April is Autism Awareness Month. At Nashville Music Academy, we are an advocate and ally of the Autism community. Many of our students are affected by Autism. While the challenges of being on the spectrum are demanding, our autistic students show an aptitude and gift for music. We have committed to making the music education experience … Continue reading Autism Awareness Month at Nashville Music Academy
Cello teacher Hannah Koshgarian is a valuable addition to the Nashville Music Academy. She has an impressive educational background that begin at the University of Kansas, where she performed with the University of Kansas Symphony Orchestra. Hannah transferred to Fort Hays State University in 2012, where she continued to study cello through private lessons, as well … Continue reading Cello Teacher Spotlight on Hannah Koshgarian
Reading music is a goal of many students who come to Nashville Music Academy. Given my own struggles with sight reading as a young student, I always find this to be a valiant request. Learning to read music is like learning another language, and therefore comes with the benefits that you would expect from the latter. … Continue reading Reading Music: A Primer
The job of being a music teacher is a wonderful one. Today I received a wonderful text from a parent (see attached photo). Not only was it accompanied by an illustration by my student Jack (who is 7 years old), it reflected what he thought about our piano lessons together. It’s a great honor to … Continue reading Why I Love Being a Music Teacher!
It’s the first of the year, so we know what that means! New Years Resolution time! We often receive a lot of new requests for lessons at this time, and rightfully so. People are looking for a way to enrich their lives and expand their horizons. Music lessons are a great way to achieve that … Continue reading New Years Resolution, Learning to Play an Instrument
Holiday Gift Certificates are a great way to give the everlasting gift of music. A Nashville Music Academy gift certificate is good for any music lesson that we offer. Your recipient can choose from guitar lessons, piano lessons, violin lessons, piano lessons, voice lessons, drum lessons, saxophone and woodwind lessons, and much more. There is … Continue reading Holiday Gift Certificates for Music Lessons
Music and memory; a topic that interests parents, care-givers, physicians, and educators. You have probably seen the video of elderly dementia patients listening to music and traveling back in time mentally to a place they previously couldn’t remember. Several studies support that music and memory are connected, most notably the recent ones outlined in the article here that … Continue reading Music and Memory: A Stronger Mind Through Music Education
Guitar lessons are one of the most popular choices for beginning and adult students. It’s a very approachable and portable instrument, and can quickly become an accessory, depending on how much you like to play. There are just a few things to know if you are interested in taking guitar lessons at Nashville Music Academy; … Continue reading Guitar Lessons, Everything You Need to Get Started!
Childhood development is the concern of every parent, and I am no exception. As a music teacher I am acutely aware of the advantages certain children are afforded when they are exposed to private tutoring, particularly music lessons. If are children are to, “Climb Every Mountain” as Julie Andrews sang, then we need to prepare … Continue reading Music and Childhood Development, Climb Every Mountain
A guitar teacher is not an endangered species in Nashville. However, a great guitar teacher is definitely something a little more difficult to find. At Nashville Music Academy, we are very grateful to have several wonderful guitar instructors. One of them is Rebecca Frazier. Rebecca is great with beginners and advanced students, and has a … Continue reading NMA Guitar Teacher, Rebecca Frazier
Guitar lessons at Nashville Music Academy are available for all abilities. We have a long history in Nashville of making music lessons accessible for people with disabilities. In 2013 we received an award for Nashville Mayor Karl Dean for our outstanding work with special needs individuals. So what makes all of this possible? The first … Continue reading Guitar Lessons & Visually Impaired Students
Latin music is a large part of our American society. No more do we realize this than on Cinco De Mayo when our senses are flooded with the rhythms and instruments of our Latin American friends. Latin music combines the “musical traditions of Mexico, Central America, and the portions of South America and the Caribbean colonized by the Spanish and the Portuguese. … Continue reading Cinco De Mayo Spotlight: Latin Music
Woodwind Teacher Michael Gutierrez has been teaching at Nashville Music Academy for over 5 years. He offers instruction for flute, clarinet, and saxophone. Originally from Peru, collectively he has over 20 years of performance and teaching experience with woodwinds including saxophone, flute, and clarinet. Studying under Belmont’s Associate Dean of Music Dr. Jeff Kirk, the Head of Jazz Studies at … Continue reading Woodwind Teacher Employee Spotlight with Michael Gutierrez
Music Therapy is a different practice than music lessons, however the therapeutic qualities of music lessons cannot be denied. When I first began teaching, the studio offered free music lessons to the children of active duty military. I witnessed first-hand some of these parents struggling with PTSD. It affected their whole family. But I also … Continue reading Music Therapy and PTSD
When one chooses to learn to play an instrument, several thoughts come to mind. Will I have time for this endeavor? How much will it cost? And how soon will I be able to play with ease? These are the most common questions we receive at Nashville Music Academy. First, congratulations if you have made … Continue reading So you want to learn to play an instrument?
