The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum provides a variety of school and teacher programs that address national and state curriculum standards in language arts, math, music, science, social studies, and visual art. Interactive programs, workshops, lesson guides, online resources, and guided and self guided tours are offered to students and teachers, grades K-12. Words & Music, the museum's cornerstone school program, gives students an opportunity to write song lyrics collaboratively with local professional songwriters.

String City: Nashville's Tradition of Music and Puppetry

String City

(Available the following dates in 2013: 10/31, 11/1, 11/4, 11/5, and 11/6. Performance times are 9:30 and 11:00 a.m.)

Learn about Nashville’s emergence as Music City! String City: Nashville’s Tradition of Music and Puppetry is a lively telling of our city’s musical legacy. Start with the early days of stringband music and gospel music, and the birth of the Grand Ole Opry.Meet the icons of country music as the show travels through time with classic recordings that lead to present day hits. A unique way to introduce students to their city, String City brings history, visual arts, and music together on a single stage. Over thirty country music artists appear in puppet form, and every one of them had a hand in helping Nashville become Music City. Let your students discover Nashville’s cultural heritage in a fun, new way!

Limited capacity. Free for MNPS. Bus subsidy for Title I MNPS. Tour the Museum before or after the performance for a complete field trip experience!

String City was created and is presented by Nashville Public Library's Wishing Chair Productions in collaboration with the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and was made possible by a special gift from Judy and Steve Turner to the Nashville Public Library Foundation.

Program Length: 70 minutes
Grades:  K-4
Group Size: 10-200 students
Curricular Connections: social studies, English language arts, arts education

Guided Highlights Tour

Guided Museum Tour

During an interactive tour of the exhibits, students learn about the history of country music. Integrating the museum's architectural details, music, films, visual art, and historic artifacts, the exhibits provide students with a multi-layered learning experience. During the tour, students have opportunities to listen to recordings and learn how different people, styles, and influences have affected the music. Students also learn about the growth and development of Nashville as a music industry center. All programs include a Guided Highlights Tour except Making Waves at Studio B.

Tour Length: 1 hour 30 minutes
Grades: K-12
Group Size: 10-80 students
Curricular Connections: Language Arts, Music, Social Studies, Visual Art

Words & Music and Words & Music Outreach

Words and Music

Using an award-winning lesson guide, teachers lead students through the lyric-writing process. Completed lessons are followed by a program with a songwriter who adds melodies to students' original lyrics. This experience requires significant class time. Lyrics are due at least two weeks before program date. This program is offered at the museum or at your school.

Program Length: 2 hours 30 minutes, includes Guided Highlights; 60 minutes as Outreach
Grades: 3-12
Group Size:10-80 students
Curricular Connections: Language Arts, Music, Social Studies

Is It a Fiddle or a Violin?

Fiddle Demonstration

(Available the following Wednesdays, 2013-2014: 9/11, 10/9, 10/23, 11/6, 11/13, 12/11, 1/15, 2/19, 3/5, 3/19, 5/7, 5/21; home-school groups: 8/28, 1/29, 4/2)

In Texas it's a fiddle. In Boston it's a violin. In Nashville it depends. This one-of-a-kind, toe-tapping partnership joins the resources of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum with those of the Nashville Symphony. From tours to musical performances-classical to country music-Is It a Fiddle or a Violin? will challenge you to think about music in new ways.

Program Length: 2 hours
Grades:  K-6
Group Size: 10-150 students
Curricular Connections:Fine Arts, Social Studies/History, Performing Arts

NEW! The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and California Country

Bakersfield, California, gave birth to an exciting, raw-edged style of country music that enjoyed tremendous popularity in the 1960s. A must-see for American history students, The Bakersfield Sound covers topics from the Dust Bowl to social issues of migrant workers to the emergence of the electric guitar. Following the tour, students will participate in an interactive, multimedia program that further illustrates the connection between the Bakersfield Sound and the Great Depression and Dust Bowl era.

Program Length: 2 hours 15 minutes, includes Guided Highlights
Grades: 6-12
Group Size: 10-80 students
Curricular Connections: Language Arts, Music, Social Studies, Visual Art, Science

Making Waves at Studio B

Making Hits and Studio B

(Available Monday and Wednesday mornings)

Conducted at Historic RCA Studio B, located on Music Row, this program teaches about Studio B’s historical significance, acoustical studio design, and the three basic phases of recording: tracking, mixing, and mastering. Students explore the various roles involved in these processes and learn about the science of sound as they participate in the mixing of a recording.

Program Length: 1 hour 30 minutes
Grades: 6-12
Group Size: 10-30 students
Curricular Connections: Language Arts, Music, Science, Social Studies

Cool Costumes

Cool Costumes

In this program, students focus on stage costumes from the museum's collection. By looking at costume styles and their design details, students learn about different eras in American and country music history. Following the tour, students have a chance to create their own take-home costume.

Program Length: 2 hours 15 minutes
Grades: K-4
Group Size: 10-40 students
Curricular Connections: Language Arts, Music, Social Studies, Visual Art

Deck the Hall Performance and Tour

Deck the Hall Performance and Tour

(Available November to December)

Celebrate the season by bringing a student band, orchestra, or chorus to perform at the museum during our holiday celebration. Performances should last thirty minutes or less and do not have to be holiday-themed. Students are invited to tour the museum before or after their performance. Guided tours are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Program Length: 30 minute performance; 1 hour 30 minute tour
Grades: K-12
Group Size:  10-60 (Choir), 10-30 (Band)
Curricular Connections: Language Arts, Music, Social Studies, Visual Art

Trunk Program - Free
Shapes, Sound Holes, and Strings

Check out an instrument trunk for use in your classroom. Students can play the banjo, fiddle, guitar, and mandolin. The teachers’ guide offers lessons to accompany the trunk.

Curricular Connections: Language Arts, Math, Music, Science, Social Studies, Visual Art

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum education programs funded in part by:

Additional support provided by the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, Wells Farge, Publix Supermarkets Charities, and Target. Words & Music is made possible by the Country Music Association Endowment for Words & Music. Making Waves at Studio B is made possible by the Curb Family Foundation and through a partnership with Belmont University.

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