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Chorus and Other Ensembles | The Power of Music: Unit 6

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Discover the power of ensemble music programs in this half-hour video from The Power of Music. Teachers in Atlanta and Juneau, Alaska create orchestras with very young students to encourage improvisation and creative innovation.

FM Symphony Orchestra Young People's Concert: Light Cavalry Overature

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This piece is actually the overture to Franz von Suppe’s operetta Light Cavalry. The operetta premiered in Vienna in 1866, and while the overture is in the repertoire of orchestras around the world, the full operetta is rarely performed.

Musical Concepts - Clarinet

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Leigh Wakefield explains why he so enjoys playing the clarinet. Throughout the clip, he describes why music is like coloring and how mood and feeling can be heard in music.

Filmed in conjunction with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra Youth Concert, several members of the orchestra share their love of their individual instruments through the instrument’s history, musical quality, function in the orchestra, and how it’s played.

Musical Concepts - Oboe

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Jennifer Peterson demonstrates why the oboe is known as the ‘snake charming instrument,’ explains why one of the most important jobs in the orchestra belongs to the oboe, and how a double-reed instrument is played.

Filmed in conjunction with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra Youth Concert, several members of the orchestra share their love of their individual instruments through the instrument’s history, musical quality, function in the orchestra, and how it’s played.

Musical Concepts - Flute

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Debora Harris chose the flute as her instrument when she was in the fifth grade and counts herself lucky every day to be able to play as her job. In this clip, she explains why the flute is part of the woodwind family when it’s actually made out of metal. She also demonstrates the range of notes the flute can play and discusses the types of music available for flute players.

Filmed in conjunction with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra Youth Concert, several members of the orchestra share their love of their individual instruments through the instrument’s history, musical quality, function in the orchestra, and how it’s played.

Musical Concepts - Tympani

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Kenyon Williams of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra demonstrates the specialized features of the tympani, including the different mallets that are used and the foot pedal that allows the instrument to be tuned.

Filmed in conjunction with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra Youth Concert, several members of the orchestra share their love of their individual instruments through the instrument’s history, musical quality, function in the orchestra, and how it’s played.

Jack Frosty

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Learn the history behind the classic children's songs "Frosty the Snowman" and "Peter Cottontail" through the eyes of lyricist Jack Rollins.

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.

Shady Grove/Bandyrowe | Kentucky/Appalachian Culture

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In this video folksinger Jean Ritchie performs the Appalachian tune “Shady Grove,” a traditional song she learned from her family. Then she performs “Bandyrowe,” a song for which she made up verses to help get her two sons to sleep when they were very young. Ritchie accompanies herself on the lap dulcimer.

ZOOM | Experimenting with a Glass Xylophone

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The cast investigates how the pitch of sound changes when they strike a variety of glasses filled with different amounts and types of liquids in this video segment adapted from ZOOM. When you hit an empty glass with a spoon, both the glass and the air inside it vibrate. You hear these vibrations as sound through the air.

All About Opera with Jennifer Cherest

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Meet opera singer Jennifer Cherest, an award-winning soprano who has performed at an array of opera companies in this media gallery from Art School produced by KQED. Jennifer discusses her approach to singing, and her connection to pop singers like Christina Aguilera and Mariah Carey. Jennifer is part of the San Francisco Opera's Adler Fellowship program, which is a two-year artist residency for the most advanced young artists. Jennifer demonstrates how she warms up her voice for a day of rehearsals or performances.

Check out the entire collection of KQED Art School videos!

Behind The Scenes: Making of a Music Video Swizz Beatz

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In this segment, Electric Company Executive Producer Karen Fowler and Director Ryan McFaul discuss the making of the music video "It's All Connected." Students will learn about the creative and editing process behind the finished product.

 

Glass Frog | Songs for Unusual Creatures | PBS Digital Studios

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Q: What do the GLASS FROG and the GLASS ARMONICA have in common? A: They're both in this video from Songs for Unusual Creatures in association with PBS Digital Studios! The glass frog is called so because it has see-through skin on its stomach! How crazy is that? You can see just about all of its inner organs, including its beating heart. The glass armonica, on the other hand, is one of the rarest and most exotic musical instruments and it was invented by Benjamin Franklin! Join Michael on a visit to the "Frog Pod" at the Atlanta Botanical Garden and then check out Michael Hearst's friend Cecilia Brauer play a tune for the glass frog on a glass armonica.

 

Using Music for Memorization

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Learn from ten-time Grammy award winner Bobby McFerrin how music has helped him remember words, events, and important moments in his own musical and personal life journey. As he discusses strategies for using music for memorization, we see him performing with pianist Chick Corea for the program Jazz and the Philharmonic.

Autumn Leaves

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Listen as Grammy award-winning vocalist Bobby McFerrin, virtuoso pianist Chick Corea and pianist/composer Dave Grusin perform "Autumn Leaves" during Jazz and the Philharmonic, a one-of-a-kind concert project conceived by music producer Larry Rosen that merges jazz and classical music.

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