History

2016 - 2017

Governance & Leadership

  • Music Makes Us welcomed ten new members to the Advisory Council
  • Music Makes Us is recognized as a 2017 Best Communitites for Music Education by the NAMM Foundation
  • CMA Foundation continuted its decade-long commitment to music education in Metro Nashville with $1 million in support of instrument purchases and teaching effectiveness
  • Bridgestone Americas Trust fund provided $150,000 for continued support of Music Makes Us as part of a 5-year commitment of $750,000
  • Music Makes Us awarded $100,000 Collective Impact grant from National Endowment for the Arts for arts integration, a professional development and cross-sector engagement


Teaching & Learning

  • Twenty-five music teachers recognized with the 2017 CMA Music Teachers of Excellence award
  • Participation in Concert Performance Assessment increased over 5 years from 32 ensembles to 51 total, with improvements in overall scores as well
  • Number of students participating in Mid-State auditions increased by over 40% over five years
  • Subsidized private lessons were available to over 1,100 students, funded by the CMA Foundation
  • Two schools received a Keys + Kids grant from the VH1 Save the Music Foundation
  • Thirty schools and 1,600 students participated in Disney Musicals in Schools, in partnership with the Tennessee Performing Arts Center
  • Four student ensembles from three middle and high schools were selected to perform at state, regional and national conferences
  • Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation awarded an instrument grant to Wright Middle School
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.