Nashville’s Country Music: An In-Depth View
Celebrate the traditions of country music in Nashville, where you’ll enjoy lectures by a local expert, see a show at the storied Grand Ole Opry and make your own professional recording!
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Program No. 15158RJ
4 days
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At a Glance

Make a pilgrimage to the home of country music, Nashville, and soak up this city’s unique sights and guitar-pickin’ sounds. Industry insider Dr. Don Cusic leads an exploration of Nashville’s music history from the 1950s “Nashville Sound” of Chet Atkins and Patsy Cline to later stars like Tammy Wynette, Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton and on to current hit-makers Kenny Chesney, Sugarland, Lady Antebellum, The Band Perry, Keith Urban and the Zac Brown Band. Trace the path of a song from writing to becoming a platinum record. From the Grand Ole Opry to Ryman Auditorium and Nashville’s famous live Honky Tonks, experience country music as you only can here.
Activity Level
Walking 3-5 miles per day, up to 1 mile at a time. Longer walks optional.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Enjoy a performance of the Grand Ole Opry.
  • Learn about the all-time greats at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and visit famous venues like the Wildhorse Saloon.
  • Feel like a Nashville star as you and your fellow Road Scholar participants make a recording in a professional studio.

General Notes

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available. Please note that the sound level in the live venues (Opry, Honky Tonks, etc.) is loud. Participants who are particularly sensitive to this should be prepared.
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Mary Godwin
Mary has been an instructor at Belmont University since 1997. Prior to that, she taught in the Nashville-Davidson County school system. She holds a B.S. in Psychology from Oklahoma State University and an M.A. in School Counseling from The Ohio State University. Her husband Paul was a Professor of Music and Chair of undergraduate and graduate studies in composition at Belmont for 36 years. Mary has worked with the Road Scholar program as a group leader since 1997 and has served as the coordinator since 2004.
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