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This was a field trip I am sure my students will remember for the rest of their lives. [We] loved sitting in the theater, practicing audience etiquette and the fun interactive aspects of the [String City] program. From seeing the different instruments, learning and listening to the different genres of music, to learning about the history of the city and its impact on the world, [the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is] such a fun place to visit and explore.

This was one of the best trips I have ever planned for the students. The program and the museum were absolutely wonderful for my kids to experience. [Bill of Rights: The Remix!] was a wonderful program. I have never taken 9-12 graders on a field trip where they had nothing negative to say. Many times they fuss that it was boring or stupid, but not this one. All the way home and several days after they had nothing but positive things to say about it. The fact that some of “their" music was in the mix was surprising to them. They learned so much from this experience. I am so thankful for the opportunity to bring them to the program.

This is the fourth time I have done [Words & Music]. It was the best experience and was the most impactful to a large number of students.

FIELD TRIPS: YEAR-ROUND OFFERINGS G  uided Highlights Tour Words & Music: Teach Language Arts through Lyric Writing Songwriting 101: Introduction to Words & Music Student Performance Making Waves at Historic RCA Studio B Dazzling Designs

ON STAGE: DATE-SPECIFIC PERFORMANCES AND PROGRAMS H  omeschool Days Is It a Fiddle or a Violin? String City: Nashville’s Tradition of Music and Puppetry Riders in the Sky Bill of Rights: The Remix! All Access

2018–2019 EXHIBITIONS AND GALLERIES Limited-Run Exhibitions Sing Me Back Home: Folk Roots to the Present ACM Gallery • Dinah & Fred Gretsch Family Gallery County Music Hall of Fame Rotunda

OUTREACH PROGRAMS: THE MUSEUM IN YOUR CLASSROOM W  ords & Music Distance Learning Instrument Trunks

TEACHER PROGRAMS: ENRICH YOUR CURRICULUM D  igital Resources Professional Development

PLAN AHEAD: COST AND SCHEDULING Frequently Asked Questions Arts Access Fund Pricing Contact




Travel in time from country music’s folk roots and the dawn of radio to contemporary country and the age of the digital download. Students journey through the museum with a trained guide to learn about country music and Nashville’s place in American history and culture. The Guided Highlights Tour focuses on pivotal moments in United States history as told through the museum’s one-of-a-kind collections. Students learn about music as cultural expression shaped by American migration and influenced by innovations in technology, instrumentation, and style. Guided Highlights Tour is included with most programs.

Elvis Presley’s 1960 Cadillac 75 Limousine

90 MINUTES | K–12 10–150 Students English Language Arts, Music, Social Studies, Visual Art

SELECT STANDARDS Common Core ELA: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY. CCRA.R.7, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.SL.1 TN Music 6.4, 8.1, 9.1 TN Social Studies 2.28, 2.40, 5.37, 5.47, 5.64, US.31, US.44, US.86, US.104

NOTE: Guided Highlights Tours are not guaranteed in May due to high demand. Scheduling preference is given to groups participating in Words & Music and All Access programs. Self-guided tours and Artifact Adventure Scavenger Hunts are encouraged for other groups.

Custom-painted Royal typewriter used by Cindy Walker to compose her hit songs.

TEACH LANGUAGE ARTS THROUGH LYRIC WRITING Excite students about reading and writing through this innovative and interdisciplinary program. Words & Music allows students to tell their stories by writing original song

60 MINUTES | 3–12

lyrics that develop language arts skills. Students interact

15–120 Students

with a professional songwriter, paired with their class, in an engaging performance workshop that features student lyrics as finished songs. Using the award-winning Words & Music Teacher’s Guide, educators lead their students through a sequential lyricwriting unit. Multimedia resources, including PowerPoints, videos, and primary sources, are available in the Digital Resource Portal. Words & Music is also available as an outreach program in your school. See page 20.

English Language Arts, Music, Social Studies

SELECT STANDARDS CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.1, CCSS. ELA-Literacy.R.2, CCSS.ELALiteracy.R.W, National Association for Music Education Standards 6-9

RECOMMENDATION Attend Words & Music Professional Development before beginning instruction. See page 24 for dates. Made possible by The Country Music Association Endowment for Words & Music.

AN INTRODUCTION TO WORDS & MUSIC Learn songwriting fundamentals, including the basics of song form, rhyme scheme, and meter, as well as secrets behind the creative process. Working as a

60 MINUTES | 2–12

class with guidance from a professional songwriter,

15–60 Students

students write original lyrics and advise on musical

Language Arts, Music, Social Studies

components. The program ends with a performance


of the newly completed song.


