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.

The Dancing Scientist | Take the Stage

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Learn about the properties of solid, liquid, and gas while dancing with the famous music group, The Gregory Brothers!

To help understand how water changes states of matter, Scientist Sam brings in the musical group The Gregory Brothers to help teach about the states of matter through an interactive dance. The viewer dances like a solid, liquid and gas and learns that water can change states of matter when temperatures are below 0 degrees Celsius or above 100 degrees Celsius.

Learning Objective:
Classify matter by physical properties, including shape, relative mass, relative temperature, texture, flexibility, and whether material is a solid or liquid.

View the Spanish version of The Dancing Scientist by clicking here.

Symphony Orchestra Field Trip

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Penny and the KidVision VPK Kids attend the New World Symphony. They meet conductor Michael Tilson Thomas and learn how instruments in an orchestra play together under the direction of one conductor. Bravo! This field trip gets a standing ovation!

Bluegrass in Alabama: A Conversation with Jake Landers

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Listen as Jake Landers talks about his Alabama roots about his Alabama roots, the roots of bluegrass music and his songwriting career. Jake is recognized worldwide as one of bluegrass music’s finest songwriters, having penned such classics as “Secret of the Waterfall,” “The Girl I Love,” and “The Last Request.”

The Contest | Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

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Two London barbers compete in a shaving contest in this excerpt from the musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Watch as the Italian barber Signor Pirrelli and Sweeney Todd battle to give a man the fastest shave.

Singing the Blues | PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC®

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The “blues” is a particular kind of music that is used to express feelings, especially sadness, as Pinkalicious and her brother Peter learn in this video excerpt from the PBS KIDS series PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC®. Nothing seems to cheer Peter up until his Dad plays the harmonica and makes up a blues song. Peter tries out his own version and discovers that it’s true—singing about your feelings can make you feel better.

For use in the classroom, see the Making Music Lesson Plan.

Find out more about PINKALICIOUS & PETERRIFIC® on the series website.

Song: I Can Sing | Sesame Street

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Elmo and Abby sing in opposites! If Abby sings high, Elmo sings low. This resource introduces opposites through musical examples.

Jazz: Mobile Brass Band Traditions

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Listen to a discussion of Mobile Brass Band traditions, presented by Kern Jackson. This presentation was filmed at the Alabama Department of Archives and History as part of the ArchiTreats lecture series.

Worst Pies in London | Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

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Sweeney Todd encounters Mrs. Lovett and her Pie Shop in this excerpt from the musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Mrs. Lovett, Todd's former landlady, sings to him of her terrible tasting pies in this humorous number.

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