While some people like to stop and smell the roses, Metro Parks is inviting people to stop and play the piano.
Nashville is one of a dozen cities around the country with “pianos in the park.”
Upright pianos that have been colorfully decorated by students in Tusculum Elementary after-school program will be placed in several downtown locations.
The pianos have been painted around the edges with an inscription of the student names, their handprints and their racial/ethnic identification. The sheet music to “This Land is Your Land” is on the piano’s music stand.
Regardless of skill level, anyone can sit and play at no charge.
Matt Fox, president of Make Music Nashville, a non-profit that seeks to increase the access people have to music education in Nashville, said the pianos will create an opportunity for engagement with music for people who may have never touched a piano.
“People love it, “Fox said. “The piano is available for everyone at all times in the park.”
Fox is currently reaching out to Seale Keyworks for keeping the pianos in tune and Make Music Nashville has partnered with Metro Parks for the two-month installments. Currently, one piano is located in Nashville’s Cumberland Park on 1st Street.
On June 21, Make Music Nashville will host a daylong festival throughout the city. This year’s festival is scheduled to feature more than 75 artists performing at 20 venues. More than 500 instruments will be given away. All events are free to the public.
The group is also hosting a Piano Sing-Along featuring Geno Haffner and Sarah Martin McConnell of Music for Seniors. The Sing-Along will occur in Cumberland Park at 1 p.m.
Participation is open to the public. The piano will remain in Cumberland Park from June 1 through July 31 with future locations for new pianos still to be determined.