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henry fonda in the grapes of wrath

Series

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

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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

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ARTSEDGE Flash Interactives

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

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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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Loie Fuller

Article: 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

Article: 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

Your Brain On Music: 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 Story Behind The Song: The Star-Spangled Banner
In this story, find out how a captured poet penned the song that became the country’s national anthem

Composers

Series: 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

The Story Behind The Song: 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

Article: 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

Article: Viva la Diva!
A look at some of opera's most demanding female roles

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

Singer

Article: 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

The Story Behind The Picture: 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

Article: 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

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

brain with earbuds

Series: 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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