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henry fonda in the grapes of wrath

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The Grapes of Wrath: Voice and Vision

Help students build a framework in which to embed a close study of Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath

Cracking Open The Nutcracker

Article

Cracking Open The Nutcracker

Explore the most popular ballet of all time

Conducting choir

Article

Understanding Different Voice Types

A look at vocal types and the various colors and textures of the human voice

Earworm

Your Brain On Music

Earworms

When songs get stuck... get stuck... get stuck... in our brains

Great white shark

Your Brain On Music

Chills and Thrills: Music That Goes Bump in the Night

Music that goes bump in the night

Skeleton Story

Article

The Skeleton of a Scary Story

Have you ever wanted to scare your friends around the campfire? This article will tell you how!

Halloween Spooktacular

Cuesheet

NSO Family Concert: Halloween Spooktacular!

Is it ever cool to "boo" the orchestra? It is on Halloween!

Hip-Hop artists

Series

Hip-Hop: A Culture of Vision and Voice

Hip-hop is global, lapping on every shore and landing at every airport. But what does Hip-Hop mean?

Words of Love

Article

Love in Poetry and Words

Love: the wit, wisdom, and poetry it inspires

Poetry

Audio Series

Poetry Out Loud

How does poetry change when it transforms from written to spoken word?

Bessie Smith

Article

Hear With Your Eyes: Jazz and Art

How to hear Bessie Smith “sing” in Romare Bearden’s art

Alvin Ailey's Revelations

Master + Work

Alvin Ailey and Revelations

Find out how Ailey explored themes of African American heritage and culture through dance

Jazz In DC

Audio Series

Jazz in DC

Jazz musicians Billy Taylor and Frank Wess lead you through their hometown's music scene in this six-part audio series

Teens on Laptops

Collection

ARTSEDGE Flash Interactives

Legacy tools built in Flash, which is not supported on some popular mobie devices.

Article

Norman Rockwell and The Problem We All Live With

In The Problem We All Live With, artist Norman Rockwell took a stand against racism

We Shall Overcome mural

The Story Behind The Song

We Shall Overcome

In this story, find out how a song helped steel the courage of African Americans as they struggled for civil rights

President Obama

Article

Picturing the Presidency

Shadowing the president is difficult, but White House photographers must capture every moment for history

Loie Fuller

Article

The Rebellious Streak: Dancing to Different Rules

Early modern dancers were rebels who weren't afraid to redefine dance

USMC Memorial

The Story Behind The Song

The Marines' Hymn

This article gives you the stories behind the words—“From the Halls of Montezuma, To the shores of Tripoli”

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Young Female Singer Advice on Taking Care of Your Voice

Advice on Taking Care of Your Voice

Debunk myths about singing and learn the ABC's of how your voice works

Agnes De Mille Agnes de Mille and Rodeo

Agnes de Mille and Rodeo

This all-American master changed the stage of choreography in musical theater. Learn how

Alvin Ailey's Revelations Alvin Ailey and Revelations

Alvin Ailey and Revelations

Find out how Ailey explored themes of African American heritage and culture through dance

Death of a Salesman Arthur Miller and Death of a Salesman

Arthur Miller and Death of a Salesman

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.

La Traviata Boy Meets Girl, Girl Meets Tragic End

Boy Meets Girl, Girl Meets Tragic End

You haven't experienced stage romance until you've experienced opera. Here's a look at opera in love

Soup Kitchen Brother Can You Spare a Dime?

Brother Can You Spare a Dime?

When Americans were humbled by the Great Depression, this song gave voice to their fears and feelings of loss

Great white shark Chills and Thrills: Music That Goes Bump in the Night

Chills and Thrills: Music That Goes Bump in the Night

Creators of spooky tunes know exactly what they are doing to send shivers down the spines of listeners

Connection Connections

Connections

Music shares some surprising connections to mathematics, language, and science. Learn about them in this series adapted from concerts performed at the Kennedy Center.

Atlanta Opera's production of Cosi Fan Tutte Cozying up to Così

Cozying up to Così

A guide to Mozart's hilarious romantic comedy

Cracking Open The Nutcracker Cracking Open The Nutcracker

Cracking Open The Nutcracker

Explore the most popular ballet of all time

Contemporary Dancers Dance Do's and Don'ts

Dance Do's and Don'ts

Everything you need to know before you go to a dance performance

Dancers Do You Wanna Dance?

Do You Wanna Dance?

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

Migrant Mother by Dorothea Lange Dorothea Lange and Migrant Mother

Dorothea Lange and Migrant Mother

See how Lange used her camera to tell the story of Depression-era Americans

Musical Theater Performance Dramatic Do's and Don'ts

Dramatic Do's and Don'ts

Everything you need to know before you go to a play or musical theater performance

Earworm Earworms

Earworms

When songs get stuck... get stuck... get stuck... in our brains

Aaron Copland Fanfare for the Common Man

Fanfare for the Common Man

After the U.S. entered World War II, this brass and percussion piece sounded the call to service and sacrifice.

Jazz Trio A Field Guide to Clubs

A Field Guide to Clubs

Everything you need to know before you go to an arts event in a club setting

Kennedy Center Concert Hall A Field Guide to Concert Halls

A Field Guide to Concert Halls

Everything you need to know before you go to an arts event in a concert hall

Music Festival A Field Guide to Festivals

A Field Guide to Festivals

Everything you need to know before you go to an arts event in a festival-style setting

Children Observing a Painting A Field Guide to Galleries

A Field Guide to Galleries

Everything you need to know before you go to an arts event in a gallery

Kennedy Center Opera House A Field Guide to Theaters

A Field Guide to Theaters

Everything you need to know before you go to an arts event in a theater

George Balanchine George Balanchine and Agon

George Balanchine and Agon

Discover why Balanchine has been called "the father of American Ballet" and even the greatest choreographer of all time

American Flag God Bless America

God Bless America

In 1938, composer Irving Berlin dusted off an old piece of music to create a new national hit

Bessie Smith Hear With Your Eyes: Jazz and Art

Hear With Your Eyes: Jazz and Art

Romare Bearden makes music with his art. Learn how to “hear” a painting

Hip-Hop artists Hip-Hop: A Culture of Vision and Voice

Hip-Hop: A Culture of Vision and Voice

Hip-hop is global, lapping on every shore and landing at every airport. But what does Hip-Hop mean?

