What is Music Makes Us®?

A joint effort of Metro Nashville Public Schools, the mayor's office and music industry and community leaders, the Music Makes Us(r) initiative aspires to be a national model for high quality music education. With a focus on music literacy and student participation, Music Makes Us(r) is strengthening traditional school music while adding a contemporary curriculum that embraces new technologies and reflects our diverse student population.

How is Music Makes Us® funded?

MNPS local funds are utilized for:

  • Personnel
    • Administrative
    • Instructional
  • Instructional equipment and supplies (music, uniforms, instrument repair supplies)
  • Professional & Leadership Development for Teachers
  • Transportation (buses to events)
  • Contracted Services (repair services, visiting artists and clinicians)


Private funding support is requested for:

  • Instructional equipment and supplies (instruments, equipment, instructional materials)
  • Professional and Leadership Development for Teachers
  • Student Internships
  • Contracted Services (research and evaluation, marketing, visiting artists)

How can I find out what school music programs are offered at my child’s school?

First, take a look at our searchable programs database. You will be able to find the names of all music classes, grade level, school and a general description of the course. If you cannot find your school, you can always check with the school office to get a full course listing.

Is there a distinction between Music Makes Us® and the Music Department?

No, Music Makes Us® is the “brand” name for the entire music program or department at Metro Schools. Every music class that is provided during the school day (and sometimes with afterschool rehearsals) is part of Music Makes Us®.

Will Mariachi or World Percussion be offered at every school?

The contemporary programs will expand gradually. In about five years, every cluster will offer at least 1 contemporary course at the middle and high school level. For example, in the first year of implementation, World Percussion was offered at Overton High School and the feeder middle school McMurray. This year, World Percussion classes will increase in the Overton Cluster and also expand to a new cluster of schools at Whites Creek.

What can I do to be supportive of my child’s progress as a musician?

The key to making progress in music is to encourage the discipline of practice. Providing a quiet space and regular time for practice—whether it is for vocal or instrumental techniques—is vital. Active listening is important, too. Listen to music with your child and discuss it. Listening and talking about all genres of music is great ear training (and a good opportunity for family engagement as well). What do you hear? What is surprising? How does it make you feel? Why? Can you make that sound?

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