Governance & Leadership

  • Mayor Dean and Dr. Register appoint Music Makes Us® Advisory Council with Nancy Shapiro of The Recording Academy as Chair
  • School Board adopts Resolution affirming the value of music and arts education
  • Secure $1.2 million grant from Country Music Association’s Keep the Music Playing
  • Advisory Council approves strategic plan and brand promise


Teaching & Learning

  • Implement 22 new contemporary music classes in 13 middle and high schools: mariachi, rock, hip hop, country/bluegrass, songwriting, world percussion, guitar
  • Launch student record label & recording studio at Pearl Cohn High School
  • Launch Metro Schools instrument repair facility
  • Initiate Teacher Advisory Council
  • Initiate student leadership program for drum majors
  • Install SmartMusic software in all high schools
  • Restore band programs in three middle schools
  • Inaugural districtwide band and orchestra festival held at Cane Ridge High School
  • Mid State Honors for 275 students
  • Conduct research on the impact of music education in Metro Schools


Governance & Leadership

  • Mayor Dean and Nancy Shapiro, chair of the Music City Music Council Education Sub-committee, take leadership in securing seed funding from philanthropic community
  • Momentum ProjectLab conducts needs assessment and drafts initial plan
  • Mayor Dean announced launch of Music Makes Us®
  • MNPS hires Dr. Nola Jones as Music Coordinator
  • MNPS hires Laurie T. Schell as Director of Music Makes Us®