Fall registrations available in the drop down menu for your child’s age group:

- Arts After School – 4:30-6pm - Mondays (grades 4- 6), Wednesdays (grades 7-9), and Thursdays (grades 1-3)

- Home Schooler Theatre, Music, and Art – Wednesdays : Noon – 3pm (grades 1-9)

- Children’s Choir – Coming soon.

H.Arts Council begins a new partnership with Middle Tennessee Children’s Choir and Music Academy (MTCC). MTCC is a music program which provides graded choral programs.  These programs include auditioned performing travel show choirs for talented 5th -12th grade singers, and an unauditioned preparatory division for pre-school through 4th graders.  Private voice and piano lessons and coaching for solo artists is available for choir members and non-choir members through MTCC’s Solo Performer’s Workshop (SPW) division. The MTCC choral curriculum includes group voice lessons; basic choreography; movement games; performance coaching; singing in unison and in parts; sight-singing and ear-training.  Live performance is integral to the program and students are offered multiple opportunities to perform each semester, including 3 art receptions at Monthaven, holiday fundraisers, and year ’round special events centered around the MTCC.
     MTCC founder and director, Alyson Haley, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and an Advanced Certificate in Music Education from Queens College, City University of New York.  She is currently completing a Masters of Music degree at Belmont University in Vocal Performance, where she has served as one of two 2012-2014 artist Fellows with the Nashville Opera.  Ms. Haley has been a professional performer and teacher for over 20 years and favorite experiences include performing with the Nashville Opera, Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theater, and being one of eight original cast member of the Imagination Playhouse Children’s Theater at Dollywood.

- Adult Intro to Painting Class – Tuesday evenings, 6pm-8pm :

Intro to Painting Classes (all levels welcome): 

- brief lectures on technique and procedures in developing technique
- demonstrations of still life
- individualized instruction and guidance to completing works
- beautiful historic venue

Beginning Tuesday Sept. 2. 6-8pm.

Conducted by Jerry Grubbs :

Jerry Grubbs is a native Tennessean who currently lives in Hendersonville.  He started painting after retirement in 2008, fulfilling a long held dream.  Although primarily self-taught, Jerry has studied with several local artist as well as taking classes with Igor Babailov, Mary Miller Veazey, Annie Tagg, Roger Dale Brown and Rebecca Neef.

Jerry’s work is in private collections in Middle Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, and Texas.  He has had works in The Gallery on Fifth, Second Floor Gallery at Tennessee Art League, Art and Invention Gallery and Gallery on the Square in Franklin, Kentucky.  He has also sold works in local art shows.  In the spring of 2012 his work was featured in a one person show at Towne Centre Gallery in Brentwood.

His work has been exhibited in various businesses in Hendersonville and Nashville.  A piece was sold in support of charitable activities of the Nashville Corvette Club.  His work was shown and sold in the Earl Swensson and Associates, AIA, show and sale in support of the American Heart Association.

Jerry has taught beginning oil painting at Studio G in Hendersonville and is now teaching a weekly class at Monthaven Mansion for the Hendersonville Arts Council.


Visit the 2014 SUMMER CAMPS portion of the website : HERE

Film Camp 2014  - June 9th – June 15th, 2014

Tuition for camp is $350 (lunch and t-shirt included) a $100 deposit will be due with registration and the remaining $250 will be due by May 5th.
Camp times : Monday – Saturday 10-3pm, Sunday June 15th will be a mini Film Festival and reception at Monthaven where students will showcase their films made during the week to family and friendsIn this intensive week long camp, students are provided a unique opportunity to learn all about the film making process, from pre-production through production into post-production and editing.  Instructors Erica Tachoir, Paul Penczner, and Matthew Troy are NYU alumnus and founding members of Buffalo Picture House productions in New York City.Space is limited with 20 spots available, be sure to register soon, camp is going to fill up fast!
Application to enroll will be available soon.

I Want to Paint! How do I Start? – SOLD OUT (resuming in Fall 2014)

10 seats available for Art Classes for Beginning Artists • Monday evenings : 6pm – 8pm (8-week Class starting on Monday January  27, 2013) … Detailed info on the application below :

Click here for the application.


