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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I moved to Nashville about a year ago, and while I knew it was “Music City,” I thought the nickname was a bit out of date.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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Erica S.

Nashville, TN

Breathing Techniques
Vowel Production
Diction
Blending Voice Registers
Expanding Vocal Range
Ear Training and Sightreading
An Understanding of the Keyboard
Song interpretation
Audition Preparation
Performance Skills

About Erica

As a professional singer and actor, I perform all over the United States. I act and sing on many stages, including: opera houses, theme parks, theaters, convention centers, and film. From opera to pop music, I have pretty much performed it all. My collegiate training is from Samford University, where I received a Bachelor of Music in Musical Theatre. For two years after college, I lived in NYC and trained with Broadway's best. I just recently relocated to the Nashville area, and cannot wait to train my students with the most up-to-date and current audition techniques, as well as new singing an
d acting material. As an active performer in the Nashville area, I have strong knowledge of what is required in auditions today. I have an ardent passion to share with my students what my teachers and life experiences have shared with me. My students range from singers that nationally tour, to actors who have landed national commercials, to the beginner who is just starting out! Come as you are and crescendo to your full potential!

*** Lesson Details ***
The lessons I teach are centered around a laid back, positive, and encouraging atmosphere. I believe that anyone can achieve his or her goals with confidence and belief in themselves. Because of my diverse background and performing experience, my specialties are the musical genres of Broadway, Rock, Pop, Jazz, and Country, all rooted in the Bel Canto style of singing. My acting emphasis is on techniques from Uta Hagen and Konstantin Stanislavski.

My lessons are meant to be fun, yet simultaneously instructive. I want my students to be able to leave their cares at the door, and jump into a creative and inspiring atmosphere. Lessons are unique to each individual, and based on his or her goals.

Vocal Instruction Includes:

Breathing Techniques
Vowel Production
Diction
Blending Voice Registers
Expanding Vocal Range
Ear Training and Sightreading
An Understanding of the Keyboard
Song interpretation
Audition Preparation
Performance Skills

Acting Instruction Includes:

Breathing/Finding Center
Stage Diction and Projection
Character Research
Improvisation Exercises
Scene/Partner Work
Monologue Practice
Cold Reading
Acting Through Song
Audition Preparation
Performance Skills

I look forward to being a part of your artistic journey!

*** Studio Equipment ***
keyboard, music stands, microphones, amps, white board, ipod/iphone hook up, various additional instruments

*** Specialties ***
For acting lessons, I specialize in techniques of Konstantin Stanislavski and Uta Hagen. For singing lessons, I specialize in the genres of Rock, Pop, Country, Belting, and Legit styles. Your lesson will be tailored specifically to the genres you would like to learn. Your goals are my goals!
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Michelle R. January 29, 2016
Acting · In studio
Verified Student
Erica is simply amazing! For someone like me that's never taken any acting classes, she's perfect. She makes you feel completely comfortable acting out in front of her.
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Abbie November 3, 2015
Broadway Singing · In studio
Erica is fabulous! She centers lessons around your needs/goals and you can expect great results. (:
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Stephen B. October 10, 2015
Acting · In studio
Verified Student
Erica has an amazing gift for teaching. As someone new to acting, I was a little apprehensive when I first went to the studio. However, she was welcoming, friendly, a good listener, and presented information and feedback in a clear and encouraging way. Taking lessons from her is a blast!
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Erica S.

Nashville, TN 37211
(6)
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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

Teaching Experience:

Private Lessons - 22 years
Public and Magnet Schools - 7 years

I've tutored 100’s of students on Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Piano, Guitar, Bass, Percussion, Tuba, Trumpet and Voice just to name a few. I also give instruction in music theory, improvisation, arranging, composition, engraving, music notation, and general studio operations from recording to engineering. I give lessons privately and also teach within local school and magnet programs.

I hold a Music Performance Degree from the University of Miami, and have also studied at the University of Northern Io
wa and Florida International University in classical music, arranging, composition, jazz band, marching, ear training, theory, history, and business.

Professional Experience:

As a musician I have traveled to and performed in over 51 countries around the world, all the major cities in the US and many famous venues in New York City, London and Rome. I've appeared with such artists as: Grammy Award winner and Gospel Singer Mike Farris, Michael Brecker, Arturo Sondoval, Jerry Bergonzi, David Sanborn, Bob Mintzer, David Liebman, Joe Lovano, Jamey Aebersold, Bobby Shew, Poncho Sanchez, Duffy Jackson, American Idol's Kimberely Locke, Earth Wind and Fire, Lionel Richie, Clarence Clemets, William Shatner, to mention a few.

Student Lesson Details:

Most importantly, I believe music and music lessons should be fun and motivating. I custom build lesson plans based on a students individual goals and experience and use most efficient and effective methods available to achieve the best possible results. It is important that all students understand and learn the fundamentals of music yet I’m very accommodating to each student’s individual needs and goals.

Teacher Equipment and Studio:

The lesson studio is located in the heart of Nashville’s Music Row and offers a quiet teaching space, comfortable seating for parents, audio and video recording equipment and a host of other amenities. There is also a lavatory and free parking. I can also provide all lesson materials and books required for learning and some additional instruments are also available.

