Online Family Program: Songwriting 101: Kacey Musgraves Style

Aug 05, 202011:00 AM - 11:45 AM

Nashville songwriter Harlan Howard described country music as “three chords and the truth,” and many songwriters use humor to address some of life’s most difficult truths. Join a museum educator on Zoom to write a song as a group in this introductory workshop. Music professional Adam Ollendorff will teach the fundamentals of songwriting, including form, theme, and rhyme scheme. Via chat, participants will share ideas and write an original song inspired by Kacey Musgraves’s light-hearted “Family Is Family,” which she wrote with Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne. Ollendorff has toured as a member of Musgraves’s band, and his songs have been recorded by Will Hoge and Keb’ Mo’. Presented in support of the exhibit Kacey Musgraves: All of the Colors.


Recommended for ages seven and up, but all are welcome. Guardian is required to be present for children under thirteen.

Takes place via Zoom. Space is limited. Registration required. Free.



Optional materials (recommended):

  • Paper and writing utensil for taking notes
  • Your own musical instrument for playing along


Click here to register.


By signing up for this program, you are confirming that a guardian will be present with youth under age thirteen. An educator will send a Zoom invitation to you by 10:00 a.m. the morning of the program. Registration closes at 10:00 a.m. the morning of the program, and accommodations are guaranteed for museum members. Please reach out to if you have any questions.

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