The White House

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 150 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.


Our White House education programs accompany the "In Performance at the White House" PBS series and have included:

  • “Music that Inspired the Movement,” featuring Smokey Robinson, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon and Toshi Reagon (February, 2010)
  • “The Sound of Young America: The History of Motown,” featuring Berry Gordy, Smokey Robinson, John Legend and Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers (February, 2011)
  • “The History of Country Music: From Barn Dances to Pop Charts,” featuring Kris Kristofferson, Lyle Lovett and Darius Rucker (November, 2011)
  • “At the Crossroads: A History of Blues in America,” featuring Keb' Mo', Shemekia Copeland and Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews (February, 2012)
  • “Soulsville, USA: The History of Memphis Soul,” featuring Sam Moore, Mavis Staples, Justin Timberlake, Charlie Musselwhite and Ben Harper (April, 2013)
  • “Celebrando el Ritmo Latino: The History of Latin Music,” featuring Emilio Estefan, Gloria Estefan, Lila Downs, Marco Antonio Solis and Romeo Santos (September, 2013)
  • “I’m Every Woman: The History of Women in Soul,” featuring Janelle Monáe, Melissa Etheridge and Patti LaBelle (March, 2014)
  • “The Stars and Stripes Forever: A History of Music and the Military,” featuring Common, Willie Nelson, Sgt. Christiana Ball and veteran Ted Peterson (November, 2014)
  • “The History of Gospel Music,” featuring Michelle Williams, Lyle Lovett, Darlene Love, Rodney Crowell and Rhiannon Giddens (April, 2015)
  • “A Celebration of Song,” featuring Esperanza Spalding, Keb’ Mo’, MC Lyte, Smokey Robinson and Trombone Shorty (October, 2015)
  • "The Musical Legacy of Ray Charles,” featuring Yolanda Adams, Leon Bridges, Andra Day, Demi Lovato, and Jussie Smollett (February, 2016)
  • "Love and Happiness: A Musical Experience," co-produced with BET and featuring Michelle Williams and Yolanda Adams (October, 2016)
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