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Homeschool Programs

Are you an individual homeschool, or does your group have fewer than ten students? The following programs and options offer valuable learning experiences for homeschools, with no minimum size. Please note that pricing for programs varies.

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EXPLORE AND RECORD AT HISTORIC RCA STUDIO B

2019 Dates: October 28
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Conducted at Historic RCA Studio B, located on Music Row, this program teaches about Studio B’s historical significance, acoustical studio design, and the three basic phases of recording: tracking, mixing, and mastering. Students explore the various roles involved in these processes and learn about the science of sound as they participate in the mixing of a recording.

Program Length: 60 minutes
Grades: 5-12
Group Size: 15-50 students
Curricular Connections: Music, Science, Social Studies

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IS IT A FIDDLE OR A VIOLIN?

2019 Dates: September 26
2020 Dates: January 15, April 16
10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

In Texas, it's a fiddle. In Boston, it's a violin. In Nashville it depends. This one-of-a-kind, toe-tapping partnership joins the resources of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum with those of the Nashville Symphony. From tours to musical performances-classical to country music-Is It a Fiddle or a Violin? will challenge you to think about music in new ways.

Program Length: 120 minutes
Grades:  K-6
Group Size: 10-150 students
Curricular Connections: Fine Arts, Social Studies, Performing Arts

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STRING CITY: NASHVILLE'S TRADITION OF MUSIC AND PUPPETRY

2019 Homeschool Day: November 25, 11:30 a.m. show
2019 additional show dates for schools (homeschools welcome!): November 26 - December 2-6
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Learn about Nashville’s emergence as Music City! String City: Nashville’s Tradition of Music and Puppetry is a lively telling of our city’s musical legacy. Start with the early days of stringband music and gospel music and the birth of the Grand Ole Opry. Meet the icons of country music as the show travels through time with classic recordings that lead to present-day hits. A unique way to introduce students to their, String City brings history, visual arts, and music together on a single stage. Over thirty country music artists appear in puppet form and every one of them had a hand in helping Nashville become Music City. Let your students discover Nashville’s cultural heritage in a fun, new way! Limited capacity. Tour the museum before or after the performance for a complete field trip experience.

Program length: 70 minutes
Grades: K-6
Curriculum Connections: Social Studies, Language Arts, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Music

String City was created by Nashville Public Library's Wishing Chair Productions in collaboration with the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and was made possible by a special gift from Judy and Steve Turner to the Nashville Public Library Foundation.

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GUIDED HIGHLIGHTS TOUR

During an interactive tour of the exhibits, students learn about the history of country music. Integrating the museum's architectural details, music, films, visual art, and historic artifacts, the exhibits provide students with a multi-layered learning experience. During the tour, students have opportunities to listen to recordings and learn how different people, styles, and influences have affected the music. Students also learn about the growth and development of Nashville as a music industry center. All programs include a Guided Highlights Tour except Making Waves at Studio B.

Tour Length: 1 hour 30 minutes
Grades: K-12
Curricular Connections: Language Arts, Music, Social Studies, Visual Art

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SONGWRITING 101

2020 Dates: February 24
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Learn songwriting fundamentals, including the basics of song form, rhyme scheme, and meter, and secrets behind the creative process. Working as a class with guidance from a professional songwriter, students will analyze a song then write original lyrics and advise on musical components. The program ends with a group performance of the new composition.

Program Length: 2 hours 30 minutes, includes Guided Highlights
Grades: K-12
Curricular Connections: English Language Arts, Music, Social Studies

See the Teacher Resources page for the program lesson guide.
Additional fees apply.

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HATCH SHOW PRINT TOUR

2020 Dates: August 26
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Learn how the oldest surviving letterpress print shop in the U.S. thrives in the digital age. At Hatch Show Print, students learn the letterpress printing process, from initial sketches to the final pass through the press. Students explore the shop’s connection to Southern entertainment and the history of graphic design, and discover how this 19th century print shop thrives in the digital age. The program culminates in an original limited edition poster hand-inked and printed by students.

Program Length: 75 minutes
Group Size: 10-50 students
Curriculum Connections: STEAM, TN Social Studies, Visual Art

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SELF-GUIDED MUSEUM TOUR

Learn about country music, from its pre-commercial folk roots in the nineteenth century through its modern-day popularity. Limited-run exhibitions explore artists in-depth and reveal their lasting legacy and impact. Our vibrant experience includes priceless artifacts, rare photos, original recordings, archival videos and more. Register with the education department in advance to request a pack of gallery activities and games.

