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The Big PayBack

The Big PayBack

The Big Payback, hosted by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, is a community-wide online giving day that’s a special occasion to celebrate Middle Tennessee’s spirit of generosity and support the work of nonprofits.

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.

New Student Registration

[Translate] W.O. Smith Music School – New Student Registration Fall 2014 REGISTRATION FOR THE 2013-2014 SCHOOL YEAR IS CLOSED Registration 2014-2015 Information Is my child eligible? Student’s family must meet the income eligibility guidelines. Student must be age 7-18. How do I register my child? The fall 2014 registration period will be August 4-7, 2014 from 10 am to 6 pm. Parent/legal guardian must register in person at: W.O. Smith Music School, 1125 8th Avenue S., Nashville, TN  37203 On-Line registration is not available for new students. Student does not have to be present but is suggested that you bring them if possible. Placement is lottery based.  Most of our programs will have more registrants than possible placements.  We will do our best to accommodate as many students as possible. We’ll see you August  4- 7, 2014!  Read More


We are OPEN today 3/4/14

[Translate] All lessons and classes will go on as scheduled today.  Please call if you have any questions or concerns.  Read More

W.O. Smith CLOSED today 3/3/14

[Translate] All lessons and classes have been cancelled today, Monday March 3, due to weather.  Read More

We are OPEN today 1/9/14

[Translate] All regular classes and rehearsals will occur today!  We are excited to start the spring semester!  Read More

School Closed Wednesday, January 8, 2014

[Translate] W.O. Smith will be closed on Wednesday, January 8, 2014. Metro Nashville Public Schools will be closed  because of district wide technical problems with buses, pipes and heating in some schools.  While we would like to be open, we understand the difficulty for many of our families when students need to be taken care of in alternate ways when they can’t go to school! Our phone system continues to be repaired. We have limited phone service. E-mail is still your best... 

School Closings

[Translate] W.O. Smith Music School will be closed due to severe winter weather on Monday and Tuesday January 6 & 7, 2014.  All classes will resume starting on Wednesday, January 8, 2014. Stay warm and safe!!  Read More


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