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Learn songwriting basics, express creativity, and write a song with a professional writer! Songwriting 101 introduces song form and reveals secrets behind the creative process through an authentic co-writing experience. Led by a Nashville songwriter, your class will work together to create original song lyrics, discussing writing fundamentals and tips throughout. The program concludes with a performance of the song and a question-and-answer period. Songs are recorded for classroom use.

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About This Program


By Request: $150.00
By Request Premium: $125.00

Qualifying schools may receive a full or partial fee waiver. Please fill out an Arts Access Subsidy Request Form here:
A member of our education staff will inform you if your request has been approved and the subsidy amount.


45-60 minutes. Program can be tailored to fit your schedule.

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:

No minimum.

Maximum participants:

There is no maximum, but for optimum interactivity, we suggest no more than 60 students.

Primary Disciplines

Fine Arts, Language Arts/English, Literacy, Performing Arts, Reading, Social Studies/History, Writing

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)

Booking Information

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Receive this program and 9 more for one low price when you purchase the CILC Virtual Expeditions package. Learn more

For more information contact CILC at (507) 388-3672

Provider's Cancellation Policy

We will not charge for programs cancelled due to nature i.e. snow days. The full fee will be charged to sites which cancel with less than 48 hours notice.

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Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Nashville, TN
United States

As an educational institution, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum offers programs designed to actively engage students, teachers, families, and the general public. Programs expand on the story told in our exhibitions and include interactions with songwriters, musicians, and artists.

Whitley Kluesner

Program Details


1. The program begins with an introduction to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum by a museum educator. This educator then introduces the professional songwriting who will be working with participants.
2. The songwriter and educator will go over the parts of a song with participants using a popular song.
3. The songwriter will work with participants to choose the topic and style of song they want to write. The songwriter and participants will work together to complete the song. The songwriter will perform the song and it will be recorded.
4. The program concludes with a question-and-answer session with the professional songwriter.


1. The participants will learn the basic fundamentals of songwriting, including the parts of a song, rhyme scheme, and meter.
2. The participants will work together with a professional songwriter to compete the lyrics and music of a song.
3. The participants will interact with a professional songwriter.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.3.1: Engage effectively in collaborative discussions with diverse partners
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.10: Actively engage in group reading activities with purpose and understanding.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.5: Refer to parts of stories, dramas, and poems when writing or speaking about a text, using terms such as chapter, scene, and stanza; describe how each successive part builds on earlier sections

National Standards for Music Education
Standard 6: Listening to, analyzing, and describing music.
Standard 7: Evaluating music and music performances.
Standard 8: Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts.
Standard 9: Understanding music in relation to history and culture.