Tennessee Arts Commission Sample Program – Student Ticket Subsidy Artist or Organization’s Name: Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Presentation/Activity Name: Guided Highlights Tour Indicate which of the following disciplines this activity represents (check all that apply): Dance Music Theatre Literary Visual Other: Social Studies Beginning Date: This program is offered throughout the year. Time(s): Monday through Friday, 9 am -5 pm Location: Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 222 Fifth Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203 Fee or Ticket Cost: $4 per student for Title I public schools in Cheatham, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Wilson, and Williamson counties, $6 per student for non-Title I public schools in those counties, $6 for private school and homeschool students in Davidson County, $8 for students in all other Tennessee, southern Kentucky, and northern Alabama counties (Free for all MNPS students.) Brief Description of Activity (include length of activity in minutes): The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s Guided Highlights tour is a 1 hour and 30 minute interactive tour of the museum. Led by trained volunteer guides, students engage with the history and culture of country music through studying artifacts, including instruments, clothing, song manuscripts, cars, photographs, video, and much more. In this multimedia experience, students will also analyze audio and video recordings, and discuss the ways in which music reflects different people, styles, time periods, and social changes. How does the presentation increase the students’ appreciation for and knowledge of the art form? The Guided Highlights tour gives students the opportunity to connect with and experience music of the past, which in turn provides them with a deeper, more meaningful understanding of contemporary music as well as the process through which music evolves and adapts in response to cultural shifts. Why should teachers give up valuable instruction time for the presentation? The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s exhibitions present a window to distant and recent history through objects and multimedia. The tour is an interdisciplinary experience, encompassing music, visual arts, English language arts, social studies, science, and more. It presents music and visual arts in a larger cultural and historical context. Students learn about a diverse range of performers, performance styles, and instruments, and about the ways in which music and history influence one another. By engaging with the museum’s content and the history of country music, students are able to develop an understanding of music’s significance as a medium of cultural and artistic expression. What are the educational goals of the presentation? The primary goal of the Guided Highlights program is to emphasize the history behind and cultural significance of country music. Students will learn about the intersection of music and culture, and the ways in which the lessons of the core curriculum subjects can be better understood and appreciated through music. Additional goals include learning about different musical instruments and musical and performance styles as well as gaining insight into the business of music, its distribution, and the evolution of the industry.