Student Opportunities

I. Solo Competition

The W.O. Smith Solo Competition is open to all ages and instruments and is held Spring (exact dates are listed on the calendar).  Prizes are awarded in the following six divisions:

  • Piano I
  • Piano II
  • Percussion
  • Strings
  • Guitar/Bass
  • Woodwind/Brass
  • Voice

One overall winner is also selected.  All winners are invited to participate in the Spring Honors Recital.  Students are eligible to participate by faculty recommendation.

II. Recitals

All students are encouraged to participate in student recitals. Recitals are, of course, a great opportunity to perform for family and friends, showing off hard work!

All recitals and dates are listed on the calendar.

III. Summer Camps

Resident Camp

W.O. Smith Resident Camp is for youth ages 12-18, hosted at Hillmont Camp and Retreat Center in White Bluff, Tennessee.  The camp offers a week-long musical experience to 80 current W.O. Smith students through a daily schedule of required activities including private instrumental lessons, music theory classes, instrumental ensembles, chorus, self-directed practice time, and a musical theatre production. A staff comprised of current and past W.O. Smith Music School faculty members and guest teaching artists from around the country instruct all classes.

Camp BackBeat

Camp BackBeat is a weeklong experience for students interested in commercial music. The camp is open to W.O. Smith students, ages 9 to 18, who study guitar, bass guitar, drums, piano and voice. It is specifically designed to help bands form so that they can continue working together throughout the academic year, get lessons and coaching from

Nashville’s finest working musicians and to learn what it takes to take their playing to the next level. The students learn to play in a variety of genres including: country, rock, pop, hip-hop, soul and R&B.

Day Camp

W.O. Smith Day Camp is a new and exciting camp for children ages 8-11, hosted at the W.O. Smith Music School building.  The camp is designed for the young musician to experience music in a stimulating and multifaceted environment.  About 30 students participate in this program that incorporates music class, singing, basic percussion, games, field trips, and some surprises! A staff comprised of current and past W.O. Smith Music School faculty members and guest teaching artists from around the country instruct all classes.

IV. College Scholarships

For students who choose to study music at the college level, W.O. Smith scholarship funds are available in amounts up to $1500 per academic year or $6000 over a four-year period. To qualify, students must have graduated from the W.O. Smith Music School program and be pursuing a degree in music performance, music education, or music business.

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