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Halloween Spooktacular - The Sequel!

KC Connection: NSO Family Concert: Halloween Spooktacular - The Sequel! Web Extension
Additional music heard in the NSO Halloween Spooktacular: The Sequel! program
Orchestra, Music

NSO Haloween Whodunit

KC Connection: NSO Family Concert: Halloween Whodunit Web Extension
Additional music heard in the NSO Halloween Whodunit program
Orchestra, Music

Photograph of the inaugural speech of President John F. Kennedy

KC Festival: The Presidency of John F. Kennedy: A 50th Anniversary Celebration
The Kennedy Center marks the 50th anniversary of a remarkable American presidency
Presidents, America, Dance, Music, Theater, Poetry

maximum INDIA

KC Festival: maximum INDIA
The Kennedy Center celebrates the arts and artists of India
Dance, Music, Asia, World Cultures, India

Terence Blanchard Quintet

2700 F St.: Terence Blanchard Quintet
Not only is New Orleans trumpeter Terence Blanchard one of jazz music’s most prominent brass players, he’s also an award-winning composer, arranger, and bandleader. Along with members of his quintet, discover the essentials of jazz improvisation and composition.
Jazz, Music Legends, Music

Time For Three

2700 F St.: Time For Three
Not many groups could pull off such an eclectic mix of music. But the group Time for Three (Tf3) has never let being unusual slow them down. In their case, the result is an exciting, passionate playlist that breaks the barriers of classical music. That might just be why Time for Three is called “America’s favorite classical garage band.”
Jazz, Music, Young Artists

Open The Door For Three

2700 F St.: Open The Door For Three
What do a classically trained violinist, an American-born tin whistler, and an Irish singer have in common?
Music

NSO Open Rehearsal

2700 F St.: NSO Open Rehearsal with Q&A Session
During this rehearsal, Maestro Christoph Eschenbach will conduct a program that includes music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Anton Bruckner.
Music, Composers, Backstage, Music Legends, Orchestra

Pinderhughes

2700 F St.: Samora and Elena Pinderhughes
Samora and Elena Pinderhughes are a brother-sister jazz duo who grew up playing music together. Both together and separately, their music is influential in the world of contemporary jazz.
Jazz, Music, Young Artists

Harlem Quartet

2700 F St.: Harlem Quartet: Performance/Demonstration
What do you think about when you picture a string quartet? Well, Harlem Quartet wants to shake that image up.
Music, Musical Instruments, America, Young Artists

WNO The Marriage of Figaro - Amanda Majeski as The Countess - photo by Todd Rosenberg

2700 F St.: Washington National Opera's The Marriage of Figaro
This is a story about one happy couple that just wants to get married and one unhappy couple that’s already married… and not doing so well.
Opera, Composers, Music, Music Legends, Europe

Musical Theatre Today

2700 F St.: Musical Theatre Today
Forget everything you thought you knew about Broadway-style shows because this performance gives you an insider’s look at modern musical theater—musical theater today.
Theater, Backstage, Broadway, Musicals, Playwrights & Plays

NSO Family Concert: Let's Remix The Classics

Cuesheet: NSO Family Concert: Let's Remix The Classics
What would the classics sound like with a hip-hop beat? Join the National Symphony Orchestra and two guest musicians to find out!
Music, Musical Instruments

Mariinsky Ballet: Raymonda

Cuesheet: Mariinsky Ballet: Raymonda
Raymonda is set in medieval Hungary and follows a countess torn between her betrothed, a crusading knight, and the arrival of a handsome warrior.
Dance, Comedy, Choreographers, Music, Composers

Laurie Anderson: The Language of the Future

Cuesheet: Laurie Anderson: The Language of the Future
Music meets storytelling at the place where the voices of today collide with the ever-changing digital language of tomorrow.
Music Legends, Innovators & Pioneers

National Symphony Orchestra Open Rehearsal

Cuesheet: NSO Open Rehearsal: Christoph Eschenbach with Ray Chen and Adriana Horne
Violinist Ray Chen and harpist Adriana Horne join the NSO to explore three classical symphonies.
Music, Musical Instruments

Time For Three

Cuesheet: Time for Three: A Performance and Demonstration
Meet Time for Three, the young string ensemble who knows no musical boundaries. They play it all from classical to hip-hop and everything in-between.
Musical Instruments, Music, Young Artists

Matthew Whitaker

Cuesheet: Matthew Whitaker: A Performance and Demonstration
At age 14, jazz, gospel, and R&B keyboardist Matthew Whitaker, who happens to be blind, is quickly becoming one of the most promising young talents in jazz music today.
Musical Instruments, Music, Young Artists

Enso String Guartet

Cuesheet: Enso String Quartet: A Performance and Demonstration
Known for their high-energy performances and musical versatility, the Enso String Quartet has proven they are much more than your average chamber music group.
Musical Instruments, Music

NSO: Lights! Canvas! Music!

Cuesheet: NSO Family Concert: Lights! Canvas! Music!
You've heard of paint by numbers, right? Well, get ready to paint by music! Speed painter Dan Dunn joins the National Symphony Orchestra to turn your favorite music into visual works of art.
Music, Musical Instruments

NSO Kinderclassic: The String Thing

Cuesheet: NSO Kinderclassic: The String Thing
Two musicians. Two string instruments. No words, but lots of music…and maybe a playful disagreement or two. Get ready for plenty of great music and madcap musical fun!
Music, Musical Instruments

Fancy That!

Cuesheet: NSO Kinderclassic: Fancy That!
Discover the secrets for making music even more interesting and how it can change the way it makes people feel.
Music, Musical Instruments

Stefon Harris and Sonic Creed

Cuesheet: Stefon Harris & Sonic Creed: A Performance and Demonstration
Get to know jazz vibraphonist Stefon Harris and his electric groove-base band, Sonic Creed, as they explore the different techniques musicians use to personalize their music and create their own unique sound.
Musical Instruments, Music, Young Artists

NSO YPC: Inspiration!

Cuesheet: NSO YPC: Inspiration!
The music of great composers has been inspired by books, plays, poetry, travel, nature, politics, friends, and even the neighbor’s dog!
Music, Musical Instruments

A Sleepy Hollow-een

Cuesheet: NSO Family Concert: A “Sleepy Hollow”-een
Join the NSO for a music-filled reimagining of Washington Irving’s classic ghost story about the fabled Headless Horseman, plus plenty of other Halloween surprises!
Music, Musical Instruments

The Joffrey Ballet: The Nutcracker

Cuesheet: The Joffrey Ballet's The Nutcracker
The Joffrey Ballet brings the magic of the holiday season to life with heroic toy soldiers, sword-fighting mice, and a glittering journey to the Kingdom of Sweets.
Dance, Comedy, Choreographers, Music, Composers

Kinderconcert: Break It Down!

