The NSCC Music Program provides students with the solid musical foundation vital for success in music and in their academic studies. NSCC provides students with smaller class sizes and one-on-one attention in the first two years of college. We offer courses in Music Theory, Music History, Music Appreciation, Class Voice, and Class Guitar as well as many other music courses. Students, both majors and non-majors, are strongly encouraged to participate in the Nashville State Campus Choir. We look forward to having you start your educational career with us.

Music A.F.A. Degree Program

Music Associate of Fine Arts Degree Tennessee Transfer Pathway
Tennessee Transfer Pathways (TTPs) help students transfer to a Tennessee public university to complete their baccalaureate degree. Completing all the courses listed on a particular Tennessee Transfer Pathway will earn an AA, AFA or AS degree at Nashville State and all courses are guaranteed to count toward that university major. The prescribed curriculum for each Transfer Pathway must be followed exactly to ensure all hours transfer. Talk to your advisor, see the NSCC Catalog, and visit for more TTP information. View TTP video

Music Program Events

Cory Henry at Nashville State Community College March 31
Music Clinic: 11am–12:00pm, Ensemble Room H-136
Improvisation Lesson: 1:30–2:30pm, Ensemble Room H-136
Rehearsal: 3:30–5:30pm, Ensemble Room H-136
Guest Artist, NSCC Jazz Ensembles: 6:30–8pm, Ensemble Room H-136
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Read Cory Henry artist bio below.*

CONCERTS: Spring 2016

Guest Saxophonist and Author: Brian Horner
Friday, February 26 12:30-1:30pm Ensemble Room H-136
Guest Pianist and Author: Dr. Jackson Kohl
Friday, March 18 12:30-1:30pm Ensemble Room H-136
Clinic with guest artist Cory Henry
Thursday, March 31 11:00am-12:00pm Ensemble Room H-136
Improvisation Lesson with guest artist Cory Henry
Thursday, March 31 1:30-2:30pm Ensemble Room H-136
Rehearsal with guest artist Cory Henry
Thursday, March 31 3:30-5:30pm Ensemble Room H-136
NSCC Jazz Ensembles with guest artist Cory Henry
Thursday, March 31 6:30-8:00pm Ensemble Room H-136
Spring Fling (Main Campus)
Thursday, April 14 10:00am-1:00pm Outside K Building
Spring Fling (Southeast Campus)
Thursday, April 21 10:00am-12:00pm Student Lounge
Jazz Ensembles 2 & 4
Tuesday, April 26 6:00-7:30pm Ensemble Room H-136
Percussion Master Class: Roy Wooten
Wednesday, April 27 3:00-4:30pm Ensemble Room H-136
Jazz Ensemble 1 & 3
Thursday, April 28 6:00-7:30pm Ensemble Room H-136
Applied Music Showcase
Friday, April 29 12:30-1:30pm Ensemble Room H-136


Cory Henry at Nashville State* Cory Henry
Cory Henry is amongst the ranks of new jazz, gospel, and r&b musicians such as Robert Glasper and Esperanza Spalding paving the way for new waves of the genres.

Cory Henry was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. As a child he spent much of his time in the local church, which had a large community of musicians. Before he started playing organ in the church at the age of two, his friends and family say that he would bang on pots and pans, sing, and play on neighbors’ pianos every chance he could. Cory continued to play organ, piano, and Rhodes through school until his father passed away; Cory did not attend his 8th grade year of schooling, having decided to leave school to continue his musical education and growth.

From then on, Cory dedicated his life to learning and honing his skills as a musician, producer, and composer. He has since performed with some of the best of the jazz, fusion, gospel, and r&b worlds, such as Snarky Puppy, The Roots, Boyz 2 Men, NAS, Derrick Hodge, Robert Glasper, Lalah Hathaway, Bruce Springsteen, and many more.

Cory Henry released his latest album, First Steps, on July 21, 2014.

With his work in groups like Snarky Puppy, Cory Henry is bound to have an effect on young musicians, especially those in his own community. As a prodigy and new force in today’s instrumental and vocal music, Cory is putting his own stamp on much of the music we love.

Style & Technique
Cory Henry never went through what most people would consider formal training in piano or organ. Much of Cory’s training consisted of listening to music as a child; everything from jazz greats like Oscar Peterson to church music were influences on his style of playing. Though he has not been through much “proper” training, his technical skills and harmonic knowledge are mature and widely developed. Cory’s touch is light, but his feel for groove and pocket with a band or in a solo piece is heavy and strict. His harmonic knowledge is vast, changing with each keyboard instrument he plays; Cory believes that each instrument, piano, organ, Rhodes, etc., are all different instruments with different sets of required technique and skills. Cory’s improvisation can be bluesy, soulful, out, and all of the above depending on what he’s playing, though he always comes back to a church-like improvisation through his solos.

Music Program Faculty

David Edgington, Assistant Professor of Music, ext. 3546
Dave EdgingtonA native of Charleston, South Carolina, David Edgington received a Bachelor of Music degree in guitar performance from Charleston Southern University under the tutelage of guitarist John Holinko. In 2007, he received a Master of Music degree in Music Education from Belmont University. Mr. Edgington has also completed thirty plus graduate hours in Jazz Studies from the University of South Carolina.

Mr. Edgington earned his professional teaching license from the state of Tennessee and taught for four years in Nashville Metro Public Schools as a Music Specialist. As a result of his research and experience in early childhood education, he opened his own business dedicated to teaching young children guitar technique. Mr. Edgington is a jazz guitarist who regularly performs in a variety of ensembles and specializes in improvisation. He also composes original works, which are regularly featured in these performances. Mr. Edgington has had the opportunity to serve as faculty member at Nashville State Community College since the spring semester of 2007.

