The National Museum of African American Music's mission is to educate the world, preserve the legacy, and celebrate the central role African Americans play in creating the American soundtrack.
National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) is a global destination for music lovers of all generations to be engaged, educated, and inspired surrounding the origins of American music.
The From Nothing to Something (FN2S) program is a series of one-hour programs consisting of one of six different musical presentations: Spoons, Harmonica, Cigar Box Guitars, Banjo, Lyrics and Washtub Bass. Programs on each instrument, led by artists, explore the musical history, techniques and other interesting stories/facts behind the instrument and lyrics.
FN2S is designed to educate young people about how a group of people, from different cultures, created instruments from memories and limited resources as well as used lyrics and song to tell stories and pass along traditions. Replicas of instruments were literally made out of nothing (household items or natural materials), and were used to create something wonderful – music!
Participants will learn how these hand made instruments and song lyrics influenced the development of different musical genres like Blues, Jazz, Country, Rock & Roll, Hip-Hop and more which created America’s music and culture. Participants will also learn how to write lyrics of their own modern-day experiences.
By linking the traditional with non-traditional, NMAAM's From Nothing to Something provides hands-on music education by providing analytical thinking, decision-making and critical thinking skills for students through the musical instruments. FN2S is designed to enhance awareness, preservation, and sharing of musical traditions through the instruments that were used. NMAAM tracks participants experiences and levels of awareness before and after the program to track success toward these outcomes/goals.
· Teach age appropriate vocal training and music reading skills to children.
· Explore traditional, contemporary, and innovative choral presentation formats, including a cappella.
· Develop performance skills in children for concerts and auditions.
· Provide opportunities for children to learn different musical styles and genres through guest artists.
· Provide ways for children to personally reflect on their own performance and skills.
In 2015, we are pleased to have experienced the following program outcomes as determined through pre and post-written and oral surveys:
· 80% of children increased their music reading skills.
· 80% of children learn the techniques and skills for effective vocal presentation.
· 90% of children learn about diverse music styles.
Increasingly Nashville is attracting diverse professionals from different parts of the country who are seeking to formally network- and informally learn about opportunities and trends in the artistic music industry. Sips & Stanzas is a unique experience where diverse, professionals meet, listen and have interactive conversations with outstanding music leaders representing business, performance, media and other industry aspects all part of Nashville’s music scene.
As Nashville continues to grow and diversify its Music City brand, Sips & Stanzas is the event for professionals to socialize, engage and impact the growing awareness of Nashville, as well as learn about the latest NMAAM updates. Our objective is to integrate music/artists and provide an outlet for discussions about topics that impact the mission of NMAAM.
Sip & Stanzas is a once a month, or as-scheduled, event at rotating venues. Examples of venues are recording studios, live music venues, hotels, in Nashville, Davidson County. Discussions with music leaders last approximately 30-40 minutes with time included for pre-set and audience questions. The evening concludes with attendees who are encouraged to stay for further discussion/networking.
The purpose is to organically grow this into a young professionals group that is involved in conversations around and regarding NMAAM, its future exhibits, origins of music, and cultural experiences.
H. Beecher Hicks, III’s professional experiences have included work in both the private and public sectors where he has focused on building enterprises as a consultant, banker, investor and operating executive.
Henry is NMAAM’s president and CEO, with responsibility for directing the development, curatorial and educational work of the emerging cultural institution.
Henry is also a partner with Red Clay Capital Holdings, LLC, a private equity firm with offices in Nashville, TN and Atlanta, GA that is focused on making control investments in the southeastern United States. Previously he was an operating principal with Onyx Capital Ventures. In this role he was an executive in each of their portfolio companies, in the injection molding and contract manufacturing businesses, where was led efforts to achieve top-line growth of more than 25% and was the primary liaison with large corporate customers.
Previously, Mr. Hicks was a Principal with Katalyst, LLC a management consulting, investment banking and private equity firm focused on emerging technology companies located in Philadelphia, PA. He also worked formerly as Vice President of the Bank of America Catalyst Equity Fund in Charlotte, NC; a small business investment company (“SBIC”) focused on investing in disadvantaged businesses. With Bank of America, Mr. Hicks also served as a Vice President in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group of Banc of America Securities, as an Associate with Bank of America Capital Partners and was Assistant to the Chairman of Bank of America.
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The United States stands out among nations as a melting pot of cultures and ethnicities. Demographers predict that by 2050, no single majority group will exist in the United States. Diversity is a key part of Middle Tennessee’s past, present and future. Nashville, especially, is a model of the American "melting pot," with an active Native American population, thriving Hispanic community and growing Middle Eastern and Asian presence. Different cultures, religions, ideas and customs come together harmoniously in Music City.
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