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. All professional development workshops begin at 8:30 and end at 3:45. Free parking is provided. Space is limited.*
*Summer Professional Developments are currently at capacity. If interested, please register to be added to our waitlist.
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: July 12
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.
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. This workshop reviews the Words & Music Teacher’s Guide and the Digital Resource Portal. In the afternoon, 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.
Dates: July 22, September 27, October 23, November 4, January 20 and February 20
Curriculum connections: English language arts, music, social studies
Grade levels: 3-12
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. Come experience how the subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics intersect in our three distinct settings. 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, where teachers model collaborative components of STEAM curriculum by working together through lessons they can take back to their schools
Upcoming Dates: July 23 and February 25
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. This intensive one-day workshop will explore these connections through:
- engaging sessions led by museum educators, historians, and curators
- 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.
Dates: July 24 and February 28
Curriculum Connections: Social Studies, English Language Arts
Grade Levels: 4-12