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Ideas to Inspire Your Young Musician in Nashville

Written by: TakeLessons Teacher, Heather E.

I moved to Nashville about a year ago, and while I knew it was “Music City,” I thought the nickname was a bit out of date. I mean, Nashville is just lame Honky Tonk music, right? WRONG! Nashville is pulsing with musical life! Most of the bars and clubs have fresh local bands, which is so refreshing! But…we’re talking about kid-friendly stuff, which is fun too.

My son Jonah is eleven months old, so my husband and I have been searching for some music activities we can all do together. The best thing is, a lot of the best ones we've found are totally free! As a mom and wife of a grad student/musician, free is good. Free is really good.

If you moved to Nashville recently, or if you are visiting with your family for the weekend, here are some ideas for inspiring the budding musician inside your child:

Music in the Park I found about this way too late last summer! Nashville hosts Music in the Park at Centennial Park almost every Saturday from May to August. Centennial is a huge park on the West End, across from Vanderbilt. There’s a great walking trail, a pond, a playground, and a huge yard in front of the Parthenon where they hold the concerts. Just bring your blanket and snacks and enjoy some FREE live music!

Franklin, TN It’s adorable. It’s the cutest thing you've ever seen. And, it’s full of street performers! Franklin is a suburb of Nashville, about a twenty minute drive from the city. I think some country music star was walking down the street and discovered a musician there (or so the story goes), so now it’s full of street performers. I've heard some pretty amazing stuff walking down the streets in Franklin. And don’t forget, if their performance is good enough to make you stop and listen, you owe them a dollar. So… not totally free. But close.

Student Performances Belmont University and Vanderbilt University both have some great student performances, which are almost always FREE! The theater program at Vandy puts on some amazing performances, and all of the music I've ever heard at Belmont has blown me away. (They had Dianne Graves at their Christmas performance this year!)

Also, tip from a local: If you want to meet a famous country star, skip the Grand Ole Opry and head to the Whole Foods in Green Hills. (I’m serious.)

Heather E. teaches voice lessons in Nashville, TN, as well as online. She has a BA in Music from Winthrop University and specializes in classical voice and audition prep.

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Melanie A.

Nashville, TN

I focus on vocal tone, quality, technique, and performance ability. It's about strengthening your skills to be able to enjoy your voice while having the freedom to do what you've always wanted. You will get out of these lessons as much as you put in.

About Melanie

I have been giving voice lessons for the last 10 years. I have taught from elementary school students to adults, new/fresh beginners to intermediate. I am a great encourager and am eager to see you grow in your talents and abilities. I have been singing in church choirs and receiving private voice lessons since I was 6 yrs. old. With a BA in Music, I graduated from William Jessup University, emphasis in voice. From there I went on to teach at a Music Academy and then a music focused college known as "Instituto Canzion". I have received additional instruction from classes and private lessons at
Musician's Institute located in Hollywood, CA and continue to gain teaching techniques from many different professors. One of my main goals as a teacher is to make sure you are constantly growing and being challenged. As a teacher I hope to provide specifically for each students need. I have experience with instructing for pop, rock, indie, country, musical theater, and contemporary christian genres. I have worked with choir pieces as well as solos and duets, and have spent some time in recording studios, Coaching vocalists as well as doing some recording of my own. My desire is that every student would feel comfortable sing/performing
in front of an audience while having fun, because that's what it's
about, after all, that feeling of accomplishment after you've worked so
hard. So let me help you to feel confident while performing and have a great time!

*** Lesson Details ***
My teaching style is somewhat laid back. I always tell my students, "You will get out of these lessons only as much as you are willing to put in." I can be strict if that helps a student, but I try to work with each individual at a pace that works best for them. I do challenge my students to reach and push themselves to what I know they are capable of. One of the first things I will do in a lesson is to set a personal goal with the student. This helps to have something to work towards. In lessons I will focus on areas like correct breathing, posture, relaxing tension, vowels, pitch, pronunciation, performance, and others. These are some of the areas that should definitely show noticeable improvement after 3-6 months. Other things like vocal physiology and ear training will be implemented as well as some sight reading. In the end it's really all about what you want to learn. I don't claim to know it all, but I am a life long learner and am continuing to better myself through further education.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Keyboard, Mirror, Recorder, Music stand. The student needs to provide their own flash drive to download lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have a keyboard and a recorder, but I need to be informed as to whether I need these items or not. The student needs to provide his or her own flash drive to download lessons.

