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Whack a Note

Flash Interactive: Whack a Note!
Use your number pad or mouse to find the right note on the board! Make sure not to hit a wrong one - you'll lose your bonus!
Music

Quackin' Rhythms

Flash Interactive: Quackin' Rhythyms
Learn about tempo with Quackin' Rhythms! Hit your space bar to knock the ducks over in time with the metronome.
Music

Instrument Spotter's Guide Promo

Slideshow: Instrument Spotter's Guide
Learn to identify the strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion instruments that make up an orchestra
Musical Instruments, Orchestra, Music

Audio Slideshow: Beethoven: Listening to Symphony No. 9
Part 4 of the Beethoven Rocks series: Ode to Joy
Musical Instruments, Music, Orchestra, History, Composers, Music Legends, Europe

Audio Slideshow: Beethoven: Listening to Symphony No. 6
Part 3 of the Beethoven Rocks series: The Pastoral
Musical Instruments, Music, Orchestra, History, Composers, Music Legends, Europe, Nature

Audio Slideshow: Beethoven Rocks!
Part 1 of the Beethoven Rocks series: Get to know Classical music's biggest star
Musical Instruments, Music, Orchestra, History, Composers, Music Legends, Europe

Audio Slideshow: Beethoven: Listening to Symphony No. 5
Part 2 of the Beethoven Rocks series: The Riff Heard ‘Round the World
Musical Instruments, Music, Orchestra, History, Europe, Composers, Music Legends

Phantom Toolbooth cast

Audio: The Phantom Tollbooth: Page to Stage
Follow the process of bringing Norton Juster’s beloved book from the golden age of children’s literature to the stage. Commissioned by The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, this world-premiere musical tells the story of Milo, who comes to realize that life is more exciting than his wildest dreams. This inventive musical features a melodious score by Arnold Black and witty lyrics full of wordplay by Pulitzer Prize and three-time Tony winner Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof, She Loves Me).
Literature, Theater, Jobs in the Arts, Music, Backstage, Musicals

Knuffle Bunny

Audio: Knuffle Bunny: Page to Stage
Follow the process of bringing Mo Willems’s beloved children's book to the stage. Commissioned by The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, this world-premiere musical tells the story of Trixie, her parents, and Trixie's favorite stuffed animal, Knuffle Bunny. This fun musical features an up-beat score by Michael Silversher with lyrics by Mo Willems.
Theater, Jobs in the Arts, Music, Puppets, Literature, Musicals, Backstage

Willie from Blues Journey

Audio: 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.
Blues, Music, Theater, Jobs in the Arts, Popular Culture, Rock & Roll, Musicals, Backstage

Marian Anderson singing at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC, 1939

Audio: Marian Anderson: Of Thee We Sing
The road to racial equality was a long one and the battle for equality had many heroes; some of them made history just by opening their mouths to sing.
America, Controversial, History, Music Legends, Opera

Sputnik replica

Audio: Sputnik: Art/Space
The space age began on October 4, 1957, when the Soviet Union launched Sputnik-the first artificial satellite. Around the world, millions of people tuned their radios to hear it beeping or waited outside to watch it pass overhead.
Music, Space, Science, History

voyager record

Audio: Voyager: Art/Space
There's music floating in Outer Space--two disks filled with songs that are floating out beyond the planets that are most distant to Earth. The disks are strapped to the sides of the Voyager probes which were launched to explore the outer edges of our galaxy and whatever lies beyond them.
Music, Space, Science, History, America

Musical theater kids

Audio: Write Your Own Musical
Heather Nathans, Associate Professor of Theatre at the University of Maryland, is joined by Joe Stein and Sheldon Harnick (writers of Fiddler on the Roof) and Stephen Schwartz (who wrote Pippin, Godspell, and Wicked) to talk about how a musical gets written.
America, Art Venues, Backstage, Composers, Music, Music Legends, Musicals, Playwrights & Plays, Theater, Young Artists

Lion King on Broadway

Audio: Disney Musicals
In an odd turn, the Broadway musical - exported by Walt Disney to cartoons in the 1930s - was returned to Broadway by Disney in the 1990s.
Broadway, Cartoons, Comics, & Animation, Musicals, Theater, Popular Culture

USA flag

Audio: Unpacking our National Anthem
Examine the history of “The Star-Spangled Banner” and the countless ways it has been adapted by musicians
Military, Music, America, History

US Air Force buglar Jari Villanueva

Audio: 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.
Jobs in the Arts, Military, Music, America, Musical Instruments, History

JFK in Berlin

Audio: Cultural Diplomacy
Even while the United States was entering the Cold War with the Soviet Union in 1961, the Kennedy administration strengthened their commitment to cultural diplomacy. This audio story highlights some of the important ways President Kennedy used the arts to help improve the image of the United States around the world.
Presidents, Music, Military, History, America, Europe

Blind Boys of Alabama

Audio: Gospel Quartet: Blind Boys of Alabama
Composer Thomas A. Dorsey and other pioneers of gospel music helped open the church doors to music considered sinful by conservative churchgoers. The tradition of gospel quartets continues to lift the spirits of both its listeners and participants in concert halls and churches alike.
Music, America

