String City: Nashville’s Tradition of Music and Puppetry is a lively telling of the history of country music, with a Nashville emphasis. Starting with the early days of string-band and gospel music and continuing with the birth of the Grand Ole Opry, the audience meets the great icons of country music as the show travels through time, from classic recordings to present-day hits.
String City creates a fascinating and entertaining “circle” through the history of country music. Marionettes, rod puppetry, shadow/animation puppetry, and more portray country music’s legacy through songs and puppet appearances from the Carter Family, Hank Williams, Dolly Parton, George Strait, Alan Jackson, Taylor Swift, Alison Krauss, and many others.
String City is co-presented by Nashville Public Library’s Wishing Chair Productions.
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String City Puppets
PLAN YOUR VISIT
Tour the Museum before or after String City to learn more about country music and the artists featured in the show. Student groups might qualify for free or discounted admission. Family visitors receive discounted admission for children and up to two accompanying adults on show days. Become a museum member to enjoy free access to the exhibits, family programs, and more throughout the year.
Arts Access Fund
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Arts Access Fund subsidizes the cost of field trips to the Museum and fees for distance-learning programs for K-12 schools with demonstrated need. Subsidies are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, as funds are available, with priority given to Title I schools. Please see the Arts Access Fund Application for eligibility details and to apply for funding.
Financial assistance may also be available through the Tennessee Arts Commission’s Student Ticket Subsidy, which supports artist fees, tickets, and transportation so that Tennessee public school students can experience a broad variety of cultural opportunities, arts disciplines, and artists. For details, please visit Student Ticket Subsidy.
MAKE YOUR OWN PUPPET
Puppet fun continues in the Taylor Swift Education Center on String City performance days. Inspired by String City, younger guests can make their own puppets and present a show with new friends. Admission is required to participate. Ask about the family program discount at the box office.
Learn more about the artists and songs featured in String City and explore one-of-a-kind artifacts! Continue the fun in the museum galleries with the String City Search activity guide.
Read about the artists, music, and themes seen throughout the show. A full resource list—including recommended books—can be found here.
Connect to the classroom with standards-based lessons that prepare students for the String City performance and provide post-program reflection opportunities. Support lessons also provide creative ways to teach core subject areas in social studies, English language arts, arts education, and music.
Compare and Contrast: Grades K-2
This lesson will help students indicate similarities and differences between four country songs that appear in String City.
Listen and Learn: Grades 2-4
In this lesson, students will become familiar with three of the artists featured in String City and will begin to understand how music has had an impact on Nashville’s history.
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String City: Nashville’s Tradition of Music and Puppetry was created by Nashville Public Library’s Wishing Chair Productions in collaboration with the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
Special thanks to Judy and Steve Turner.