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Music and Culture for Adults

Adult music ed

Music and good health are powerful partners. Cumulative research continues to show that listening, enjoying and learning about music contributes to emotional health, social interaction, and brain and memory function. We know that for adults, music and music education lower anxiety and increase positive viewpoints and community engagement.

Music has a unique ability to integrate the hemispheres of our brains. It reinforces our creative and rational abilities, while keeping healthy neural paths functioning at full capacity. It is among the most successful treatments for brain trauma or dysfunctions including dementia, Alzheimer’s, autism spectrum disorder and brain injury. Music is a powerful stimulant for brain and emotional welfare!

Adult music classes dedicated to enjoying music together, viewing great ensembles and musicians, and discovering “access points” into studied works provide access and enjoyment to all. Join us for our "Symphony 101" and "Great Music, Great Film" classes and experience the many benefits of adult music learning!

Symphony 101 New Ears for Music and the Orchestra

1-3 p.m. Wednesdays, St. George’s Episcopal Church, 4715 Harding Pike
August 28-October 16
Tuition: $165*

*Bring-a-friend rate: Any group of two or more people who register together receives a $20 discount for each person!

Mitchell Korn leads a musical exploration of upcoming Nashville Symphony performances. Each week, the class explores  a different work in depth, through performance videos, biographic and backstage materials, and personal narrative and images. Highlights this fall include Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5, Brahms' Violin Concerto, Dvorak's Slavonic Dances, Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1, and Handel's Messiah. Join us for a joyous and passionate discourse on the music, the musicians and you, the audience!

Great Music, Great Films

1-3 p.m. Wednesdays, St. George’s Episcopal Church, 4715 Harding Pike
October 30-December 11
Tuition: $135

NOTE: Students who attend both "Great Music, Great Films" and "Symphony 101" will receive a $20 discount on the second class.

Film and music are among the most vivid and engaging art forms. Together, they create a singular cultural force. In Spring 2019 we will focus on films about music and musicians. Biographical dramas, concert films and suspenseful music narratives are explored through film excerpts and behind-the scenes casting and musical stories that deepen the cinematic experience. Films include: Stage Door (1937), My Four Daughters (1938), To Be or Not to Be (1942), Music for Millions (1944), and Roadhouse (1945). Join Mitchell Korn for an uplifting discussion of music, film and story!