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History – William Oscar Smith

W.O. Smith (1917-1991) Through hard work and perseverance, W.O. Smith earned a PhD, was the professor of music at Tennessee State University, a member of the Nashville Symphony, and a noted jazz bassist.  He played with the great jazz players of the time, including Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker. He had a dream that by […]



W.O. Smith Music School makes affordable, quality music instruction available to children from low-income families. We transform lives through music.


Volunteers play a truly essential role at the W.O. Smith Music School.  Students involved in the W.O. Smith private lesson program are offered one-on-one instruction once a week with a qualified volunteer teacher. We also have a need for volunteers to assist with library management, front desk duties, and special events.  Volunteer schedules are flexible.


Since 1984, the W.O. Smith Music School has introduced thousands of interested and deserving children to the world of music.  Your generous tax-deductible contribution will enrich the lives of our community’s deserving children.

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2016 Solo Competition Finalists Announced!

[Translate] Congratulations to the following students for making it to the final round of the 2016 Solo Competition: Alice Arias – Concerto #5, 3rd Mvt. – Seitz Javon’tae Blackmun – Drum Solo #1 – Anon. Cori Magsby – Gentle Breeze – Pearce Isaiah Mason – The Bear – Rebikov Caliyah Mclaurine – I Never Dreamed  You’d Leave in Summer – Wonder Leah Mondragon – Dancing with Frankenstein – Faber Lyric Myers... 

Thanksgiving Break

[Translate] Remember: WO Smith will be OPEN Monday, November 23 & Tuesday, November 24 but CLOSED Wednesday, November 25-Sunday November 29.  See you Monday November 30!  Happy Thanksgiving!  Read More

Solo Competition Winners!

[Translate] Congratulations to all of the students who participated in this year’s solo competition. The final auditions today were great and everyone should be proud of their accomplishments. The winners for 2015 are: Honorable Mention: Andi Adiguna Khalil Poore Hadley Schelton Division Winners: Piano 1 – Cori Magsby Piano 2 – Elvis Thai Woodwinds/Brass – Mora Bass Strings – Te’Andre Holmes Grand Prize: Kristyn Burke  Read More

2015 Solo Competition Finalists Announced

[Translate] Congratulations to the following solo competition finalists, who will go on to compete in the final round on Friday, May 1.  Winners selected from the final round will perform at the Honors Recital on Friday, May 8. Aria Anderson Andi Adiguna Mora Bass Kristyn Burke Imani Coleman Madeira Davis Karol Guerra Te’Andre Holmes Gloria Lomax Cori Magsby Khalil Poore Juliet Rainey Hadley Schelton Kira Swartz Elvis Thai Starneisha Wright  Read More


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