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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I moved to Nashville about a year ago, and while I knew it was “Music City,” I thought the nickname was a bit out of date.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.
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.
Professional singing and instrumental voice techniques.
Whether you’re just a beginner in school or wanting to supplement your songwriting with a better voice, singing lessons offer training for the voice as an instrument. Learn correct breathing, how to sing in tune and on pitch, find and extend range, get a quality sound and learn the fundamentals of music in general. (These lessons are similar yet different to “vocal training” lessons. If your looking for more vocal performance techniques such as on stage performance enhancement, repertoire choice and improving singing performance, visit the “Vocal Training” lessons tab for more information.)
As with all the lessons I teach, being comfortable in the lesson and with your craft is crucial for making great music! Lesson are customized for each students needs and goals preparing a plan that is enjoyable, fun and motivating.
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.
I have been working as a professional musician since 1987. In that time, I've played many roles alongside a wide range of established and emerging talent, from around the world, including band leader, accompanist, music producer, composer, arranger, co-writer, teacher, coach and mentor. Along the way, I have continued to pursue my passion for education, teaching private music lessons to amateurs, professionals and hobbyists from all walks of life.
I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Theory & Composition, as well as one year of graduate studies towards my Masters in Education with an emphasis on Vocal Music.
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.
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