Because music is a powerful, unifying tool—and because many of us are seeking inspiration and togetherness—we’ve created Words & Music at Home, an online extension of the Museum’s flagship music education program, Words & Music. By using the resources on this page, you can learn how to write your own original song lyric, and get tips on putting those ideas to music.

While we’re all called to help stop the spread of the coronavirus by practicing social distancing, that does not mean we have to be alone. Your friends at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum are here with you.

Share your progress with our team and the Words & Music at Home community on social media, and we can all encourage one another’s creativity. Post your original lyrics or completed songs using #WordsandMusicatHome, and tagging @OfficialCMHOF on Instagram

Let’s get started!

Here is a step-by-step guide to lead you through the lyric-writing process. 

Learn how to use the music education resources included in Words & Music at Home from the Museum’s Education staff.

Explore the Words & Music Step-by-Step Guide to Writing Your Own Song Lyrics, developed by the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Additional Music Education Resources

The Words & Music Workbook, which supports this Guide, is an optional music education resource for those who have access to a printer.
GarageBand is a useful, approachable option if you want to add music to your lyrics and have access to an Apple device.
To learn how to use GarageBand:
Download our GarageBand Quick Reference and Glossary
Access our GarageBand tutorial


If you are writing a song with children, listen to “Let’s Write a Song.” It teaches the parts of a song through music. 

Upcoming Programs:

Every Thursday at 2:00 PM, join us on the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's Instagram, @OfficialCMHOF, for live workshops with professional songwriters who'll share insights into the creative process.

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Brett Young

May 21 – 2:00 PM

This session of Words & Music at Home features singer-songwriter and Big Machine Records recording artist Brett Young. He wrote the majority of the tracks on his first two albums, including the hits “Catch,” “Here Tonight,” “In Case You Didn’t Know,” “Like I Loved You,” “Mercy,” and “Sleep without You.” Working with producer Dann Huff, Young—a California native and former Major League Baseball prospect—developed a West Coast-meets-Nashville sound that he calls “Caliville.” Young was the Academy of Country Music’s New Male Vocalist of the Year in 2018, and he has toured with Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum, and Thomas Rhett.

Watch on Instagram Live: @OfficialCMHOF

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Molly Tuttle

May 28 – 2:00 PM

This session of Words & Music at Home features Compass Records recording artist and multi-instrumentalist Molly Tuttle. In 2018, Tuttle’s song “You Didn’t Call My Name” was named Song of the Year at the International Folk Music Awards and was nominated for IBMA Song of the Year. She wrote all eleven tracks on her 2019 album, When You’re Ready. Tuttle is also an award-winning guitarist with recent recognition from the International Bluegrass Music Association as Guitar Player of the Year, and Americana Music Awards as Instrumentalist of the Year.

Watch on Instagram Live: @OfficialCMHOF

Recent Programs:

Explore more about the artists who have joined us for recent Words & Music at Home programs on the Museum's Instagram (@OfficialCMHOF) on Thursdays at 2:00 PM Central.

Tenille Townes

Walker Hayes

Carly Pearce

Matthew Ramsey

Blanco Brown

Share With Us and Win a Gibson Guitar!

Take part in the Museum’s new Words & Music at Home songwriting program and you might just win a Gibson guitar! Check out the Museum's multimedia tools and exercises to get started. The songwriting workshop is available via the link in our bio. When you're finished, please share your lyrics – or completed songs – in a photo or video with the Words & Music at Home community on Instagram: Use #WordsandMusicatHome and #contest, and tag @OfficialCMHOF. Each month, one lucky winner will be selected to receive a guitar, thanks to Gibson Gives. Follow @OfficialCMHOF and look for the winner to be announced the first week of each month! Click here to view official rules.

How to watch Instagram Live:

First, follow the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Instagram, at @OfficialCMHOF. Once you're part of our Instagram community, there are two ways to engage with our live broadcasts.

  • When you open the Instagram app, if we're already broadcasting live, you'll see our logo at the top of your home screen, with a "LIVE" bar at the bottom. Just tap there, and you'll join the Museum's broadcast.
  • Use the "search" icon at the bottom of your home screen (a magnifying glass), and type in "OfficialCMHOF" in the bar at the top when the search page opens. Tap on our handle, and on our Instagram page, click the profile photo with the "LIVE" tag to join the broadcast.
Feel encouraged to share where you’re tuning in from through the comments prompt at the bottom of the screen, and click the question mark icon to ask the artist a question at any time during the broadcast.
If you can't tune in live, don't worry: Our livestreams will be available on Instagram for twenty-four hours after the initial broadcast. Just go to our page, tap our logo, and choose "Watch Live Video" from the pop-up menu.
We look forward to learning and sharing with you!

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