Governance & Leadership
- Mayor Megan Barry endorsed Music Makes Us, continuing the leadership tradition of former Mayor Karl Dean.
- Music Makes Us is recognized with a 2016 Best Communities for Music Education designation by the NAMM Foundation.
- Music Makes Us and the CMA Foundation recognized jointly for leadership in music education by Music for All/Bands of America and the American Eagle Awards.
- CMA Foundation continued its decade-long commitment to music education in Metro Nashville with $1 million in support of instrument purchases and teaching effectiveness.
- Music Makes Us awarded $100,000 Collective Impact grant from National Endowment for the Arts.
- A 2015 study, Interlude, shows positive growth toward the goals of equity, access and quality across all grades and learning sub-groups, with 60% participation in music education across the district .
Teaching & Learning
- Fifty music teachers recognized with the inaugural CMA Music Teachers of Excellence award.
- Participation in Concert Performance Assessment increased over 4 years from 32 ensembles to 51 total, with improvements in overall scores as well.
- Number of students participating in Mid-State auditions increased by 26% over four years.
- Side by Side Coaching support launched for all Metro Schools music teachers. With the support of the CMA Foundation, 26 expert coaches provided over 1,200 hours of side by side assistance in the classroom.
- Building on a pilot program funded by the D’Addario Foundation, subsidized private lessons were available to 800 students, funded by the CMA Foundation.
- Through an NEA Collective Impact grant, all music teachers received 2 – 4 days of specialized content-focused professional development.
- Big Machine Label group provided $100,000 in discretionary funding for all music teachers.