Cuesheet: NSO Kinderclassic: Break It Down!
Just like a building made of blocks, music is made with different parts. Explore how music and even musical instruments break down and come together to make amazing music.
Music, Musical Instruments

Celebrating Great Women of Jazz

Cuesheet: Celebrating Great Women of Jazz: Performance/Demonstration
Contemporary jazz artists come together to honor and celebrate three music legends: Abbey Lincoln, Nina Simone, and Joni Mitchell.
Musical Instruments, Music, Jazz

Jason + Ronald K. Brown & Evidence

Cuesheet: Ronald K. Brown/Evidence with Jason Moran and The Bandwagon: Working Rehearsal
Kennedy Center Artistic Director for Jazz Jason Moran and celebrated choreographer Ronald K. Brown bring together their respective ensembles—Brown’s Evidence, A Dance Company and Moran’s Bandwangon jazz trio—for a performance of dance and live music.
Musical Instruments, Music, Jazz, Dance

To Sail Around The Sun

Cuesheet: To Sail Around The Sun
Picture the four seasons: spring, summer, fall, and winter. Next, add live music and dance. Now get ready for an incredible journey through the year as the Earth sails around the sun.
Theater, Composers, Music, Nature, Plants, Science

Joshua Bell in The Man with the Violin

Cuesheet: NSO Family Concert: Joshua Bell in The Man with the Violin
Imagine a subway station. A man in plain clothes takes out his violin and begins to play beautiful music. Hundreds of people rush by in a hurry to get to school or work. Do you think anyone stops to listen?
Music, Musical Instruments, Music Legends

Follow That Fiddle

Cuesheet: NSO Music For Young Audiences: Follow That Fiddle
Get ready for an amazing journey through history and around the world as we follow the fiddle’s musical trail. Musician Glenn Donnellan, who plays the violin (er, fiddle) with the National Symphony Orchestra, will guide you and explain how the fiddle makes its sound.
Music, Musical Instruments

Catch The Vibe

Cuesheet: NSO Music For Young Audiences: Catch The Vibe
“Vibes” is short for vibrations, those little movements that make sound. Hear some big sounds with NSO musicians Stephen Dumaine and Eric Shin, who introduce the tuba and a bunch of percussion instruments.
Music, Musical Instruments

NSO Music for Young Audiences: Close Your Eyes… Now Open Your Ears!

Cuesheet: NSO Music For Young Audiences: Close Your Eyes… Now Open Your Ears!
Music can be lots of fun, especially when you really listen to it, like when you close your eyes and let your ears do the work. In this performance, you will learn how to open your ears to the wonders of music with the help of three musicians and music teacher Madam Mavis Pugh—and a very special song.
Music, Musical Instruments

NSO & Leticia Moreno

Cuesheet: Christoph Eschenbach and Violinist Leticia Moreno
Spanish violinist Leticia Moreno joins the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) to explore classical works inspired by Leticia Moreno’s native Spain.
Music, Europe

Time for Three

Cuesheet: Time for Three: A Performance and Demonstration (2015)
Meet Time for Three, the young string ensemble who knows no musical boundaries. They play it all from classical to hip-hop and everything in-between.
Musical Instruments, Music, Young Artists

Connections: Science and Math + Music

Cuesheet: Connections: Science & Math + Music
Calling all math nerds, science geeks, and music lovers! Join NSO musicians for a fun and surprising look at how math, science, and music connect to one another.
Musical Instruments, Orchestra, Music

Arakaendar Choir & Orchestra

Cuesheet: Arakaendar Choir & Orchestra
Meet this young Bolivian choir and orchestra, founded upon the rich history of Baroque musical manuscripts found in the missions of Bolivia.
Music, Europe

Outside the BachX

Cuesheet: Outside the Bachx
What do you get when you combine the sounds of classical music and the moves of classical ballet with Hip-Hop? A magical mashup of old and new, grace and power, something familiar turning into something surprising and fresh—something you can’t squeeze into any box
Hip-Hop, Ballet, Composers, Music

NSO Family Concert: Casey at the Bat

Cuesheet: NSO Family Concert: Casey at the Bat
The NSO gears up for Spring Training with this fun program inspired by America’s favorite pastime. The highlight of the program is Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke’s baseball composition set to the famous poem "Casey at the Bat."
Music, Musical Instruments, Sports, Poetry

Imani Winds - Rhythm and Melody: The Building Blocks of Music

Cuesheet: Imani Winds: Performance/Demonstration
Join classical woodwind ensemble Imani Winds as they explore the topics of rhythm and melody, the building blocks of music.
Music, Musical Instruments

Antonio Hart Organ Trio

Cuesheet: Antonio Hart Organ Trio: A Performance and Demonstration
Innovative jazz musician Antonio Hart, bandleader of the Antonio Hart Organ Trio, explores the different techniques musicians use to create their own unique musical styles.
Musical Instruments, Music, Jazz

Rhythmic Circus in Feet Don't Fail Me Now!

Cuesheet: Rhythmic Circus: Feet Don't Fail Me Now!
Tap into the funk with four homegrown hoofers from Minneapolis, complete with a trunk full of tap shoes, funky costumes, and a big brass band. Join them for a joyous parade of genre-hopping music and hard-hitting percussive dance.
Dance, Physical Activity, Music

NSO Beethoven at the Ballpark

Cuesheet: NSO Kinderclassic: Beethoven at the Ballpark!
Find out what baseball and music have in common. You’ll see how numbers play their part, how music adds drama to America’s favorite pastime, and how musicians hit the spot on an instrument, just like players do on the field.
Music, Musical Instruments, Sports, Poetry, Composers, Music Legends

National Symphony Orchestra Family Concert: The Magic Horn

Cuesheet: NSO Family Concert with Magic Circle Mime Company: The Magic Horn
A traveling adventurer named Sahara Bob visits the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) to show the conductor (and you!) some ancient instruments. But Bob just might be hiding a magical secret…
Music, Musical Instruments, Folklore

NSO Eschenbach Open Rehearsal

Cuesheet: NSO Open Rehearsal: Christoph Eschenbach and NSO Cellists
This program features the cello, the second largest instrument in the string family. Composers have recognized the instrument’s unique, deeper, human-like voice—perfect for telling musical stories, especially of love, longing, and loss.
Music, Musical Instruments, Music Legends

