Stockard Middle School guitarist Joseyline Umana will have her song, “The Pressure She Carries,” featured at the Country Music Hall of Fame’s 43rd Annual Words & Music Party.
“My song is about my feelings, about being under pressure and always trying to be my best,” says Joseyline. She is one of 11 students selected to be featured in the United States, Canada and Australia. Joseyline, a seventh grade student, is a member of Stockard’s Modern Band, a class that teaches musical standards through popular music and instruments such as guitar, bass and drums.
This year, teacher Beth Poquette Drews partnered with the Country Music Hall of Fame’s Words & Music program to teach an in-depth songwriting unit where students individually wrote original songs. The students then worked with professional Nashville songwriter Anne Buckle to co-create a final version of their song and learn more about songwriting and careers in the music industry. The unit culminated with the professional songwriter performing the students’ songs via zoom.
“The kids were impressed to hear the songs they wrote being performed by a professional musician,” said Poquette Drews. “It was an inspiring way to connect the class to the world around them.”
When Joseyline learned that her song had been chosen from all the submissions from around the world to be presented at the Words & Music party, she was stunned. “I believe people can relate to my song, and I hope they feel like they’re not alone.”
Words & Music Evening
The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will present its 43rd edition of Words & Music Night on Tuesday, July 12 at 6 p.m. Central Time. This special showcase features a compilation of songs written by students from Tennessee, Texas, Michigan, Florida, Canada and Australia in collaboration with songwriters from Nashville. Hosted by Aaron Helvig, Senior Director of the Museum’s Words and Music Program, 11 students will introduce themselves and their professional songwriting partners, who will perform the song they wrote together. After the premiere, Words & Music Night will be available for on-demand viewing on the museum’s website.
Designed for students in grades 3-12, Words & Music allows students to tell their stories by writing original song lyrics, while developing language arts skills. The program embraces and showcases country music’s songwriting legacy and passes it on to the next generation of writers and thinkers. Through Words & Music, students interact with a professional songwriter, paired with their class, in an engaging performance workshop that transforms student lyrics into finished songs. Over 150,000 students have participated in the Words & Music program since its inception in 1979.
Words & Music is made possible by the Country Music Association Endowment for Words & Music and is funded in part by Chet Atkins Music Education Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee; CMA; CMA Foundation; Dollar General Literacy Foundation; Nashville Metropolitan Arts Commission; Nashville Predator Foundation; PNC is growing well; and the Tennessee Arts Commission. The All for the Hall Dallas benefit event supports programming in the Dallas Independent School District.