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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I moved to Nashville about a year ago, and while I knew it was “Music City,” I thought the nickname was a bit out of date.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 i
nspiring 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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Dani E. Nashville, TN

I hold a B.F.A. in Vocal Performance from The New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music in NYC and teach beginning, hobbyist singers all the way through to working, professional singers. The most important thing I like to work on with voice students, is helping you to find your own distinct voice and how to use it to the best of it's abilities. That involves developing your technique, vocal health, and an overall familiarity with how your voice functions.

About Dani

Hi! I'm a singer/songwriter who recently relocated to Nashville from Brooklyn, NY. I just got off the road from singing backing vocals for Miley Cyrus on the Bangerz World Tour and am looking forward to picking up with my students again and hopefully working with some new ones! I've been teaching since 2006 in addition to writing and performing my original music as well as singing backing vocals for various artists such as Amos Lee, Sheryl Crow, The Roots, and more. *** Lesson Details *** I hold a B.F.A. in Vocal Performance from The New School for Jazz & Contemporary Music in NYC and teach beginning, hobbyist singers all the way through to working, professional singers. The most important thing I like to work on with voice students, is helping you to find your own distinct ...

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j G. June 3, 2013
Piano
dani brought a fun atmosphere to learning piano

dani taught my two children for more than two years. my third child started taking lessons with her after he turned six. she taught them to enjoy music. she made it fun and was open to them experimenting and creating their own music while teaching them technique. she was always supportive and patient with my kids. they love her and miss her.
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Lauren B. June 2, 2013
Piano
"Awesome" Teacher

Dani taught my 10-year-old daughter piano for 2 years. She supremely professional, thorough, and most importantly fun. My daughter couldn't wait for her weekly lessons. As she says, Dani is "awesome." Dani was able to deftly make the lessons educational but also lively. My daughter still loves to play, practices without being asked, and reads music well. I credit that to Dani's focus, patience and enthusiasm. She always showed up smiling, and to my daughter's delight also had stickers for her lesson book after each class. I cannot recommend her enough, and am sad that we don't live in the same city so my daughter can continue her lessons with her. A wonderful teacher.
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tina S. May 31, 2013
Piano
Great with Kids - Professional & Reliable!

Dani was our piano teacher in nyc - we miss her so much, Nashville is lucky to have her! We have 2 kids, 8 & 9 years old, and they enjoyed having lessons with Dani very much. Always reliable & professional, Dani has a special way with children. She makes them & their music feel important and she never talks down to them. She also knows how to motivate, encourage & celebrate them. We highly recommend Dani as a piano teacher.
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 8 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 their professors. One of my main goals as a teacher is to make sure you are constantly growing and being ...

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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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Bretta B. December 7, 2013
Singing
The coolest teacher evs.

She's my favorite teacher ever! She's so cool. I can talk to her about anything and I learn so much at every lesson.
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Michel B. December 7, 2013
Singing
Excellent choice

I have greatly enjoyed Melanie's investment with my child. She has loved taking lessons as well as learning the art of singing and songwriting. She has helped my daughter to grow greatly and I am so happy that we have found her! I would highly recommend her to anyone.
Dustin B. Nashville, TN

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.

About Dustin

Education Experience: Private Lessons - 22 years Public and Magnet Schools - 7 years I've tutored 100’s of students from ages 4 to 58. Teaching primarily saxophone I've also tutored on Clarinet, Flute, piano, guitar, bass, percussion, tuba, trumpet and voice. I also give instruction in music theory, improvisation, arranging, composition, engraving, music notation, and general studio operations from recording to engineering. I have given lessons privately and under many school and magnet programs from Iowa, Miami and currently the Nashville school systems. I hold a Degree from the highly accredited University of Miami in Coral Gables Florida, and have also taken courses at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls Iowa in classical performance and education. Professional ...

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J C M. March 22, 2015
Saxophone · Online
Verified Student
This is my second lesson with Dustin. Dustin is a knowledgeable cool young man with a keen ear for for the saxophone tones. I've learned something at both lessons. I plan to continue to learn from Dustin. I would recommend Dustin to anyone who wants to learn how play the saxophone. J.C.
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Matt M. March 20, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Don't let the saxophone fool you, Dustin is a top notch voice coach. He has been a professional musician his whole life so he has a deep rooted understanding of music theory. He seems to be a natural teacher too, who is dedicated to helping his students learn and grow. He was able to figure out where I was at quickly and start at my level. Highly recommended!!
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Duany Pantoja P. October 29, 2014
Saxophone · Online
Verified Student
Dustin Rocks! I recommend Dustin 100% awesome teacher, always on time and never rushes the session.
RaShelle M. Nashville, TN

About RaShelle

From the age of 4, RaShelle composed music and played piano by ear, dreaming of the day when she would be able to hear her pieces played by full string orchestras and symphony orchestras. In high school, she began studying classical piano performance with Mrs. Patricia Randolph, graduate of Eastman School of Music. During her studies with Mrs. Randolph, she received “rating one” in 2003 and 2004 for her piano performances at the Nebraska Music Guild Competition. Later in college while studying jazz and tango in Buenos Aires, Argentina, RaShelle was inspired to pursue her passion for both electronic and acoustic composition. Upon returning to the United States, she studied electronic composition with Dr. Charles Nichols at the University of Montana, and acoustic composition with Dr. ...

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Dylan S. May 3, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Great with kids

My 4 year old daughter expressed an interest in playing the piano but neither my wife or I know how to play. I'm very pleased we found RaShelle. She's patient, positive and enthusiastic. Our daughter looks forward to each lesson, which is more than I could have hoped for. And, she's learning a lot.

What impresses me most is that RaShelle is also helping her learn to sing in key while she plays. My daughter is only 4 and already knows how to do things that I can't. That's pretty exciting.
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Dee F. February 26, 2013
Piano
Enthusiastic Teacher!

RaShelle has a God-given musical talent and it shows in her enthusiasm for music - not only in piano, but guitar and singing, as well.

RaShelle's love for music~ is evident in the way that she teaches and inspires you as a student to want to excel to the same level of excellence.

I strongly recommend this young woman as a teacher.

DeeDee
Erica H. Goodlettsville, TN

About Erica

Erica makes her home in Nashville after years of performing on the road with cruise ships, theme parks, and a Broadway tour. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor's of Music in Commercial Voice from Belmont University and is currently an adjunct professor for the university. Privately, she teaches pop, country, musical theatre, jazz, rock, and folk singing. She also works closely with the youth program at Street Theatre Company, producing and directing Class Act Dramatic musicals. *** Lesson Details *** Erica works with students of all ages to study correct singing practices, increasing range, tone quality, breath support, and a well rounded repertoire. She also concentrates on the performance side of singing. This builds confidence, poise, and self-esteem in any student ...

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Tina S. March 6, 2014
Verified Student
wonderful

Erica has been a great voice teacher for my daughter. My daughter has only been taking lessons since July and she has come a long way & really enjoys Erica & her lessons. Erica encouraged her to sing a solo in the Christmas Recital recently & over time, my daughter, felt confident enough to perform and she performed wonderfully. Erica has also been very flexible at switching our lesson days b/c my daughter is also involved in sports and have had many scheduling conflicts.
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Tish R. September 6, 2012
Verified Student
My daughter LOVES Erica!!!!!

Erica is great, easy going and knows how to handle younger children. Aiden is so excited to go to see her!!!
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 meet 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 ...

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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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