The foundation of Nashville was built with words and melodies, setting an established bedrock for future music generations. The strength of Nashville does not come from anything tangible. It comes from relationships and respect for your fellow man. The music community in Nashville is full of people with a good heart who are tremendously generous with their time and creativity. Musicians giving back are always in abundance here, especially when it comes to kids. We love sharing our musical ability with the youth of our city, at places like the School of Rock, the Tennessee Teens Rock & Roll Camp and the Nashville Symphony.
The vibe of Nashville is a cool one. This is how we rock.
When you dig deep into Nashville’s culture, you’ll find a place where they teach kids how to rock. Literally, they teach kids how to perform in a rock band. School of Rock Nashville is one of over 160 schools throughout the United States, Canada, Latin America and elsewhere that teach kids through one-on-one lessons, which in turn lead to structured rehearsals -the end is performing live in real rock venues. Not only does this kind of program promote the love of music, it also promotes teamwork, a great work ethic and confidence in everything these kids do. The School of Rock and other programs like it are dedicated to creating a world of music, by giving children of all ages and races a hope for a better tomorrow through an instrument or a singing voice.
Another great program Nashville offers is the Tennessee Teens Rock & Roll Camp, an annual rock camp for kids. The group’s goal is to “empower young people through a creative, inclusive, and welcoming environment.” In 2010, the first year of camp couldn’t have been better, with a bumper crop of 40 campers, 10 bands and 30 volunteers. It was a huge success. The camp has grown each year and offers scholarships to a large portion of the children attending. They have tried to make it their goal to accept every child who applies, and with donations from so many businesses and organizations, that dedication has stayed true. They have expanded and now have camps in Nashville and Murfreesboro due to popular demand. TNTRC plans to keep the program going for many years to come.
Turning to programs promoted by the Nashville Symphony, its mission has always been rooted in education and community involvement. They work closely with Metro Nashville Public Schools and schools throughout middle Tennessee to promote music education for our children.
The Nashville Symphony also provides lesson plans and other resources to participating educators. The Symphony has sponsored programs such as the Young People’s Concerts, the Curb Youth Symphony and the Instrument “Petting Zoo” program for years, helping to promote a love and appreciation of music from the earliest age. Programs such as the Curb Open Dress Rehearsal and Curb Concerto Competition support the belief that music is important to learning and provides an outlet for children’s creative potential.
The old saying that “music can soothe the soul” is true. It can bring people together, instilling the love for music in children who will secure a better tomorrow. It will give future generations an understanding of what Nashville stands for and where we came from.
Take time to investigate Nashville’s great music for kids, and you will find something great to get involved in.
Their music will rock the world tomorrow.