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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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Instrumental Techniques Mariachi: This class provides an opportunity for students to learn the music and culture of Mariachi. Students learn instrumental and vocal skills to perform and preserve the traditional music of Mexico. 
The class provides instruction in Violin, Trumpet...
Grade Level: High School, Middle School
Students learn how music is constructed and developed, and acquire a basic understanding of the structural, technical, and historical elements of music. Student theorists develop basic ear-training, keyboard, and functional singing skills, and engage in the creative process...
Grade Level: High School, Middle School
Students develop piano skills performing piano music of various styles and appropriate difficulty levels. Within a standards based curriculum students learn music notation and develop listening skills by identifying and analyzing elements and structural characteristics of music.
Grade Level: High School, Middle School
Students will learn and play popular American music. Genres may include Rock and Roll, Hip Hop, Blues, Latin, Pop, R...
Grade Level: High School
Songwriting will introduce the practice of creative composition as a means of artistic expression and its application to commercial music. The entire spectrum of genres from folk to hip-hop, spoken word, rock and country will be explored and analyzed. The essential components...
Grade Level: High School, Middle School, Elementary School
Strings/Orchestra – Elementary (K-4): Students who have little or no experience on violin, viola, cello, bass, or harp explore high-quality music literature written or transcribed for developing string orchestra. Study includes the development of foundational instrumental...
Grade Level: High School, Middle School
This class, designed for students with substantial experience in solo performance and larger performing ensembles, promotes significant engagement with and appreciation for music through performance of sophisticated wind and percussion literature. Study focuses on mastery of...
Grade Level: High School, Middle School
Instrumental Techniques World Percussion: Students learn standards based percussion technical and performance skills, enhanced by historical and cultural background knowledge of percussion instruments. Public performances may serve as a culmination of specific instructional...
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