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MN Original | MacPhail Center for Music

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Watch how MacPhail Center for Music’s partnership with Ascension Catholic School in North Minneapolis brings classical musical education to children who might not otherwise have the opportunity.

This program, which began in 1989, serves as a model for more than 90 other community partnerships that bring musical education to many diverse communities throughout the state.

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Using Math in Production | Video Production: Behind the Scenes with the Pros

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KET animators Sara O'Keefe and Allison NeCamp Day talk about how they approach the production of their animations.

Geometry and Classification of 2D Figures: Bianca Busts a Move

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In this video from Cyberchase, Bianca breaks her friend’s tabletop when she’s practicing dance moves in his living room. She uses measurement and geometry to get a new piece of wood that will fit the table exactly. The accompanying classroom activity helps students advance their understanding of perimeter and area by creating their own tabletop designs. This resource is part of the Math at the Core: Middle School Collection.

Scaling Up Photographs

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In this video segment from Cyberchase, Bianca takes on a new job in a print shop. Her first assignment is to enlarge a photograph of the King of Sloovoonia. The enlargement is supposed to be a life-size image of the six-foot tall king. Working with percentages, Bianca makes a few failed attempts before she finally creates an enlargement that is the proper height and width.

Shoshone Parfleche | Wyoming's Native Americans

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Students will gain an understanding of the Shoshone tribe while learning about the Shoshone Parfleche from the WyomingPBS video.

Foo Boo Woo Boo John | Early America

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In this clip Mike Seeger, an expert musician and an authority on traditional American music, shows how to play the jaw harp and performs “Foo Boo Woo Boo John,” a traditional folk song that came to America from England.

Hambone | African/African-American Culture

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In this video folk singer John McCutcheon demonstrates the hambone, an African-American rhythm technique that uses the whole body as a “drum set” to produce different sounds.

ZOOM | Pitch: Making Guitars

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Vibrations are the basis for all sound. Controlling the frequency of sound-producing vibrations is the key to creating and playing musical instruments. In this video segment adapted from ZOOM, two cast members demonstrate how to make guitars out of boxes and rubber bands, as well as how the sounds these instruments make can be manipulated.

Gospel Train | The Civil War Era

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In this video, students learn about "Gospel Train". “Gospel Train” is a code-word song used in the Underground Railroad by slaves, often sung just before an escape in an attempt to let all who wished to go know that the time was near. In this segment, folk singers Rhonda and Sparky Rucker perform the piece on harmonica and guitar.

 

Stencils on the Street with Mike Shine

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Meet Bay Area artist Mike Shine, who discusses his carnival-inspired paintings, and his recent large-scale stencil murals. He makes art for people to enjoy, both superficially and in depth, and condemns much of modern art because of the context needed for interpretation. He wants his art to be able to be interpreted, regardless of how it is interpreted. He wants it to transcend cultural and language barriers. Check out how his art is made in this video.

Check out the entire collection of KQED Art School videos here

Museums Rule! Why do Art Museum Rules Exist?

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Before heading out on a museum field trip, check out this superhero-style Art School video produced by KQED, about museum rules and why they exist, which will help prepare anyone for a museum visit.

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Commercial: Pictures and Words

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This commercial demonstrates how pictures and words work together to tell a story. This resource teaches print literacy, and helps students understand how different types of media may be used in story-telling.

Seyed Alavi: Conceptual Art

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For over two decades Seyed Alavi has worked with public institutions to create conceptual works of art to be experienced by passers by. In this Spark video produced by KQED, follow Alavi as he offers a guided tour of his art and working process.

The Crooked Jades: Music

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The Crooked Jades are on a mission to revive some of America's oldest music. Aficionados of "old-time" music, the members of this Bay Area band perform their own take on rural folk music from the days before radio. For the bandleader Jeff Kazor, old-time music offers a way to connect today's world with the country's earliest days -- the songs evoke conjure common feelings of alienation and suffering. As the chief songwriter of the band, Kazor finds his inspiration by listening to old recordings and selecting songs to rediscover and reinterpret.

ODC Dance

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In this Spark video produced by KQED, meet Brenda Way who in the three decades since she founded ODC has directed her dancers and staff to accomplish more than they ever dreamed possible. In the 1970s, a group of dancers, musicians and artists from Oberlin College formed the Oberlin Dance Collective (ODC), a collaborative project dedicated to developing and performing new modern dance works. ODC has since become the premier contemporary dance company of the West Coast, performing for more than 50,000 people a year.

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