Category Archives: autism and music

Louisa Nelson Award

NMA Director Tatia Rose, Receives The Louisa Nelson Award (2017)

The Louisa Nelson Award is a prestigious award given to three Nashville business women who exemplify service and community awareness. This year, NMA Director Tatia Rose was chosen as one of the winners. The awards are “In the spirit of their triple-great grandmother, who led the family whiskey business upon her husband’s death in 1891, Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery leaders Andy & Charlie Nelson founded the Louisa Nelson Awards, to honor Nashville business women excelling in industry and serving the community.” Read more from the original article HERE.

The other nominees, Beverly Byram and Kenetha Carr, inspire future generations of Nashville women to #LeadLikeLouisa. We are honored to have one of our own in such illustrious company as the latter two ladies. Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery made a donation of 1,000 to a charity of each ladies choice. Ms. Rose requested her donation be made to The National Museum of African American Music.

Her nomination came largely in recognition of her work with Autistic students at Nashville Music Academy. She has been teaching piano lessons to individuals with special needs for over 10 years. Rose also founded and trademarked Rock The Walk, a fundraising vehicle started to raise money for Walk Now For Autism.

Autism Awareness Month

Autism Awareness Month at Nashville Music Academy

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 at NMA socially inclusive. This is our way of bringing awareness to other individuals who may not have experienced a person with Autism. Our annual recitals are an excellent example of the moving and inspirational musical moments that these children and adults provide.

Autism is a topic we as an American community need to address. One in 68 children have a place on the spectrum, with an increased incidence in male children (One in 42) – per CNN and their statistics from the CDC. There is no definitive cause or cure for Autism, which is what makes the diagnosis staggering for parents. However, organizations like Autism Speaks are doing great work in raising awareness and funds to get us closer to an understanding of how to combat this disorder.

In our experience here at the Academy, we have often noticed the beneficial effects of music lessons for individuals on the spectrum. These include increased vocabulary, emotional expression, and improved social skills. However, many of these children and adults come to us with very elevated skill levels in the area of music. It is not uncommon to find an Autistic student with perfect pitch, or an incredibly memorization ability. An excellent article which highlights the benefits of music lessons can be found here.

If you know someone with Autism who could benefit from music lessons, please have them call our director, Tatia Rose, at 615-521-1937. In addition to being a fundraiser for Autism Speaks, Ms. Rose has over a decade of experience as an educator with Autistic children and adults. During Autism Awareness Month we will offering a 5% discount on all lessons for special needs children and adults.