Program Length: At your own pace (recommend two hours)
Grades: K-12
Curriculum Connections: Language arts, music, social studies, visual arts

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BILL OF RIGHTS: THE REMIX!

2020 Dates: February 28, March 5
10 a.m. showtime

Celebrate our most fundamental freedoms through some of America’s most powerful songs. Bill of Rights: The Remix! tells the entertaining, engaging, and inspiring story of our nation through rock, pop, hip-hop, and country music. Experience a high-energy, multimedia show that illustrates constitutional issues, including freedom of speech and the rights to assemble and to petition the government. James Madison meets Beyoncé with a twist of Loretta Lynn – only in Music City. Combine this program with a museum tour to learn how Nashville and country music takes on a new and deeper meaning in relation to United States history and law.

Formerly named Music Matters and Freedom Sings. Presented in partnership with Middle Tennessee State University.

Program Length: 75 minutes; museum tour encouraged
Curriculum Connections: English Language Arts, Music, Social Studies

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A GIRAFFE AND A HALF: A STORY AND A CRAFT

Little listeners hear a story and create art inspired by the work of Shel Silverstein, a musician and visual artist who is featured in our Outlaws & Armadillos: Country’s Roaring ‘70s exhibit. We provide the inspiration—you provide the imagination. Come ready for fun!

Program Length: 60 minutes
Grades: Pre-K (ages 3-5)
Curricular Connections: English Language Arts, Music, Social Studies, Visual Art

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RIDERS IN THE SKY

2020 Program Dates: February 5
10 a.m. start time

Round up your students for cowboy culture at its finest and funniest. America’s favorite saddle pals preserve Western musical heritage, from campfire stories and slapstick humor to flashy fringe shirts and tight harmony signing. Of the many appearances, awards, and accolades earned in their forty year career, Riders in the Sky are revered for creating music for Toy Story 2, which earned the group their first Grammy Award. Come learn and laugh along with guitarist and yodeler Ranger Doug, bassist Too Slim, fiddler and rope trickster Woody Paul, and accordionist Joey “the CowPolka king.”

Program Length: 70 minutes
Grades: K-5
Curricular Connections: Music, Social Studies, Performing Arts

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DAZZLING DESIGNS

2020 Program Dates: April 27
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

In this program, students focus on stage costumes, accessories, and instrument design from the museum's collection. By looking at design details, students learn about different eras in American and country music history, as well as personal expression and symbolism. Following an interactive museum tour, students have a chance to create their own designs.

Program Length: 60 minutes
Grades: K-3
Curricular Connections: English Language Arts, Music, Social Studies, Visual Art

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WORDS & MUSIC

Using an award-winning lesson guide, teachers lead students through the lyric-writing process. Completed lessons are followed by a program with a songwriter who adds melodies to students' original lyrics. This experience requires significant class time. Lyrics are due at least two weeks before program date. This program is offered at the museum or at your school. Standards-aligned lesson guides now available. For more information about Words and Music, click here.

Program Length: 120 minutes (includes Guided Highlights tour)
Grades: 3-12
Curricular Connections: English Language Arts, Music, Social Studies

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STUDENT PERFORMANCES

Make your mark on Music City by showcasing your school's student band, orchestra, or chorus in the Mike Curb Conservatory. Entertain museum visitors in an unforgettable experience. Tour the museum before or after the performance.

Program Length: 30-minute performance, 90-minute Guided Highlights tour
Grades: K-12
Curricular Connections: Music

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ALL ACCESS

Programs and ticketing information announced as scheduled.

Hear stories and gain insight directly from recording artists and other professionals in the music business. An in-person interview in the CMA Theater, All Access explores Nashville’s creative community, history, and culture in depth, and enables students to engage with performing artists through live question-and-answer. This powerful program extends the story told in the museum’s exhibitions and brings the gallery experience to life. All Access leaves a lasting memory that inspires students for years to come. Previous All Access programs have featured Keith Urban and Reba McEntire. Programs are announced as scheduled. Admission is free for Title I Schools.

Program Length: 75 minutes
Grades: 6-12
Curriculum Connections: Music, Performing Arts, Social Studies

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