*** Specialties ***
I mainly teach Pop, Country-pop, pop-rock, Musical theater, Christian and contemporary genres.
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LISA V. January 11, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Great teacher by she moved out of state.. Not ready to get a new teacher just yet
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Cheyenne August 2, 2015
Hi i never got lessons from Melanie but i am interested in getting some song writing lessons and was wondering does anyone know if Melanie has a fb page or phone number where i could reach her? If anyone could get back to me would be great thanks! :)
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Shane S. March 19, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Melanie is awesome! I need so much help with singing and she's great at explaining how to fix whatever is necessary to get the best sound.
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Melanie A.

Nashville, TN 37211
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starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Julie L.

Hermitage, TN

Let's sing whatever you like: from pop songs, to Broadway, to art songs or opera with an emphasis on good vocal technique.
30 minute lessons are ONLY for students ages 8 and younger.
Adults are encouraged to choose 60 minute lessons.

About Julie

I am passionate about Music and Music Education. It's rewarding for me to watch my students develop in their musical skill and enjoy making music more and more. My students range from the very young (4 years old) to school age children, to teens, and adults. My students benefit from my expertise in teaching Vocal and Piano music, my knowledge of Music Theory, and my encouraging teaching style. I have been involved in making music since I was a young child, and I have been teaching private students since I was a Music major at the University of Florida in 1982 when a fellow college student as
ked me to teach her voice lessons. I have a Music Education degree from the University of Florida; my major instrument was Voice, my minor was Piano. I taught as a public school music educator in Florida, California, and Tennessee between the years of 1983 to 1997. I taught private students after school in my classroom while I was a public school teacher, and from my home since 1997. My post-graduate continuing professional education includes Tennessee Arts Academy at Belmont University, Kodaly Pedagogy and Solfege Level 1 (vocal teaching techniques, do-re-mi, ear training), Orff-Schulwerk Music for Children Level 1 certification, Yamaha M.I.E. (Music In Education) Piano Lab certification. My professionalism and expertise are at your service. I will work together with you to insure an enjoyable and informative learning experience.

*** Lesson Details ***
A typical lesson in my studio would begin with a brief question/answer time with the student to learn how their week has gone, and how their music practice is progressing.

For PIANO LESSONS we begin with Technique including scales and dexterity exercises, then we play from the Lesson book and a Recital selection. I typically let the student play through the pieces they have prepared without interruption, then I call attention to corrections that need to be made, I demonstrate the correction, and then ask the student to play the piece again. After that we go over the Theory assignments, and do Ear Training exercises. I am comfortable teaching from a variety of different methods courses. The methods course is chosen according to the student's interest. I never require a piano student to continue using books that are not inspiring. There so many methods courses available, that a student may always be able to have methods books they LOVE.

In my SINGING LESSONS we also begin with a recap of the student's week. Then we continue with Warm Up exercises to prepare the student's voice for the lesson. Then we study Sight Singing and Solfege Singing (do-re-mi-fa-sol-la-ti-do) to increase the student's listening skills. After that the student sings their selections. Like I do in Piano lessons, I listen to the pieces they have prepared without interruption, then I call attention to corrections that need to be made, I demonstrate the correction, and then ask the student to sing the piece again. I am comfortable teaching many styles of vocal music including classical, Broadway, pop, rock, and Christian.

For MUSIC THEORY lessons, the study material is chosen according to the student's interest and age. Topics include notation, chord structure, chord progression, melodic structure, and harmony. I also incorporate Music Listening in the Music Theory lesson in order to learn from the masters in many styles of music. My Music Theory students will also have the opportunity to develop composition and songwriting skills if they desire.

