Music for Seniors connects area musicians with older adults through live and interactive music programs designed to engage, entertain and educate seniors – promoting health and wellbeing, reducing isolation and enriching the lives of all participants.

Watch Music for Seniors in Action!

Music For Seniors Featured on PBS NewsHour!

Enriching the lives of Nashville seniors, one song at a time

Founder Sarah Martin McConnell
"Best of Nashville 2019!"

Music for Seniors wins Best Nonprofit Mover-and-Shaker link

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Percussion Outreach Program and FREE Daytime Concert Event

Music for Seniors Featured in

The Tennessean

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Lighting Up Lives

Music for Seniors is a Tennessee-based 501(c)3 nonprofit arts organization enlisting area professional, semi-professional and student musicians to provide live music programs for older adults. Music for Seniors Musician Partners now reach seniors in 9 counties in and around Nashville, provide over 100 programs monthly and light up the lives of 30,000 older adults yearly in Middle Tennessee.

We provide musicians with a ready vehicle for significant civic involvement and offer them a modest per-program stipend for sharing their time and talents.

Participating senior groups and communities receive outstanding music programs for reasonable fees which are assessed on a needs-based sliding scale. The organization subsidizes up to 100% of fees for low-income nonprofits, meeting all requests for services.

Musicians: visit our Musicians page to learn more and to complete an on-line performer application.

Seniors: Service Providers, Residence Communities and Caregivers visit our Services page to complete an on-line participant application.

In addition to our outreach, the Music for Seniors FREE Daytime Concert Series offers a concert each month, March through December, featuring celebrated musical guests. These daytime concerts are scheduled at a variety of accessible venues across our service area and they are always free and open to the public. We encourage audience members of all ages to attend!

Visit our Concerts page to see what's coming up and read about past events.

Our Live Performance Learning Labs offer group instruction in instrument and vocal performance. We currently offer Ukulele, Percussion and Folk-Dance-to-Live-Music Learning Labs, with Harmonica planned for roll-out in summer, 2019.

Visit our Learning Labs page to see what's coming up and how to register to participate in these fun educational experiences.

To learn more about our organization and staff, our current goals, fiscal standing and governance, and our long-term aspirations as a we look toward a bright future, please review our profile on, an on-line resource of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

To hear how one colossal hurricane in 2005 led to the inspirational founding of Music for Seniors in 2007 and the rest of our story since then, read more.

Now Celebrating Ten Years!

2017 marks TEN YEARS of operations. Here are highlights of our current music programming.

Over 200 area professional, semi-professional, and student and youth musicians will participate throughout the year in all programming.

About 75 partner musicians now participate regularly, providing as many as 100 programs a month.

We now touch the lives of older adults in six Middle Tennessee counties: Davidson, Williamson, Wilson, Sumner, Robertson and Rutherford.

September, 2016: Music for Seniors presents at National Center for Creative Aging International Conference and Leadership Exchange in Washington, D.C. Sarah Martin McConnell, Executive Director, and Matt Bridges, Program Director, share our unique interactive programming in their presentation, "Recreational Music Making: A Powerful Tool for Creating, Connecting, Caregiving."

Music for Seniors Live Performance Learning Labs at Nashville Public Library. FREE GROUP LESSONS in 8-week series, every spring and fall.

  • Ukulele
  • Percussive Arts
  • Group Singing
  • More to come....(harmonica, recorder, melodica – stay tuned!)
  • Intergenerational lessons for beginners and experienced participants.
  • Free and open to the public.
  • Weekly sessions meet at Nashville Public Library (downtown).
  • Final public program event will showcase students' progress.

For details CLICK HERE to visit our LEARNING LABS page.

Funded in part by:

TN Arts Commission George Shinn Foundation Ingram Charities West End Home Foundation Dandridge Trust Metro Arts Brentwood Rotary ACM Lifting Lives The Memorial Foundation Caterpillar Financial The Community Foundation The Temple HCA Foundation

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