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A variety of school and teacher lesson plans that address national and state curriculum standards in English Language Arts, Music, Science, Social Studies, and Visual Art. Interactive programs, workshops, lesson guides, online resources, and guided and self guided tours are offered to students and teachers, grades K-12 as well as college students.

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Language Arts

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Explore music and lyric-writing resources that include Museum program curriculum, activities, and choral arrangements for student performances.
  • Words & Music

    More than 100,000 students have learned to write song lyrics while developing key skills in language arts. Not only does Words & Music teach core curriculum, but it also connects young people to Nashville’s music community, pairing classes with songwriters who transform student lyrics into finished songs that are performed in an interactive workshop.

    • Lesson Length

      10-Lesson Unit

    • Grade Levels

      3-12

    • Group Size

      10-120 Students

    • Curricular Connections

      English Language Arts, Music, Social Studies

    • Select Standards

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

  • Songwriting 101

    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.

    • Lesson Length

      120 Minutes

    • Grade Levels

      1-12

    • Group Size

      15-80 Students

    • Curricular Connections

      English, Language Arts, Music, Social Studies

    • Select Standards

      CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5 CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.4, National Association for Music Education Standards 6-9

Explore science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics with videos and curriculum related to STEAM school programs, Traveling Trunks, and Historic RCA Studio B.
  • Traveling Trunks

    Check out a free Traveling Trunk to 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 connect your students with music in an engaging, hands-on way.

    • Grade Levels

      K-12

    • Curricular Connections

      Music, Social Studies, STEAM

    • Select Standards

      TN Social Studies: 1.01, 3.31 STEAM: 2.PS4.1, 3.ETS2.1, 4.ETS2.3 TN Music: P1, Cr1, R1

  • cassette tape

    Listening Technology Over Time

    Explore the gamut of music listening technologies—from the record player to the MP3 player—in this collaborative, interactive 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. Paired with time in the museum galleries, this program connects music to the devices on which it was played, providing a powerful look at the intersection of history, art, and technology. All educators must register below to access teaching resources.

    • Grade Levels

      3-8

    • Group Size

      15-100 students

    • Curricular Connections

      STEAM, Social Studies, Music

    • Select Standards

      TN Music Foundations: Cn2, R1, R1, R1 TN Social Studies: SSP.01, SSP.04, SSP.05, 5.14, 5.22, US.31, US.75 TN Science: 3.ETS2, 4.ETS2.3, 8.PS4.3 Social and Emotional Learning Indicators: 3A, 3C, 4A

  • Science of Sound

    Experience the science of sound in a legendary recording studio on Nashville’s Music Row! Conducted at Historic RCA Studio B, this program shares the history of the studio and the songs recorded there by artists like Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, and Charley Pride. Students explore engineering in a real-world setting, learning how soundwave properties and manipulations impact music and the recording process. All educators must register below to access teaching resources.

    • Lesson Length

      60 minutes

    • Grade Levels

      5-12

    • Group Size

      15-50 students

    • Curricular Connections

      Music, Science, Social Studies

    • Select Standards

      TN Music GM.P1, GM.Ch2 TN Social Studies 5.64, US.86 TN Science: GLE 0507.T/E.1-E.3, GLE.0607.T/E.1, GLE.0707.T/E.1, CLE 3231.T/E.1, CLE 3231.3.1

Social Studies

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Explore social studies with educational activities and primary sources from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum exhibits, past and present.
  • Students looking at artifacts

    Artifact Adventure

    In this hands-on hybrid tour experience, students work in teams on a quest through the Museum and interact with experts along the way. Artifact Adventure focuses on pivotal moments in United States history as told through the Museum’s one-of-a-kind collection. Students learn about music as cultural expression shaped by immigration, cultural convergence, and innovations in technology, musical instruments, and design. Familiarize students with the artists they will meet at the museum with this engaging pre- and post-lesson activity.

