School and Teacher Programs

The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum provides dynamic, interdisciplinary experiences that support curriculum standards in core subject areas. Programs for every grade level are designed to meet virtual and in-person classroom needs. For more chances to connect, please email us at

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. Email with questions.


TENNESSEE TEACHERS are admitted free to the museum when planning for a field trip. Schedule your visit today by emailing


2024 Dates:
Monday, July 22 | 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

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 on-site Words & Music Professional Development workshop reviews the Words & Music Teacher’s Guide and the Teacher Student Resource Portal. Teachers learn effective Social and Emotional Learning teaching tools and practices that can be used in the classroom when teaching lyric writing. In the on-site workshop, teachers participate in a Guided Highlights Tour in the Museum galleries. A professional 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.

Curriculum Connections: English Language Arts, Music, Social Studies, Social-Emotional Learning
Grade Levels: 3-12


2024 Dates:
Monday, July 22 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

The Words & Music Professional Development webinar reviews the Words & Music Teacher’s Guide and Social and Emotional Learning 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!

Curriculum Connections: English Language Arts, Music, Social Studies, Social-Emotional Learning
Grade Levels: 3-12

2024 Dates:
Tuesday, July 23, 2024 | 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Experience a full-day professional development workshop at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum that offers creative approaches to cross-curricular teaching and learning. Using the museum as a laboratory, teachers acquire new and engaging tools to help students think critically about our nation’s narrative from the colonies to the contemporary era.

During the workshop, teachers explore the Museum’s permanent exhibition, Sing Me Back Home: A Journey Through Country Music, including:

  • Engaging primary sources such as a harmonica played by DeFord Bailey, the first African American on the Grand Ole Opry, Elvis Presley’s Cadillac limousine, and Dolly Parton’s handwritten song lyrics.
  • Curricular connections and standards-aligned activities that support language arts, social studies, social and emotional learning, music, and STEAM curriculums.
  • Ready-to-go resources that prepare students for Museum visits and programs.
  • The new and improved Teacher Resource Portal, a hub of lessons, activities, multi-media, and more, tailored to your needs.

Curriculum Connections: Social Studies, English Language Arts, SEL, STEAM
Grade Levels: 3-12

2024 Dates:
Saturday, July 27 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Saturday, August 24 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Best for Early Childhood Educators (birth–age five)

Music is a powerful tool for classroom management and child development. Join Museum educators in a free two-hour professional development training to learn how to incorporate musical play in early childhood classrooms. Educators will receive a set of developmentally appropriate songs, suggested explorations inspired by the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s collection, and tips and tricks to make their teaching spaces more musical.

Curriculum Connections: Approaches to Learning, Social Emotional Development, Social and Personal Competencies, Language and Early Literacy, English Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, Creative Arts, Physical Development

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