Education Programs at The GRAMMY Museum

Since opening in 2008, over 230,000 students have participated in GRAMMY Museum education programs. From workshops created around common core state standards, to our career-based Backstage Pass program, students are offered the opportunity to learn about English, history, science, math and politics through music. In addition to daily school tours and over 180 workshops per school year; the GRAMMY Museum offers scholastic, enrichment, career development and outreach programs for students and educators that include: Music Revolution Project offers some of most creative young musicians the opportunity to engage in musical discourse and performance with other talented youth; quarterly family programs designed to expose our youngest visitors to different genres of music; the Jane Ortner Education Award that honors academic teachers who use music in their classrooms; and annual programs at the White House co-produced with First Lady Michelle Obama.

Backstage Pass

This career exploration program gives students a first hand look at what it takes to have a career in the music industry. Each Backstage Pass features a moderated Q&A with an artist followed by a performance in the Clive Davis Theater.

Careers in Music After-School Sessions

Six-week after-school sessions taught by industry professionals and designed to give high school students a greater understanding of specific careers in the music industry while offering them working knowledge of computer programs such as Traktor, Logic and iMovie. Past programs include Digital Music Production, DJ’ing 101 and Music Industry Photography. Future programs include Composing for Film, Music Video Production and Sound 101. Email educati[email protected] for more information or to sign up!


Intro to Music Production

October 20-December 1, 2017

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The GRAMMY Museum will offer a six-week long Introduction to Music Production class for high school students beginning October 20th through December 1st. During the class, taking place each Friday (except November 24) from 4:00-6:00 PM, students will learn the fundamentals of creating, arranging, editing and mixing using a Digital Audio Workstation (also known as DAW.) Students will also engage with industry professionals to discuss the process of music production. At the end of the six weeks, each student will have completed an original instrumental.

Classroom and Library Programs

The GRAMMY Museum offers classroom programming for educators who aren’t able to bring students to the museum or for institutions looking to enhance their current music programming. These include classes in production, songwriting, careers in music, the history of music and special interactive beat-making programs for elementary students. 

Council District One Music Education Program

To better serve the youth of Pico-Union, the GRAMMY Museum and Councilmember Gil Cedillo are bringing a customized music education program to Council District One. Through the Council District One Music Education Program, 25 students will receive music instruction, songwriting, and performance experience, with a focus on the history of Chicano music in Los Angeles. The goal of the program is to inspire youth and cultivate creativity. The Council District One Music Education Program takes place on Saturday mornings over a six-week period. Students will learn about the history of Los Angeles with a focus on Pico-Union and MacArthur Park. Throughout the program, discussions will focus on songwriting and the culmination of the course will be a performance where students will perform an original song that they wrote in the program and tells their story. 

Discovery Guide and Curriculum Resources

The GRAMMY Museum provides discovery guides and curriculum resources to educators across the country through exhibition-specific lesson plans and common core curriculum that relate to using music as a gateway to learning. These lessons are available for educators to download for free on here. During the run of a traveling exhibition, the GRAMMY Museum works with the host institution’s education department to create education action plans for school districts in the area.  To view the Museum's discovery guide, click here.

Family Programs

Saturday morning concerts aimed at teaching the Museum’s youngest guests about the enjoyment of music. These programs are intended for families with children 1 – 10 years of age. Programs will feature a mix of children and mainstream artist and may be held at Club Nokia to accommodate larger groups.

Field Trips and Clive Davis Theater Programs

Educational tours of the GRAMMY Museum are comprised of both performances and workshops. The performances allow students to meet world class musicians and local cultural groups, learn about their background and experience their work. All performances have supplemental curriculum to expand upon the interactive experience and enhance their connection to English Language Arts, History and Visual and Performing Arts Content Standards.  

Girl Scout and Boy Scout Days at the GRAMMY Museum

The GRAMMY Museum partners with the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of Southern California to create memorable experiences for troops who are looking to earn their music patch/badge. These programs happen approximately once a quarter and generally feature over 200 students touring the museum and participating in an interactive Clive Davis Theater workshop with GRAMMY Museum education staff and an artist or band.

Jane Ortner Education Award

The Jane Ortner Education Award celebrates K-12 educators who integrate music into English, social studies, math, science, and foreign language instruction. Applicants submit one original unit of lessons that incorporates music and are then eligible for prizes and unique professional development opportunities. In addition to our annual award, the program offers free professional development webinars, workshops in LA and across the country, and an online library of music-integrated lessons for use in the classroom. For more information, click here.

Mike Curb Mentorship Program

With help from talented music industry professionals, The GRAMMY Museum and Mike Curb have created a music mentoring program for approximately 25 Los Angeles-area students each year, helping them establish relationships, increase self-esteem, develop leadership skills and grow their passion for music while offering them support long after they graduate the program. Mentees are able to ask questions and gain career insight from musicians, music executives and other leading industry professionals based on the mentees interests and potential career goals. The program consists of large group activities at the GRAMMY Museum and surrounding venues. Mentees will be expected to maintain good academic standing or show constant improvement in order to remain in the program.

Music Revolution Project

The GRAMMY Museum’s Music Revolution Project offers the region’s most creative musicians the opportunity to engage in musical discourse and performance. For each program, 25 high-school students from genres including Classical, Jazz, Pop, Hip-Hop, Folk, Sacred and Rock–n-Roll will be encouraged to apply. Program goals include: prepare youth to pursue post-secondary education and professional careers in the music industry; increase access to music programs in underprivileged communities; increase interaction between student musicians from various disciplines of music; create a program with emphasis on musical experimentation; offer students a chance to see their work from creation to performing to recording; develop a program that teaches both leadership and life skills and promotes critical thinking; broaden the American musical landscape and train future innovators in American music, with the intent to re-claim the country’s role as the creative hotbed of music – popular and otherwise. For more information, click here.

Student Leadership Council

The GRAMMY Museum's Student Leadership Council will play an integral role in the educational programming of the Museum. The purpose of the Student Leadership Council is to provide youth a voice in all aspects of museum programs. Students will help spread the word about the GRAMMY Museum and be a walking example of how music engages and empowers students. Leadership, public speaking and event production are just a few of the skills students will gain through their involvement. Additionally, students will start a youth-driven online music magazine, providing them with hands-on editorial experience and an opportunity to build their resume.

Teacher Professional Development Workshops

Workshops designed to provide educators with curriculum resources as well as strategies and skills to introduce music as a tool to teach core content subjects.

University Affiliates

To further its education initiatives and mission, the GRAMMY Museum seeks to engage like-minded cultural institutions, both universities and cultural centers, in a collaborative and unique approach to arts education and outreach through its affiliate program.  For a full list of University Affiliates, click here.

White House Education Programs

For the past five years, the GRAMMY Museum has had the incredible honor of co-producing music education programs at the White House. Each program brings 130 students from across the country to Washington, D.C. to celebrate a different element of American music. These workshops are hosted and introduced by First Lady Michelle Obama in the White House State Dining Room and feature some of music’s biggest names speaking about and performing music. Students are also invited to participate in two days of educational workshops and behind-the-scenes tours of the nation’s capital prior to the White House program.  To learn more about our White House programs, click here.

Interested in learning more? Download our Discovery Guide here! Or click here to learn about our Mission and Goals!