    • Lesson Length

      60 minutes (Groups 60+ must add 60 minute classroom program)

    • Grade Levels

      2-12

    • Group Size

      25 – 120 students

    • Curricular Connections

      English Language Arts, Music, Social Studies, STEAM

    • Select Standards

      TN Music Foundations: Cn2, R1, R1, R1 TN Social Studies: SSP.01, SSP.04, SSP.05, 5.14, 5.22, US.31, US.75 TN Science: 3.ETS2, 4.ETS2.3, 8.PS4.3 Social and Emotional Learning Indicators: 3A, 3C, 4A

  • String City Puppets

    String City

    A unique way to introduce students to their city, 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.

    • Lesson Length

      70 Minutes

    • Grade Levels

      K-6

    • Group Size

      10-200 Students

    • Curricular Connections

      Social Studies, English Language Arts, Music, Visual Art

    • Select Standards

      TN Visual Art MA.P1.A, MA.P2.A, MA.R1.A, MA.R1.B, MA.R2.A, MA.R3.A, MA.Ch2.A, MA.Ch2.B TN Music GM.R3, GM.Ch2 TN Social Studies 1.37, 1.42, 5.47, 5.64, K.3, 1.38, 2.40, 3.9 Common Core Curriculum: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.7, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.SL.2

  • Exhibition Based Lessons

    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. Familiarize students with the artists they will meet at the museum with this engaging pre- and post-lesson activity. Created for students in grades 3-6.

    • Lesson Length

      90 minutes

    • Grade Levels

      K-12

    • Group Size

      10-25 Students

    • Curricular Connections

      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 GM.P1, GM.Ch2 TN Social Studies 2.28, 2.40, 5.37, 5.47, 5.64, US.31, US.44, US.86, US.104

Students looking at artifacts
Support Visual Arts with lessons based on Museum programs, including Dazzling Designs and the Hatch Show Print Tour, and explore student artwork exhibitions hosted in the Taylor Swift Education Center.
  • Dazzling Designs

    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. Paired with an interactive museum tour, students have a chance to create their own designs.

    • Lesson Length

      2 Hours

    • Grade Levels

      K-3

    • Curricular Connections

      English Language Arts, Music, Social Studies, Visual Art

    • Select Standards

      TN Visual Art MA.Cr3.A, MA.Cr3.B, MA.P1.A, MA.P2.A, MA.R1.A, MA.R1.B, MA.R2.A, MA.R3.A, MA.Ch2.A, MA.Ch2.B TN Music GM.Ch2 TN Social Studies K.3, 1.38, 2.40, 3.9

  • Hatch Show Print Tour

    Explore Hatch Show Print and learn all about the iconic poster shop. Guides share the letterpress printing process from initial sketches to the final pass through the press. Students hear the history of the second-oldest surviving printing press in the country and discover how it thrives in the digital age. Surrounded by over fifty years-worth of colorful posters, students watch print makers engineer works of art live. The program culminates in an original, limited edition poster hand-inked and printed by students.

    • Lesson Length

      2 Hours

    • Grade Levels

      3-12

    • Group Size

      10-50 students

    • Curricular Connections

      STEAM, TN Social Studies, Visual Art

    • Select Standards

      TN Science 3.ETS2, TN Social Studies US.44, TN Visual Art VA.P3.A, VA.R1.A, VA.CN2.A, SEL Indicators 1D, 3A, 3C, 4A, 5B

  • Photo of a child on a Hatch Show Print tour using an ink roller.

    Alpha-Box: Design with Typeface

    Get inky with Hatch Show Print. Using a unique typeset called Alphablox, students manipulate shapes that can be combined to make words, symbols, and patterns. Always paired with a tour of Hatch Show Print, Alpha-Blox allows students to practice each step of the relief printing process, using the real tools unique to the trade, and to make their own custom creation.

    • Lesson Length

      60 Minutes

    • Grade Levels

      3-12

    • Group Size

      10-50 Students

    • Curricular Connections

      Visual Art, Math, STEAM, Social Studies

    • Select Standards

      TN Visual Art: VA.Cr1.A, VA.Cr2.A TN Math: 3.MD.C.6, 4.MD.A.3 Social and Emotional Learning Indicators: 3A, 3B, 5A

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