Marcia Ball

Audio: Texas Blues: Marcia Ball
Texas blues originated in the early 1900s alongside the sweat and tears of Blacks working on oilfields, lumber camps, and ranches. After a day of back-breaking labor, workers could unwind in nearby bars or on their own porches and listen to blues musicians who spoke to their own experiences.
Music, America

Geno Delafose

Audio: Zydeco: Geno Delafose
Zydeco is often linked with Cajun music, but it has a harder, faster sound and employs more electric instruments. In dance halls today, elements of soul, disco, rap, and reggae can be heard among the rhythms of the frottoir.
Music, America

Nanci Griffith

Audio: Texas Troubadour: Nanci Griffith
Backed by a tradition of independent spirit and grounded in multicultural roots, Texas singer-songwriters continue to imbue classic musical genres with new experiences and sounds.
Music, America

Tremé Brass Band

Audio: 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.
Music, America

Grupo Fantasma

Audio: 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.
Music, America, Latin America, Geography

Michael Doucet

Audio: 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.
Music, America

James

Audio: 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.
Music, America, Blues

Boys Choir

Audio: 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.
Music, America, Young Artists

arts challenge

Everyday Arts Challenge: Rock Out
Turn up your favorite tunes and play the air guitar.
Rock & Roll, Music, Popular Culture, Physical Activity, Musical Instruments

arts challenge

Everyday Arts Challenge: Music Muscles
Walk like you’re the drum majorette, or leader, of a marching band. Is it easy or hard? Remember to stand up straight, lift your knees, and strike up the band.
Music, Sports, Physical Activity

arts challenge

Everyday Arts Challenge: Orange You Glad…
Divide an orange into four sections. Cover your teeth with the peel from one wedge. Sing “Happy Birthday.” Easy or hard?
Music, Plants, Language

arts challenge

Everyday Arts Challenge: Tooth Tunes
Hum your favorite song while brushing your teeth. How much can you belt out before drooling?
Music

arts challenge

Everyday Arts Challenge: Toe Tunes
Tap your feet to your favorite song. Can your feet keep the beat?
Music, Dance

arts challenge

Everyday Arts Challenge: Turnaround Tunes
Sing the alphabet backwards. Do you need to stop mid-song and think about it or are you an ABC pro?
Music, Language

arts challenge

Everyday Arts Challenge: Sound Effects: Beat It!
Move your lips and cheeks while blowing air from your mouth. Now you’re beatboxing. What kind of beats can you come up with? Fast? Slow?
Hip-Hop, Music

arts challenge

Everyday Arts Challenge: Sound of Music
From the minute you wake up till lights out, count how many times you hear music during the course of your day. See how many different kinds of music you find.
Music

arts challenge

Everyday Arts Challenge: Changing Channels
Change the dial on your car’s FM radio and find a song you’ve never heard before. Take a listen. Dance in your seat to an unfamiliar tune.
Rock & Roll, Music, Dance, Physical Activity

arts challenge

Everyday Arts Challenge: Body Beats
Snap your fingers. What kind of noises can you make? Create a beat. Try adding some words to make a song.
Music, Physical Activity, Hip-Hop

arts challenge

Everyday Arts Challenge: Makin’ Moves
Create a new dance move. What kind of music does it go with? What do you call it?
Dance, Music, Physical Activity

arts challenge

Everyday Arts Challenge: Hand Jive
Sing your favorite song a cappella, or without instrumental music. Clap the beat in the background.
Music, Physical Activity

arts quote

Arts Quotes: Henry Mitchell
"All anybody needs to know about prizes is that Mozart never won one."
Music

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Arts Quotes: Friedrich Nietzsche
"Folk music is the original melody of man; it is the musical mirror of the world."
Europe, Literature, Music

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Arts Quotes: Carl Perkins
"If it weren't for the rocks in its bed, the stream would have no song."
America, Music, Music Legends, Rock & Roll

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Arts Quotes: Jim Morrison
"O great creator of being, grant us one more hour to perform our art and perfect our lives."
Music, Popular Culture, Rock & Roll

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Arts Quotes: Victor Hugo
"Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent."
Europe, Literature, Music

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Arts Quotes: George Jellinek
"The history of a people is found in its songs."
Music, History, Folklore

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Arts Quotes: Aaron Howard
"Art is... a question mark in the minds of those who want to know what's happening."
Music, Education, Young Artists

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Arts Quotes: B.B. King
"We all have idols. Play like anyone you care about but try to be yourself while you're doing so."
America, Blues, Music, Music Legends

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Arts Quotes: Beverly Sills
"Art is the signature of civilizations."
America, Music, Music Legends, Opera

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Arts Quotes: Leopold Stokowski
"A painter paints pictures on canvas, but musicians paint their pictures on silence."
Music, Music Legends, Orchestra

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Arts Quotes: Oscar Wilde
"Music is the art which is most nigh to tears and memory."
Europe, Controversial, Literature, Comedy, Playwrights & Plays, Music

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