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 offering musical instruction to low-income families that these children could change their lives also.

In 1984, his dream became a reality, when the W.O. Smith Music School opened its doors.

45 students in 1984 has grown to over 650 today.

The W.O. Smith Music School has introduced thousands of interested and deserving children to the world of music.


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