Dierks Bentley - Image © Mark Montgomery, hellomarko.com
Dierks Bentley - Image © Mark Montgomery, hellomarko.com

About The Education Initiative

Goal: Nashville will have the best music education program of any public school system in the world.

The Music Council reached agreement early on that the most lasting and important legacy it could leave on the musical landscape of Nashville was to leverage music to improve our schools and enhance the education of our young people. While music has been the victim of budget cuts in school systems nation-wide, the Council aims to ensure that Nashville’s youth will receive a complete arts-based education, with music at the core. The Council recognizes the growing body of evidence linking music education to  overall academic performance. And it believes that being a national leader in music education will further enhance Nashville’s global identity as a complete Music City.


  • Starting in the 2011-2012 school year, and made possible in part by a $12 million federal grant to six Nashville schools, Pearl-Cohn, a magnet high school focused on business, is introducing the city’s first ever concentration for students interested in careers in music, film and...
  • The Nashville Symphony’s innovative educational programs demonstrate its enthusiastic commitment to music education in Metro schools and the Nashville area. In 2006, the Nashville Symphony developed Music Education City, a multi-faceted music education initiative based on the region’s...
  • CMA
    Each year, the Country Music Association teams up with the Nashville Alliance for Public Education to sponsor the “Be Instrumental” campaign, an effort to promote music education within Nashville public schools. The event encourages community members to unearth their gently used,...