W.O. Smith Community Music School

We transform lives through music!

Nashville, TN   |  www.wosmith.org

Mission

W.O.
Smith/Nashville Community Music School makes affordable, quality music
instruction available to children from low-income families.We transform lives through music!

Ruling year info

1984

Executive Director

Mr. Jonah Rabinowitz

Main address

P. O. Box 121348

Nashville, TN 37212 USA

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EIN

58-1560499

NTEE code info

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Private Music Instruction

Individual and group music instruction is offered in all band and orchestra instruments, piano, guitar, bass guitar, drum set, and voice. Private lessons are 30 or 45
minutes in length, take place weekly, and conclude every semester with a
performance evaluation. Students without access to instruments are provided loaned instruments at no cost.

Population(s) Served

W.O. Smith offers a variety of opportunities for singers and instrumentalists to participate in groups. Two choirs, Select Singers (students aged 9-11) and Voices (students aged 12-18), are available to enrolled students. Both choirs meet once per week and perform throughout the year at area senior centers, civic organizations, and special events. The StringSmiths, Jazz Band, Lab Band, and Rock Band ensembles provide great programming for instrumental students. All instrumentalists are encouraged to enroll in an ensemble in addition to their lessons. Like our student choirs, the aforementioned ensembles also perform at the school and within the community during the school year.
 
W.O. Smith also offers supplemental music classes. Students can also participate in Audio Production, Songwriting, and ContempoKids. Audio Production focuses on the fundamentals of audio to the principles of recording. Songwriting allows students to collaborate with one another and learn the basics of lyric writing and song structure. The ContempoKids program is a featured partnership with the contemporary music ensemble, Intersection. While rooted in Western classical music, this class explores other styles of music expression and notation.

Population(s) Served

W.O. Smith Music School offers three summer camp opportunities to students. Resident CampResident Camp is a weeklong resident music camp held every June at Hillmont Camp and Retreat Center in White Bluff, Tennessee. Seventy students (aged 12-18) attend music camp, which gives them a chance to focus on their musical skills for an entire week. The cost is $25 per student. Programming includes private lessons, music history and theory classes, ensembles, chorus, and daily guided health and wellness opportunities. Day CampA day camp for fifty children (aged 8-11) is offered each July. The cost is $10 and scholarships are available to students whose families are unable to pay camp fees. Students participate in group music theory classes, choir, field trips, recreational activities, and art projects. Camp BackBeatThis camp is a week-long experience for students (aged 9-18) who are interested in commercial music. Students study guitar, bass, drums, piano, and voice. The camp is specifically designed to help bands form so that they can continue working together throughout the academic year. The students learn about a variety of genres from professional musicians including country, rock, pop, hip-hop, rhythm & blues, and soul. The camp concludes with a student showcase, which in previous years has been held at Musicians Corner or Exit/In.  Scholarships are available for any student unable to afford the modest fees for each camp.

Population(s) Served

MusicPlay Students (aged 7) begin their studies at W.O. Smith Music School in this six-week long course. It introduces many basic musical concepts through the use of game play, singing, dancing, movement, and other experiential activities. This class prepares for entrance into Musical Beginnings. Musical Beginnings New students (aged 8) and graduates of Music Play are placed in Musical Beginnings. This ten-week long class provides an introduction to music for younger children, incorporating singing, movement, dictation, and games. Participating students begin learning musical concepts such as rhythm, pitch, dynamics, and form. Junior Jam Students (aged 8) who have completed Musical Beginnings are able to participate in this twelve-week long class. Junior Jam students gain experience with classroom instruments including the Loog guitar, recorder, and steel drums. Basic Musicianship New students aged 9 and older or graduates of the aforementioned classes are placed in our Basic Musicianship program. Students learn the basics of reading music, musical terms, and symbols, providing a solid foundation for their continuation in musical instruction. Basic Musicianship is a one-semester class and is required for admission into private lessons.

Population(s) Served

Recitals and ConcertsAll students are encouraged to participate in monthly student recitals. Recitals are, of course, a great opportunity to perform for family and friends, showing off hard work! College ScholarshipsFor students who choose to study music at the college level, W.O. Smith scholarship funds are available in amounts up to $1,500 per academic year or $6,000 over a four-year period. To qualify, students must have graduated from the W.O. Smith Music School program and be pursuing a degree in music performance, music education, or music business. W.O. Smith Community Orchestra (WOSCO)Comprised of W.O. Smith teaching artists, W.O. Smith students, and community members, the W.O. Smith Community Orchestra provides educational concerts for students and families. WOSCO is committed to presenting performances that engage audiences in repertoire ranging from orchestral standards to newly commissioned pieces. Since its inception in 2014, WOSCO has premiered four new works by local composers.

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Awards

Affiliations & memberships

Nashville Arts Coalition 1995

Tennesseans for the Arts 1994

National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts - Member 2014

Americans for the Arts 2009

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W.O. Smith Community Music School

Board of directors
as of 07/22/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Ryan Moses

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Term: 2018 - 2020

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