In 2014, Dave was awarded NSCC 2014 Outstanding Faculty of the Year for his exceptional contributions in the areas of teaching effectiveness, advising/tutoring students, Campus leadership and service, professional activities, and sponsoring campus activities outside the classroom including over 100 concerts and music events between 2009 and 2014.

In his free time, Mr. Edgington is an enthusiastic runner and has completed eleven marathons.

Della Bustamante, Adjunct Music Instructor
Della BustamanteDella, born and raised in New Mexico, has been performing since the age of nine. She sang in a country and western band from the age of 13 to 23, and began her classical performing at the age of 15. She earned both her Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Vocal Performance at New Mexico State University. Della made her opera debut with Dona Ana Lyric Opera (DALO) as a chorus member for their production of Don Giovanni. Since then she has performed the roles of Pamina in The Magic Flute, Suzanna in The Marriage of Figaro, and Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, all with DALO. In addition to these roles, she has performed many scenes from several other operas, including the role of Isabel Chaparro in the world premier of the opera Sara McKinnon by Randall Shinn. When she first moved to Nashville, Della joined the staff at Belmont Academy, teaching classical and commercial voice. She served as a member of the Nashville Symphony Chorus for two seasons, and has completed her seventh production as a continuing member of the Nashville Opera Chorus. She has been teaching voice for over seven years. Her teaching style is based on the classical technique and she offers commercial coaching.

Kevin Durham, Adjunct Music Instructor
Kevin DurhamKevin Durham, a native of Birmingham, Alabama, is a gifted pianist with a broad range of skills. He holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Alabama. His academic background also includes a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a concentration in Piano Performance from Stillman College—a degree earned with no prior experience. His talents have been featured on a recent recording, Hilaritas, by the University of Alabama School of Music, and University Television Service's Pianist at Work. He has been teaching piano to both young and adult students since 2003.

Phyllis Gobbell, Associate Professor, Campus Choir Accompanist
Phyllis GobbellPhyllis Gobbell has accompanied the campus choir since its beginning in 2004. She began playing the piano at the age of five. Phyllis earned her B.S. degree in Education at UT, Knoxville, and her M.A. in English at Austin Peay State University. She has taught at Nashville State since 2002. She is Associate Professor of English, and a writer of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Two true-crime books, An Unfinished Canvas (Berkley, 2007) and A Season of Darkness (Berkley, 2010) are accounts of high-profile, cold-case murders in Nashville. She is now writing a mystery series, and her first book in the series, Pursuit in Provence, was published in April 2015.

In 2006, she received the Tennessee Arts Commission’s Individual Artist Award in Fiction. Other writing achievements include the Leslie Garrett Fiction Prize awarded by the Knoxville Writers Guild, Tennessee Writers Alliance Short Story First Place Award, the North Carolina Writers’ Workshop First Place Award in Creative Nonfiction, First Place in the Knoxville Writers Guild Creative Nonfiction Contest, and a Pushcart nomination for the story, “Primates,” published in Bellevue Literary Review

Tara Johnson, Adjunct Music Instructor
Tara KloostraTara Johnson, originally from Hudsonville, Michigan, is an active freelance horn player in the greater Nashville area. She began her studies in horn at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she studied under Richard Britsch, of the Grand Rapids Symphony. From there she moved to Nashville to attend Belmont University and study under Radu Rusu, of the Nashville Symphony. In 2010 she received her Bachelors of Music degree in Horn Performance, with a minor in Music Business. She now also holds a Master of Arts in Music degree in Horn Performance from Middle Tennessee State University, where she studied with Angela DeBoer. Tara is currently a member of the Nashville Praise Symphony and has traveled with a Global Missions Project orchestra to perform in Israel. She is a private horn instructor in the Nashville area, as well as a hobbyist arranger and pianist. As an instructor of Music Appreciation, Tara enjoys listening to and participating in a wide variety of musical styles.

Alex Powell, Adjunct Music Instructor
Alex PowellAlex Powell has taught at Nashville State since 2006. He holds a Master of Music degree in vocal performance from Belmont University, a Graduate Diploma in vocal performance from the New England Conservatory of Music, and a Bachelor of Arts in music and history from the University of Notre Dame. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in music education at Boston University.

As a performer, Alex has sung throughout North America and Europe in a wide range of performance venues including Jordan Hall, Barbican Hall, Harvard Musical Association, Casino Congress Baden, Heiligenkreuz Abbey, Basilica of the Sacred Heart, and the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore. He is a passionate advocate for art song and completed the master course in poetry and performance of lieder at the Franz Schubert Institut in Austria where he worked closely with Elly Ameling, Julius Drake, Wolfgang Holzmair, Edith Wiens, and Rudolf Jansen. Alex has done ensemble work with Boston Secession, Orpheus Singers, King’s Chapel Choir, Fujit, New England Conservatory Chamber Choir, Cathedral Church of St. Paul Choir, Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Notre Dame Chorale, and the London Symphony Chorus. He also serves as the conductor of the Longy School of Music Chamber Choir.

Contact Information

David Edgington, Assistant Professor
Phone: 615-353-3546

Susan Tucker, Division Secretary
Division Office: 615-353-3531

Campus Directory

Advising Sheet

Tennessee Transfer Pathway
Associate of Fine Arts in Music

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