What do Carl Perkin’s Blue Suede Shoes, Chet Atkin’s guitar, Elvis Presley’s gold piano and Taylor Swift’s first Macbook have in common? They’re all on display at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, an attraction recently visited by a group of Hyde students. The Hall of Fame is just one stop on the school’s annual “field trip” to Music City now in its eighth year. Other events include touring Music Row (the epicenter of the country music industry), meeting with representatives of Sony/Tree Publishing and SESAC Performing Rights Organization, hearing professional songwriter’s play their songs and describe their careers, open mic night at the famous Bluebird Café, recording demos in a studio and visiting downtown Nashville’s Broadway. Over the course of a week, students get an inside look at the vibrant music scene and music industry in one of the oldest music business towns in the country.
The annual trip is the result of a volunteer effort by three HAPA parents, Don Cook, Michael McDonald and John Hiatt, all of whom had children in the music program at Hyde. As individuals they have been incredibly supportive of student’s musical efforts and not only host the trip but also visit the campus once a year to facilitate the Songwriter’s Workshop. Collectively they represent Grammy award winning songwriting, performance, producing and artistry that spans more than four decades. Their generosity is amazing as they open their doors and studios to these students year after year.
Not only do the students return with a head full of knowledge regarding the music business, but they also come home with a song. Each student has the opportunity to record a demo of an original song they’ve written. These songs will be available to listen to on the website soon. Inquiries regarding the program should be sent to Matt Newberg, Music Director firstname.lastname@example.org, 207-443-7139.
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