Children Singing Singing in an Ensemble

Singing in an Ensemble

Learn how to sing with a group of friends, family, or classmates

Theater collage It's Not Just a Stage

It's Not Just a Stage

How to find your way around a theater, onstage and off

henry fonda in the grapes of wrath The Grapes of Wrath: Voice and Vision

The Grapes of Wrath: Voice and Vision

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

Words of Love Love in Poetry and Words

Love in Poetry and Words

Need the right words for Valentine's Day? Let the great poets, writers, and thinkers share their thoughts

Martha Graham Martha Graham and Appalachian Spring

Martha Graham and Appalachian Spring

Learn how this dance visionary pioneered her own movement language while exploring the depths of human emotion

Martha Graham Master + Work

Master + Work

Meet the masters...the talented artists who have created some of the most outstanding achievements of the twentieth century

Merce Cunningham Merce Cunningham and BIPED

Merce Cunningham and BIPED

Discover how Cunningham's abstract choreography was inspired by his innovative use of technology

Music as Dance’s Muse

Music as Dance’s Muse

Music is a muse for four different American choreographers

Conductor at Concert Musical Must-Do's

Musical Must-Do's

Everything you need to know before you go to a symphonic, orchestral, or jazz concert performance

Singing at Piano No Singer is an Island

No Singer is an Island

Some thoughts on being a musical teamplayer

Little Dancer On Stage: Little Dancer

On Stage: Little Dancer

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

Ear buds in love Perfect Harmony: Singing the Love

Perfect Harmony: Singing the Love

Nothing sings romance like a love song. And people have been singing them for thousands of years.

pointe shoe Pointe Shoes

Pointe Shoes

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

Kathryn Bostic Q&A with Kathryn Bostic

Q&A with Kathryn Bostic

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.

Romeo and Juliet Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

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

As You Like It Shakespeare in Love

Shakespeare in Love

Shakespeare made the pursuit of love just as difficult as leading men to war, or solving your father's murder

Singing on Stage So You Want to be a Singer?

So You Want to be a Singer?

What does it really take to become a professional singer?

Chorus Singing Surviving School Chorus

Surviving School Chorus

You've been assigned to a chorus. Now what? Some helpful hints for the young singer

sad lady Tearjerkers

Tearjerkers

Putting the "sad" in sad songs

Romeo and Juliet The Pas De Deux: It Takes Two

The Pas De Deux: It Takes Two

The pas de deux is not just a dance of love

Union Soldiers The Battle Hymn of the Republic

The Battle Hymn of the Republic

Discover how Julia Howe’s hymn helped inspire the North in its fight to reunite the country and free African-American slaves

ers The Ellipsoidal Reflector Spotlight

The Ellipsoidal Reflector Spotlight

One of the jobs of a lighting designer is to be an illusionist; to convince the audience they’re somewhere special

Singing Audition The Ins and Outs of Trying Out

The Ins and Outs of Trying Out

Pointers for your next singing audition

USMC Memorial The Marines' Hymn

The Marines' Hymn

This article gives you the stories behind the words—“From the Halls of Montezuma, To the shores of Tripoli”

Singer The Real Life of a Singer

The Real Life of a Singer

A mini-course in starting a singing career

Loie Fuller The Rebellious Streak: Dancing to Different Rules

The Rebellious Streak: Dancing to Different Rules

They were rebels, they were American, and they dared to be different: the makers of modern dance

Skeleton Story The Skeleton of a Scary Story

The Skeleton of a Scary Story

Have you ever wanted to scare your friends around the campfire? This article will tell you how!

brain with earbuds The Sound System Between Your Ears

The Sound System Between Your Ears

The amazing sound system in the human brain helps explain why people everywhere fill their lives with music

Fort McHenry, Baltimore The Star-Spangled Banner

The Star-Spangled Banner

In this story, find out how a captured poet penned the song that became the country’s national anthem

Composers The Story Behind The Song

The Story Behind The Song

Through the history of popular songs, discover how history is full of surprising stories of people doing amazing things

Dust Bowl This Land is Your Land

This Land is Your Land

Folk singer Woody Guthrie wrote this song to celebrate America’s bounty and to protest that not all Americans were getting their fair share

Conducting choir Understanding Different Voice Types

Understanding Different Voice Types

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

Maria Callas as Norma Viva la Diva!

Viva la Diva!

A look at some of opera's most demanding female roles

We Shall Overcome mural We Shall Overcome

We Shall Overcome

In this story, find out how a song helped steel the courage of African Americans as they struggled for civil rights

Singer What It Takes to Become a Professional Singer

What It Takes to Become a Professional Singer

So, you want to be a singer. What's next? A beginner's guide to starting a vocal career

White Angel Breadline

White Angel Breadline

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.

Books Why Use Primary Sources?

Why Use Primary Sources?

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

Spirit of '76 Yankee Doodle

Yankee Doodle

“Yankee Doodle” may be a popular kids’ tune today, but it got its start as a song of war.

brain with earbuds Your Brain on Music

Your Brain on Music

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.

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