My teaching style is structured and friendly, keeping the student's goals and interests at the forefront. I enjoy motivating students to reach their highest potential.
After 3 to 6 months in my studio my students will see improvement in their musical technique, ear training, music reading, notation, and knowledge. They will be preparing recital pieces for an upcoming performance. I provide two recital opportunities a year: in December, and in May. Most importantly, the student's love and appreciation of music will be growing.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room: piano near front entryway, couch, loveseat, over-sized chair, dining room table, open space, end table with chair, parents can sit in on lesson.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide lesson books, the students should provide their instrument.

I do have a mobile keyboard to bring for SINGING lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Kodaly Pedagogy and Solfege Level 1

Orff-Schulwerk Music for Children Level 1 certification

Yamaha M.I.E. (Music In Education) Lab certified instructor
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Stephanie F. February 8, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Had a great lesson.
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Billie Bowman February 7, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Julie is a fantastic teacher - makes learning fun and fast - very encouraging and makes the lesson enjoyable as well as educational! A rare and talented teacher who is able to convey sometimes difficult concepts in a very easy to understand and comprehend manner! I have never been so motivated and excited to learn something and I eagerly look forward to my lessons each week with Julie!
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Pauline January 15, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
I had a wonderful first lesson. I did not know what to expect, so I was a little nervous. She was very nice and gave me some confidence.
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Julie L.

Julie L.

Hermitage, TN 37076
(22)
starting at
$29 / 30-min
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Sarah A.

Bloomington, IN

Singing training will involve the student's preferred genre in performance, recording and writing.

About Sarah

"Sarah's voice is rich, warm, expressive, and maintains a natural and authentic beauty." - Classical Singer Magazine.

Sarah has been teaching voice for the last 7 years in her studio.

Sarah sings professionally in musicals, operas, and records on music row.

Sarah writes and records her own music, singer/songwriter and christian music.

Sarah loves to perform opera and contemporary music in concert halls as well as public venues like art galleries and street festivals.
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Olivia August 10, 2015
Singing · In studio
Sarah was a fantastic teacher!
I am 22 years old and have never had a singing lesson before, although I previously played the saxophone and piano and therefore had some musical background. During our 5 lessons I had more fun than I could have imagined while learning important skills regarding warming up, breath support, and stylistic choices while singing. She helped me get over my nerves and not feel so silly singing in front of others - something I've always felt self-conscious about. I would absolutely recommend Sarah to any adult wishing to learn how to sing!
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Olivia K. August 24, 2014
What a talented performer and instructor! Combination of beauty and brains :)
I admire her approach and her education!
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Alan P. March 11, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
Daughter loved first lesson

I just had my 9 year old daughter take her first voice lesson from Sarah and it was GREAT!! My daughter loved her and learned so much the first lesson. Sarah was awesome with her approach and kind attitude yet got her lesson across so professionally. I would HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend Sarah!!!!
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Sarah A.

Sarah A.

Nashville, TN 37217
(5)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Brianne A.

Nashville, TN

Singing is one of the most personal forms of musicianship because your instrument is a part of your body!

In our lesson we will learn how to keep that instrument safe while exploring all the different things you didn't even know it could do.

About Brianne

I am a working artist/songwriter with placements on Nickelodeon, NBC, Rockband, international radio airplay and was featured on "This Sing Off" 2014 Holiday Special with Timothy's Gift (video below). I graduated from Belmont University in 2009 with a BA in Commercial Voice-emphasis in music business. I am currently the co-owner of The Recording Republic here in Nashville, TN where my partner and I write/produce music and help develop artists. I have been teaching voice, piano, theory, performance and songwriting on and off for the past 5 years and love every second of it. I Can't wait to mee
t you and see what goals we can reach together!

*** Lesson Details ***
The most important things I focus on in my lessons are positivity and building confidence. The confidence learned expressing yourself creatively is something that bleeds over into all aspects of life. It's so wonderful watching a kid (or an adult!) gradually come out of their shells during the process.

During the first lesson, I sit down with the student and talk to them about their dreams and goals. That way, I can build a curriculum that perfectly fits their needs. We can learn anything their heart desires-from classical Beethoven to writing their own music! For basic piano I love to use the "Bastien" and "Alfred" basic collections because they are what I grew up on.