Gershwin's Magic Key: NSO Family Concert

Cuesheet: NSO Family Concert: Gershwin's Magic Key
Step into the 1920s’ streets of New York City, where a poor newspaper boy who loves music has a chance encounter with the famous composer George Gershwin.
Music, Musical Instruments, Music Legends, Composers

Katie Ernst: Little Words

Cuesheet: Katie Ernst: Little Words: A Performance and Demonstration
Find out what jazz and poetry have in common with jazz music’s triple-threat Katie Ernst, a bassist, vocalist, and composer who brings the poetry of 1920s American writer Dorothy Parker to life in the original program Little Words.
Music, Jazz, Musical Instruments, Poetry, Young Artists

The Voice of Anne Frank

Cuesheet: The Voice of Anne Frank
Told through dance, music, spoken text, sound effects, and lighting, The Voice of Anne Frank presents a unique view of Anne as a bright and vivacious thirteen-year-old.
Music, Poetry, Theater, Europe, Controversial

NSO Halloween Whodunit

Cuesheet: NSO Family Concert: Halloween Whodunit
There’s a mystery in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall! Join the NSO for a frightfully fun, music-filled whodunit
Music, Musical Instruments

NSO Kinderclassics: Musical Opposites

Cuesheet: NSO Kinderclassics: Musical Opposites
Music is full of opposites. Join four musicians from the NSO to explore the different types of opposites and how they are able to make music to our ears.
Music, Musical Instruments

NSO YPC: Exploring Extremes: Music to the Max!

Cuesheet: NSO YPC: Exploring Extremes: Music to the Max!
When it comes to creating music, composers like to push the limits. Get ready to hear how!
Music, Musical Instruments

Chris Brubeck's Triple Play

Cuesheet: Chris Brubeck's Triple Play: Performance/Demonstration
Join bandleader Chris Brubeck and his high-energy ensemble, Triple Play, to explore the history and evolution of America’s music—the blues.
Music, Jazz, Musical Instruments, Poetry, Young Artists

Dizzy Gillespie Afro Cuban Experience

Cuesheet: Dizzy Gillespie™ Afro Cuban Experience: Performance/Demonstration
The Dizzy Gillespie™ Afro Cuban Experience is a jazz ensemble working to continue the legacy of the great jazz master John Birks “Dizzy” Gillespie.
Music, Jazz, Musical Instruments, Poetry, Young Artists

NSO Teddy Bear Concerts

Cuesheet: NSO Teddy Bear Concerts 2014-15
The 2014-15 season’s Teddy Bear Concerts invite the youngest of music lovers (and their favorite stuffed animal) to join in fun, interactive performances with musicians from the NSO.
Music, Family, Musical Instruments, Orchestra

Ballet West: The Nutcracker Working Rehearsal

Cuesheet: Ballet's West's The Nutcracker
Ballet West brings the magic of the holiday season to life with heroic toy soldiers, sword-fighting mice, and a glittering journey to the Kingdom of Sweets.
Dance, Comedy, Choreographers, Music, Composers

The Gift of Nothing

Cuesheet: The Gift of Nothing: A World Premiere Kennedy Center Commission
Mooch, a charming and curious cat, wants to get the purr-fect holiday gift for his best friend Earl, a lovable pup. But what do you get your best friend who has everything?
Animals, Musicals, Cartoons, Comics, & Animation

Lewis Nash Quintet

Cuesheet: Lewis Nash Quintet: Fascinating Rhythm—Wonderful Sounds
Meet celebrated jazz drummer and bandleader Lewis Nash and explore the range of rhythms and instrumental sounds in jazz music.
Music, Jazz, Musical Instruments

NSO Family Concert: Peter and the Wolf

Cuesheet: NSO Family Concert: Peter and the Wolf
“Boys like me are not afraid of wolves!” says Peter to his grandfather. But when one actually wanders out of the woods, what will Peter do to save his animal friends?
Animals, Folklore, Musical Instruments, Music, Composers, Orchestra

NSO Family Concert: Mozart's Magnificent Voyage

Cuesheet: NSO Family Concert: Mozart's Magnificent Voyage
Mozart’s young son longs to leave school and spend more time with his famous father. When he finds a magic traveling trunk, his wish comes true as he’s swept back in time to Mozart’s childhood and opera The Magic Flute.
Music, Family, Musical Instruments, Orchestra

Terence Blanchard Group

Cuesheet: Terence Blanchard Group: A Performance and Demonstration
Meet Blue Note artist Terence Blanchard, a multi-Grammy Award®–winning jazz trumpeter, bandleader, arranger, and composer.
Music, Jazz, Musical Instruments

NSO Kinderclassics: Bears, Bears Everywhere!

Cuesheet: NSO Kinderclassics: Bears, Bears Everywhere!
It’s a big bear world out there! This concert takes a peek at these adorable creatures and the sounds of their homelands—music as unique as they are. Join NSO musicians and a special guest storyteller for a performance that assembles a wild combination of instruments to create music from around the world.
Music, Family, Musical Instruments, Orchestra

NSO Halloween Spooktacular: The Sequel!

Cuesheet: NSO Family Concert: Halloween Spooktacular: The Sequel!
Join the NSO for a frightfully fun follow-up program, complete with ghoulishly attired musicians who might just “BOO” you in return from behind their instruments.
Composers, Folklore, Music, Orchestra, Science Fiction & Fantasy

NSP YPC: Listen Up! Music is a Language

Cuesheet: NSO Young People's Concert: Listen Up! Music Is a Language
Did you know music has a lot to say? Without any words at all, music is a language anyone can understand. It tells stories, expresses feelings, and even makes us think.
Composers, Folklore, Music, Orchestra

Enso String Quartet

Cuesheet: Enso String Quartet: Performance & Demonstration
Known for their high-energy performances and musical versatility, the Enso String Quartet has proven they are much more than your average chamber music group. Get to know them as they perform a wide range of musical styles, and discuss how music is created and why it affects us as listeners.
Music, Musical Instruments, Orchestra, Young Artists

Grace Kelly Quintet

Cuesheet: Grace Kelly Quintet: Performance & Demonstration
Join young jazz saxophonist, singer, and composer Grace Kelly for a high-energy concert that guides students in how to listen to jazz.
Jazz, Music, Composers, Young Artists

NSO Teddy Bear Concerts

Cuesheet: NSO Teddy Bear Concerts
The 2013-14 season’s Teddy Bear Concerts invite the youngest of music lovers (and their favorite stuffed animal) to join in fun, interactive performances with musicians from the NSO. Concerts include The Tale of Teddy and the Ten Hats, Imagination Duo, and Two Divas and a Bear!
Music, Family, Cartoons, Comics, & Animation

