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Music and Culture for Adults

Mitchell Korn, instructor

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
January 8-February 26
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 semester include Beethoven’s exquisite Symphonies No. 3 (Eroica) and No. 6 (Pastoral), Copland’s Appalachian Spring, Brahms’ Symphony No. 3 and Debussy’s La Mer.

Great Music, Great Films

1-3 p.m. Thursdays, Belle Meade United Methodist Church, 121 Davidson Road
March 12-April 16
Tuition: $135

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

Great Music, Great Films explores cinematic gems, sometimes forgotten, that tell the stories of music, musicians and narratives driven by exceptional scores. Films are introduced through in-depth background on the plot, cast, direction, music direction and score, and behind-the-scenes drama. This semester, Mitchell Korn presents an array of films including Trouble in Paradise (1932), To Be or Not to Be (1942), The Benny Goodman Story (1956), and This Is Spinal Tap (1982). Join us for a two -hour cinematic journey that will lighten the mood and deepen your appreciation for music, musicians and the art of cinema.