to Metro Schools through Keep the Music Playing.
Edwin Santiago, music teacher at McKissack Middle School, has been named the 2012 Edwina Hefner Community Leadership Award winner. The award is given each year by the Nashville Symphony in conjunction with the Regions "Let Freedom Sing" concert that honors the life of Dr. Martin Luther King. Santiago is the fifth recipient of the annual award. His passion for music education was the root of his nomination and selection. To read more about Santiago and his new title, click here.
Music permeates Nashville at all levels, and soon it will permeate Nashville public education at all levels, too. From the stage at the Ryman Auditorium, Mayor Karl Dean, Director of Schools Jesse Register and many community and business leaders in Nashville announced 'Music Makes Us,' a new approach to music education that will reach students in all grades.Young students will be exposed to all kinds of music from an early age, including jazz, bluegrass, folk, world music. Middle and high school students will be able to take courses in songwriting, DJ & remixing, hip-hop performance and more.Numerous studies show that music education can boost student performance in many academic areas, as well as increasing motivation for classroom performance and attendance. It encourages students to form close peer groups and foster close adult relationships with teachers. The city will conduct its own study to see the effectiveness of Music Makes Us once its in place.This program is the product of years of work by a number of partners, including Mayor Dean, Metro Schools, the Music City Music Council and the Nashville Public Education Foundation. Support will continue to come from all sides, including financial support from Nashville's business and musical communities. There is so much more to share about this project. Check out the page we've created for Music Makes Us to learn all about it.
Join us on Friday, September 16, as we make a big announcement. We'll introduce you to Music Makes Us, a new collaborative effort from Mayor Karl Dean, Metro Schools, the Music City Music Council and the Nashville Public Education Foundation. Music Makes Us is an innovative approach to music education developed over the last two years.
We'll be joined by a special guest for the announcement at 9:00 a.m. You can follow along on the live-blog starting at 8:45 a.m. and get all of the details on this exciting new project.
Several MNPS performance groups performed during the 2011 Keep the Music Playing All-Stars Concert, which was held Tuesday, Feb. 1, at 6:30 p.m, at the Schermerhorn Symphony Hall. This concert was in appreciation to the CMA for providing Metro Schools with instruments and music through its Keep the Music Playing Program that has donated more than 3 million in musical equipment to Metro Schools. The schools invited to perform include: Croft Design Center Full Orchestra Jones Paideia Choir – “Super Stars” DuPont Tyler Middle School Advanced Band Duet – Luke Bryant (country artist and emcee) and Sam Hunter (guitarist from Nashville School of the Arts) Nashville School of the Arts Jazz Ensemble Pearl-Cohn High School Choir Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet School Full Orchestra Special guests who will be in attendance at the concert are: Dr. Jesse Register, Director of Metro Schools Mayor Karl Dean Luke Bryan, Country Music Star Pam Garrett, Executive Director of Nashville Alliance for Public Education Steve Moore, CEO of CMA Alan Valentine, President/CEO of the Nashville Symphony