NSO Open Rehearsal: George Washington

Cuesheet: NSO Discussion, Demonstration & Open Rehearsal: george WASHINGTON
Music meets history as state-of-the-art technology, beautiful imagery, surround-sound, spoken words, and orchestral music blend together in this new multimedia composition.
Music, America, Composers, Orchestra, Presidents

Time for Three

Cuesheet: Time for Three: A Performance and Demonstration (2014)
Meet Time for Three, the young string ensemble who knows no musical boundaries. They play it all from classical to hip-hop and everything in-between.
Musical Instruments, Music, Young Artists

Connections: Music Matters

Cuesheet: Connections: Music Matters
What do earthquakes, sports cars, and memories have in common? Music, of course! Join NSO musicians to discover the connections and explore why music matters.
Musical Instruments, Orchestra, Music

Mariinsky Ballet's Swan Lake

Cuesheet: Mariinsky Ballet: Swan Lake
Russia’s historic Mariinsky Ballet—one of the most influential classical companies for more than two and a half centuries—returns to the Kennedy Center with the romantic masterpiece Swan Lake, in which the forces of evil are no match for true love.
Dance, Comedy, Choreographers, Music, Composers

GOLD

Cuesheet: Cas Public of Canada: GOLD
Canada’s Cas Public dance ensemble uses everyday sounds and objects to explore the joy, humor, and mischief of childhood—performed to Canadian pianist Glenn Gould’s famous recording of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations.
Dance, Comedy, Choreographers, Music, Composers

Presto! The Case of the Vanishing Viola

Cuesheet: NSO Kinderkonzert: Presto! The Case of the Vanishing Viola
Oh no, a musician’s viola has been stolen! Could the culprit be the magician next door? Join Presto!—a string trio—to follow the clues and crack the case.
Musical Instruments, Orchestra, Music

Ragamala

Article: Ragamala Dance
Learn about traditional Indian Bharatanatyam dance from the Ragamala Dance company
India, Dance, Music, World Cultures

American Voices

KC Festival: American Voices
Here’s your opportunity to “go backstage” at the Kennedy Center and see and hear about the unique pleasures and pitfalls of classical, musical theater, jazz, gospel, country, and pop singing.
Backstage, Music, Music Legends, Musicals, Opera, Jazz, Popular Culture, Rock & Roll

Alvin Ailey's Night Creature

KC Connection: Alvin Ailey's Night Creature
The stars shine in Ailey’s homage to Duke Ellington
Choreographers, Dance, Dance Legends, Jazz, Composers, Music Legends

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
America, Folklore, Geography, History, 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
History, Europe, Geography, Military, Music, America

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
America, History, Music, Presidents

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.
America, History, Europe, Music, Military

Soup Kitchen

The Story Behind The Song: 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
History, Music, America

Union Soldiers

The Story Behind The Song: 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
History, Music, America, Military

Aaron Copland

The Story Behind The Song: 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.
America, History, Orchestra, Music

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”
History, Military, Music, America, Geography

American Flag

The Story Behind The Song: God Bless America
In 1938, composer Irving Berlin dusted off an old piece of music to create a new national hit
America, History, Music

Maria Callas as Norma

Article: Viva la Diva!
A look at some of opera's most demanding female roles
Theater, Orchestra, Music, Tragedy, Opera

Atlanta Opera's production of Cosi Fan Tutte

Article: Cozying up to Così
A guide to Mozart's hilarious romantic comedy
Opera, Music, Theater, Comedy, Composers

La Traviata

Article: 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
Opera, Tragedy, Europe, Music, Theater

Romeo and Juliet

Article: The Pas De Deux: It Takes Two
The pas de deux is not just a dance of love
Dance Legends, Ballet, Dance, Music

Article: Music as Dance’s Muse
Music is a muse for four different American choreographers
Choreographers, Music, Dance, Ballet

Bessie Smith

Article: Hear With Your Eyes: Jazz and Art
Romare Bearden makes music with his art. Learn how to “hear” a painting
Blues, Jazz, Music, Music Legends, Visual Arts

Singer

Article: The Real Life of a Singer
A mini-course in starting a singing career
Music, Young Artists, Musicals, Jobs in the Arts, Opera, Rock & Roll

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
Young Artists, Music, Jobs in the Arts, Opera, Musicals, Broadway

Singing Audition

Article: The Ins and Outs of Trying Out
Pointers for your next singing audition
Musicals, Opera, Music, Young Artists, Jobs in the Arts

Singing at Piano

Article: No Singer is an Island
Some thoughts on being a musical teamplayer
Music, Young Artists, Jobs in the Arts, Musicals, Broadway, Rock & Roll, Opera

sad lady

Your Brain On Music: Tearjerkers
Putting the "sad" in sad songs
Composers, Music

Great white shark

Your Brain On Music: 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
Science, Music

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
Science, Music

Earworm

Your Brain On Music: Earworms
When songs get stuck... get stuck... get stuck... in our brains
Music, Science, Composers

Kathryn Bostic

Article: 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.
America, Backstage, Composers, History, Musicals, Controversial

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.
Composers, Music, Science

Singing on Stage

Series: So You Want to be a Singer?
What does it really take to become a professional singer?
Young Artists, Music, Jobs in the Arts, Musicals

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
History, Music, America, Composers, Military

henry fonda in the grapes of wrath

Series: 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
America, History, Geography, Science, Nature, Presidents, Literature, Music, Movies & Movie Stars, Opera

Connection

Series: 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.
Music, Language, Math, Geometry, Science

Martha Graham

Series: Master + Work
Meet the masters...the talented artists who have created some of the most outstanding achievements of the twentieth century
Ballet, Choreographers, Composers, Dance Legends, Music Legends

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?
Hip-Hop, Young Artists, Dance, Dance Legends, Choreographers, Innovators & Pioneers, Musical Instruments, Music, Poetry, Visual Arts

Science and Music

Connections: Science and Music
The music you listen to? It's scientific! Learn some of the surprising ways science and music connect.
Science, Music

Casio Melody 80

Connections: Math and Music
Math ideas help organize everything from the beat (rhythm) to the tune (melody) of music. Explore some of the surprising and essential connections between math and music.
Geometry, Math, Music

Music and Language

Connections: Language and Music
Communication isn’t just limited to language—music also does the trick. Discover some surprising features language and music have in common
Language, Music

Ear buds in love

Article: Perfect Harmony: Singing the Love
Nothing sings romance like a love song. And people have been singing them for thousands of years.
Music, Literature, History

