NASHVILLE - It might as well be Taylor Swift weekend in Music City.
The pop star opened her $4 million Taylor Swift Education Center at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Saturday. And she'll accept a record sixth songwriter-artist of the year award from Nashville Songwriters Association International on Sunday.
Swift, 23, cut the ribbon on the new education center she donated to the museum as part of its expansion campaign, and showed reporters and area high school students the new classroom and exhibit space before the museum opened.
"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 in an interview after the ceremony. "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."
The center, which is opening earlier than planned (it was supposed to be early 2014), spans two floors and includes three classrooms, a learning lab and hands-on instrument room, as well as an interactive children's exhibit gallery that will open next year.
Swift said Tuesday that she was happy that the classrooms came first, as those were a priority for her and the museum.
songwriter/artist of the year awards from the songwriters association
are among the items that will be displayed in the center's new gallery.
Swift has now won the award more times than any other artist, surpassing
five-time winners Vince Gill and Alan Jackson.
In a move sure to cheer her fans, Swift says she might be coming round to the center occasionally.
been talking about different programs I can be involved in," Swift said
Saturday. "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."