Help students build a framework in which to embed a close study of Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath
Explore the most popular ballet of all time
A look at vocal types and the various colors and textures of the human voice
Your Brain On Music
When songs get stuck... get stuck... get stuck... in our brains
Music that goes bump in the night
Have you ever wanted to scare your friends around the campfire? This article will tell you how!
Is it ever cool to "boo" the orchestra? It is on Halloween!
Hip-hop is global, lapping on every shore and landing at every airport. But what does Hip-Hop mean?
Love: the wit, wisdom, and poetry it inspires
How does poetry change when it transforms from written to spoken word?
How to hear Bessie Smith “sing” in Romare Bearden’s art
Master + Work
Find out how Ailey explored themes of African American heritage and culture through dance
Jazz musicians Billy Taylor and Frank Wess lead you through their hometown's music scene in this six-part audio series
Legacy tools built in Flash, which is not supported on some popular mobie devices.
In The Problem We All Live With, artist Norman Rockwell took a stand against racism
The Story Behind The Song
In this story, find out how a song helped steel the courage of African Americans as they struggled for civil rights
Shadowing the president is difficult, but White House photographers must capture every moment for history
Early modern dancers were rebels who weren't afraid to redefine dance
This article gives you the stories behind the words—“From the Halls of Montezuma, To the shores of Tripoli”
There is a lot of great stuff for you to search and explore!
Music, emotions, and imagination have gone together ever since the first cave dweller banged on a rock. Modern brain research is helping us understand why.
“Yankee Doodle” may be a popular kids’ tune today, but it got its start as a song of war.
When it comes to telling the true account of an event or an historical time period, there’s nothing more real or more exciting than a primary source
In White Angel Breadline, her first documentary photograph, Dorothea Lange enabled Americans to see the tragic effects of the Great Depression. The image evoked national sympathy, rather than scorn, for the hungry and homeless.
So, you want to be a singer. What's next? A beginner's guide to starting a vocal career
A look at some of opera's most demanding female roles
Ever wonder what makes one voice sound different from the next? Check out this look at (and listen to) vocal types and the various colors and textures of the human voice
Folk singer Woody Guthrie wrote this song to celebrate America’s bounty and to protest that not all Americans were getting their fair share
Through the history of popular songs, discover how history is full of surprising stories of people doing amazing things
In this story, find out how a captured poet penned the song that became the country’s national anthem
The amazing sound system in the human brain helps explain why people everywhere fill their lives with music
They were rebels, they were American, and they dared to be different: the makers of modern dance
A mini-course in starting a singing career
Pointers for your next singing audition
One of the jobs of a lighting designer is to be an illusionist; to convince the audience they’re somewhere special
Discover how Julia Howe’s hymn helped inspire the North in its fight to reunite the country and free African-American slaves
The pas de deux is not just a dance of love
Putting the "sad" in sad songs
You've been assigned to a chorus. Now what? Some helpful hints for the young singer
What does it really take to become a professional singer?
Shakespeare made the pursuit of love just as difficult as leading men to war, or solving your father's murder
Find out why William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is such an enduring love story. Learn more about Act II’s balcony scene and the tragedy’s most well-known adaptations
Kathryn Bostic, music arranger for Four Little Girls: Birmingham 1963, shares her thoughts on sharing stories through music and music’s central role in the Civil Rights Movement.
What makes dancing en pointe possible? Footwear called pointe shoes. With their flat, stiff fronts and special construction, pointe shoes give ballerinas the footwear that helps them stay on their toes and wow audiences
Nothing sings romance like a love song. And people have been singing them for thousands of years.
This feature includes background about the musical Little Dancer as well as an interpretive piece for younger audience members about the play’s more sensitive themes
Some thoughts on being a musical teamplayer
Everything you need to know before you go to a symphonic, orchestral, or jazz concert performance
Music is a muse for four different American choreographers
Discover how Cunningham's abstract choreography was inspired by his innovative use of technology
Meet the masters...the talented artists who have created some of the most outstanding achievements of the twentieth century
Learn how this dance visionary pioneered her own movement language while exploring the depths of human emotion
Need the right words for Valentine's Day? Let the great poets, writers, and thinkers share their thoughts
This collection of suggested lessons and activities aim at helping students build a framework, from various perspectives of the 1930s, in which to embed a close study of Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath
How to find your way around a theater, onstage and off
Learn how to sing with a group of friends, family, or classmates
Romare Bearden makes music with his art. Learn how to “hear” a painting
In 1938, composer Irving Berlin dusted off an old piece of music to create a new national hit
Discover why Balanchine has been called "the father of American Ballet" and even the greatest choreographer of all time
Everything you need to know before you go to an arts event in a theater
Everything you need to know before you go to an arts event in a gallery
Everything you need to know before you go to an arts event in a festival-style setting
Everything you need to know before you go to an arts event in a concert hall
Everything you need to know before you go to an arts event in a club setting
After the U.S. entered World War II, this brass and percussion piece sounded the call to service and sacrifice.
Everything you need to know before you go to a play or musical theater performance
See how Lange used her camera to tell the story of Depression-era Americans
Want to understand how dance works? Learn the five elements that make up the foundation of this art form: body, action, time, space, and energy
Everything you need to know before you go to a dance performance
A guide to Mozart's hilarious romantic comedy
Music shares some surprising connections to mathematics, language, and science. Learn about them in this series adapted from concerts performed at the Kennedy Center.
Creators of spooky tunes know exactly what they are doing to send shivers down the spines of listeners
When Americans were humbled by the Great Depression, this song gave voice to their fears and feelings of loss
You haven't experienced stage romance until you've experienced opera. Here's a look at opera in love
Arthur Miller’s voice of social conscience and theatrical imagination changed the face of American theater. Meet him through his masterwork, Death of a Salesman.
This all-American master changed the stage of choreography in musical theater. Learn how
Debunk myths about singing and learn the ABC's of how your voice works
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