The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will hold their annual Words & Music Night on April 24. The event, hosted by Diamond Rio, will feature Nashville-area students performing their original songs accompanied by volunteer songwriters. The program begins at 6 p.m. and is open to performing students and their families.
“The Words & Music program allows students to express themselves creatively and to learn the craft of lyric writing,” said Ali Tonn, director of education and public programming. “The Words & Music Night recital showcases the breadth, depth and quality of those student compositions. This year songs run the gamut, from a touching tune about being homesick, to a witty song about what it means to be a boy. When the students perform their songs on the Ford Theater stage with professional songwriters, it is not only a proud moment for the audience of parents, teachers and museum staff, but also an evening of first-rate entertainment. We look forward to it every year.”
Words & Music Night is the culmination of the yearlong Words & Music program. Classes in the program complete a three-part, 15-lesson curriculum developed by the museum that highlights the lyric-writing process. Students write or co-write lyrics in the classroom, which are then given to professional songwriters who refine them and add melodies. The program ends with students visiting the museum for a tour and a performance of their songs.
More than 4,300 second through eighth grade students at 52 Tennessee schools wrote songs that have been put to music by 39 volunteer songwriters throughout the school year. This is the 33rd year for the Words & Music Program. In 2010, the museum launched Words & Music Outreach, a traveling program available to Metro Nashville Public Schools fourth grade classrooms. The program is free courtesy of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts which also support the program’s distance learning option.
Words & Music will feature performances by students ranging from third to eighth grade. The program is made possible by the Country Music Association Endowment for Words & Music.