Chorus Singing

Article: Surviving School Chorus
You've been assigned to a chorus. Now what? Some helpful hints for the young singer
Music, Young Artists

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
Young Artists, Music, Opera

Young Female Singer

Article: Advice on Taking Care of Your Voice
Debunk myths about singing and learn the ABC's of how your voice works
Young Artists, Broadway, Jazz, Musicals, Opera, Rock & Roll

Children Singing

Article: Singing in an Ensemble
Learn how to sing with a group of friends, family, or classmates
Music, Young Artists

Peruvian woman

Collection: Latin America
Travel through the diverse cultures of Latin America, as represented by artists from Ecuador, Cuba, Bolivia, El Salvador, Venezuela, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Texas and California. Enjoy art rich in both tradition and innovation.
Folklore, Geography, Latin America, Music, Dance, World Cultures, Young Artists

Kennedy Center

Collection: A Few of Our Favorite Things...
From musical theater to music in space, our media collections reflect the breadth and depth of the performing arts in America and around the world. These are some of our staff favorites--we'd love to hear yours!
Backstage, Dance, Education, Jazz, Music, Theater, Visual Arts, World Cultures

Native American flute player

Collection: Native American Cultures
Experience traditional Native American culture through dance, music and visual arts. Watch Native Pride the eagle and hoop dances, trace the life of a Navajo weaver, learn how Keith Bear makes a flute, make a listening doll, and meet fancy dancers Larry and Jessup Yazzie.
America, Geography, Folklore, Dance, Musical Instruments, Music, World Cultures

India

Collection: India
Explore India and its multiple cultures and the art they produce. Listen to experienced musicians perform tabla beats, learn about the Bharatanatyam dance, and catch a movie produced by Bollywood, one of the largest centers of film production in the world.
Asia, Dance, Music, World Cultures

Beethoven graffiti

Collection: Great Composers
Get inside the mind of a composer-- from a popular song, to a Broadway musical, to a symphony, how does a composer write music?
Composers, Jazz, Innovators & Pioneers, Musical Instruments, Music, Music Legends, Opera, Orchestra, Popular Culture

Japanese Noh theater

Collection: Japan
Larger-than-life calligraphy, giant bamboo weaving, and robots both real and toy... experience the vibrant diversity of the arts across Japan.
Japan, Asia, Backstage, Cartoons, Comics, & Animation, Fashion, Innovators & Pioneers, Musical Instruments, Inventions, Language, Music, Popular Culture, Visual Arts, World Cultures

Hip-Hop

Collection: Hip-Hop Culture
Hip-Hop has blended and transcended its artistic elements to become a means for seeing, celebrating, experiencing, understanding, confronting, and commenting on life and the world. Hip-Hop, in other words, is a way of living—a culture.
Hip-Hop, Choreographers, Dance, Dance Legends, Fashion, Innovators & Pioneers, Language, Music, Poetry, Popular Culture, Theater, Young Artists

Martha Graham

Collection: Women in the Arts
From providing historical inspiration to preserving cultural traditions to pushing the boundaries of creativity, explore the contributions women have made and continue to make to the arts.
Dance, Dance Legends, Music Legends, Musicals, Literature, Poetry, Theater

spooky moon

Collection: Things That Go Bump in the Night
Welcome, foolish mortals. Haunted music and monsters are just the beginning--this Halloween, look here for more spooky resources.
Folklore, Music, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Theater

Antennae galaxies

Collection: Space
Music and mobiles take flight in these resources that explore the relationship between artist, art, and the cosmos, including the special meaning behind the stars and early African-American spirituals.
Space, Science, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Innovators & Pioneers, Inventions, Music

Media Arts

Collection: Media Arts Resources
Audio, video, animation, photography, and technology. From Depression-era images that captured the attention of a nation, to student-produced videos on local artists, to how to make your own blood and guts special effects, explore the ever-changing world of media arts.
Rock & Roll, Technology, Television, Popular Culture, Movies & Movie Stars, Music

Jazz trumpet

Collection: Jazz & Blues Resources
Foot thumping rhythms, crooning voices, soulful melodies – jazz is a music with a history as rich as its sound. Follow the great migration that lead African Americans to Harlem, meet jazz icons such as Bessie Smith and Charlie Parker, and stop by the Cotton Club and Apollo Theater on a journey through the past of this American art form.
America, Blues, History, Jazz, Music

comedy and tragedy masks

Collection: Theater Resources
Take a peek behind the red curtain and discover the artistry and history behind the world of theater. Explore the playwriting process first-hand, learn about the cultural impact of performance, and read and perform some of the most influential works of the 20th century.
America, Art Venues, Backstage, Broadway, Musicals, Playwrights & Plays, Theater

Drum hands

Collection: World Music Resources
Explore the rich tapestry created by musicians around the world -- from the music of the Arab World and Ancient Greece, to the diverse cultural sounds of China, to the songs that helped spur the Mexican Revolution.
Africa, Asia, China, Europe, Folklore, Greece, India, Japan, Music, Native America, World Cultures, Latin America

Violin hands

Collection: Classical Music Resources
Booming orchestras, teeming concert halls, obsessive composers, and prodigal musicians – classical music is anything but boring. Learn how Beethoven continued to pen symphonies while going deaf, discover the science behind the instrument and the math behind the music, and explore the ways in which music and emotion go hand-in-hand.
Composers, Europe, Musical Instruments, Music, Orchestra

Guitar hands

Collection: Popular Music Resources
What can lyrics tell us about the time period they were written in? How has music been used to communicate and rally in war? How have people used song to spark revolution and shake up society? Discover the ways in which people perform, listen to, and interact with music in their everyday lives.
America, History, Music

It ain’t over ‘til the fat lady sings!

