School of Music and Arts
The Chattanooga Salvation Army School of Music and Arts (SOMA) was founded in 2001 to serve low-income students in the Brainerd community. SOMA now serves public, private and home school students throughout the Chattanooga Area. Trained and experienced instructors teach selected music and art skills and provide activities, resources and incentives that motivate each young person to achieve success now and in the future. Learning to play music instills self-discipline, builds self-esteem, increases self-confidence and encourages leadership.
Instruction takes place each Tuesday evening over two semesters corresponding to the school year. Students take a major class depending on school grade and select two of four elective classes. The major class for Grades 3-5 is General Music Introduction and Recorder. The Grade 6-12 major class is Brass Band. Elective classes include Guitar, Percussion, Piano and Art. Art classes cover a wide range and variety of media.
Students strive to perform in their respective ensembles for a showcase concert each semester. An art exhibit is presented on the same evening as the concert at the Citadel Community Center .
During the summer, SOMA offers a three-week Music and Arts Camp that provides intensive music instruction, recreational activities and daily Bible classes.
There are student fees for enrollment in the School of Music and Arts. For information on enrolling a student, contact The Salvation Army Citadel Corps and Community Center at 423-499-0216 . If you are interested in sponsoring a student, please earmark your donation "SOMA."