Music

Cultural Rhythms: Drums | Sesame Street

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Introduce different instruments from across South America and explore the music of a different culture.

Song: Musica | Sesame Street

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Rosita and her friends are making musica, or music, using a variety of instruments. This music video focuses on Spanish language and musical creativity.

What Is Music? | Music Arts Toolkit

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Musician and ethnomusicologist Gregory Acker uses world instruments to demonstrate pitch, melody, harmony, tempo, rhythm, dynamics, timbre, and form.

Benoit Rolland, Bow Maker | MacArthur Fellows Program

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In this interview, 2012 MacArthur Fellow Benoît Rolland talks about reclaiming historical craftsmanship and using traditional techniques as inspiration for innovative designs. Rolland is a master bow maker who is experimenting with new designs and materials to create violin, viola, and cello bows for the twenty-first century. As a talented violinist who undertook rigorous training steeped in the tradition of nineteenth-century bow design, Rolland brings a unique perspective and keen understanding of musicianship to his work. This resource is part of the MacArthur Fellows Program Collection.

Making sure young brains get the benefits of music training

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This Daily News Story from PBS NewsHour Extra was created on January 6th, 2014

A music program for inner-city kids in Los Angeles partners with a neurobiologist to study the impact of music training on the learning skills of poor children.

The Romantic Period: "The Trout Quintet" by Schubert | Music Arts Toolkit

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Pianist Euntaek Kim and young musicians from Kentucky perform The Trout Quintet by Franz Schubert.

West African Music and Dance with Kwesi Anku

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Kwesi Anku, Kwaku Manu, and Selasi Morgan are performing artists who teach at the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts in Richmond, CA and are members of the Bay Area's West African Music and Dance Ensemble. Originally from Ghana, they came to the US to study dance with their professor at UC Berkeley, Dr. CK Ladzekpo. They stayed in the Bay Area to spread their love of music and dance and to provide opportunities for young people in their community to express themselves, using music and dance as tools for positive change.

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Black Violin Breaks Down Music Stereotypes

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Watch how the music group Black Violin helps listeners defy stereotypes with this video and educational resources from PBS NewsHour from December 17, 2015.

Gelila: Ethiopian Beatmaker (Part 2) | Beat Making Lab

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On their mission to spread awareness of health issues in Ethiopa, the PBS Beat Making Lab takes us step-by-step through their musical process. Over two weeks, the Lab works with local students and musicians to record and mix music, while teaming with an aspiring new writer, Gelila, with a powerful message about life in Addis Ababa. As these students learn how to become music producers, they're given the opportunity to share their art with an international audience through hip hop and electronic music.

Contemporary Folk: Shady Grove | Music Arts Toolkit

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Zoe Speaks, featuring Carla Gover and Mitch Barrett, performs the two musician/singers’ own version of the traditional Appalachian song “Shady Grove.”

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