Like Words & Music, Songwriting 101 requires an in-classroom lesson to be completed in advance of your museum visit.

ELA-LITERACY.RL.2, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.4, National Association for Music Education Standards 6-9

Dolly Parton's manuscript for "Jolene"

Make your mark on Music City by showcasing your school’s choir or small ensemble in the Mike Curb Conservatory or on the museum’s front outdoor plaza. Entertain museum visitors in an unforgettable experience.

30 MINUTES | K–12 10–50 Students (Choir) 10–30 Students (Acoustic Ensemble)

Choral arrangements available in portal.



TN Music 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, 5.1


AT HISTORIC RCA STUDIO B Imagine you are a record producer in the early 1960s. Many young country music fans have turned their loyalty to rock & roll. How would you continue to sell records? How would you attract an audience? Learn about Chet Atkins and the Nashville Sound and other industry tales at Historic RCA Studio B, Nashville’s oldest operating recording studio. Students also meet a recording engineer and go inside the control room to gain insight into the recording process. The studio, known as “Home of 1,000 Hits,” provides a powerful and engaging environment for students to experience the convergence of science, technology, history, and music.

60 MINUTES | 5–12 15–50 Students Music, Science, Social Studies

SELECT STANDARDS TN Music 6.1, 8.3, 9.1 TN Social Studies 5.64, US.86 TN Science: 5.ETS2.2, 8.PS4.3, PSCI.PS4.5 Preservation of Historic RCA Studio B made possible through a partnership between the Mike Curb Family Foundation and the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum.

Elvis Presley with the Jordanaires

Detail from Lynn Anderson's outfit from Starsky & Hutch, 1977

Above: Taylor Swift's "sparkle guitar," covered in Swarovski crystals.

This interactive workshop highlights country designers and

60 MINUTES | K–5

instrument makers, including Ukrainian-born Nudie Cohn,

15–150 Students

who immigrated to the United States when he was eleven. His eye for design and talents with a sewing machine led him to become the father of country couture, earning him the nickname Nudie “The Rodeo Tailor.” Students will

English Language Arts, Music, Social Studies, Fine Arts: Visual Art

SELECT STANDARDS TN Visual Art 1.1-1.2, 2.3-2.6, 3.1-3.3, 4.1-4.2

review elements of design and discuss representation of

TN Music 8.1, 9.1

culture, symbolism, and individuality in style. The

TN Social Studies K.3, 1.38,

experience comes together with an art-making activity in

2.40, 3.9

which students lend their own point-of-view to a unique costume or instrument design.

Enjoy learning experiences designed with homeschoolers in mind. Homeschool Days provide smaller homeschool groups access to our programs that ordinarily require a minimum number of participants. Each Homeschool Day program includes a Guided Highlights Tour of the museum and the Country Music Hall of Fame Rotunda. Programs are designed for ages 6 and up. If you are a homeschool group that meets or exceeds the stated student minimum, you are welcome to schedule on days beyond those listed below. IS IT A FIDDLE OR A VIOLIN?


September 14

November 27



February 7

– 12:45

March 14

Show, 11:30


Guided Highlights Tour, 1:00

*Note: Homeschools of all sizes are welcome to attend any String City performance, November 26 – 30.



October 17 Program at Studio B, 9:30

am •


– 10:30

Guided Highlights Tour, 12:00


January 17, 9:30


– 1:30



– 12:00

SONGWRITING 101 April 10, 9:30


– 12:00




Above: Bob Wills Below: Bob Wills's fiddle

Learn about the fascinating history of this stringed instrument from its Italian origins, adaptation in the British Isles, and arrival in the United States. This

10:00 am | 120 MINUTES | K–5

one-of-a-kind, toe-tapping program is presented by

10–150 Students

two professional musicians and features guided

Music, Performing Arts, Social Studies

tours of both the Country Music Hall of Fame and


Museum and Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

TN Music 6.2-6.3, 7.1-7.2, 8.1, 9.1

Is It a Fiddle or a Violin? challenges students to think about the versatility of an instrument and

TN Social Studies K.3, K.14, 1.19, 1.37, 1.38, 3.39, 3.41

the relationship between the past and the world around them. SCHOOL GROUPS


November 2

December 5

February 13

March 27

January 29

April 2

September 14

February 7

March 14

NASHVILLE’S TRADITION OF MUSIC AND PUPPETRY String City showcases Nashville’s rich and entertaining legacy of country music through marionettes, rod puppetry, animation, and more. Starting with the early