Music has many stress relieving powers. It allows the mind to meditate on a melodic and rhythmic structure. This frees the mind from compulsive and repetitive thoughts. A recent article in Psych Central outlined some of the proven benefits of music and it’s stress relieving powers. Music’s form and structure can bring order and security to disabled … Continue reading The Stress Relieving Power of Making Music
Phil Yochum is our most tenured drum teacher at the Nashville Music Academy. He is also one of our best instructors. He is a graduate of Belmont University where he received a Bachelors Degree in Commercial Percussion. There he was exposed to different genres of commercial and classical music under the instruction of Brian Fullen, … Continue reading Drum Teacher Phil Yochum at Nashville Music Academy
Power. That’s what EVERY singer wants. And you can achieve it to, but it takes confident control of the proper technique. After all, not everyone is born like Adele. And yes, sometimes people are “born with it.” However, that should not be a deterrent to the beginner. By mastering breathing, vocal chord anatomy and care, … Continue reading Sing like Adele: 4 tips to help you gain vocal power!
As defined by Wikipedia, Classic Rock “…is a radio format which developed from the album-oriented rock (AOR) format in the early 1980s. In the United States, the format features music ranging generally from the late 1960s to the late 1980s, primarily focusing on commercially successful hard rock popularized in the 1970s.” A fine list of examples can be found here. … Continue reading Classic Rock: Learn How to Play Your Favorite Songs Quickly
The Guitar is undeniably one of the most recognizable instruments in American Music. Whether acoustic or electric, this instrument of West African origin, has become a defining element for Country, Blues, Rock, Jazz, Gospel, and more. As a resident of Nashville, I have been several times to the site of the Nashville residence of Jimmy … Continue reading The Guitar, a Historic American Instrument
Tatia Rose founded Nashville Music Academy in June of 2015, but it had previously thrived as Rose Music Group since 2006. Rose is not only the owner, but also a piano instructor at the academy. Her primary focus is Classical Performance and Music Theory and Composition. Rose also serves as director of the Special Needs … Continue reading Tatia Rose Employee Spotlight at Nashville Music Academy
Matt Love started taking drum lessons at Nashville Music Academy several years ago. His skill developed very quickly (as you can see from watching the video below). By creating a foundation of strong rhythm and sight-reading skills, Matt and his drum instructor (Chris Leidecher) were able to transition him into piano and violin lessons additionally … Continue reading Drum Lessons Are Just The Beginning For One Student
Violin lessons have long been the first instrument studied by many great performers. Elton John being one of those. What is it about this instrument that gives beginning musicians such an edge? It’s all about the ear. Learning the violin requires intonation, which is a very intuitive and self-sharpened skill where the ear is the … Continue reading Spotlight on Violin Lessons!
Providing the highest echelon of music education is the goal at Nashville Music Academy. We strive to meet this goal because we know how important music lessons are in the lives of all our students, especially those from disadvantaged homes and others who must daily overcome physical and cognitive disabilities. As teachers, we have seen first-hand … Continue reading Music Education and Child Development
My father (pictured) passed away from Alzheimers Disease. It began when I was a young teenager still living at home, prepping for college while continuing my studies in classical piano performance. I would practice the upright piano and he would sit quietly in the other room. Most other times, he would pace nervously back and forth … Continue reading Alzheimers Patients Find Music Therapeutic
Piano lessons are the most popular choice for students when it comes time to choose an instrument to study. Perhaps it’s because of the familiarity, or the absolute joy that comes from sitting at the piano. Either way, the piano teachers are often the busiest at Nashville Music Academy. When George came to the studio, … Continue reading Piano Lessons Open Doors! A Student Success Story
If any one individual could tell us about the lifetime success associated with music, it would be Beethoven. As a young pianist, I would listen to vinyl after vinyl of his magnificent symphonies. As a young college student, I would often use his quote “One must be a genius to understand genius.” I spent a … Continue reading Music is the Path to Lifetime Success
A personal letter from owner and piano instructor, Tatia Rose… As a music instructor, I have been working with people who have special needs (predominantly autism) for almost 10 years now. The most important thing I have learned is that music is indeed the universal language, even for those who are non-verbal. The connection between vibration and … Continue reading The Benefit of Music Lessons for People with Special Needs
Looking for voice lessons? Janine Le Clair is one of Nashville’s best acting coaches and voice teachers. She played the leading-lady for international musicals and productions like The Sound of Music, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, The Secret Garden, Brighton Beach Memoirs, and Annie. LeClair also has extensive on-camera experience, and has been acting in network television commercials for financial institutions, home furnishings, restaurants and … Continue reading Voice Lessons with Janine LeClair, a Teacher Spotlight
Billy Joel on Music Healing “I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from everyone loves music.” Today’s research agrees with Billy Joel. The healing powers of music help us cope with pain, but also benefit our physical and mental … Continue reading Music Healing Our Mind and Bodies
Hello future students! This is an invitation to get to know our music school and music teachers! We offer music lessons for EVERY instrument and ANY age. We are also honored to serve the special needs community. We have students of every range of ability and disability, which is why Nashville Music Academy is a proud partner … Continue reading Get to Know Nashville Music Academy
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