"Nashville Notes was formative and foundational in my music education. The organization upheld high educational standards while also providing special events and performances which created great memories. It also created an atmosphere that fostered relationships with both peers and teachers."
Dr. Marcus Miller
Director of Choral and Vocal Activities
Greater Atlanta Christian School
BA in Music with Vocal Emphasis--Lipscomb University
MM in Vocal Performance--Belmont University
DMA in Vocal Performance--University of Alabama
"I have so many great memories from my time in Nashville Notes! The variety of music we played for our concerts was great and rehearsal was always a highlight of my week. I have vivid memories of that first day when a lot of people were unboxing their instruments for the first time. We definitely made quite a “joyful noise” that day ;) I continued playing trumpet through college and a few more years with my church orchestra. Currently, I serve on the worship team at my church playing piano. Nashville Notes definitely helped foster my love of music that will last a lifetime.”
Nashville Notes alumni 1995 - 2002
Nashville Notes alumni
A native of Nashville, TN, and former graduate of the Nashville Notes Homeschool Band, Abi Coffer has been described as having a wide range of performing styles, able to play anything from Bach to beatboxing. She was nationally recognized for her expertise in extended techniques and was awarded the Best Performance of the Newly Commissioned Work for the National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition (Las Vegas, 2012). A sought after performer, Abi can often be seen performing with the Nashville Symphony or recording for globally recognized artists, movie soundtracks, and video games.
Abi attended Nashville Notes for 8 years, and after graduation has been asked to lead sectionals, masterclasses, guest conduct, and teach private lessons. Nashville Notes gave her the encouragement and love for music that has contributed to her success, and she appreciates the instruction and performance opportunities that the band provided.
After graduating highschool, Abi received her B.M. from Middle Tennessee State University where she studied with Deanna Little, and her M.M. from the University of Northern Iowa with Angeleita Floyd. Other primary instructors include Norma Rogers, Tadeu Coelho, and Diane Davich.
I started playing the clarinet in Nashville Notes at age 11. I had absolutely no musical experience and did not come as a very willing student. Looking back now, I am so glad that my parents encouraged me to just start. This organization played a huge role in my social improvement, musical abilities, and my spiritual journey. I made some of my closest friends, whom I still walk with today. I learned the clarinet and by the end was more proficient in music theory than most of my friends in college. I fell in love and learned the importance of wholehearted worship. I got to watch the members of staff put their all into these classes to bring out the best in each student. They gave me opportunities to grow as a student and even volunteer when I was able.