70 MINUTES | K–6

days of stringbands, gospel music, and the birth of the

10–200 Students

Grand Ole Opry, the audience meets the great icons of country music as the show travels through time, from classic recordings to present-day hits. This original musical revue features over thirty songs, with puppet

English Language Arts, Music, Social Studies, Visual Art

SELECT STANDARDS TN Visual Art 1.1-1.2, 2.3-2.6, 3.1,-3.3, 4.1-4.2, 3.3, 4.2, 6.1

appearances by the Carter Family, DeFord Bailey, Hank

TN Music 7.1, 7.2, 8.1, 9.1

Williams, Dolly Parton, George Strait, Garth Brooks,

TN Social Studies 1.37, 1.42, 5.47,

Taylor Swift, and Keith Urban.

5.64, K.3, 1.38, 2.40, 3.9

Enhance your visit by adding a museum tour and puppet-making activity. NOVEMBER 26 – NOVEMBER 30, 2018 10:00


& 11:30



Round up your students for cowboy culture at its finest and

70 MINUTES | K–5

funniest. America’s favorite saddle pals preserve Western

10–300 Students

musical heritage, from campfire stories and slapstick

Music, Social Studies, Performing Arts

humor to flashy fringe shirts and tight harmony signing.


Of the many appearances, awards, and accolades earned

TN Social Studies K.3, 1.3, 1.38, 2.19,

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.” FEBRUARY 15, 2019

2.3, 3.14, 3.15, 4.48, 5.29, 5.32 TN Music 7.1, 7.2, 8.1, 8.2, 9.1


BILL OF RIGHTS: THE REMIX! Celebrate our most fundamental freedoms through


some of America’s most powerful songs. Bill of Rights:

10–300 Students

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,

English Language Arts, Music, Social Studies

SELECT STANDARDS TN Visual Art 1.1-1.2, 2.3-2.6, 3.1,-3.3, 4.1-4.2, 3.3, 4.2, 6.1

including freedom of speech and the rights to assemble

TN Music 7.1, 7.2, 8.1, 9.1

and to petition the government. James Madison meets

TN Social Studies 1.37, 1.42, 5.47,

Beyoncé with a twist of Loretta Lynn—only in Music

5.64, K.3, 1.38, 2.40, 3.9

City. Combine this program with a museum tour to


learn how Nashville and country music take on a new


and deeper meaning in relation to United States


history and law. MARCH 1, 2019

FEBRUARY 21, 2019

Grades: 6–8

Grades: 9–12

Presented in partnership with the John Seigenthaler Chair for Excellence in First Amendment Studies at Middle Tennessee State University

Loretta Lynn performing with the Wilburn Brothers, Doyle (left) and Teddy, 1960s. Photo by Sid O’Berry

Above: Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Right: Country Music Hall of Fame member Reba McEntire

Hear personal stories and gain insight directly from

75 MINUTES | 6–12

recording artists and other professionals in the music

10–300 Students

business. All Access connects students with the creative

College and Career Readiness, Music

community and illuminates the history and culture


presented in the museum galleries. This engaging,

TN Music 7.2, 8.1-8.3 9.1-9.2

live, question-and-answer session, facilitated by a professional moderator, takes students behind the

School Counseling and Career Guidance: 5.1, 5.3, 5.6, 6.2, 6.5

scenes and on the road through the first-hand accounts told by the entertainers themselves. Students are invited to submit questions to be included in the program. All Access leaves a lasting memory that inspires students for years to come. Past All Access programs include interviews with Faith Hill, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, and Trisha Yearwood. Artists and dates are announced upon confirmation.

Visit the museum while these exhibits are on view. Additional exhibits to be announced. Visit










FOLK ROOTS TO THE PRESENT The museum’s core exhibit tells the story of country music from its roots in the nineteenth century through its vibrant life today. This exciting, multi-layered experience includes artifacts, photographs, original recordings, and archival video. Students are immersed in the history, culture, sights, and sounds of country music, its meanings, and the lives and voices of its honored personalities.

Above: Hat worn by Minnie Pearl.

COUNTRY’S ROARING ’70 s This new feature exhibit on the museum’s second floor explores the cultural and artistic exchange between Nashville, Tennessee, and Austin, Texas, in the 1970s, revealing untold stories and never-before-seen artifacts. Forty years ago, artists like Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson launched a musical revolution by creating music and a culture that shook the status quo on Nashville’s Music Row, and cemented their place in country music history and beyond.

