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Precollege and Adult Programs

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About the Precollege and Adult Program

As fulfillment of the founding mission of the Blair School of Music, the Precollege and Adult program is dedicated to providing superior musical training to its students as well as to contributing to the musical culture of the Nashville environs. Through performance and classroom instruction, numerous ensemble venues, concerts, lectures, and recitals given by faculty and students, Blair encourages the development and nurturing of each student's musical capabilities.


Types of Instruction

Studio and Chamber Music

The art of musical performance of an instrument or voice is presented to precollege and adult students via group and individual instruction. From the necessary basics to the application of more advanced aspects of music making, students receive the foundations needed for musical expression. Further study of performance practices is available in the Chamber Music program. Coaching and interpretation of literature for small, mixed ensembles is available upon recommendation of private instructors.

Classroom Instruction

Precollege and adult students are invited to further their musical understanding through classroom study.

Precollege classes include interactive, self-guided Music Theory courses; Music History courses that explore music's historical, cultural and social development; and Accompanying, a hands-on introduction to the art of accompanying and chamber music.

Adult students may enroll in a variety of classes, including "Rhythm and Blues Tore Down the Walls of Segregation," which details the powerful role of music in the tumultuous world of America in the '60s; "Symphony 101, New Ears for Music and the Orchestra," which explores the history, culture and sounds of symphonic literature and more; "Hit Songwriters Seminar," where songwriters connect, share and learn from some of Music City's finest; and interactive Music Theory classes.

Ensemble Instruction

Singers and instrumentalists develop ensemble skills by performing in choral, orchestral, Suzuki, and chamber music ensembles. Designed for varying ages and levels of musical expertise, these groups are open by audition and teacher placement.

Precollege and Adult Program Documents

Course catalogs, registration forms and other important documents related to the Precollege & Adult Program at Blair.