Homeschool Programs

Homeschool groups of any size can register for the museum’s curriculum-connected programs, which serve students in grades K through 12. Our interdisciplinary activities include pre- and post-lesson materials; engaging, object-based learning experiences; and interactions with professional artists and museum educators.



Groups of ten or more students can register for a school group program. These options are available Monday to Friday throughout the calendar year. 

For groups outside Middle Tennessee, who cannot travel to the museum, we offer programs through videoconferencing. To learn about these opportunities, please view the Distance Learning page.

Guided Highlights Tour

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. Students also learn about the growth and development of Nashville as a music industry center. All programs include a Guided Highlights Tour except Making Waves at Studio B.

Tour Length: 1 hour 30 minutes
Grades: K-12
Group Size: 10-80 students
Curricular Connections: Language Arts, Music, Social Studies, Visual Art

Words & Music

Using an award-winning lesson guide, teachers lead students through the lyric-writing process. Completed lessons are followed by a program with a songwriter who adds melodies to students' original lyrics. This experience requires significant class time. Lyrics are due at least two weeks before program date. This program is offered at the museum or at your school.  New grade specific, Common Core-aligned lesson guides are available. For more information about Words and Music, click here.

Program Length: 2 hours 30 minutes, includes Guided Highlights; 60 minutes as Outreach
Grades: 3-12
Group Size: 10-80 students
Curricular Connections: Language Arts, Music, Social Studies

Is It a Fiddle or a Violin?

2017-2018 Homeschool dates: Coming Soon!

9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

In Texas it's a fiddle. In Boston it's a violin. In Nashville it depends. This one-of-a-kind, toe-tapping partnership joins the resources of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum with those of the Nashville Symphony. From tours to musical performances-classical to country music-Is It a Fiddle or a Violin? will challenge you to think about music in new ways.

Program Length: 2 hours
Grades:  K-6
Group Size: 10-150 students
Curricular Connections: Fine Arts, Social Studies/History, Performing Arts

Making Waves at Studio B

Conducted at Historic RCA Studio B, located on Music Row, this program teaches about Studio B’s historical significance, acoustical studio design, and the three basic phases of recording: tracking, mixing, and mastering. Students explore the various roles involved in these processes and learn about the science of sound as they participate in the mixing of a recording.

Program Length: 60 minutes
Grades: 6-12
Group Size: 10-50 students
Curricular Connections: Music, Science, Social Studies

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

Program Length: 2 hours 15 minutes
Grades: K-4
Group Size: 10-40 students
Curricular Connections: Language Arts, Music, Social Studies, Visual Art

All Access

Hear stories and gain insight directly from recording artists and other professionals in the music business. An in-person interview in the CMA Theater, All Access explores Nashville’s creative community, history, and culture in depth, and enables students to engage with performing artists through live question-and-answer. This powerful program extends the story told in the museum’s exhibitions and brings the gallery experience to life. All Access leaves a lasting memory that inspires students for years to come. Previous All Access programs have featured Keith Urban and Reba McEntire. Programs are announced as scheduled. Limited capacity. 

Program Length: 75 minutes; Museum tour encouraged
Grades: 6-12
Group size: 10-300 students
Curriculum Connections: Music, Performing Arts, Social Studies

String City: Nashville's Tradition of Music and Puppetry

Summer 2018 Performances: July 2 – July 14, 2018*
Showtimes: 10:00am and 11:30am

*note: reservations are not available for July 7 and July 14 performances

Learn about Nashville’s emergence as Music City! String City: Nashville’s Tradition of Music and Puppetry is a lively telling of our city’s musical legacy. Start with the early days of stringband music and gospel music, and the birth of the Grand Ole Opry. Meet the icons of country music as the show travels through time with classic recordings that lead to present day hits. 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. Let your students discover Nashville’s cultural heritage in a fun, new way!

Limited capacity. Tour the Museum before or after the performance for a complete field trip experience!

Program Length: 70 minutes
Grades:  1-8
Group Size: 10-200 students
Curricular Connections: social studies, English language arts, arts education, music

String City was created and is presented by Nashville Public Library's Wishing Chair Productions in collaboration with the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and was made possible by a special gift from Judy and Steve Turner to the Nashville Public Library Foundation.

Deck the Hall Performance and Tour

(Available November to December)

Celebrate the season by bringing a student band, orchestra, or chorus to perform at the museum during our holiday celebration. Performances should last thirty minutes or less and do not have to be holiday-themed. Students are invited to tour the museum before or after their performance. Guided tours are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Program Length: 30 minute performance; 1 hour 30 minute tour
Grades: K-12
Group Size:  10-60 (Choir), 10-30 (Band)
Curricular Connections: Language Arts, Music, Social Studies, Visual Art

Trunk Program: Shapes, Sound Holes, and Strings (Free!)

Check out an instrument trunk for use in your classroom. Students can play the banjo, fiddle, guitar, and mandolin. The teachers’ guide offers lessons to accompany the trunk.

Curricular Connections: Language Arts, Math, Music, Science, Social Studies, Visual Art

Contact us for any questions or to book a program today.