Above: Exhibit artwork created by Jim Franklin. Left: Shel Silverstein used this hard-traveled and weather-worn classical guitar to write many of his songs. He later gave it to his best friend and frequent collaborator, Bobby Bare. Courtesy of Bobby Bare. Middle: Sneakers worn by Willie Nelson. Bottom: This wagon wheel was propped at the front entrance of the Broken Spoke for many years. Courtesy of James White.

Top: Handwritten lyrics for McKenna’s “Humble and Kind.” Bottom: Tyler Hubbard wore this iridescent, sequined jacket by Any Old Iron in the music video for Florida Georgia Line’s “Smooth” (2017).

AMERICAN CURRENTS: THE MUSIC OF 2017 Enjoy the latest chapter in county music’s ever-evolving story through displays such as Unbroken Circle, recognizing current artists and their musical influences, recent award winners, and major musical events from the last year. Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Jason Isbell, Miranda Lambert, and Chris Stapleton are among the artists featured in this contemporary gallery.

Record a song; design an album cover; take a career aptitude quiz; and challenge your country music knowledge in this interactive exhibition. Technology-enhanced games and activities bring students inside the music, providing them with a personalized and engaging experience.

At the close of the journey, students enter the Country Music Hall of Fame Rotunda, the hallowed space where Hall of Fame members are honored alongside Thomas Hart Benton’s famous last painting, The Sources of Country Music. The American regionalist painter shared his vision for the painting with Country Music Hall of Fame member Tex Ritter: "No one should be recognizable. It should show the roots of the music—the sources—before there were records and stars." Benton’s mural provides a visual summary of the story shared in the galleries. It reminds students about the significant musical contributions of those honored in the Hall of Fame and the evolving nature of music and the world around them. Bottom: The Sources of Country Music by Thomas Hart Benton

The traveling version of our flagship education program, Words & Music Outreach, is available to visit your classroom. Educators use the award-winning Words & Music Teacher’s

60 MINUTES | 3–12

Guide to lead their students through a sequential lyric-

15–120 Students

writing unit. The curriculum culminates with a professional songwriter visiting your school for an engaging performance workshop that features a selection of student lyrics as finished songs. With the visit facilitated by museum staff,

English Language Arts, Music, Social Studies


Words & Music allows students to tell their stories while

ELA-Literacy.R.W, National

developing language arts skills and interacting with a local

Association for Music Education


Standards 6-9

Multimedia resources, including PowerPoints, videos, and primary sources, are available in the Digital Resource Portal. Words & Music is also available as a field trip to the museum. See page 4.

RECOMMENDATION Attend Words & Music Professional Development before beginning instruction. See page 24 for dates.

For schools outside Middle Tennessee, the museum offers engaging experiences via videoconference. Led by museum educators and artists, these programs transport the museum across the miles, bringing our interactive lessons directly into your classroom. Pricing begins at $100. The museum’s Arts Access Fund provides subsidies on a first-come, first-served basis. Preference is given to Title I schools. PROGRAMS AVAILABLE Words & Music, Songwriting 101: An Introduction to Words & Music, Is It a Fiddle or a Violin?, Professional Development

FOR PROGRAM DETAILS See descriptions in this booklet or at Distance-Learning.

DO YOU USE GOOGLE EXPEDITIONS? Find us at “Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.”

Free instrument trunks bring the sounds of country music into your classroom. For two weeks, your students can feel, hold, play, and hear the timeless tools of musicians. Each kit features real instruments and accessories meant to

K–8 Music, Social Studies

connect your students with music in an engaging,


hands-on way.

TN Music 2.1-2.2, 6.4, 8.1, 9.1 TN Social Studies K.3, 1.38, 2.40, 3.9

The Acoustic Instrument Trunk familiarizes students with traditional instruments central to country music: the banjo, fiddle, guitar, and mandolin. The Electric Instrument Trunk lets students turn it up with an electric guitar, lap steel guitar, and amplifier, as well as a harmonica set, fiddle, and acoustic guitar.