**Special services**

For the same price as the lesson time I can also provide instrument repair service. I have many years experience working on saxophones, clarinets, flutes and other instruments dealing with general maintenance, to complete overhaul. Please inquire for more details.
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Jean-Luc October 31, 2016
Saxophone · Online
Verified Student
It is easy to understand Dustin's instructions and the techniques and warm ups help a lot. Thank you!
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Justen C. September 15, 2015
Saxophone · In studio
Verified Student
Great instructor. Haven't played in a very long time and he made it easy to get back into it. Really helped me out with a performance I had coming up.
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Adrienne M. August 26, 2015
Saxophone · Online
Verified Student
Dustin is a great teacher! I wasn't sure how it would be taking lessons online especially since I do not have a background in music and I'm learning the sax for the first time. He has made learning fun and easy. I can already play a song! He is very knowledgable and providing me with music theory as well. Highly recommend!
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Dustin B.

Dustin B.

Nashville, TN 37212
(10)
starting at
$55 / 30-min
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Brittany H.

Nashville, TN

Brittany teaches voice lessons to various ages, incorporating techniques from various genres of study. Brittany is trained and well-versed in several styles, from classical to country music. Students are able to choose what style or styles they are interested in working on!

About Brittany

Brittany offers private lessons in commercial and/or classical voice, songwriting, music theory, and ear training. She graduated the commercial music program at Belmont University with a focus on voice, songwriting, and music business in 2013.

Brittany brings a unique skill set to the table, having studied and performed a range of musical styles with hands on experience in Nashville's music industry. Brittany frequently writes on Music Row with professional songwriters, is a demo singer in professional recording studios, and performs with her special event band, The Golden Band.

Brittan
y has years of paid, professional experience as a singer in several different settings, so her ability to relate to any student and help them truly understand and achieve their goals is notable. Brittany has performed as a solo artist in restaurants and other public venues, singing country and pop music; she has also performed as a soloist in classical settings, as part of a duo in a wedding band, as a member of several choirs and ensembles, including a capella groups; she has also been cast in several lead roles and ensemble roles in countless musicals.

For the same price as your average voice lesson, you will gain so much more knowledge in the field of music while you sharpen your skills with Brittany! Each student is different, so Brittany clearly identifies each student's specific goals and designs a unique lesson plan to achieve them.
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Bradyn September 16, 2016
In studio
Amazing!!!!! Works with me!!!
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Anna June 24, 2016
Country Singing · Online
Verified Student
Awesome!!! Inspiring and technical!
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Megan September 17, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
One word - fantastic !!!!!
My daughter is in love with Brittany and I am completely impressed !
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Brittany H.

Brittany H.

Nashville, TN 37205
(6)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Natalie L.

Nashville, TN

See "Broadway Singing" and "Classical Voice"

About Natalie

Hi, everyone!

I'm so excited to be in Music City! I just moved to Nashville from New York City where I worked with Broadway performers and kids auditioning for some of the most competitive performance schools in the country. I'm confident I can help you achieve your music goals, whether they be learning to produce a powerful, resonate, healthy sound with your voice, becoming proficient in piano from everything from Bach to Billy Joel, or writing clear, catchy songs that will have a big impact on an audience.

Please check out my bio below and feel free to ask me any questions about lesso
ns with the "Ask a Question" button.

Hope to be working with you very soon!

xoxo
Natalie

Natalie is a composer/lyricist, pianist, vocalist, and music educator born in Irving, TX and raised in Annapolis, MD. She has a Master of Music in music theory and composition from New York University, a Bachelor of Music in musical theater from the Catholic University of America, a certificate in vocal performance from the Peabody Preparatory, and is an alumnus of the famed BMI Lehmen Engel Musical Theater Workshop. She is also a pianist of twenty-seven years, trained under a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory.

In addition to music, Natalie has also studied child and adolescent development, psychology, and music education. She has been teaching music students of all ages privately and in classrooms since 2006. She personalizes her instruction to fit the learning style of each student, focusing on technique, theory, and repertoire while making sure the student does not lose his or her love of music in the process.

As a composer, she has written for both the piano and the stage and is listed in The Directory of Contemporary Musical Theater Writers at Contemporary Musical Theater.com. She wrote the music, book and lyrics to Deployed, which premiered off-off Broadway at the Abingdon Theatre Company in November 2013 and played again at the Gene Frankel Theatre in January 2014 to sold-out audiences. It was featured in the Musical Theater Factory’s 4x15 in March 2015 and continues to be developed. Other work includes: Hall Pass ("Flyers and Fryers," Grace Church School, produced by Blake McCarthy), The Big C (songs, Dramatists Guild), "Performance Anxiety" (music/lyrics, The Flea Theatre, Raw Impressions Musical Theatre Marathon),The Music of Natalie Lovejoy (The Duplex), and "Movement to Contact" (score, Veteran Artist Program PSA). She has served as rehearsal pianist for the New York Musical Theatre Festival, and accompanist and music director for NYU’s Tisch School for the Arts.
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Silvi P. November 29, 2016
Singing · Online
Verified Student
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Paige November 2, 2016
Broadway Singing · In studio
While Natalie is a supremely educated and experienced voice instructor, she remains supportive of the novice singer and is insightful in her curriculum.
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Paige November 1, 2016
Singing · Online
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Natalie L.

Natalie L.

Nashville, TN 37214
(8)
starting at
$25 / 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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Alan Luster February 16, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Nothing but good things to say about Jacob! I came to him as a drummer wanting to sing background vocals. From the very first lesson Jacob made me feel very comfortable and at ease. It's hard in my opinion to teach an instrument that is non tangible but Jacob does it in a way that is easy to follow. He is very knowledgeable but can break things down so even a drummer can understand. :)
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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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Jacob B.

Jacob B.

Nashville, TN 37204
(8)
starting at
$50 / 30-min

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