Long before the mp3, compact disc, or cassette tape, the earliest commercially recorded music lived on wax cylinders, played on large phonograph machines. Today, smartphones, tablets, and recording software put the power to record and produce music in the palms of our hands. In this hands-on workshop, music professionals Martin Fisher and Matt Kass demystify two recording technologies, developed a century apart: the Edison Triumph Phonograph and GarageBand. Participants will have the opportunity to record a group song using each technology, and experiment with the music production power of the iPad. Martin Fisher is Manager of Recorded Media Collections at Middle Tennessee State University’s Center for Popular Music. Matt Kass studied ethnomusicology at Cornell University and has created music for TV and national advertising campaigns, garnering more than 100 million impressions. iPads provided or bring your own. Taylor Swift Education Center. Included with museum admission. Free to museum members.
Presented in support of Tennessee STEAM Festival. For details, visit
Fall Break Fun at the Museum | September 29 - October 21
Students can explore the museum with a fall break activity pack full of gallery games, at-home activities, and cool keepsakes. Request a pack at the museum box office, then use the activities to check out the exhibitions Emmylou Harris: Songbird’s Flight (opens October 5); The Judds: Dream Chasers; Little Big Town: The Power of Four; and Outlaws & Armadillos: Country’s Roaring ’70’s. Check out new museum objects from artists such as the Brothers Osborne, Ray Charles Maren Morris, Ralph Stanley, and Taylor Swift. Get high-tech in the ACM Gallery and the Dinah and Fred Gretsch Family Gallery to record a song, test your country music knowledge, and more. Hands-on programs take place Thursday through Sunday in the Taylor Swift Education Center.
Youth from Davidson and bordering counties may enter the museum free, as part of the museum initiative . Up to two accompanying adults receive 25 percent off admission. Proof of residency required. For more information, please visit or inquire at the museum box office.