Fall Registration is OPEN!

Fall CoverFall registration is underway! We have another great Fall lineup with many favorites returning as well as lots of exciting new classes.

Make beautiful music with FY17 Instructor of the Year, Richard Moore, in his guitar, fiddle and ukulele classes. Or maybe you prefer dancing instead? We have several dance options including clogging and percussive dance.

The holidays will be here before you know it, so why not make some gifts in our craft classes? Or learn to speak to Santa in our Finnish class!

We don’t think money should ever get in the way of enrichment. As a result of your feedback and thanks to funding from the Metro Nashville Government, we are now providing scholarships! If you or someone you know is interested in applying for a scholarship to cover the cost of your class or classes (up to two per session) please send the following information to cecinfo@nashville.gov or mail to our address at 4805 Park Avenue:

  • a document showing financial need (previous year’s W2s, receipt of government assistance, etc…)
  • a 250 word essay on why you want to take the class and an explanation of why you are seeking financial aid (can be typed or handwritten)
  • a completed registration form

A note on class availability: many of you may have noticed that classes are filling VERY quickly. Our program is growing and word is getting out about the great value of our classes, so expect for spaces to fill much quicker than they have in the past. If a class you want to take is full, please put yourself on the wait list. Spaces often open up OR we try to add a second section if the list gets particularly long.

We look forward to seeing you in class,

Mary Beth Harding
Executive Director

2017 Community Advocate: Kia Jarmon

Almost ten years ago, Nashville Community Education (then part of the Community Education Alliance) underwent a huge transformation. We transitioned from a department within Metro Nashville Public Schools into a department of the Metropolitan Nashville Government, becoming the Community Education Commission. Our leadership was forced to make some tough decisions including closing most of our locations in order to keep the program viable. Shortly after this time, Kia Jarmon of MEPR Agency was Kia Jarmon 1contracted to help rebrand Nashville Community Education. Through the hard work of our staff and her dedication, the program has been revived and is on a path of healthy regrowth.

While our relationship started as a professional agreement, we know that Kia’s commitment to seeing this program prosper has gone above and beyond any terms of contract. She actively seeks to promote us even outside of her business and has even taught a few classes in the past. She offers honest feedback that keeps kiaus moving in the right direction and savvy support that helps us get through some of our most stressful times. And she has always encouraged us to try new things, new ways of marketing and new ways of reaching our students. This blog wouldn’t even exist without her!

In the coming year our professional relationship will change as we hire a full-time Community Engagement Coordinator. However, we know that Kia’s support for our service to the citizens of this city will not waver. We look forward to a new relationship with Kia and MEPR and thank her for all of her hard work this year and in year’s past.

Team outside of husk

2017 Instructor of the Year: Rich Moore

In the last decade Rich Moore has taught a plethora of Nashvillians how to play guitar,NCE Spring 17 classes-163 fiddle, and more at Nashville Community Education. NCE is grateful for Rich’s years of dedicated, reliable, quality instruction. Rich’s guitar classes are consistently full and enjoyed by our students. We rest easy knowing they are in capable, supportive hands. We also appreciate Rich’s positive demeanor and easy-going attitude. He makes students and staff feel at ease even on the most stressful of days.

Rich at front of classroomThis year we have worked closely with Rich to produce our pilot Spanish for Educators courses Рa partnership with the MNPS Office of English Learners to allow MNPS employees to learn Spanish specifically related to the classroom in an effort to better communicate with students and families that have recently immigrated to the U.S. Rich recently retired from his day-job as a Spanish instructor for MNPS and actually spent much of his childhood growing up in South America. Thanks to his work many MNPS teachers now feel more comfortable approaching parents and students. The amount of time and energy he spent on this class did not go unnoticed by us and we appreciate all he did.

Staff and RichEvery day we get to work with Rich is an honor, but we wanted to give him special praise by naming him the 2017 Instructor of the Year for his devotion to our program, our students, and our city.

Thank you Rich for helping us enrich the diverse fabric of Nashville!


If you would like to take one of Rich’s classes, you have MANY opportunities to do so this Fall. Rich will be teaching Beginning Guitar, Intermediate Guitar, Beginning Fiddle, Beginning Ukulele, and Pioneer Cast Iron Cooking! Come meet Rich, sample some cast iron cooking, and register for his classes at the Open House on August 5!¬†