This class provides an introduction to music for younger children through play, movement and game-based learning. Curriculum involves dance, drama, folk games, and singing.
Students must be 7 years old. No other requirements.
Musicplay is a six-week long class held on Tuesday afternoons from 4:30-5:15.
This class provides an introduction to music for younger children, incorporating singing, movement, dictation, and games. The students will begin to learn about musical concepts like rhythm, pitch, dynamics, and form.
Students must be 8 years old. No other requirements.
Musical Beginnings is a 10-week long class held on Thursday afternoons from 4:30-5:15.
This class applies concepts learned in Musical Beginnings to three types of instruments: Loog guitar, percussion, and recorder.
Students must be 8 years old and have completed Musical Beginnings at W.O. Smith.
Junior Jam is a 12-week long class held on Thursday afternoons from 5:30-6:15.
Basic Musicianship prepares a student to enter private lessons. Curriculum focuses on rhythmic proficiency, treble and bass clef note names, basic keyboard skills, and symbol identification. Students use lesson books, iPad activities, and teacher-led activities to learn the concepts needed for success in private lessons.
Students complete homework assignments throughout the semester and must pass a test upon completion of the class.
Students must be at least 9 years old.
Basic Musicianship is a 45 minute class taught Monday-Thursday at 4:30 and 5:30 pm and Saturday mornings at 9, 10, and 11 am. It is one semester long.
New students enrolling in W.O. Smith may test out of Basic Musicianship and enter directly into private lessons by taking a proficiency test available in person at the front desk of the school.
ContempoKids is offered in collaboration with Nashville's contemporary music ensembleIntersection.
This class will focus on encouraging and guiding students to compose and create original works. The goal is to get students writing and developing their unique musical voice. While rooted in Western classical music, this class will explore other styles and musical expressions, notation, and other methods of creation, tools, and technology. At the end of the class, students will have a deeper understanding of musical components, intention, and communication. Students will have access to visiting composers and musicians from Intersection.
Students of varying levels and ages are welcome. Commitment to the entire session is necessary for participation.
ContempoKids is a ten-week long class held on Wednesdays from 4:30-5:15
Intersection is a non-profit, flexible contemporary music ensemble dedicated to challenging the traditional concert experience, exploring music of the 20th and 21st centuries, supporting living composers, presenting programs for younger audiences, embracing collaboration, technology and the avant-garde, while expanding, respecting and embracing the musical and cultural diversity of Nashville. Learn more at www.intersectionmusic.org.