Free professional development workshops for teachers connect the Museum to language arts, social studies, music, science, and visual art curriculums. Workshops also assist teachers in preparing students for museum visits and programs, and also offer creative approaches to teach core subject areas.
Words & Music: Teach Language Arts through Songwriting
February 17, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
March 10, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Looking for a creative and effective method to strengthen reading and vocabulary skills? Words & Music is a fun and proven classroom unit that teaches language arts through lyric writing. This workshop reviews the Words & Music Teacher’s Guide and the Digital Resource Portal. In the afternoon, a songwriter joins the training to share firsthand knowledge and tips about the creative process, and assist with crafting lyrics. The day ends with a performance of songs created during the workshop - offering a taste of the experience students have when you teach this engaging and educational unit. Free parking available.
Curriculum connections: English language arts, music, social studies
Grade levels: 3-12
Educator Free Day
Coffee Break 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
On educator free day, Tennessee teachers can visit the museum for free. Learn more about our curriculum connected lessons and programs, tour the galleries, and meet museum educators. Take part in the family program and receive discounted admission for family members. For a coffee break, stop by the Taylor Swift Education Center between 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. to meet our museum educators and hear more about field trips and opportunities in your classroom. Pre-registration required.
String City: Nashville Music History on Stage
Dates to be Announced | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Join Museum and Nashville Public Library educators to learn about a fun way to use String City: Nashville’s Tradition of Music and Puppetry to complete a Project Based Learning (PBL) lesson in your classroom. Professional puppeteers will teach puppet-making for various grade levels and library and museum educators will present ways to use puppetry and music to teach social studies and writing. This interdisciplinary approach to music, history, English language arts, visual, and performing arts will get your students excited about attending String City while also teaching core subjects. Free parking available.
Curriculum connections: English language arts, music, performing arts, social studies, visual arts
Grade levels: 1-8
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.
Utilizing Bluegrass Music in the Classroom
Dates to be Announced | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Join us for a day of singing, dancing, and learning how to incorporate bluegrass music into your classroom. Participants will also learn about the four instruments - guitar, banjo, violin, and mandolin - in the Museum's trunk program, Shapes, Sound Holes, and Strings. This workshop is presented in partnership with the International Bluegrass Music Association. Free parking available.
Curriculum connections: English language arts, music, performing arts, social studies
Grade levels: K-12
The Times They Are A’Changin: American History Professional Development Workshop
Dates to be Announced | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The country music story presents numerous connections to social studies curriculum, allowing teachers to reach students using an interactive and dynamic approach. This intensive one-day workshop will explore these connections through:
- engaging sessions led by museum educators, historians, and curators
- close examination of the museum’s permanent exhibition, Sing Me Back Home: A Journey Through Country Music
- exposure to primary sources in the museum’s exhibitions and media-rich digital archives
- object-based learning techniques to engage students with historic artifacts such as a harmonica played by the first African-American on the Grand Ole Opry, cowboy western movie posters from the Great Depression, and Dolly Parton’s handwritten song lyrics
Using the museum as a laboratory, with access to museum content experts, teachers will acquire new and engaging teaching tools to help students think critically about industrial America, the Great Depression, the counterculture of the 1960s, 9/11 and more. Space is limited. Reserve your spot early.
Curriculum Connections: Social Studies, English Language Arts
Grade Levels: 4-12