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December, 21, 2017
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM


Meeting Room W179


Nola Jones

Nola Jones

Shining a Light on Urban Music Education

Clinic Synopsis:

Music Makes Us is a unique public/private partnership with Metro Nashville Public Schools, Mayor Megan Barry, and the Nashville music community providing meaningful support for music in our schools. Our goals are to eliminate barriers to music education, increase student participation, and enhance the quality of music education for ALL Metro Nashville Public School students. The session will engage attendees around opportunities and advocacy for instrumental music education in an urban educational environment. The session is presented as part of Conn Selmer's Music Administrator Collaborative.

Nola Jones - Biographical Information

Dr. Nola Jones is the Director of Visual and Performing Arts for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. Her duties include instructional support for approximately four hundred professional arts education specialists, curriculum planning, professional development and implementation of Music Makes Us, a public/private music education partnership in Metro Nashville Public Schools. Dr. Jones served as Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music Education at the University of Tennessee at Martin and Assistant Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music Education at Northern Arizona University. Dr. Jones received the Bachelor of Music Education degree from Mississippi State University and the Master of Music Education degree from Mississippi College. She received her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Conducting from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Jones maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician for concert bands, marching bands and honor ensembles. She has appeared nationally in forty of the United States and internationally in Canada, Japan, the Netherlands and Singapore. Dr. Jones has been a featured presenter at music education conferences in Arizona, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, North Carolina and South Carolina. She currently serves a Judge Liaison for Drum Corps International. She has served on the Executive Board of the Middle Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association, as a state chair for the National Band Association and is Past President of Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters’ Eta Chapter. Her professional affiliations include National Association for Music Education, Tennessee Music Educators Association, Tennessee Bandmasters Association, Middle Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association, National Band Association, Phi Beta Mu, Sigma Alpha Iota, Tau Beta Sigma and Kappa Kappa Psi.