Music Makes Us Launches Online Hub To Connect Musicians, Schools

music makes us logoMusic Makes Us has launched an online hub that allows music educators and the music community to partner in enhancing music education in Metro Schools. Partially funded by the Bonnaroo Works Fund, the online hub is a listing of music professionals who want to share their programs and expertise with Metro school students. A pool of funds will be provided by Music Makes Us to assist teachers with the cost of the programs.

“The online hub gives teachers and students greater access to the full richness of the Nashville music community, whether it be a performance with a classical ensemble, a workshop with barbershop harmonies or a career-inspiring visit with a world famous songwriter, audio engineer or record producer,” Music Makes Us director Laurie Schell said.

“It is a database built with teachers in mind,” said Jennifer Cole of the Metro Nashville Arts Commission. “Teachers or school leaders can search by music genre, grade level, cultural origin and program type. The hope is that music professionals will have a cleaner, easier way to connect directly with students in a way that is specific to classroom needs and teachers will have a clearer way of cataloging their opportunities.”

The online hub is now accepting applications from music professionals who want to share their expertise with students. Ideal applicants will provide quality musical learning opportunities, link music curriculum with real world experiences and collaborate with music educators.

The online hub will offer two tracks for musicians and organizations. Track A, the extended outreach track, is for organizations and musicians who can be available regularly to Metro Schools’ teachers for ongoing educational programming. Track B, the Done in a Day track, is for those who have limited time available and can share their expertise occasionally.

To request a link to the application, contact Valerie Harbin. The deadline for submission is Aug. 29 at 5 p.m. Those accepted to the online hub will be notified no later than Oct. 17.

For more information, visit musicmakesus.org.

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