Whether your class is filled with aspiring songwriters, vocalists, instrumentalists, or just ardent fans of music, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is a must-see destination for all ages. Not only does the museum provide a unique learning opportunity but also an array of hands-on experiences that expand the stories told in the museum’s exhibitions.
A number of group tour programs provide a behind-the-scenes look at the music industry. One of the most popular group packages, STAR FOR A DAY begins on Nashville’s famed Music Row with a tour of Historic RCA Studio B. Following a guided tour, students will gather around the legendary microphone for a recording session with a professional sound engineer. The experience concludes with lunch at the Wildhorse Saloon or Hard Rock Cafe where the group can listen to their newly recorded hit.
SHARING THE ART OF SONGWRITING allows students to experience what makes songwriting in Nashville so special. During this interactive one hour, co-writing program, the group will work closely with one of Nashville’s most accomplished songwriters as they guide students in composing original lyrics of their own. The session concludes with a group recording of the new tune.
For students with an interest in art, design or history, the nearly 135-year-old HATCH SHOW PRINT is not to be missed. With a visit to one of the oldest working letter press print shops in the nation, the group will see the presses at work and learn about the history of Hatch. They’ll also see the colorful, centuries-old posters that put the shop on the map — as well as recent works for their favorite entertainers! The tour concludes with an opportunity to get hands on with some of the tools of the trade as they print their own keepsake poster.
Students also can be part of Music City by performing at the museum. From small choirs to full marching bands, musical visitors will find that the museum offers the perfect location to stage an unforgettable show. MUSIC CITY SHOWCASE opportunities are available throughout the year.
Can’t travel to Nashville? The museum can also provide classroom support to students unable to visit Nashville. Thanks to the Taylor Swift Education Center’s videoconference learning lab, programs can beam live directly into classrooms. Offerings include songwriting experiences, music history programs and educator professional development. Pre- and post-program lesson materials that align with core curriculum are available for all offerings.
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