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Derby Ram | Music Arts Toolkit

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Folk singer Mike Seeger performs an English-American song reputed to be one of George Washington’s favorite songs.

Zudio | Music Arts Toolkit

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Paula Larke sings an African-American game song. Students in the audience demonstrate movements to accompany the lyrics.

Five Little Ducks | Music Arts Toolkit

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Tom Bledsoe, Rich Kirby, and Joy D’Elia perform Bledsoe’s reworking of the traditional children’s song and finger game “Five Little Monkeys.”

Blooming Flower Fan Dance | Beauty of Jasmine

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In this video, students from the Lexington (Kentucky) Chinese Music, Dance and Arts Program (CMDAP) perform “Blooming Flower,” a Chinese fan dance. The Blooming Flower Fan Dance is a folk dance in the ceremonial/artistic tradition. The costumes, hairstyles, and fans combine with the choreography to create a mood of lighthearted joy as the dancers represent flowers emerging from the ground, swaying in the wind, and opening their faces to the sun. This resource is part of the Beauty of Jasmine collection.

“My Old Kentucky Home”: Indian Raga Style | Music Arts Toolkit

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Gregory Acker and Melanie Fee perform “My Old Kentucky Home” using traditional Indian instruments and phrasing.

“My Old Kentucky Home”: Traditional Version/Mandolin | Music Arts Toolkit

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Chris Mullins performs “My Old Kentucky Home” on mandolin.

 

“My Old Kentucky Home”: Jazz Arrangement | Music Arts Toolkit

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The Mike Tracy Quartet with Harry Pickens perform “My Old Kentucky Home” in a jazzy style.

Appalachia: There Was a Time | Music Arts Toolkit

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Fiddler and storyteller Ron Short does a performance incorporating music and dramatic storytelling. He recounts the history of the Appalachian Mountains, recalls times in the mountains “when the only boundary was your own imagination and when wild hogs roamed free in the woods,” and performs the traditional song/fiddle tune “Wild Hog in the Woods.”

The Romantic Period: "Sunrise" from Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite | Music Arts Toolkit

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Robert Franz, associate conductor of the Louisville Orchestra, introduces the “Sunrise” movement (more formally known as “Morning Mood” or just “Morning”) from Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite, and instructs students to imagine a sunset as they listen to the piece being performed.

Flor de Piña | Dance Arts Toolkit

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Flor de Piña or "Flower of Pineapple" is a folk dance with indigenous origins from the city of Tuxtepec in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. Girls dance geometric patterns with pineapples on their shoulders and offer them as gifts. The dancers’ long braids represent purity and their bare feet show their connections to the Earth. 

This version of Flor de Piña was performed by Casa de Cultura Hispana de Lexington at the Festival del Día de los Muertos in Lexington, Ky.

 

A Trip to the Theater | Everyday Learning

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Have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes in a theater? In this video visit the Lexington Children’s Theatre to get a peek behind the scenes of a theatrical production from set creation to the final dress rehearsal.

Traditional Craft: Making a Pendant

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Students at the jewelry studio at Berea College demonstrate how a copper pendant necklace is made. Jewelers use a handsaw to cut out the pattern from a stencil placed on a sheet of copper. After filing the edges, they stamp the copper with a design and shape the pendant with a mallet and dapping block. A buffing machine makes the pendant shiny, and a small torch is used to make a patina.

Blink of An Eye | Media Arts Toolkit

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Blink of an Eye uses high tech to appeal to the compulsion we all feel to play with our own shadows. It is a projector screen shaped like a giant eye that the artist, Erin Taylor, sets up at festivals to provide an interactive arts experience. Some people create simple hand puppets. Some do elaborate shadow dances. 

Quilt Squares | Arts After School

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Visiting teaching artist Devonna Hisel visited Sand Gap Elementary to work with third-grade teacher Lisa Young and her students on a quilting project. Students worked on an 8-by-11 landscape quilt using a sewing machine, and Hisel describes how she relates the project to the students’ Appalachian heritage. Young details her plans for next year’s art club and talks about what students gain from art.

Derby Ram | Early America

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Folksinger Mike Seeger performs the English-American song “Derby Ram” for a group of students who sing, stomp, and clap along. Seeger explains, “Exaggeration is the core of this English-American song reputed to be one of George Washington’s favorites. I’ve been singing this version since I was about 12.” The guitar and harmonica are featured instruments.

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