LESSON MATERIALS The museum’s teachers’ guides and lesson materials provide an interdisciplinary way of teaching core subjects by interpreting historic events through stories, music, and culture. Teachers’ guides can be used to prepare for a visit or as a creative way to teach standard-based curriculum, independent of a field trip. Resources provide project-based learning lessons and opportunities for team teaching. All materials support National and Tennessee State curriculum standards. Original manuscript for "Help Me Make It Through the Night," written by Kris Kristofferson. Courtesy of Ellen Wood


DIGITAL RESOURCE PORTAL This teacher-exclusive website provides classroom-ready multimedia tools and lessons for K-12 instruction. Portal materials are designed to support a variety of subject areas, including English language arts, music, social studies, and visual art. LEARN MORE AND REGISTER FOR FREE

PROGRAMS AVAILABLE Customizable lesson materials and student worksheets, classroom-ready PowerPoint presentations, short videos, archival photos, grade-level reading materials, a teacher discussion board, primary sources.

Free professional development workshops for teachers connect the museum to language arts, social studies, music, science, and visual arts curriculums. Workshops help teachers prepare students for museum visits and programs, offering creative approaches in teaching core subject areas.

WORDS & MUSIC: TEACH LANGUAGE ARTS THROUGH SONGWRITING Looking for a creative and effective method to strengthen reading and writing skills? Words & Music is an engaging and interactive classroom unit that teaches language arts through lyric writing.


October 27

• •

February 8

• •

November 9 March 1

Taught by museum staff and a professional songwriter, this workshop allows the teacher to step into the students' shoes. Teachers will learn about the basics of songwriting as well as how to craft meaningful lyrics. The day ends with a performance of songs created during the workshop.

STRING CITY: STORYTELLING THROUGH MUSIC AND PUPPETRY Join the museum and Nashville Public Library educators to learn how to use String City: Nashville’s Tradition of Music and Puppetry to complete a project-based learning lesson. Professional puppeteers will teach puppetmaking 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, language arts, visual, and performing arts will get your students excited about attending String City, while providing instruction in core standards. ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS, MUSIC, SOCIAL Presented in partnership with


THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN’: AMERICAN HISTORY WORKSHOP The country music story presents numerous connections to social studies curriculum, allowing teachers to reach students using an interactive and dynamic approach. 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. SOCIAL STUDIES, ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS GRADES 4–12 2019 dates to be announced.

Little Big Town's Squier Precision Bass used for their performance at the 2014 CMT Music Awards.

When do you schedule school groups? Monday through Friday

How long does the tour last?

When do I need to make a reservation?

Tours and programs range in length from

We recommend scheduling early. We book

ninety minutes to two and a half hours.

up quickly, especially later in the school

Please see details on each program page

year. Reservations must be made by a

in this booklet.

teacher or school representative at least one month in advance; six weeks in advance for Words & Music.

What are the chaperone requirements? One adult chaperone per every ten students is required. Two adult chaperones per every

What is the group minimum or maximum?

ten students are admitted free of charge

Programs have varying minimums and

for all school programs. Chaperones must

maximums. Please see details on each

remain with the group at all times and help

program page in this booklet.

maintain orderly student behavior.

The museum’s Arts Access Fund subsidizes museum admission costs, program fees, and transportation expenses for K-12 schools with demonstrated need. Subsidies are available on a first-come, first-served basis with priority given to Title I schools. DETAILS AND APPLICATION INFORMATION



Davidson County                FREE

$ Title 1                      9.00

$ Title 1                 5.00

$ Non-Title 1                     15.50

$ Non-Title 1                   7.00

$ College                   15.50

$ College                    11.00

Dazzling Designs: Non-Title I schools are charged a $1 material fee per student. On Stage: Riders in the Sky, Bill of Rights: the Remix!, and All Access are $3 per student. String City is free. Is It a Fiddle or a Violin? and Homeschool Days will follow regular pricing schedule above. Chaperones: Two chaperones per every ten students are admitted free. For Homeschool Days, one adult per family unit is admitted free. Additional chaperones are $25.95, if purchasing an individual ticket on the day of the visit, $21.50 if included in the original school group order. All school group visits must be booked by a teacher. Professional tour operators will be directed to the Group Sales department. Advance payment required. Field trips are not guaranteed until payment is received. Prices and programs are subject to change.


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School programs are funded in part by the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation; Marylee Chaski Charitable Corporation; Chet Atkins Music Education Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee; Connie Dean-Taylor, in memory of her father, Country Music Hall of Fame member Jimmy Dean; CMA; CMA Foundation; Gibson Foundation; HCA Foundation; Jackson National Community Fund; The Memorial Foundation; Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission; Mick Foundation; Southwest Airlines; Tennessee Arts Commission; T&T Family Foundation; Pat & Willard Walker Charitable Fund; and Wells Fargo.


2018-2019 School and Teacher Programs Brochure  
2018-2019 School and Teacher Programs Brochure