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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.

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.

 

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.

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.

Kerry Laitala: Visual Arts (Film)

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In this Spark video produced by KQED, meet experimental filmmaker, Kerry Laitala. Laitala hand-builds her films, manipulating the surface of the celluloid and exposing each frame individually to create works that stand at the edge of film and art.

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!

Daniel McCormick: Visual Arts (Sculpture)

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In this Spark video produced by KQED, follow environmental artist Daniel McCormick as he creates temporary sculptures in the creek beds of West Marin.

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