We believe that contemporary classical music literacy can help develop creativity, cultivate listening, and foster a shared understanding of our world. Since its founding Intersection has sought to devote half of its programming to youth and family programs. Intersection musicians, guest artists, and composers have worked with students through family concerts, the Contempo Kids curriculum, free children's concerts at Kidsville at the Parthenon, Contempo Kids summer and after-school programs, and restorative arts programming at the Juvenile Detention Center.
Contempo Kids is a composition curriculum created by Intersection to get students writing and creating music and developing their unique musical voice. It focuses on music creation, encouraging and guiding students to compose original works. While rooted in Western classical music, Contempo Kids explores other styles and musical expressions, notation and other methods of creation, tools and technology.
Through the curriculum students develop a deeper understanding of musical components, intention, and communication. Contempo Kids is designed to engage students of varying backgrounds and levels of musical experience.
Contempo Kids was launched as a pilot program at the W.O. Smith Community Music School, where it continues to engage youth from low-income families with contemporary classical music. As a part of this program, Intersection helps provide access to additional composers, guest artists, and musicians. You can learn more by downloading a summary of the curriculum.
For more photos of our Contempo Kids program visit our SmugMug gallery.
Intersection at Kidsville
Saturdays (see below for dates)
11:00 - 11:45 a.m.
The Parthenon at Centennial Park
2500 West End Avenue
Note: Kidsville at the Parthenon has resumed in a socially-distanced format. Families can visit the museum, view that week’s theme in the Kidsville contactless display, and pick up a Kidsville Take-Home Activity Kit (while supplies last) to explore the theme with an activity at home.
January 23, 2021 - ART & MUSIC: Celebrate contemporary art, music, and dance with an interactive video display from Intersection. Then, create a music maker at home to continue exploring.
Intersection musicians perform and interact with kids to explore how new music can expand our minds and ears. Children craft their own rhythm instruments and more! Kidsville uses the arts and play to help educate Nashville's youth in the areas of music, nutrition, fitness, and literacy to enhance the development of healthy and successful futures for our city's youngest citizens.
To view photos of our Kidsville performances visit our SmugMug gallery.