Music In Nashville Schools Defined by Relentless Energy

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Talking Up Music Education is a podcast from The NAMM Foundation about music education. In episode three, host Mary Luehrsen interviews Karl Dean, former Mayor of Nashville, Tennessee.

“The music industry on its own said, basically, we want to give back to education,” said Dean. “Now, there’s a history of that in Nashville— the CMAs have been paying for musical instruments for public schools for a long time. Literally millions of dollars.”

Sound bites from the podcast:

“The Arts are an essential part of education. Support it and continue to see it grow.” - Karl Dean

“There’s a correlation between graduation and participating in music-type programs. So it’s a good thing for the city.” - Karl Dean

“If you bring stakeholders together, they can research and invest and investigate and participate in something serious and brave.” – Mary Luehrsen

“When you can get nonprofits, when you can get the private sector to step up and be involved, it makes it that much easier to get public dollars. And with these public private partnerships, you just get more energy and more ideas because you have not just people working for the government, you have a broader community thinking about the issues.” - Karl Dean

Talking Up Music Education is a podcast produced by The NAMM Foundation about music education. Host Mary Luehrsen chats with teachers, parents, students and community leaders who share stories about what they are doing to create music learning opportunities. Please download, share and subscribe to keep up with the stories that make a difference in music education advocacy.

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