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Blossom and Snappy Build Scale Models | Count On It!

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Blossom and Snappy learn about scale models and how they are used in the design and construction of buildings. They visit an architectural firm, a construction site, Clark Atlanta University Art Gallery, and Clark Atlanta University Science Center. They learn how to build their own scale model of a house.

Controlling Creative Energy

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Drama teacher Curt Tofteland leads students in an exploration of how actors use energy. In an activity called “Passing Energy,” students pass an imaginary ball of energy to each other. Jean St. John and Steve Roenker of My Nose Turns Red Theater Company give some background on commedia dell’arte as well as discuss how actors control energy to perform this physical style of comedy.

Sand: Damon Farmer

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What began as a vacation hobby has become a 30-year career that has taken sand sculptor Damon Farmer all over the world. In this profile, he displays his tools and reveals how he creates sculptures within the limitations of sand.

Flag Day | All About the Holidays

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We all know the American flag, but how did it come about? Explore the origins of the flag and the history of why we celebrate it on Flag Day with this fun, short video.

Mongolian Folk Dance | Beauty of Jasmine

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Students from the Lexington (Kentucky) Chinese Music, Dance, and Arts Program (CMDAP) perform a folk dance in the traditional Mongolian style. This dance, like many Mongolian folk dances, celebrates the importance of horses and horseback riding. In Mongolian culture, children learn to ride when they are as young as three years old. The style of the dance is bold, with a combination of locomotor and nonlocomotor movements. This resource is part of the Beauty of Jasmine collection.

Musical Concepts - Mallet Percussion

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Chris Mahan of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra introduces the various members of the percussion family that are played with mallets: xylophone, glockenspiel or orchestral bells, vibraphone, and chimes. Mr. Mahan explains what each instrument is made of and demonstrates how those materials affect each instrument’s sound.

Musical Concepts - French Horn

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French horn player Karin Wakefield explains the evolution of the modern French horn, the qualities of the sounds the instrument makes, and how the sound is produced.

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 - Conductor

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Jane Linde Capistran, associate conductor of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra, explains the duties of the orchestra’s conductor, including choosing musical selections and leading the orchestra in the style and tempo she desires. She uses a baton in her right hand and gestures with her left hand to communicate messages to individual musicians, sections, or the entire orchestra.

Musical Concepts - Trombone

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Edward Huttlin has been playing the trombone for almost fifty years, more than thirty of those years with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony. He demonstrates the variety of sounds the instrument can make, including his favorite, the glissando, and he also demonstrates how the musician makes sound come from a brass instrument.

Musical Concepts - Drums

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Principal percussionist for the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra Kenyon Williams introduces the traditionally known members of the drum, or percussion, family. Mr. Williams explains the snare drum, the tambourine, the tom toms, and the bass drum and explains that the larger the drum, the deeper the sound.

Musical Concepts - Cello

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Elise Buffat Nelson demonstrates the versatility of the cello, from the dramatic low notes of the “Jaws” theme music to the calm and melodic piece “The Swan” by Camille Saint-Saens. Ms. Buffat Nelson also presents a short history of the instrument and a demonstration of an invention that changed the way the cello was played.

Musical Concepts - Cymbals

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Percussionist Brian Kirchhoff demonstrates the simplicity of the triangle, the versatility of different cymbals, and the resonance of different gongs.

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.

¡Arte y más! Lesson 20

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After the “Hola” song, Srs. Alicia and Susana use the caja mágica (magic box) to review grande (big) and pequeño (small). Then, students see a performance of “La raspa,” a traditional Mexican dance, performed by students at Northern Elementary in Fayette County. Sra. Alicia conducts a vocabulary review of el libro grande (the big book), el libro pequeño (the small book), el lápiz grande (the big pencil), el lápiz pequeño (the small pencil), la mesa grande (the big table), la mesa pequeña (the small table), la silla grande (the big chair) la silla pequeña (the small chair), la flor grande (the big flower), la flor pequeña (the small flower), el tren grande (the big train), and el tren pequeño (the small train). The video closes with the “Adiós” song.

Shady Grove and Bandyrowe | Music Arts Toolkit

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Kentucky folk singer Jean Ritchie performs her family’s version of the traditional song “Shady Grove,” and “Bandyrowe,” a song she sang as a lullaby for her sons.

Keep On Movin' On | Music Arts Toolkit

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Folk singer Odetta sings a song she wrote about the importance of voting.

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