The Tennessee State Museum (TSM) offers an expanded menu of educational programs, including guided tours, hands-on activities, crafts, and first and third-person interpreters, which share the stories of the state’s history, culture, and art. With an extensive collection of historic Tennessee art and artifacts, documentary films, and interactive displays, TSM’s permanent and temporary galleries include exhibitions about artists, crafts, music, and other themes related to the Volunteer State’s art and culture from its first peoples to the present day. The backbone of the Museum, the Tennessee Time Tunnel, combines content-rich artifacts, engaging media and thought-provoking interactives for a multi-layered experience.
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Program Type: Arts Integration, Arts Appreciation
In this hands-on program, students will have the opportunity to explore the cultural influences that helped shape music in Tennessee as well as musical instruments that would have been common in early Tennessee homes. They will learn the important place that music has always held in Tennessee culture and how these early improvised homemade instruments helped build the foundation for some of today’s popular music. This program also pairs with the highlight tour of our Tennessee Playlist exhibit.
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