Collection: Opera Resources
Get out your opera glasses and prepare to take a look at the history and evolution of an art form over four hundred years old. Learn how singers train and condition their voices, become familiar with some of the stage’s most tragic love affairs, and discover how theatre and music combined can tell epic stories in unforgettable ways.
Choreographers, Composers, Europe, Musicals, Orchestra, Opera, Tragedy, Theater

Red Poppy

Collection: Asia
Fish painting, lion dances, larger-than-life calligraphy and a tornado of fire... experience the vibrant diversity of the arts across Asia.
Asia, China, India, Japan, Dance, Folklore, Music, Theater, Visual Arts, World Cultures

Chinese lion dancer

Collection: China
An army of buried warriors, lion dances, dancing shadows and a tornado of fire... experience the vibrant diversity of the arts across China
Asia, China, Dance, Music, Visual Arts, World Cultures

Oscilloscope wave

Collection: Acoustics & Sound
How do composers "hear" outer space? How did Beethoven compose music when he couldn't hear? Browse lessons and multimedia that explore the art and science of the world of sound around us.
Innovators & Pioneers, Musical Instruments, Inventions, Math, Music, Science, Space

African-American Boy

Collection: African-American History
Learn about the African American experience through the arts — and discover the contributions of African Americans to the history and culture of the United States.
Africa, America, Folklore, Geography, History, Jazz, Music, Playwrights & Plays, Dance, Blues

African men

Collection: Africa
Discover the real story of the Lion King and the rich tapestry of sounds from North African cultures.
Africa, Animals, Dance, Folklore, Music, Puppets, World Cultures

Kid audience

Article: Taking Kids to Their First Live Show
Family-friendly tips for preparing children for live performing arts events
Music Legends, Popular Culture, Music, Innovators & Pioneers

Carolers

Article: The Family That Sings Together
A community sing-along guide for families with some tips on singing Handel's Messiah
Family, Young Artists, Music

Homemade Instruments Band

Article: Strike Up the Band: Creating Homemade Instruments
Make musical instruments by using recycled materials from your house
Family, Music, Musical Instruments, Young Artists

Stage Fright

Article: Scare Away Stage Fright
Help your child let go of performance fears
Backstage, Ballet, Broadway, Dance, Family, Musicals, Opera, Orchestra, Young Artists

A Female Singer Performing

Article: Taking Care of Your Vocal Athlete
A resource for parents of young singers with a guide to choosing the right teacher
Musicals, Music, Family, Jazz, Opera, Popular Culture, Rock & Roll

Boy playing violin

Article: Private Matters
The benefits of private music lessons go beyond the additional instruction your child receives
Young Artists, Music, Orchestra

Article: Make Music Matter in Your Home
Looking to sign your child up for music classes? These seven tips will make sure she starts off her musical career on the right note
Young Artists, Family, Music, Education

Boy Smiling and Playing a Violin

Article: Performing Under Pressure
Help your child master the excitement and stress of music competitions
Young Artists, Music, Orchestra, Musical Instruments

musical theater students

Article: When the Show Biz Bug Bites
Some tips to guiding your child to a life in musical theater
Musicals, Theater, Young Artists, Broadway, Music

Young Dancers

Article: Child's Play or Real Ambition?
How to connect your child with the performing arts
Young Artists, Family, Ballet, Dance, Musical Instruments, Music, Opera, Theater

Violin Lesson

Article: Make Time: The Art and Science of Practice
Scientific studies prove the value of practicing music. Here are suggestions of how to make practice time more pleasurable
Young Artists, Science, Music

kid with headphones

Article: Kids' Classical Countdown
A classical music 101 for families and young listeners
Music, Orchestra, Composers, Family

Mom and Daughter Doing Crafts

Article: Giving Feedback: Food for Thought for Parents
How can parents talk with and engage with their kids about their creative work? Here are seven suggestions to get you started
Family, Young Artists, Theater, Music, Dance, Ballet, Poetry

Boy Playing Violin

Article: The Many Gifts of Music
How music gets inside your kid's head
Young Artists, Music, Science, Orchestra, Family, Education

Know the Score

Article: Know the Score
Talk to your child’s music educator; find out what to do to improve the school's music program
Education, Music

music

Content & Achievement Standard: Grade 5-8 Music Standard 7
Evaluating music and music performances
Education, Music

music

Content & Achievement Standard: Grade 5-8 Music Standard 6
Listening to, analyzing, and describing music
Education, Music

music

Content & Achievement Standard: Grade 5-8 Music Standard 9
Understanding music in relation to history and culture
Education, Music

music

Content & Achievement Standard: Grade 5-8 Music Standard 8
Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts
Education, Music

music

Content & Achievement Standard: Grade 5-8 Music Standard 5
Reading and notating music
Education, Music

music

Content & Achievement Standard: Grade 5-8 Music Standard 2
Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
Education, Music

music

Content & Achievement Standard: Grade 5-8 Music Standard 1
Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
Education, Music

music

Content & Achievement Standard: Grade 5-8 Music Standard 4
Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines
Education, Music

music

Content & Achievement Standard: Grade 5-8 Music Standard 3
Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments
Education, Music

music

Content & Achievement Standard: Grade 9-12 Music Standard 7
Evaluating music and music performances
Education, Music

music

Content & Achievement Standard: Grade 9-12 Music Standard 6
Listening to, analyzing, and describing music
Education, Music

music

Content & Achievement Standard: Grade 9-12 Music Standard 9
Understanding music in relation to history and culture
Education, Music

music

Content & Achievement Standard: Grade 9-12 Music Standard 8
Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts
Education, Music

music

Content & Achievement Standard: Grade 9-12 Music Standard 5
Reading and notating music
Education, Music

music

Content & Achievement Standard: Grade 9-12 Music Standard 2
Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
Education, Music

music

Content & Achievement Standard: Grade 9-12 Music Standard 1
Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
Education, Music

music

Content & Achievement Standard: Grade 9-12 Music Standard 4
Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines
Education, Music

music

Content & Achievement Standard: Grade 9-12 Music Standard 3
Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments
Education, Music

music

Content & Achievement Standard: Grade K-4 Music Standard 7
Evaluating music and music performances
Education, Music

music

Content & Achievement Standard: Grade K-4 Music Standard 6
Listening to, analyzing, and describing music
Education, Music

music

Content & Achievement Standard: Grade K-4 Music Standard 9
Understanding music in relation to history and culture
Education, Music

music

Content & Achievement Standard: Grade K-4 Music Standard 8
Understanding relationships between music, the other arts, and disciplines outside the arts
Education, Music

music

Content & Achievement Standard: Grade K-4 Music Standard 5
Reading and notating music
Education, Music

music

Content & Achievement Standard: Grade K-4 Music Standard 2
Performing on instruments, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
Education, Music

music

Content & Achievement Standard: Grade K-4 Music Standard 1
Singing, alone and with others, a varied repertoire of music
Education, Music

music

Content & Achievement Standard: Grade K-4 Music Standard 4
Composing and arranging music within specified guidelines
Education, Music

music

Content & Achievement Standard: Grade K-4 Music Standard 3
Improvising melodies, variations, and accompaniments
Education, Music

Music Matters

Take Five: Music Matters
Incorporating music makes content lessons more exciting and memorable. And it's easy to do!
Education, Music

Twenty-First Century

Take Five: Arts in the 21st Century Classroom
The skills our students need can be readily integrated into arts lessons and vice versa
Theater, Music, Literature, Dance

