Rob Bironas, placekicker for the Tennessee Titans, presented a major gift from the Rob Bironas Fund, a component fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. This contribution kicks off Nashville Symphony's new Music Mobile project. The Music Mobile is a rolling music activity center featuring an "Instrument Petting Zoo" filled with classical, country and bluegrass instruments. Children and adults alike will also share music-making experiences, live music demonstrations and multi-media instrument exhibits.
"Children, when introduced to music, are more likely to succeed in school and in life," Bironas says. "Applying the same commitment to mastering an instrument can be as challenging as attaining touchdowns on a football field. I am proud to be a part of this project." The Music Mobile will become one of the many learning opportunities offered through the Nashville Symphony's commitment to music education. Last year, the Nashville Symphony served more than 170,000 children and families through music education and community engagement activities.
Goals for this ambitious project are to provide children with a hands-on introduction to instruments; to bring music activities to community locations; to serve as the region's instrument lending library for at-risk youth; to inspire and motivate participants to pursue musical studies; and to bring music education to underserved populations with this "musical field-trip on wheels."