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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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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.

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.

 

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.

Mariachi Youth Program: Music

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Mariachi, a style that combines Spanish composition with traditional indigenous music, has been passed on orally for generations in the Latino community. Spark drops in on a program that trains youth in trumpet, violin, guitar, guitarrón, vihuela and vocals.  The Mariachi Youth Program, sponsored by the Mexican Heritage Plaza in San Jose, has been available to children in public schools since 1992. 

“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.

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.

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