Country Music History
Museum tour pre- and post-activities, artist biographies, videos, exhibition guides and more
Prepare for Your Visit
Until We Meet Again: Exploring the Lives of Country Music's Greatest Influences
Introduce students in grade 3-6 to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum through the lives of country music greats Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Loretta Lynn and more. Before touring the museum, students are invited to engage in this pre-lesson activity where they close-read biographies and collaborate with their peers. After visiting the museum, student groups present their learning and compete in a game of Country Music BINGO.
These two-minute videos allow students to explore social studies, country music artists, and artifacts from the Museum’s extensive collection. Composed largely of primary source multimedia from the Museum’s archives, Artifact Bytes are free and accessible through registration.
- What is the Country Music Hall of Fame, and who is honored there?
- Who was DeFord Bailey, and why was he called the “Harmonica Wizard”?
- Who is Dolly Parton and why is she an important Tennessean?
- Who is Elvis Presley, and what is his Cadillac limousine?
- What is the gramophone, and how does it work?
- What instruments defined early country music, and where did they come from?
- Who is Minnie Pearl, and what is the Grand Ole Opry?
- What is “Rocky Top,” and why is it important?
Grade Level: 2 - 8; Select Standards: TN Music Foundations: R1, R2, Cn1, Cn2; TN Social Studies: SSP.01, 3.31, 5.05, 5.51, 5.52; TN Science: 3.ETS2.1, 4.ETS2.3