Can't wait to meet you!

*** Studio Equipment ***
In my studio I have a weighted keyboard, mic, amp, mirror and video for recording performances.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Mic, amp and video recorder are portable. Student must provide piano for in home visits. And plus, you'll need one to practice!

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in beginner classical piano and improvisation, beginner-advanced voice, theory, performance and songwriting of all styles.
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Doug F. October 24, 2014
Singing · Online
Verified Student
Brianne is working with my 11 year old daughter on basic vocal training. Brianne is an excellent instructor and vocalist. She has challenged my daughter and yet maintains a very positive attitude. We are thrilled with the lessons and plan to continue with Brianne.
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Evan D. November 23, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Highly recommend Brianne!

I started taking piano lessons with Brianne a little over two months ago, and I have seen a huge improvement in my performance and confidence. Brianne is very professional and experienced, and she knows exactly what she's talking about. My favorite thing about the lessons is that she is takes time to get to know her students to find out exactly what their goals are and what they hope to get out of the lessons. I came in with some piano experience and an idea of what I wanted, and she was able to customize my lessons so that they perfectly fit me. Brianne is very encouraging and wants you to succeed. I would definitely recommend taking lessons from her!
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kyle L. November 22, 2013
Piano
I've learned soo much in such a short time

i've always wanted to learn how to play the piano but I never could find the right teacher. Brianne has really helped me find my place as a budding piano player. She is very thorough and makes learning fun. She creates such a calm atmosphere with no judgment and i really enjoy that. Another thing that separates her from the other teachers i've had is that she doesn't teach based on her agenda she teaches me what i want to know. I can't wait fro my next lesson!
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Brianne A.

Nashville, TN 37207
(5)
starting at
$37 / 30-min
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Jacob B.

Nashville, TN

I offer high-quality, client-centered voice lessons that focus on technique and performance. I have worked with all voice types, including those who have severe vocal damage.

My specialties include expanding the vocal range, smoothing over the vocal bridge, teaching "mix" technique, correcting issues with speech, improving tone, and helping clients deliver their most moving performance. The majority of my clients gain an octave to their range after training with me.

About Jacob

I offer high-quality, client-centered voice lessons that focus on technique and performance. I have worked with all voice types, including those who have severe vocal damage. You will notice an immediate difference in your voice after our first lesson together. Your success is my biggest focus!

I have studied under some of the top vocal coaches, speech pathologist, myofunctional therapist, and vocal scientist in the nation to better understand the functionality of the vocal folds as they relate to speech and singing.

My specialties include expanding the vocal range, smoothing over the
bridge in the voice, teaching "mix" technique, correcting issues with speech, and helping clients deliver their most moving performance.
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Sarah Beth January 7, 2016
Singing · In studio
Jacob was amazing! The best vocal coach I've found in Nashville! He understand the voice and how the vocal cords work in a way that I have never seen from other teachers. He makes the most out of every second we have together in our lesson which is important because I've had teachers who waste time or don't really give me 100% of their attention in lessons which can be so frustrating. Jacob is VERY present and attentive to every little detail. We've also done Skype lessons when I've been on the road which has been very helpful.
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Brandon July 8, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio
I've had quite a few vocal teachers over the years, and Jacob is the best.

This is not an exaggeration-- it's the God's honest truth. Jacob is a friendly, personable guy with a TON of education and training himself on the subject of singing and vocal instruction, and is not only a great singer himself, but a great teacher.

Within 2 lessons, I already noticed a marked difference, that ALSO not an exaggeration. This guy is the real deal, and I'd pay twice his rate to keep taking form him.
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Natalie July 2, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio
There is no greater vocal coach than Jacob! My vocal bridge is smoother than I ever could have imagined and my tone has improved tremendously. Jacob is the most knowledgeable and helpful vocal coach I’ve had the pleasure of working with during my performance career. With Jacobs help, I have truly been able to deliver some of the most moving performances of my life.
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Jacob B.

Nashville, TN 37204
(7)
starting at
$37.50 / 30-min

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