Music

Adam Sandler: A Song About Elmo | Sesame Street

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Adam Sandler puts his rhyming skills to the test with a song he's written about Elmo. But what rhymes with Elmo? Follow along to find out! This resource focuses on music and creativity.

Matthew Pierce: Becoming a Music Composer | Me, Dorothy

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Matthew Pierce moved to New York City to “find fame and fortune,” but he felt like there was something he was missing. Then he met a guitarist and began writing music. One tip the Kansas City Ballet’s music composer for The Wizard of Oz offers is to master an instrument, because it gives you the tools and confidence to explore music in any way.

Art & Music | Northwest Profiles

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This collection of video and curriculum resources from KSPS's Northwest Profiles series focuses on a variety of art and music events as well as on professional artists in the Pacific Northwest.

Madang: A Creative Journey | Episode 3: Something Less Serious

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For their final act, performing arts professors with the Glenn Korff School of Music at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Hyeyung Yoon and Hye-Won Hwang, search for new inspiration to create an uplifting atmosphere for their audience and celebrate the discovery of their own identities. In doing so, they revisit the idea of Madang—the Korean word used to describe a communal space where all are welcome—and how to connect with their audience.

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Silly Shoes | Everyday Learning

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This video features Mr. Steve from PBS Kids performing his original song “Silly Shoes,” which encourages children to move and dance with inspiration from their own “silly shoes.”

Artistic Roots: Alabama's Creative Culture (Full Episode)

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Artistic Roots: Alabama’s Creative Culture explores the study and creation of music, theatre, sculpture, folk, and visual arts around the state. Students have the opportunity to learn about folk art from the Cargo Collection at the Birmingham Museum of Art, meet Medusa being carved from Sylacauga marble, visit a community playhouse in Montgomery, witness a giant sting ray mural come to life on Dauphin Island, discover what it takes to become a record producer in Birmingham, and experience a studio session at the infamous Muscle Shoals Sound Studio. Studying the arts provides opportunities for students to expand their understanding of the world and their place in it and gain essential skills needed to create their own artistic expressions.

Doctor Atomic | The Metropolitan Opera

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On July 16, 1945, an atomic bomb was tested for the first time in the deserts of New Mexico; within a few short weeks, the entire world would have to confront what this monstrous invention meant for humanity. Yet in Doctor Atomic, composer John Adams takes the audience back to the days immediately before the bomb’s first test to explore a more intimate side of this momentous event. The opera’s music is an excellent example of Adams’s signature “minimalist” style, while the libretto spotlights the complex feelings and conflicted loyalties of the Manhattan Project physicists—a small group of people tasked with developing the most destructive weapon the world had ever seen.

Watch John Adams’s opera Doctor Atomic, get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the Met’s production, and use the accompanying Educator Guide to explore a defining moment of the twentieth century through the work of one of America’s greatest living composers.

The Violin Alone | Music and History

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This lesson show students the prevelence of historical influence in music as well as the relevancy of historical stories to today's America. In this lesson, students compare four compositions and look at the techniques and tactics used by composers that reflect the corresponding era in history. 

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.

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