History

2015 - 2016

 

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.
     
2014 - 2015

 

Governance & Leadership

  • Fletcher Foster, CEO of Iconic Entertainment Group, appointed as chair of the Music Makes Us Advisory Council
  • Music Makes Us recognized for leadership in music education by Tennessee Arts Academy, NAMM’s Best Communities for Music Education, and the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
  • Bridgestone Americas Trust Fund pledged $750,000 in support of Music Makes Us over five years.

Teaching & Learning

  • Ten new middle school choral positions added to Metro Schools over the past four years.
  • Enrollment in music education reaches an all-time high, with 48,700 students -- 60% of total MNPS enrollment.
  • Teacher Growth Model Portfolio scores improve with 70% achieving the highest levels.
  • Country/bluegrass teacher hired as full-time instructor, in addition to World Percussion, Rock Band and Mariachi teachers.
  • Professional artist roster (Online Hub) launched to facilitate interaction between schools and music/arts community.
  • Participation in Concert Performance Assessment increased over 4 years from 32 ensembles to 51. and Mid-State increased; overall scores improved.
2013-2014

 

 

Governance & Leadership

  • Increase Advisory Council to 24 members
  • Metro City Council adopts Resolution affirming importance of music education
  • Secure $1.3 million in private funding and in-kind contributions
  • The 2013 research study, Prelude: Music Makes Us Baseline Research Report, affirmed the value of music education in Metro Nashville Public Schools. Along with the benefits of music study in itself, the study finds a strong correlation between participation in music and positive impact on attendance, ACT, GPA, discipline referrals, graduation rate and student engagement.

 

Teaching & Learning

  • 100% elementary students participate in music classes.
  • 43% middle school students participate in music.
  • 27% high school students participate in music.
  • 95% of eligible teachers participate in new Growth Model portfolio evaluation, averaging a 3.7 portfolio score (out of 5).
  • 40 new contemporary classes implemented in 18 middle and high schools, including mariachi, world percussion, country/bluegrass, rock, songwriting and hip hop.
  • Add new choral programs in 4 middle schools in 2013-14, with 4 additional programs in 2014-15.
  • Over 1,200 instruments purchased or donated with contributions from the Country Music Association, Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation and VH1 Save the Music Foundation.