Words & Music Program Manager

The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum has an opening for a full-time exempt Words & Music Manager position in the Education Department.  

Company Overview: The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum seeks to collect, preserve, and interpret the evolving history and traditions of country music. Through exhibits, publications, and educational programs, the museum teaches its diverse audiences about the enduring beauty and cultural importance of country music. Follow us: @countrymusichof on Twitter | countrymusichof on Facebook  @OfficialCMHOF on Instagram | @CountryMusicHOF on Snap Chat

Departmental Overview: Charged with the mission of educating varied audiences about country music, the Education Department develops programs and resources that illuminate the stories, themes, and music explored in the museum’s galleries. Serving nearly 100,000 people per year through 1,000 programs, we support students of all ages, from school groups and families who engage in hands-on learning activities to general museum guests who experience performance presentations during their visit. A creative and curious team, our education staff is composed of traditional and nontraditional educators, including classroom teachers, visual artists, historians, museum educators, and professional musicians. Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum educators share a passion for country music, popular culture, and lifelong learning and regularly collaborate to develop and implement dynamic educational offerings commensurate with one of the most-visited history museums in America.

Job Overview:  The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum seeks an experienced educator with a background in songwriting, teaching, and music education to oversee all aspects of the Words & Music program. This highly creative, charismatic, and passionate individual will manage Words & Music programs that serve K-12 students at the museum, in area schools, and via videoconference. Key responsibilities include serving as lead facilitator for Words & Music sessions; designing, facilitating, and administering curriculum-aligned lessons; leading and instructing Words & Music professional development workshops for teachers; recruiting, training, and supervising contract songwriters; and serving, and engaging school partners. The Words & Music Manager will combine best practices in museum and music education, as well as participate in the continued success and growth of the Words & Music program. 

Words & Music: Teach Language Art through Lyric Writing has been a cornerstone school program for the museum since 1979. Students and teachers learn the basics of songwriting by composing lyrics as a replacement English Language Arts unit instructed by their classroom teacher. The program culminates with an experience with a professional songwriter, who adds melodies to student lyrics and performs finished compositions for the class in an interactive workshop.

Specific Job Duties: 

• Serve as lead teacher for Words & Music off-site and on-site programs, providing and overseeing instruction of programs as well as ensuring educational value of all curriculum-supporting activities

• Recruit, train, and schedule local professional songwriters to participate in the Words & Music program 

• Foster relationships with Middle Tennessee teachers, curriculum coordinators, and administrators 

• Oversee all aspects of distance learning programming, including maintaining program information on partner websites, facilitating programs, and developing new learning experiences

• Oversee program evaluation by collecting feedback from various audiences, analyzing outcomes, and making recommendations that ensure programmatic goals are met 

• Serve as the lead writer and development of curriculum-aligned lesson materials and maintain and develop web resources for the digital resource portal

• Create and deliver high-quality professional development programs for educators, including planning and leading workshop modules

• Oversee organization of all Words & Music audio recordings 

• Oversee logistics of lyrics, contracts, and recordings between schools and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

• Serve as lead coordinator for Words & Music Night at the end of the school year

• Participate in continuing education by attending teacher workshops off-site in schools, museums, and professional conferences

• Represent the museum in local and regional school and museum-related organizations

• Plan and manage the Words & Music budget


Minimum Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s degree in music, education, or related field

• Proficiency on guitar and/or piano and a proficiency in songwriting 

• 5 years’ experience playing professionally or teaching in a school or similar education setting

• Experience with sound recording and command of Garage Band

• Experience with making musical arrangements

• Significant experience working with children and adults, including work designing programs, developing curriculum, and teaching, as well as experience working with diverse communities

• Passion for and deep knowledge of country music and awareness of popular music in general, including contemporary music across genres

Preferred Qualifications:

• Master’s degree in music or education

• Proficiency on several musical instruments

• Proficiency in Spanish or other language 

• Awareness of Nashville schools, youth-serving community organizations, and city history 

• Comfort navigating databases, preferably Tessitura, and analyzing reports 

• Understanding of informal learning, object-based learning, and inquiry-based learning practices, as well as knowledge of the Framework for 21st Century Learning and family learning techniques

• Knowledge of recording and videoconferencing technology

• Knowledge of current music copyright and royalty laws

Essential Competencies (Knowledge, Skills and abilities needed for success in the position):

• Knowledge of ELA, STEAM, and arts integration

• Knowledge of American music history, songwriting, and educational pedagogy 

• Passion for children and a solid understanding of child development 

• Strong project planning, time-management, research, organizational, and analytical skills

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills

• Excellent dialogue-based teaching, public speaking, and written communication skills

• Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work independently and as part of a team

• Ability to work with accuracy and close attention to detail

• Charisma and enthusiasm for learning

• Superior creativity and critical thinking skills

• Positive attitude and flexible personality 

Conditions of Employment:

• Willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends

• Willingness to travel to schools throughout Davidson County and Middle Tennessee

• Ability to lift 25 lbs or less

Application instructions:

• Please submit a cover letter, resume, music lesson plan and songwriting sample (lyrics and recording)

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