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Walking the Walk: Why Music Education Matters and What Orchestras Can Do

  • Omni Hotel Nashville 250 5th Avenue South Nashville, TN, 37203 United States (map)

Location: Cumberland 1, Level Three

The pathways to more equitable participation in orchestral music start at a very early age. More than 250 orchestras have signed a statement of common cause to take action to support in-school music education in their local communities. How can the impulse to advocate for systemic changes in schools also be applied to the process of making meaningful change within orchestras as institutions? This session will explore the status of arts education in our nation’s schools and will detail the challenges faced by young musicians from under-represented ethnic communities as they navigate the pathway and go on to pursue careers with U.S. orchestras. Whether the goal is to foster a lifelong love of music or support future professional musicians, orchestras can play an active part in ensuring these musical journeys get the early and sustained support they need.


Speakers: Jane Best, director, Arts Education Partnership; Walter Bitner, director of education & community engagement, Nashville Symphony; Margaret Campbelle-Holman, executive director, Choral Arts Link; Jeff Smith, director of visual and performing arts, Metro Nashville Public Schools

Walking the Walk: Why Music Education Matters and What Orchestras Can Do is made possible by a generous grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Earlier Event: June 5
Coffee and Networking Break
Later Event: June 5
Pre-Purchased Box Lunch Pickup