Cultural Dancers

Take Five: Cultural Connections
Enliven and enrich your cultural heritage month observances through the arts
Music, Dance, Theater, Poetry, Literature, Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, Native America, World Cultures, India

Art Teacher With Students

Article: Do Tell: Giving Feedback to Your Students
How can arts educators provide engaging and useful feedback? Here are seven suggestions to get you started
Education, Young Artists, Musical Instruments, Theater, Literature, Music, Poetry, Ballet, Dance

Story to Life

Tipsheet: Stories Brought to Life
Learn about ways to increase student participation and skill building during interactive read-alouds
Theater, Music, Language, Education, Dance

Students Dancing

Tipsheet: Shall We Dance?: Foolproof Ways to Bring Dance into Your Classroom
Try these five easy ways to use dance and movement in your classroom
Dance, Education, Family, Music, Young Artists

Footsteps

Tipsheet: Social Dances for Upper Elementary
Some fun social dances to try with your upper-elementary-level students
Dance, Education, Music, Physical Activity

Kids and Culture

Tipsheet: Beyond Food & Fiestas
Practical ideas for creating authentic cultural experiences for your students
Folklore, Language, Music, World Cultures

Kids Dancing

Tipsheet: Five Easy Social Dances for Early Elementary
Channel your students’ love of movement with these easy social dances
Dance, Education, Music, Physical Activity

Brunhilde

Article: Opera-tunity Knocks
A guide for all opera newbies, both young and old, with some hints as to how to calm the opera skeptic
Opera, Music

East High School Dancers

Article: Encouraging Your Students to Become Choreographers
Use these great ideas to get your students choreographing at your school
Broadway, Choreographers, Dance, Musicals, Theater, Young Artists

Band of 40th Veteran Reserve Corps

Article: When Music Goes Marching to War
Explore music’s important role in the American Civil War. Includes activities for the classroom
America, Composers, History, Musical Instruments, Music, Tragedy

Indian Musician

Article: Rhythm and Raga
Learn how to incorporate and teach Indian music in your classroom
India, Musical Instruments, Music, World Cultures

The Star Spangled Banner Sheet Music

Grades 6-8 Lesson: Set a Poem to Music
After exploring a “singable” picture book as a class, each student examines a personally selected poem for rhythm to determine its musical meter.
Music, Poetry, Young Artists

freedom-riders

Grades 6-8 Lesson: We Are The Freedom Riders
Students will learn about the courageous efforts of the Freedom Riders while embracing the bold theme, "We Will Overcome!" as a theme surrounding the civil rights movement.
America, Music

Man playing harmonica

Grades 6-8 Lesson: Twelve-Bar Blues
Learn about the history, key players and musical qualities of the blues
Jazz, Music, Music Legends

sheet music

Grades 6-8 Lesson: First Rhythmic Composition
This lesson introduces students to rhythm concepts, including the names and symbols associated with music notation
Music

Gesture Drawings

Grades 9-12 Lesson: Rhythm and Art: Gesture Drawing
In this lesson, students will explore connections between music and visual art
Music, Visual Arts

John Coltrane in Performance December 2, 1962 Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Grades 9-12 Lesson: Rhythm & Improv: Jazz & Poetry
The musicality of words is an important element of poetry, and many poets carefully consider the sound of the words on the page. Students will listen to and analyze jazz music
Jazz, Poetry, Music

Pancho Villa

Grades 9-12 Lesson: Corridos About the Mexican Revolution
In this lesson, students will be introduced to causes of the Mexican Revolution and key revolutionary figures
World Cultures, Music, Folklore

South Pacific

Grades 9-12 Lesson: Adapting a Musical
This lesson explores the implications of developing a musical from a literary text or an historical event, and includes suggestions for immersing students into the creative process of building a musical.
Broadway, History, Music, Musicals, Literature

Gilded age painting

Grades 9-12 Lesson: Arts of the Gilded Age
Learn about and discuss characteristics of the Gilded Age. Using books, internet and other media, research the various fine and performing art forms popular during that time period.
Opera, Musicals, Architecture, Ballet, Music, Theater

Cuba

Grades 9-12 Lesson: Guantanamera: A Poem and a Song
Students will listen to "Guantanamera," a Cuban folk song made famous by Pete Seeger with lyrics from a poem by Jose Marti.
Latin America, Music, World Cultures, Folklore

Sheet music and fibonacci spiral

Grades 9-12 Lesson: Amazing Fibonacci
Using the Fibonacci sequence of numbers, your students study math concepts of pattern, recursion, Pi and the Golden Ratio, developing their ability to analyze the structure of music.
Music, Science, Math

Fibonacci 3-D by Jeremy Bennett

Grades 9-12 Lesson: Patterns Across Cultures: The Fibonacci Sequence in Visual Art
The Fibonacci Sequence manifests in nature and visual arts
Math, Science, Music

Mexican Corrido

Grades 9-12 Lesson: Form and Theme in the Traditional Mexican Corrido
Students will learn about the traditional Mexican musical form of corridos, which dates back to the 1800s and continues to be very popular
Latin America, World Cultures, Music

Dancers in silhouette

Grade 5 Lesson: Lift Every Voice and Sing
Explore and analyze Lift Every Voice and Sing, a poem by James Weldon Johnson.
History, Music, Poetry, Blues, America

U.S. Army band on steps

Grade 5 Lesson: Civil War Music
Learn how music was used in the Civil War
America, History, Music

moon and raven

Grade 5 Lesson: Haunting Music
Learn about orchestral “program music” inspired by the spooky and bizarre
Musical Instruments, Music, Orchestra, Folklore

frog prince

Grade 5 Lesson: Finding Your Own Frog Prince
Students will use a traditional tale, “The Frog Prince,” and Jon Scieszka’s variation of it, The Frog Prince Continued, to create improvised scenes and then a book for a mini-musical.
Folklore, Musicals, Popular Culture

Grades K-2 Lesson: Creating AB Patterns
Patterns exists both in the natural and manmade world. It is an element in art, as well as math and science.
Geometry, Math, Music, Visual Arts, Nature

Jungle Forest

Grades K-2 Lesson: Animal Habitats
Pre-readers are introduced to animal habitats through story, song, and dramatic play using children’s books
Animals, Nature, Literature, Music

Strings

Grades 3-4 Lesson: String Instruments and Pitch
In this lesson, students explore how pitch is altered based on the width and length of the string
Musical Instruments, Music, Orchestra, Science

