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April 25, 2024

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Out of School Days at The Hall

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum has a cool new offering for kids when they're out of the classroom on federal holidays.

When school's out on federal holidays, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum offers a new boredom buster. Out of School Days is a workshop series for youth ages 11 – 18. The series provides kids the opportunity to learn new skills, make new friends and enjoy interactive activities. It also allows kids to tour the museum's galleries to see what's new on exhibit.

Four Out of School Days installments take place during the year:

Monday, Jan. 21 — Martin Luther King Day
Zine Zone
1 – 5 p.m.
$30 non-members
$15 members & Community Counts
Create miniature art magazines to convey a message, tell a story or simply for self-expression. Explore Nashville musicians who used their art to make a difference during the Civil Rights movement, and take inspiration from the visual artists featured in the exhibit Outlaws and Armadillos: Country’s Roaring ‘70s, many of whom played large roles in the underground comic scene of the 1970s. Learn techniques to develop and bind your own zine. Leave with one original zine with a creatively bound cover and multiple copies to distribute. 

Monday, Feb. 18 — Presidents Day
Art of Guitar
10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
$65 non-members
$45 members & Community Counts
In addition to learning all about the guitar and its history, students will study the guitars in the museum's galleries. An in-depth guitar lesson will take place along with a leather-tooling workshop for participants to create a custom leather strap to take home. By the end of the day, kids will be able to play a song on guitar.

Monday, Sep. 2 — Labor Day
Upcycled Tote Bag
1 – 5 p.m.
Check back in spring 2019 for more info.

Monday, Nov. 11 — Labor Day
Historic RCA Studio B Write and Record a Song
1 – 5 p.m.
Check back in spring 2019 for more info.


A limited number of needs-based scholarships are available. The scholarships reduce the workshop fee to $5. They are available on a first-come, first-served basis to those expressing a strong interest and have a financial need.

Applications are available upon request at Applications must be received three weeks before the workshop registration deadline.


• The Hall recommends comfy clothes and shoes for walking and exploring the museum's galleries.

• Light snacks and water are provided. For Art of Guitar, students should bring a sack lunch.

• Previous songwriting or performance experience, or musical proficiency, is not required for the workshops.

• Space is limited, and registration is required.


The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is located at 222 Fifth Ave. S., Nashville. Call 615-416-2001 or visit For Out of School Days info and registration, click HERE.

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