Country Music Hall Of Fame Receives $35,000 Grant

Written by SLN Staff Writer
Country Music Hall Of Fame Receives $35,000 Grant

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum recently received a $35,000 grant from the National Endowment For The Arts. The museum announced plans to expand its acclaimed Words & Music program on Wednesday.

“The Museum has offered its Words & Music program, which allows students to express themselves creatively and to learn the craft of lyric writing, for more than thirty years now,” said Justine Gregory, Director of Education and Public Programming. “Up until now, students have had to visit the Museum to participate in the program. This generous grant from the NEA, however, will allow us to take Words & Music directly into Metro Nashville Public School classrooms. We will continue to offer our traditional Words & Music program here at the museum, as well, meaning that thousands of additional students will be able to participate in the program each year.”

The Museum worked closely with Metro Nashville Public School officials to select the schools that will participate in the program. They chose 74 elementary schools, focusing on fourth grade classes. During the 2010-11 school year, 37 schools will participate in the Words & Music Outreach program. All participating music and classroom teachers will be trained to use the Museum’s curriculum and will teach the material, which includes lyric-writing exercises, to their classes over a four-week period. Lyrics crafted by the students will then be given to one of the Museum’s volunteer songwriters, who will set selected lyrics to music. Finally, the songwriter will visit the classroom to talk with students about the melody-writing process and the craft of songwriting, and to perform selected student compositions.

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