Taylor Swift opens education center


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 will accept her record sixth songwriter-artist of the year award from Nashville Songwriters Association International today.

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

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.”

Tisdale switches gears to voice ‘Sabrina’


Ashley Tisdale said she’s delighted to voice the title character in Hub TV’s new “Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch.” But her 3-year-old niece has her beat.

“She’s super excited about it,” Tisdale said. “She saw the ‘Sabrina’ poster in my house and said, ‘Aunt Ashley is Sabrina!’”

For Tisdale, her role in the animated series, which debuted at 9 a.m. Saturday, is an acting treat.

Sabrina is “such a cute, quirky character. She’s really cool and popular in ‘witch world,’ but when it comes to her human world, she’s klutzy and completely opposite,” she said. “It’s fun to play with both sides.”

There’s another advantage to the show, Tisdale said: Voice recording sessions don’t demand playing dress-up and she can even work in sweats.

The live-action series “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch,” which starred Melissa Joan Hart as a high school student who discovers she’s a witch, aired from 1996-2003.

Associated Press

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