Professional Development

FREE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT for teachers connects the Museum to language arts, social studies, music, science, and visual arts curriculums. Workshops help educators prepare students for museum visits and programs, and offer creative approaches in teaching core subjects. Currently, all professional development workshops are being offered as webinars, which require pre-registration. Webinars last 90 minutes on Field Trip Zoom.

Register here or email with questions.


Words & Music: Teach Language Arts through Songwriting


Looking for a creative and effective method to strengthen reading and vocabulary skills? Words & Music is a fun and proven classroom unit that teaches language arts through lyric writing. The Words & Music Professional Development webinar reviews the Words & Music Teacher’s Guide and SEL teaching practices in an interactive online workshop. Participants will work through several of the student activities and begin the songwriting process by free writing and brainstorming. By the end of the webinar, you will be ready to teach this award-winning curriculum to your students!

Webinar Date: July 24, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Connections: English Language Arts, Music, Social Studies, Social-Emotional Learning
Grade Levels: 3-12

The on-site Words & Music Professional Development workshop reviews the Words & Music Teacher’s Guide and the Digital Resource Portal. Teachers also review effective SEL teaching tools and practices that can be used in the classroom when teaching lyric writing. In the on-site workshop, a songwriter joins the training to share firsthand knowledge and tips about the creative process, and assist with crafting lyrics. The day ends with a performance of songs created during the workshop - offering a taste of the experience students have when you teach this engaging and educational unit.

On-Site Date: Not offered at this time

The Times They Are A-Changin': American History Professional Development Workshop

The country music story presents numerous connections to social studies curriculum, allowing teachers to reach students using an interactive and dynamic approach. The American History Professional Development webinar utilizes lesson materials found in the Teacher Resource Portal to detail how major moments in time, from the Dust Bowl to the Vietnam War, can be explored in your classroom using country songs as primary sources.

Webinar Date: July 23, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Curriculum Connections: Social Studies, English Language Arts, SEL
Grade Levels: 4-12

The American History on-site Professional Development is an intensive one-day, on-site workshop will explore content connections through:

  • close examination of the museum’s permanent exhibition, Sing Me Back Home: A Journey Through Country Music
  • exposure to primary sources in the museum’s exhibitions and media-rich digital archives
  • object-based learning techniques to engage students with historic artifacts such as a harmonica played by the first African-American on the Grand Ole Opry, cowboy western movie posters from the Great Depression, and Dolly Parton’s handwritten song lyrics

Using the museum as a laboratory, with access to museum content experts, teachers will acquire new and engaging teaching tools to help students think critically about industrial America, the Great Depression, the counterculture of the 1960s, 9/11 and more.

On-Site Date: Not offered at this time

STEAM Professional Development


From the museum galleries to Historic RCA Studio B to Hatch Show Print, STEAM is all around us at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Experience how the subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics intersect in our three distinct settings. The STEAM Professional Development webinar provides insights from each location, previewing pre-made lesson plans, curriculum supports, and distance learning program opportunities that can be used in physical and virtual classrooms.

Webinar Date: July 22, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Curriculum Connections: English Language Arts, Social Studies, STEAM, SEL
Grade Levels: 2-12

During the on-site STEAM Professional Development, teachers will travel to multiple locations that show off STEAM in action. At Historic RCA Studio B, hear how engineers used the science of sound to shape the tracking room, a favorite recording space for Elvis Presley and eventually earning the nickname “Home of 1,000 Hits.” At Hatch Show Print, see how printmakers have cultivated conservation through the creation of posters, tapping into the art of math to produce distinct, descriptive designs. In the Museum galleries, analyze artifacts of listening technology that have impacted how music is made, recorded, consumed, and shared. Themes of the tours culminate in an on-site classroom experience, where teachers model collaborative components of STEAM curriculum by working together through lessons they can take back to their schools.

On-Site Dates: Not offered at this time

String City: Storytelling through Music and Puppetry



Join Museum and Nashville Public Library educators to learn about a fun way to use String City: Nashville’s Tradition of Music and Puppetry to complete a project-based learning (PBL) lesson in your classroom. Professional puppeteers will teach puppet-making for various grade levels and library and museum educators will present ways to use puppetry and music to teach social studies and writing. This interdisciplinary approach to music, history, English language arts, visual, and performing arts will get your students excited about attending String City while also teaching core subjects.

Dates: Not offered at this time
Curriculum connections: English language arts, music, performing arts, social studies, visual arts
Grade levels: 1-8

String City was created and is presented 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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TENNESSEE TEACHERS are admitted free to the museum when planning for a field trip. Schedule your visit today by emailing


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