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Taylor Swift Shares Details of Next Album as Education Center Opens Its Doors

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It’s no surprise that Taylor Swift is much busier than your average 23-year-old. The singer is six months into writing her anticipated upcoming album, but over the weekend she took a break from her songwriting process to cut the ribbon at the Taylor Swift Education Center.

The ‘Red’ singer recently donated $4 million to Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, which is where she signed her very first record deal. Swift’s donation funded the Taylor Swift Education Center at the city’s Hall of Fame — the biggest gift an individual artist has ever given the museum.

The money isn’t all the seven-time Grammy winner donated. She also gifted some of her own ‘artifacts’ to the cause, which included a 12-string Taylor acoustic guitar.

The Swift Education Center has three classrooms and an art space. In 2014, an interactive exhibit gallery will also open. They will offer guitar/banjo/mandolin and songwriting workshops, dance and a musical petting zoo.

When Swift isn’t donating her time and money to music education, she stays busy writing songs for her next album. For this album, she has one goal: change.

“I think the goal for the next album is to continue to change, and never change in the same way twice,” Swift says (quote via ABC News). “How do I write these figurative diary entries in ways that I’ve never written them before and to a sonic backdrop that I’ve never explored before?”

“It’s my fifth album, which is crazy to think about, but I think what I’m noticing about it so far is it’s definitely taking a different turn than anything I’ve done before,” she adds.

The creative process for this album is only just beginning, but Swift is already expressing excitement over her collaborations, both past and future.

“It’s too early to tell who are going to be my predominant collaborators, but I do know that my absolute dream collaborators were Shellback and Max Martin on the last project,” the superstar explains. “I’ve never been so challenged as a songwriter. I’ve never learned so much. I’ve never just been so excited to show up to the studio every day, just because you never know what we’re going to put together. I’ll bring in ideas and they’ll take such a different turn than where I thought they were going to go, and that level of unexpected spontaneity is something that really thrills me in the process of making music.”

Just like with her recent pop-country collaboration with Ed Sheeran, Swift still isn’t afraid to push the music boundaries for this next record.

“I definitely think that with music my favorite thing about Nashville is that it’s a music hub that accepts and allows genres to be present,” she says, “and I think there’s been a kind of fusing of genres lately that for me makes me really happy and excited.”

Next: Taylor Swift's Best Lyrics

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