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Swift cuts ribbon on $4-million education centre

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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 morning, and accepted her record sixth songwriter-artist of the year award from Nashville Songwriters Association International on Sunday.

Swift cut the ribbon on the new education centre 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 centre 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 centre will have classroom space, a hands-on instrument room and ongoing education opportunities. Museum officials say the new centre will increase educational opportunities sevenfold.

And who knows? Maybe users will find the 23-year-old Swift hanging around some day.

"We've been talking about different programs I can be involved in," Swift 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."

 

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 15, 2013 D2

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