Virtual Family Programming from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville

While things are slowly starting to reopen, it will be a long time before we can all go see a concert. To offer music to families, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville has been offering virtual family programs on Wednesday mornings.

Participants join museum educators for family fun with art, music, storytelling and history programs at 11:00 a.m. on FieldTripZoom. Check out more about their upcoming July programs that are free with registration.

Virtual Family Programming from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville

Online Family Program: Songwriting 101: The Blues

Wednesday, June 24; 11:00 a.m.; 11:00 a.m.–11:45 a.m.

Virtual Family Programming from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville

Join a museum educator on Field Trip Zoom to write a song as a group in this introductory workshop. Music professional Adam Ollendorff will teach the fundamentals of songwriting, including form, theme, and rhyme scheme. Participants will learn a blues song to get the creative juices flowing, then share ideas via “chat” to write an original song. Ollendorff co-wrote “Moonlight, Mistletoe, and You,” the title cut on Keb’ Mo’s 2019 holiday album, which spent four weeks at #1 on the Billboard blues chart. Recommended for ages seven and up, but all are welcome. Guardian is required to be present for children under thirteen.

Online Family Program: Shel Silverstein’s Playful Poetry

Wednesday, July 1; 11:00 a.m.–11:45 a.m.

Virtual Family Programming from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville

Shel Silverstein is most famous for writing and illustrating children’s books, but did you know he also wrote songs that were recorded by many outlaw country musicians? Join a museum educator on FieldTripZoom to explore the exhibit Outlaws and Armadillos: Country’s Roaring ’70s and listen to poems from Silverstein’s collection A Light in the Attic. Inspired by his whimsical writing, draw an illustration along with visual artist Britt McDermott and learn to write a Silverstein-style poem. Recommended for ages four to eleven, but all are welcome. Guardian is required to be present for children under thirteen. Takes place via FieldTripZoom. Space is limited. Registration required. Free. 

Online Family Program: Songwriting 101: Boudleaux and Felice Bryant Style

Wednesday, July 8; 11:00 a.m.–11:45 a.m.

Virtual Family Programming from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville

Join a museum educator on FieldTripZoom to write a song as a group in this introductory workshop. Music professional Adam Ollendorff will teach the fundamentals of songwriting, including form, theme, and rhyme scheme. Via the chat functionality, participants will share ideas and write an original song inspired by “All I Have to Do Is Dream,” written by Hall of Fame member Boudleaux Bryant. Ollendorff has toured with Kacey Musgraves, performed with Willie Nelson, and written songs with Natalie Hemby and Maren Morris. Recommended for ages seven and up, but all are welcome. Guardian is required to be present for children under thirteen.

Online Family Program: DeFord Bailey DIY Harmonicas

Wednesday, July 15; 11:00 a.m.–11:45 a.m.

Virtual Family Programming from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville

Create your own harmonica from craft sticks and rubber bands, inspired by country music’s first African American star, DeFord Bailey. A popular early star on the Grand Ole Opry, Bailey played innovative harmonica music that was influenced by sounds around him, such as chugging trains and barking hounds. What sounds will you make on your new harmonica? Led by a museum educator on FieldTripZoom. Recommended for ages six and up, but all are welcome. Guardian is required to be present for children under thirteen.

Online Family Program: Songwriting 101: The Blues

Wednesday, July 22; 11:00 a.m.–11:45 a.m.

Virtual Family Programming from the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville

Join a museum educator on Field Trip Zoom to write a song as a group in this introductory workshop. Music professional Adam Ollendorff will teach the fundamentals of songwriting, including form, theme, and rhyme scheme. Participants will learn a blues song to get the creative juices flowing, then share ideas via “chat” to write an original song. Ollendorff co-wrote “Moonlight, Mistletoe, and You,” the title cut on Keb’ Mo’s 2019 holiday album, which spent four weeks at #1 on the Billboard blues chart. Recommended for ages seven and up, but all are welcome. Guardian is required to be present for children under thirteen.

Online Family Program: One Sheet Songwriting Journal

Wednesday, July 29; 11:00 a.m.–11:45 a.m.

One Sheet Songwriting Journal

Many songwriters keep a notebook on hand to jot down ideas. Join a museum educator on FieldTripZoom to learn about the influential songwriting duo Boudleaux and Felice Bryant—responsible for penning “Rocky Top,” “Bye Bye Love,” and many other classics—and view pages from their songwriting ledgers. Then, learn how to make your own pocket-sized journal using only one sheet of paper. What new ideas will fill your book? Recommended for ages seven and up, but all are welcome. Guardian is required to be present for children under thirteen. Presented in support of the exhibit We Could: The Songwriting Artistry of Boudleaux and Felice Bryant.

For older children and families, the Museum also hosts its weekly Songwriter Sessions on Instagram Live, Tuesdays starting at 8:00 PM Central on the Museum’s Instagram, @OfficialCMHOF. These weekly, live social media events will connect fans with songwriters, allowing participants to ask questions and songwriters to share answers, inspiration and stories. We are featuring Yola this evening and Steve Wariner on June 30. July artists to be announced.

In addition to these live programs, country music fans can explore past programs on the museum’s website, where they can hear interviews, great music and insightful commentary. Visitors to the website may also bring the history and magic of the museum home, while exploring at-home resources to use as a family on the Fun at Home page.

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