Because music is a powerful, unifying tool—and because many of us are seeking inspiration and togetherness—we’ve created Words & Music at Home, an online extension of the Museum’s flagship music education program, Words & Music. By using the resources on this page, you can learn how to write your own original song lyric, and get tips on putting those ideas to music.

Let’s get started!

Here is a step-by-step guide to lead you through the lyric-writing process. 

Music Education Resources

The Words & Music Step-by-Step Guide to Writing Your Own Song Lyrics, which supports this Guide, is an optional music education resource for those who have access to a printer.
The Words & Music Workbook, which supports this Guide, is an optional music education resource for those who have access to a printer.
GarageBand is a useful, approachable option if you want to add music to your lyrics and have access to an Apple device.
To learn how to use GarageBand:
Download our GarageBand Quick Reference and Glossary
Access our GarageBand tutorial


If you are writing a song with children, listen to “Let’s Write a Song.” It teaches the parts of a song through music. 

2021 Songwriter Conversations:

Words & Music at Home will be available to watch on our website, Facebook, and YouTube.

Check back here August 2 for more details

2020 Songwriter Conversations:

These artists joined us for Words & Music at Home in 2020 to share personal insights on their creative processes and perform original songs on the Museum's Instagram (@OfficialCMHOF).

Watch the 2020 programs:

Blanco Brown

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Walker Hayes

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Carly Pearce

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Matthew Ramsey (of Old Dominion)

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Tenille Townes

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Molly Tuttle

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Brett Young

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