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Music education is offered in all zoned and magnet Kindergarten through 12th grade Metro Nashville Public Schools. Elementary music is standards-based and provided during the school day to all students by certified music specialists.

At the middle school level, music instruction is offered at all schools as an elective. Course selection varies from school to school and may include general music, orchestra, chorus, and contemporary courses such as world percussion, mariachi, rock band, and guitar. All zoned middle schools offer band. Classes are taught during the school day and the curricula are standards-based.

High school music courses are co-curricular electives and may fulfill fine arts graduation requirements. Courses include chorus, band, orchestra, concert band, wind ensemble, instrumental techniques, jazz band, percussion ensemble, music understanding, piano, guitar, and music theory. Other course offerings vary by school and may include contemporary courses in world percussion, mariachi, rock band, country/bluegrass, songwriting, hip hop, audio engineering, and music business.

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Grade Level: High School
Individuals that work in the Music Recording industry manufacture, design, install, integrate, operate and repair the equipment of audiovisual communications, and that is exactly what you’ll do in the Audio Engineering classes. You will help produce sound, video and data for...
Grade Level: High School, Middle School
Chorus-Middle School (5-8): Students with little or no choral experience develop beginning vocal technique and skills, critical and creative thinking skills, and an appreciation of music from around the world and through time. Chorus-High School (9-12): Students in a mixed...
Grade Level: High School, Middle School
Concert Band: This class, designed for students ready to build on skills and knowledge previously acquired in a middle or High School (9-12) instrumental ensemble, promotes the enjoyment and appreciation of music through performance of high-quality wind and percussion literature...
Grade Level: High School, Middle School
Instrumental Techniques Country/Bluegrass: Students study and perform music principles used in Bluegrass and Country Music including melody, harmony, and rhythm; intervals; standard musical notation; and the Nashville Number System. Public performances may serve as a...
Grade Level: Elementary School
Elementary (K-4) Music: Students develop basic music skills through listening, singing, moving, playing instruments and creating while establishing the foundation for important skills such as teamwork, acceptance, respect, and responsibility that will help students be...
Grade Level: High School, Middle School
General Music: Students explore the essential elements of 20th- and 21st-century music in America and global cultures. Participants focus on the creation, use, and performance of music; and the modes of listening, distributing, and gaining access to music.
Grade Level: High School, Middle School
Guitar - Classical: Students develop guitar skills and knowledge, including simple and full-strum chords, bass lines and lead sheets, barre and power chords, foundational music literacy and theory, major scales, simple finger-picking patterns, and ensemble skills for a variety...
Grade Level: High School, Middle School
Hip Hop: Students study writing and production techniques in hip-hop styles. Topics include the social and cultural aspects of hip-hop music and the analysis of stylistic and musical characteristics. Students will write hip-hop lyrics and music.
Grade Level: High School
Jazz: Students with experience on guitar explore the fundamentals of performance practices, improvisation, and music theory through a diverse repertoire of high- quality jazz literature. Students learn the basics of foundational jazz styles, use chord symbols, develop knowledge...
Grade Level: High School
Students will rehearse as an ensemble, receiving instruction on marching techniques and concepts of musical performances. Students will perform in marching and concert activities, including parades, football games, concerts, festivals, and competitions. Public performances may...