Smith/Nashville Community Music School makes affordable, quality music
instruction available to children from low-income families.
The school year saw the addition of
a new digital piano lab
and an accompanying digital drum lab. These networked labs have
allowed more students to study piano and drums and use technology to
collaborate as performers as well as for composition and songwriting.
W.O. Smith Music School continues to
enhance technology access across the school. New internet and wi-fi infrastructure was
implemented in the summer of 2013 so the school can handle the
increased need for bandwidth by our students, volunteers and staff. This allowed the school to implement a new
iPad library that brings on-line learning, recording, portfolio making, and assessment
tools directly into the classroom.
Next year we look forward to
placing our first Smart Boards into classrooms replacing traditional
white/chalk boards. Our songwriting
students and bands from the school have collaborated on a new project that will
culminate with the release of an album of songs written and performed by W.O.
2014-2015 will be an important
milestone in the life of our school as we celebrate our 30th
anniversary. We look forward to telling
our important story, celebrating accomplishments and dreaming of what the
next 30 years may hold for low-income children in our community.
Jonah, a native of New York, Has been the Executive
Director of W.O. Smith/Nashville Community Music School since 1995. As a musician, Jonah received his training at
the Manhattan School of Music and then attended the New England Conservatory of
Music in Boston, MA, receiving a Bachelor of Music degree in Trumpet
Performance while studying with Charles Schleuter, principal trumpet of the
Boston Symphony Orchestra.
performing career includes positions as the principal trumpet of the National
Symphony Orchestra of the Dominican Republic, principal trumpet of the Atlanta
Ballet Orchestra, Atlanta Opera, and performances and recordings with the
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. He has also
been a faculty member at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta.
is the former Director of the Georgia Academy of Music in Atlanta. Jonah was president of Tennesseans for the
Arts, Tennessee’s leading arts advocacy group in 2011-2012, is a member of the
steering committee for the Nashville Arts Coalition in addition to having
served as a member of Mayor Karl Dean’s Music City Music Council.
Jonah was the recipient of the 2011 Edwina Hefner Community Leadership Award from the
Nashville Symphony and the 2011 Governor’s Arts Award for Leadership from TN
Governor Haslam and the Tennessee Arts Commission.
is a graduate of Leadership Music class of 1998 and Leadership Nashville in
2013 where he continues to serve as a member of the logistics team for the
class of 2014.
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