Nashville, Tennessee

Population: 660,388

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Nashville, Tennessee—known affectionately as America’s “Music City”—is home to Music Makes Us, a vibrant public/private partnership between Metro Nashville Public Schools, the Mayor’s Office, and dozens of music industry and community partners. Leveraging the city’s unique mix of philanthropists, community leaders, commercial, education and nonprofit organizations, Music Makes Us affirms music’s role as an essential component of a well-rounded education. The initiative builds on traditional school music by adding contemporary curricula, new technologies, and reflecting the diversity of the Nashville student population.


Music Makes Us

Music Makes Us IS music education in Metro Nashville Public Schools. … We believe that music is an essential component of a well-rounded education. Music Makes Us® is strengthening traditional school music while adding a contemporary curriculum that embraces new technologies and reflects our diverse student population. Our goal is to eliminate barriers to music education, increase student participation, and enhance the quality of music education for ALL Metro Nashville Public School students.

All Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 students in MNPS will participate in quality music instruction that is standards-based and sequential, taught by highly qualified music educators and enhanced by a network of music professionals and community based organizations from Nashville and beyond.

Vision Statement

Partner: Metro Nashville Public Schools

We believe that the arts are vital to a well‐rounded education. Our staff work very hard to make sure that every one of our students has access to high-quality artistic instruction in the classroom, and vibrant experiences with the art world outside of the classroom. We work hard to provide an educational framework that draws out the creative potential of all children, regardless of their cultural and economic circumstances. In doing so, we aim to provide each of our students with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in their academic, professional, and personal lives.


Partner: Nashville Mayor’s Office

Music Makes Us is supported by funders, donors, and partners across Nashville’s public and private sectors