Visual and Performing Arts 

True to our Music City roots, the arts are an important focus in Metro Nashville Public Schools.

The MNPS Visual and Performing Arts Department is proud to offer, and oversee, thriving programs in dance, music, theatre and the visual arts.

These programs have support from the local music industry, and valuable business partnerships spanning the public and private sectors.

Our district believes the arts are vital to a well‐rounded education.

Our faculty works to ensure each of our students has access to high-quality artistic instruction in the classroom and vibrant experiences with the arts world outside of the classroom.

Our educational framework draws out the creative potential of all children, regardless of their cultural and economic circumstances and we aim to provide each of our students with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in their academic, professional, and personal lives.


Music Makes Us

The MNPS Department of Visual and Performing Arts proudly administers the district's Music Makes Us initiative, a unique partnership between MNPS, the Mayor’s office and the Nashville community. Music Makes Us logoTogether, we work to provide meaningful support for Nashville’s public school music programs with a goal to to increase access, participation and quality of music education for MNPS students.

  • The goal of Music Makes Us is to increase access, participation, and quality of music education for MNPS students.

Learn More

Visit the Music Makes Us website for more information on the initiative, music programs for students and how you can get involved to make an impact.

Contact The VAPA Department

  • Franklin Willis, Director
  • Allison Ross, Coordinator of Visual Arts                                
  • Kara Kindall,  Coordinator of Performing Arts         
  • Lori Gaskins, Administrative Assistant                                      
  • Susan WatersSecondary Music Coach
  • Alice Walle, Elementary Music Coach



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