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ARTSEDGE ARTSEDGE

ARTSEDGE

The Kennedy Center opens its doors to thousands of children each year – and hundreds of thousands more step in through ARTSEDGE, our K-12 arts education network.

Abraham Lincoln Abraham Lincoln and Music

Abraham Lincoln and Music

Abraham Lincoln was one of America's most unmusical presidents - he could neither play an instrument nor carry a tune

Andes Manta Andes Manta

Andes Manta

Andes Manta performs the vibrant music of the Andes on more than 35 traditional instruments. From the lyrical sound of the quena, or Andean Flute, to the haunting tones of the six-foot long pan-pipes, the music of Andes Manta is an experience that never fails to bring audiences to their feet.

Arabesque Podcast cover Arabesque: Music of the Arab World

Arabesque: Music of the Arab World

A 3-part audio series that explores different aspects of Arab music: the musical instruments of the Arab World; what makes Arab music unique; and the styles of music in the Arab World

Casals at the White House Art in Camelot: The Arts in the Kennedy Years

Art in Camelot: The Arts in the Kennedy Years

Through his words and examples, President Kennedy raised awareness of the importance of the arts in America

moon Art/Space

Art/Space

How do composers hear space? What does space sound like? Is there music in space? Narrated by Roger Launius of the Space History Division of the National Air and Space Museum, this series looks at the way music and outer space connect.

Conga drum Azor: Vodou Jazz

Azor: Vodou Jazz

Azor is known throughout the world as one of the most powerful voices in traditional sacred music in Vodou. He and his group of traditional drummers travel and record extensively especially in Japan. Their repertoire ranges from traditional chants to “Vodou jazz.”

Balkan Quartet Balkan Quartet

Balkan Quartet

Specializing in Gypsy music, these versatile musicians from the heart of the Balkans perform music from the region

Beethoven Rocks!

Beethoven Rocks!

Part 1 of the Beethoven Rocks series: Get to know Classical music's biggest star

Beethoven: Listening to Symphony No. 5

Beethoven: Listening to Symphony No. 5

Part 2 of the Beethoven Rocks series: The Riff Heard ‘Round the World

Beethoven: Listening to Symphony No. 6

Beethoven: Listening to Symphony No. 6

Part 3 of the Beethoven Rocks series: The Pastoral

Beethoven: Listening to Symphony No. 9

Beethoven: Listening to Symphony No. 9

Part 4 of the Beethoven Rocks series: Ode to Joy

Beijing Traditional Ensemble Beijing Traditional Music Ensemble

Beijing Traditional Music Ensemble

Beijing Traditional Music Ensemble's extensive repertoire and virtuoso musicians demonstrate the range of distinctive styles that developed in each region for erhu (fiddle), pipa (lute), and other instruments.

Betty Carter Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead

Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead

Under the direction of Jason Moran, Kennedy Center Artistic Advisor for Jazz, the Jazz Ahead program identifies outstanding, emerging jazz artist-composers in their mid-teens to age twenty-five, and brings them together under the tutelage of experienced artist-instructors who coach and counsel them, helping to polish their performance, composing, and arranging skills.

Boys Choir Black Choral Music: Boys Choir of Tallahassee

Black Choral Music: Boys Choir of Tallahassee

In the late 19th century, Harry Burleigh-a protege of Antonin Dvorak-took the musical style to new heights with choral arrangements informed by his classical training. Modern choral music takes on many different forms, and is often accompanied by the piano, percussion, and bass.

Willie from Blues Journey Blues Journey: Page to Stage

Blues Journey: Page to Stage

Join playwright Jerome Hairson and director Scot Reese as they bring the story of Blues Journey from page to stage, developing the original book of blues lyrics into a fully realized play, rich with musical performances. Blues Journey follows the life of a blues performer as he learns to play, finds fame, and witnesses the blues evolve into rock-and-roll in this world premiere Kennedy Center original production based on the children's book by Walter Dean Myers.

Grupo Fantasma Border Music: Grupo Fantasma

Border Music: Grupo Fantasma

Along the Texas-Mexican border in the 19th century, Mexicans, Native Americans, and Anglo-Americans living in the region intermingled with European immigrants looking for new opportunities. The clash and fusion of multiple languages and traditions resulted in a distinct "Tejano" culture.

Tremé Brass Band Brass Music: Tremé Brass Band

Brass Music: Tremé Brass Band

Follow behind a parade in New Orleans and you'll still be a part of the show. Whether a parade was organized for a celebration or funeral, honorees and others in the main procession would be followed by a "second line" of participants hoping to get closer to the rhythms of the brass bands.

Michael Doucet Cajun Music: Michael Doucet

Cajun Music: Michael Doucet

Louisiana-based Cajun music has roots in unaccompanied, narrative ballads brought by European settlers. Cajun songs, traditionally sung in French, fused narrative balladry, Irish and Anglo-American reels and jigs, and Black and Native American folk traditions.

US Air Force buglar Jari Villanueva Ceremonial Brass

Ceremonial Brass

Musicians have always played an important part in the military. This series explores not only the history of military music, but also the diverse ceremonial and entertainment roles of musicians in the military.

Peking Opera China: Arts & Culture

China: Arts & Culture

This video series brings you a glimpse of the history and diversity of China's performing arts

Violin head Classical Music in America

Classical Music in America

Follow the course of classical music in America from colonial times to the present in a series of NPR podcasts.

James Delta Blues: James "Super Chikan" Johnson

Delta Blues: James "Super Chikan" Johnson

The Delta blues style continues to be characterized by raw vocalizing and rhythmic intensity. In addition, Delta blues musicians often employ slide techniques, meaning they move a glass or metal tube called a slide along a guitar's strings to change the notes.

Hand on turntable DJ 101: The Basics

DJ 101: The Basics

In this podcast series, DJ Kuttin Kandi shows students the basics of Turntablism, how to scratch records as a DJ, and the differences between Vinyl and Digital DJing.

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