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Music & Arts Academy

About The Academy

Music and Arts AcademyFounded in 2012, The Madison Street Music & Arts Academy is the musical home of over 200 students and families and is dedicated to providing superior musical training to students, regardless of socio-economic status, as well as to contributing to the musical culture of the Clarksville environs.  Through performance and classroom instruction, numerous ensemble venues, concerts, and recitals given by faculty and students, The Madison Street Music & Arts Academy encourages the development and nurturing of each student’s musical capabilities.

2017-2018 MSMAA Policies & Procedures Handbook


403 Madison Street
Clarksville, Tennessee 37040

For more information or for questions regarding our program, please email Jennifer Burch, Registrar, at

Rev. Jared Wilson, Director

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Awards and Honors

The Madison Street Music & Arts Academy was the recipient of the 2016 Community Service Award from the Acuff Circle of Excellence – Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts at Austin Peay State University.

YaleThe Academy’s unique role as a Parish-based Community School attracted national attention when Yale University invited Academy Director, Rev. Jared Wilson, to present on the work and mission of the Academy through Yale University’s Institute for Sacred Music.

As one of only three programs in the country chosen to present at Yale, Rev. Wilson has since partnered with the university in offering workshops on Parish-based Music Schools throughout the United States.

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Types of Instruction


The art of musical performance of an instrument or voice is presented to students via group and individual (private) instruction.  From the necessary basics to the application of more advanced aspects of music making, students receive the foundations needed for musical expression.  Further study of performance practices is available through participation in The Academy’s Orchestra and Ensemble Programs.


Instrumentalists develop ensemble skills by performing in The Academy’s brass, orchestral, and chamber music ensembles.  Designed for varying ages and levels of musical expertise, these groups are open by audition and teacher placement.

  • Madison Street Brass
  • Saxophone Ensemble
  • Clarksville Youth String Orchestra
    (Overture Divison, Intermezzo Division, Eleganza Division)

To register for Ensembles or Orchestra, click here.


Students are invited to further their musical understanding through classroom study.  Classes include interactive Music Theory and Musicianship courses that progress from elementary to advanced theory and composition; Music History courses that explore music’s historical, cultural and social development; Kodaly classes for young musicians who want to learn the basics of music reading before beginning to study an instrument.

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The Kindermusik Program

The Academy is pleased to offer a maestro-level Kindermusik program for children from birth through age 7 under the direction of Dr. Abby Haake.

Learn more at Their Website

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The Reduced-Rate Tuition Program

Sorry, we are no longer accepting applications for the 2017-18 instruction year.

The Madison Street Music & Arts Academy is strongly committed to offering subsidized rates to families whose children might otherwise not be able to experience our award-winning music and arts program. Reduced-Rate Tuition of 80% is available for private instruction on a limited basis for students who meet certain income eligibility requirements.

Please note, due to our limited funding for this program, awards are given on a first-come, first-serve basis, and only apply to tuition for 30-minute private lessons. 

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Our Partners


Pictured above (l to r) Brooke Knight, CYEP Director, Dr. Abby Haake, and Rev. Jared Wilson

The Academy is pleased to be in partnership with Clarksville Youth Enrichment Programs (CYEP)–an innovative program that provides interactive and creative classes and experiences aimed at increasing academic success.

Housed at the same location as The Academy, Clarksville Youth Enrichment programs offers a wealth of exciting and inspiring opportunities.

LEARN MORE AT their website

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Registration Information

Registration for Spring Semester is now CLOSED.  Please look for Summer and Fall 2018 registration information in late April.


If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Burch at (931) 647-0221 or


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