Music

Acting in Vocal Performance

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A young performer is preparing a well-known and challenging song in this video adapted from Broadway or Bust. She works with a coach to find a successful way to connect to the song and accommodate her type of voice and temperament. He suggests specific ideas to think about while singing and uses a scene partner to help her build the interpretation.

Strange Fruit: A Song Born of Protest

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This video segment explores how the song Strange Fruit became one of the best known and most enduring songs of protest. In 1939, the legendary blues singer Billie Holiday performed the song as a daring criticism of the commonplace practice of the lynching of African-Americans. Civil rights groups such as the NAACP had made countless appeals, but it was Holiday’s haunting rendition that made it impossible for white Americans and lawmakers to ignore the widespread crime.

Radio Station Field Trip

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Penny and the KidVision VPK kids go to WDNA 88.9 to find out what happens at a radio station. We learn about radio frequencies, visit a music library, see what is in a radio production studio, and are interviewed by a DJ! Tune in and turn us up!

Music: AudioState 55 | Artistic Roots

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Sophie visits the AudioState 55 recording studio to learn about the production side of the music industry from Dr. Henry Panion III, Professor of Music and Director of Music Technology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

MN Original | TU Dance & Bon Iver's Come Through: Dance

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TU Dance and Bon Iver collaborate through The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music Series to create the new work, “Come Through.” From the studio to the stage, follow artists Toni Pierce-Sands, Uri Sands, Justin Vernon and curator Kate Nordstrom through the process as they discuss their inspiration for the work and their unexpected partnership.

Madang: A Creative Journey | Performance 3: Atacameños for Solo Violin

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Join professional violinist Hyeyung Yoon as she performs Part III of "Atacameños for Solo Violin," a piece composed by Greg Simon, assistant professor of composition at the Glenn Korff School of Music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Watch as Hyeyung's performance shifts between a live audience presentation and a private in-studio session.

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With a Friend | Everyday Learning

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Mr. Steve from PBS Kids and his special puppet friend, Silly Vanilly, visit the KET studio to sing the song “With a Friend.” As the song says, it’s fun to do things alone sometimes, but it’s always more fun with a friend. Young students will enjoy learning about the benefits of friendship while singing along with Mr. Steve and Silly Vanilly.

A Brief History of 20th Century Music

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The history, characteristics, and images, including audio examples, of 20th century musical styles are explored in an up-to-date manner through the remaking of a song in various musical styles.

Madama Butterfly | The Metropolitan Opera

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One of the most beloved operas ever written, Madama Butterfly is the story of Cio-Cio-San, a young Japanese geisha who gives up everything to marry the American lieutenant Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton. Yet when Pinkerton must leave Cio-Cio-San to return to America, the young lovers’ conflicting conceptions of fidelity and commitment become all too clear, and Cio-Cio-San finds herself facing an impossible choice. In the Met’s production, acclaimed film director Anthony Minghella draws on both Western and Japanese theatrical traditions to bring Cio-Cio-San’s story to life, while Puccini’s expansive music gives Cio-Cio-San’s vulnerability and courage a voice.

Watch Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the Met’s production, and use the accompanying Educator Guide to explore artistic representations of Japan around the turn of the twentieth century.

Learn about Beijing, China | Let's Go Luna!

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Explore Beijing, China with Luna, Andy, Carmen, and Leo in these stories and activities from the PBS KIDS show Let's Go Luna!

In these short videos, find out about traditional Chinese drums, still played in China today.

Check out the support materials tab for fun classroom ideas. Try making your very own rattle drum and Chinese lantern.

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