Program Offerings

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 as well as Tennessee college students. Words & Music, the museum's cornerstone school program, gives students an opportunity to write song lyrics collaboratively with local professional songwriters. Book a field trip today!


GUIDED HIGHLIGHTS 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: 90 minutes
Grades: K-12
Group Size: 10-200 students
Curricular Connections: English Language Arts, Music, Social Studies, Visual Art

Select Standards: 
Common Core ELA: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.7,
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.SL.1
TN Music 6.4, 8.1, 9.1
TN Social Studies 2.28, 2.40, 5.37, 5.47, 5.64, US.31, US.44, US.86, US.104

WORDS & 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. New grade specific, Common Core-aligned lesson guides now available. For more information about Words and Music, click here.

Program Length: 60 minutes
Grades: 3-12
Group Size: 15-120 students
Curricular Connections: English Language Arts, Music, Social Studies
Select Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.1, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.R.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.R.W
National Association for Music Education Standards 6-9

FIRST AMENDMENT CENTER PROGRAMS

A wide-ranging, musical exploration of free speech

With songs spanning from country music to rock, pop, and hip-hop, The First Amendment Center offers programs for middle and high school students that build on lessons of the classroom with live musical performances and discussions of free speech.

Produced in partnership with the Newseum and the Diversity Institute, these programs are a memorable and interactive way to present students with all forms of free speech while enjoying the songs and the stories behind the music of the likes of The Beatles, Loretta Lynn, Woody Guthrie, and contemporary artists such as the Black Eyed Peas, Ice-T, among many others. BOOK NOW!

Freedom Sings
Upcoming dates:
Feb. 23, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. | Grades 9-12
Freedom Sings is the entertaining, engaging, and inspiring story of free speech in America, told through rock, pop, hip-hop, and country music. An all-star cast of musicians revisits turning points in five decades of contemporary history, with performances of pop songs from Elvis Presley and Joni Mitchell to today's top hits. America's path to equality and justice for all had a soundtrack, and Freedom Sings celebrates the musical moments that helped build awareness and understanding.

Program Length: 75 minutes; museum tour encouraged
Grades: 9-12
Group Size: 10-300 students
Curriculum Connections: English Language Arts, Music, Social Studies
Select Standards:
TN Music 8.1-8.3, 9.1-9.3
TN Social Studies US.86, US.92, GC.15, GC.32, GC.35, GC.46, GC.47
Common Core Curriculum: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.7, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.SL.2

Music Matters: Songs That Shaped America
Upcoming dates:
March 2, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. | Grades 6-8
Nashville musicians band together to tell the stories of some of our nation's most powerful songs and the history that inspired them. From "Yankee Doodle" to the Beatles’ “Revolution” to many of today's hits, this unique concert experience gives students an opportunity reflect on how music changed the way Americans see the world around them.

Program Length: 75 minutes; museum tour encouraged
Grades: 6-8
Group Size: 10-300 students
Curriculum Connections: English Language Arts, Music, Social Studies
Select Standards:
TN Music 6.1, 8.1-8.3, 9.1-9.2
TN Social Studies 8.32
Common Core Curriculum: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY
CCRA.R.7, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.SL.2

DAZZLING DESIGNS

In this program, students focus on stage costumes, accessories, and instrument design from the museum's collection. By looking at design details, students learn about different eras in American and country music history, as well as personal expression and symbolism. Following an interactive museum tour, students have a chance to create their own designs.

Program Length: 60 minutes
Grades: K-3
Group Size: 10-150 students
Curricular Connections: English Language Arts, Music, Social Studies, Visual Art
Select Standards:
TN Visual Art 1.1-1.2, 2.3-2.6, 3.1-3.3, 4.1-4.2
TN Music 8.1, 9.1
TN Social Studies K.3, 1.38, 2.40, 3.9

IS IT A FIDDLE OR A VIOLIN?

2017-2018 Program Dates: Sept. 11; Oct. 24; Nov. 8; Feb. 6; Mar. 5; Apr. 9; May 9

2017-2018 Homeschool dates: Oct. 6; Feb. 13; Apr. 4

9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

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: 120 minutes
Grades:  K-6
Group Size: 10-150 students
Curricular Connections: Fine Arts, Social Studies, Performing Arts
Select Standards:
TN Music 6.2-6.3, 7.1-7.2, 8.1, 9.1
TN Social Studies K.3, K.14, 1.19, 1.37, 1.38, 3.39, 3.41

MAKING WAVES AT STUDIO B

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: 60 minutes
Grades: 5-12
Group Size: 15-50 students
Curricular Connections: Music, Science, Social Studies
Select Standards:
TN Music 6.1, 8.3, 9.1
TN Social Studies 5.64, US.86
TN Science: GLE 0507.T/E.1-E.3, GLE.0607.T/E.1, GLE.0707.T/E.1, CLE 3231.T/E.1, CLE 3231.3.1

STUDENT PERFORMANCES AND TOUR

Make your mark on Music City by showcasing your school's student band, orchestra, or chorus in the Mike Curb Conservatory. Entertain museum visitors in an unforgettable experience. Tour the museum before or after the performance.

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

ALL ACCESS

Hear stories and gain insight directly from recording artists and other professionals in the music business. An in-person interview in the CMA Theater, All Access explores Nashville’s creative community, history, and culture in depth, and enables students to engage with performing artists through live question-and-answer. This powerful program extends the story told in the museum’s exhibitions and brings the gallery experience to life. All Access leaves a lasting memory that inspires students for years to come. Previous All Access programs have featured Keith Urban and Reba McEntire. Programs are announced as scheduled. Admission is free for Title I Schools.

Dates to be Announced

Program Length: 75 minutes; Museum tour encouraged
Grades: 6-12
Group size: 10-300 students
Curriculum Connections: College and Career Readiness, Music, Performing Arts, Social Studies
Select Standards:
TN Music 7.2, 8.1-8.3, 9.1-9.2
School Counseling and Career Guidance: 5.1, 5.3, 5.6, 6.2, 6.5

INSTRUMENT TRUNKS

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.

ACOUSTIC TRUNK: banjo, fiddle, guitar, and mandolin.

ELECTRIC TRUNK: electric guitar, lap steel guitar, harmonica set, acoustic guitar fiddle, and amplifier.

Grades: K-12
Curricular Connections: Music, Social Studies

Select Standards:
TN Music 2.1-2.2, 6.4, 8.1, 9.1
TN Social Studies K.3, 1.38, 2.40, 3.9

STRING CITY: NASHVILLE'S TRADITION OF MUSIC AND PUPPETRY

Upcoming dates: Nov. 27- Dec. 1, 2017
10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. start times

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!

Program Length: 70 minutes
Grades:  K-8
Group Size: 10-200 students
Curricular Connections: Social Studies, English Language Arts, Music, Visual Art
Select Standards:
TN Visual Art 1.1-1.2, 2.3-2.6, 3.1-3.3, 4.1-4.2, 6.1
TN Music 7.1-7.2, 8.1, 9.1
TN Social Studies 1.37, 1.42, 5.47, 5.64, K.3, 1.38, 2.40, 3.9
Common Core Curriculum: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.7, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.SL.2
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.


Contact us for any questions or to book a program today.