Masks are required for educational programs in the Museum’s theaters and classrooms, as well as for tours to Historic RCA Studio B and Hatch Show Print.


Homeschool Programs

Programs for Groups of Any Size


Offered once a month, Homeschool Days provide interactive, engaging educational programs based on themes relevant to our one-of-a-kind collection. All programs are led by Museum staff and volunteers who facilitate unique experiences designed specifically for homeschool students. Advanced registration required. Each Homeschool Day costs $15/family for non-museum members and $10/family for Family-level museum members. A minimum number of students is required for programs to take place. Recommended for ages 8 and up, but all are welcome.

Please email with questions and concerns.

2021 - 2022 Themes & Dates:

Click below to register for our Fall and Spring Homeschool Programs. You can build a package or select one program.

Fall 2021 Programs
September 1, 2021: Is it a Fiddle or Violin?
October 6, 2021: Dazzling Designs
November 3, 2021: Songwriting 101
December 1, 2021: String City: Nashville's Tradition of Music and Puppetry

Spring 2022 Programs
February 2, 2022: Hatch Show Print
March 2, 2022: Is it a Fiddle or Violin?
April 6, 2022: Listening Technology Over Time
May 4, 2022: Science of Sound at Historic RCA Studio B

Words & Music for Homeschool

Homeschool students can strengthen their creative writing skills by participating in the Words & Music songwriting program. Through five weekly classes, students in grades 3-8 are guided by a museum educator and songwriter to create their own song lyric. The course culminates with a performance workshop that features a selection of student lyrics set to music by a professional songwriter. For students in grades 9-12 interested in participating, please email

Advanced registration required. Family-level museum members receive a course discount. A minimum number of students is required for this course to take place. All sessions will be held virtually on FieldTripZoom (a link will be shared via email).

Family-level museum members: $40; Non-members $60.
Price includes all five lessons.

January 5, 12, 19, 26 and February 16, 2022
All sessions will be held at 1:00-2:00pm CDT
Referrals: Families may receive one complimentary home school program (following Words & Music) for each referred family that registers for Words & Music. Offer valid through the 2021-2022 school year.

Questions? Please email


What materials do I need?
All students need a notebook and a pen/pencil to complete writing activities during the lessons. Worksheets will be provided in person and online which can be completed using a computer/device or can be printed. If students will be attending sessions virtually, families need a computer or device to connect to FieldTripZoom for each lesson.

Where do the lessons take place?
All lessons will be held at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Students may attend in-person or virtually, on FieldTripZoom. For students participating virtually, a link will be sent to all registered families prior to the first lesson.

Can I take advantage of the membership discount if my membership expires soon?
Memberships must be valid through the end of February 2022.

Can I receive a refund if my family registers and cannot attend?
Families may cancel and request a refund prior to January 5. Refunds will not be offered once the program begins.


Aaron Helvig is the Words & Music Program Manager. He helps develop education programs and curriculum, presents workshops to teachers, and serves as a staff songwriter for various songwriting programs. Prior to joining the Museum’s education team in 2019, Aaron taught band, guitar, songwriting, and studio production at Isaiah T. Creswell Middle School of the Arts in Metro Nashville Public Schools. As a music educator, he has served as a guest instructor, clinician and judge for various music festivals, camps, and organizations in Tennessee and his native Arizona, as well as an education curriculum consultant for Quaver Music. Aaron performs regularly in Nashville with his acoustic duo, Emberland. As a trombonist, he has performed with notable artists including Randy Brecker, Danny Gokey, The Jacksons, and The Temptations. Aaron earned a Bachelor’s in Music Education and a Master’s in Music from Northern Arizona University.


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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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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.



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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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




Historic RCA Studio B, Nashville’s oldest operating recording studio, exists at the intersection of science, technology, history, and music. In this interactive videoconference program, students evaluate how reflection, refraction, and other properties of sound waves shaped the studio space. Students will also learn about the rise of Music Row and hear the songs recorded by artists like Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, and Waylon Jennings that defined this studio as the “Home of 1,000 Hits.”

Grades: 2-12
Group Size: 10-50
Curriculum connections: Music, Social Emotional Learning, Social Studies, STEAM



Explore the history of music listening technologies—from the gramophone to the iPod — in this interactive videoconference program. Students are challenged to think critically as they make observations, compare and contrast, and eventually discover how and why these technologies have changed over time. This program utilizes multimedia to provide a powerful look at the intersection of history, art, and technology.

Grades: 2-12
Group size: 10-50 students
Curriculum connections: Music, Social Emotional Learning, Social Studies, STEAM

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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



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



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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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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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 Date: February 11, 2022; pre-registration required
Program Length: 70 minutes
Grades: K-5
Curricular Connections: Music, Social Studies, Performing Arts

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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 the Free Speech Center at Middle Tennessee State University.

Program Date: March 25, 2022; pre-registration required
Program Length: 75 minutes; museum tour encouraged
Curriculum Connections: English Language Arts, Music, Social Studies



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



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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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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