Words and Music

(In School)

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Provider Type
Program Type
Audience / Populations
Intended for Music Educators
Integrated Curriculum
Literacy / Reading
History / Social Studies

Program Scheduling Details

Max # of Participants
Minimum number of students = 15. Maximum number of students = 150 Program can be adapted to handle larger groups. Please inquire for more details.
Program Duration
Typically 60 minutes, although the program is adaptable to 45 - 75 minutes to accomodate special considerations, i.e. time limitations or larger group size.
Space Requirements
The classroom, library, auditorium, gym, or even cafeteria are all suitable for a Words & Music songwriter session. Ideally, it's best to choose a space where students will be comfortable sitting for the entirety of the interactive songwriter session. We also recommend a space that is typically quiet and has good acoustics. The school library is often a good choice in terms of comfort and sound, since they are typically carpeted and quiet. School auditoriums also work well for larger groups. With small groups, the students' regular classroom is often the easiest and best option.
Tech Requirements
We bring all of the necessary equipment to your school including microphones, mic stands, amplifier, cables, etc. We record the songs performed in each Words & Music songwriter workshop. Recordings are provided to the teacher(s) following each Words & Music workshop. It is helpful for schools to provide us with a music stand and stool (or armless chair) for the performer.
Please request your program date(s) as early as possible. Availability is limited, especially from March through May. Please note that lyrics are due at least two weeks prior to W&M program date.
Available year round.
Special Considerations
To learn more about Words & Music, download our Words & Music curriculum, or gain access to our new Words & Music Teacher Resource Portal, please visit our website at http://countrymusichalloffame.org/wordsandmusic We also offer free Words & Music professional development workshops for teachers that are new to the Words & Music program and interested in teaching the lyric-writing unit for the first time. The Words & Music Professional Development workshop counts as a full day of certificated PD credits. A current list of upcoming Words & Music Teacher Training Professional Development workshop dates can be found on our Professional Development webpage at the following web address: http://countrymusichalloffame.org/ContentPages/professional-development Teachers can register for an upcoming Words & Music PD here - http://countrymusichalloffame.org/forms/school_professional_development
Scheduling / Booking Contact
David Bogart
Program Activities / Description
Words & Music is an interdisciplinary English language arts and music program that connects students with a Nashville-based songwriter. It begins in the classroom when a trained teacher leads students through the lyric-writing process using the museum’s lesson guide, which is aligned with the Common Core State Standards. Next, completed lyrics are sent to the museum and shared with a songwriter trained to work with students. Finally, in an hour-long interactive workshop led by a songwriter at the school, students hear selected lyrics as finished songs and learn more about the songwriting craft. Because Words & Music reinforces standard English language arts fundamentals, many educators teach the program as a replacement lesson. Words & Music provides an alternative, creative way to teach imagery, rhyme, message, and theme, among many other topics. The program also works well in music classrooms, offering educators a resource for teaching song construction and music analysis.