Home Schooler Art and Music Classes

Wednesdays, ongoing, Class time options between Noon and 3pm

Click Here for more information and application

PreK-8th grade Music:
Our PreK-2nd grade class, taught by Valerie Trantum, will focus on performing steady beat/patterns, finding and properly using our beautiful singing voices, and expressively moving to a variety of quality recorded music.  Simple percussion instruments will be provided.  Comfortable clothes are recommended. Our older students will learn to read musical notation using recorders (classroom recorders will be provided, purchasing one for home practice is recommended).  We will also sing, play percussion instruments, move, folk dance and have an introduction to composers and music history.  Comfortable clothes are recommended.
PreK – 8th grade Art :

Kids will learn to implement and identify the Elements of art and Principals of design from Bettye Zettergren.  The use of multia media and art techniques will be explored in our classes. Students will be introduced to art history with artist of inspiration. Multicultural art projects will enrich our learning around the world. Look forward to Fun with hands on experiences. Paint shirts will be provided.

SAVE THE DATE:  Sunday, May 18, 2014, from 2 to 3 PM parents, friends and family are invited to attend a simple musical performance and art show at the Arts Council.  Come and be proud of your student’s accomplishments in the fall semester.
About our Teachers :
Valerie Trantum has been teaching music for 21 years.  Her experiences have included Preschool music, public school K-12 music and sacred music directorships.  Mrs. Trantum holds a bachelors degree in piano performance from Gettysburg College and earned her masters in music education and choral conduction at The Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford.  She resides in Cottontown with her husband, two sons, two dogs and a lizard.  She loves homeschooling because she loves learning with her children and everyday is a new adventure.

Bettye Zettergren  She received her BA in art education from the University of Mississippi. Bettye attended O’ More College of Design and has worked as an interior designer for 35 yrs.  She owned her own business and work room for 25 years and is now employed part time for Dandelion Interiors.  For several years Bettye taught at T.W. Hunter Middle school, Beech High School, and Merrol Hyde Magnet.  She has been married to Al Zettergren for 34 years. They have two grown children Zack and Liz and three grandchildren- Carlee(who attends MHMS elementary) Grant and Luke.


Arts After School 2014-2015 

Ongoing classes throughout the school year, 9 month program

Each class is limited in size in order to give more individualized instruction.

Programs for children ages 6 – 15. This is a 9 month program that students attend once a week. It teaches the basics in color theory, drawing, painting, clay, sculpture and printmaking. Grades 1 -3 are taught by Tracy Givens (Thursdays, 4:30pm-6pm) and grades 4 -9 by Sandra Kandros (Mondays/Wednesdays 4:30-6pm) both of whom are teachers in the Sumner County school district.
Costs per month is $40 dollars per student and for the entire 9 months is $360.
Supplies : A non refundable fee of $42.50 made payable to the art teacher is due with registration to pay for most supplies throughout the year.
Classes fill up fast, so sign up today by emailing :

Click here to view and/or print class form (pdf file) from 2013. 

A COMING SOON : “Mommy/Daddy and Me” class : Friday mornings 10-11:15am

Thirty minutes of art, followed by thirty minutes of music, with a fifteen minute break between.  Art in this weekly class will be centered around popular children’s board books.  Each week we will read a different story and make art based on some of our favorite characters while learning basic studio techniques through drawing, painting, collage, and sculpture. Taught by Megan Hardgrave, a current Arts graduate student at Belmont in Nashville, also employed by Cheekwood.

For the music portion, “1st steps in Music,” is curriculum designed to make children musical. We will find and use our beautiful signing voices; develop a sense of steady beat through games, rhymes, and use of simple instruments; plus encourage musical sensitivity through movement exploration. This will produce a lifelong love, confident participation, and appreciation in music.  Taught by Valerie Trantum, who has been teaching music for 21 years.  Her experiences have included Preschool music, public school K-12 music and sacred music directorships.  Mrs. Trantum holds a bachelors degree in piano performance from Gettysburg College and earned her masters in music education and choral conduction at The Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford.  She resides in Cottontown with her husband, two sons, two dogs and a lizard.  She boasts a 100% acceptance rate of her students into Merrol Hyde.

$55 for the month, or $150 for the full 10 weeks, plus a one-time $10 supply fee for each child.

Theater Class – coming in 2014 – if interested please call or email. 

This is an 8 week class, Once per week, beginning in 2014. More info to come.

The cost is $150.00

Study with Greg Wilson – See Greg’s Bio

This class will explore acting technique, stage voice, movement, mime, stage combat as well as a major emphasis on scene and monologue study and presentation. Students will be expected to rehearse and memorize short scenes and monologues outside of the class time to make their time in class the most productive it could possibly be. This class is 8 weeks and will culminate in a recital/performance of work from the class sessions.

Click here for application.