Country singing sensation Taylor Swift was in Nashville Saturday to open up a new wing to the Country Music Hall of Fame, specifically the Taylor Swift Education Center, a $4 million addition to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum that she herself donated to the organization. The Associated Press reported (via Yahoo News) Oct. 13 that the center was holding classes as she cut the ribbon.
"I'm really excited about this music education center and the fact that right now they have three different classes going on today," Swift said afterward in post-ceremony interview. "It's really exciting that we can be here on a day when they're not only unveiling it, but they're starting to actively use it today."
Swift showed reporters and high school students around the center just prior to the museum's opening on Saturday. In addition to classrooms, the Taylor Swift Education Center also contains a hands-on instrument room and ongoing education opportunities. Museum officials noted that, going forward, those educational opportunities would increase sevenfold.
The question on others' minds, though, was whether or not the 23-year-old Swift would conduct a lecture or teach a class.
"We've been talking about different programs I can be involved in," the "Fearless" singer said. "I hate to call it a lecture because that sounds like I'm yelling at people, but we could do a Q&A talking to students here and a songwriters discussion would be really fun to have at some point."
And it is with songwriting where the artist excels. She has written every song that has appeared on her four studio albums, all of which have gone at least four-times platinum (4 million copies sold). In fact, her second album, "Fearless," has sold over 6 million units, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. And as a testament to her songwriting abilities, besides dedicating the Taylor Swift Education Center at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Saturday, she was scheduled to receive her sixth songwriter-artist of the year award from Nashville Songwriters -- a record.
In addition to the Nashville Songwriters awards, Swift was presented the Hal David Starlight Award in 2010, an honor bestowed by the Songwriters Hall of Fame for gifted songwriters. That same year she won the BMI Awards Country Songwriter of the Year award.
Who wouldn't want such a talented, not to mention beautiful, teacher to front a class on the intricacies of a well-tailored song? And it is doubtful anyone -- besides Taylor Swift herself -- would mind if the class was called a "lecture." As any Swift fan would know, even in lecture mode, the teacher in question would be far from mean.