The American Flag

Grades 3-4 Lesson: Oh, Say Can You See…
Students will learn about the history behind the writing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Geography, History, Military, Music, Poetry, America

Bessie Smith

Grades 3-4 Lesson: Musical Harlem
Students will learn to identify musical styles and musicians associated with Harlem, focusing on jazz
Geography, History, Jazz, Music, America

Percussion

Grades 3-4 Lesson: Percussion Instruments and Pitch
This lesson introduces students to the instruments of the percussion family
Musical Instruments, Music, Orchestra, Science

Woodwinds

Grades 3-4 Lesson: Woodwind Instruments and Pitch
This lesson introduces students to the instruments of the woodwind family
Musical Instruments, Music, Orchestra, Science

Irish Dancers

Grades 3-4 Lesson: You’re Invited to a Ceili: Exploring Irish Dance
Listen to Irish music, learn about ceilis, which are festive dance celebrations, view the intricate costumes worn by Irish dancers, and listen to an Irish poem.
Dance, Europe, World Cultures, Music, Fashion, Poetry

Chinese performers

Grades 3-4 Lesson: Chinese Instruments
Explore the similarities and differences between traditional western instruments and Chinese instruments while creating a Chinese instrument.
Asia, Geography, Musical Instruments, Music, World Cultures, China

Brass

Grades 3-4 Lesson: Brass Instruments and Pitch
This lesson introduces students to the instruments of the brass family
Musical Instruments, Music, Orchestra, Science

Ballerinas

Grades 3-4 Lesson: Ballet and Classical Music
This lesson will introduce students to both conceptual and practical elements of classical ballet.
Ballet, Dance, Music, Orchestra

Jazz Dancers

Grades 3-4 Lesson: Jazz Music, Dance, and Poetry
In this lesson, students will be introduced to jazz dance and jazz music. They will explore basic jazz dance movements, and will create a cinquain poem inspired by jazz music.
Dance, Jazz, Music, Poetry

Sheet Music

Grades 3-4 Lesson: Melodies and Math
After reviewing basic music theory, students compose their own music for the touch-tone phone
Math, Music

The Great Migration

Grades 3-4 Lesson: The Great Migration
In this lesson, students will learn about the migration of African Americans to Harlem
America, Blues, Geography, History, Jazz, Music

The Drinking Gourd Constellation

Grades 3-4 Lesson: Harriet Tubman: Secret Messages Shared through Song
In this lesson, students are introduced to the African-American spiritual and its use of a secret language to share information within the slave community.
America, History, Folklore, Music

What's Going On... Now

Website: What's Going On... Now
The Kennedy Center presents "What's Going On...Now," a national youth campaign to inspire young people to share their art and expression by telling us "How have things changed?" since Marvin Gaye's album "What's Going On" was released.
America, Controversial, Music, Music Legends, History, Young Artists, Popular Culture

Salma El Assal

Video: Salma El Assal
One of today’s leading Sudanese vocalists—her voice has been compared to that of Aretha Franklin—Salma El Assal performs with her ensemble contemporary arrangements of traditional Sudanese songs
Music, World Cultures, Africa

Reginald Policard

Video: Reginald Policard: Jazz & Kompa
The Millennium Stage joins the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in its celebration of Haiti and the 200th anniversary of the Haitian Revolution, with Reginald Policard and Friends performing jazz and konpa music.
Music, World Cultures

Pepe Reyes y su Mariachi Monumental de Cuscatlán

Video: Pepe Reyes y su Mariachi Monumental de Cuscatlán
El Salvadoran Pepe Reyes began singing ranchera music at the age of seven and has dedicated his life to the music he loves. He regularly brings his band, The Mariachi Cuscatlan Orchestra, to the U.S and this is his first Millennium Stage performance. Washington, D.C.
Latin America, Music, World Cultures

Sreevidhya Chandramouli

Video: Sreevidhya Chandramouli
A faculty member at the University of Oregon at Eugene, Sreevidhya Chandramouli plays the vina (plucked Indian lute) in the Karaikudi tradition, combining voice and vina in her performances.
Music, World Cultures, Asia, India

Miriam Lambert

Video: Miriam Lambert: Goldilocks & the Three Bears
Irish puppeteer Miriam Lambert makes the storybook Goldilocks and the Three Bears come alive.
Music, World Cultures, Europe, Folklore

Balkan Quartet

Video: Balkan Quartet
Specializing in Gypsy music, these versatile musicians from the heart of the Balkans perform music from the region
Music, World Cultures, Europe, Musical Instruments, Orchestra

Conga drum

Video: 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.”
Music, World Cultures, Folklore

Mariachi Chula Vista

Video: Mariachi Chula Vista
This ensemble from San Diego’s Chula Vista High School is considered one of the best student mariachi groups in the country
Latin America, Music, World Cultures, Young Artists

Felina Backer

Video: Felina Backer
Whether she is bringing joy to audiences through her vocal prowess or assisting a student on their path to a successful future, Felina Backer is a true inspiration to everyone she encounters. Felina uses her talent and spirit to transcend negativity and serve as a driving force throughout the United States, Canada, and Haiti.
Music, World Cultures

Edwin Colón Zayas

Video: Edwin Colón Zayas
A 2009 NEA Heritage Award winner, the Puerto Rican composer, arranger, and director is best known as a musician with a passion for the cuatro, a guitar-like instrument with five sets of double strings.
Music, Latin America, World Cultures

Landfillharmonic

Video: Music from the Trash Heap
The people of Cateura struggle with poverty, pollution, and other problems. However, the Cateura Orchestra of Recycled Instruments inspires the youth there to find hope in music.
Latin America, Musical Instruments, Inventions, Music, Young Artists, Orchestra

Kennedy Center Concert Hall

Video: The Kennedy Center Concert Hall
Conductor Emil de Cou leads an expedition to the Kennedy Center's grand Concert Hall
Art Venues, Music, Orchestra, Science

ARTSEDGE

Video: 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.
Education, Dance, Literature, Music, Theater, Young Artists

Oki Dub

Video: Oki Dub
Oki is the world's most prominent performer of the tonkori, a long, flat instrument that produces its own distinct sound and is the only stringed instrument in the Karafuto Ainu musical tradition. Oki’s contemporary approach has won him praise in Japan and around the world.
Asia, Music, Musical Instruments, World Cultures, Japan

Koji

Video: Koji Kakinuma: Otsukimi
JAPAN! culture + hyperculture was marked by a festive Otsukimi (Japanese moon-viewing) evening featuring a special Millennium Stage performance of Trancework and Eternal Now by shodo performing artist Koji Kakinuma, accompanied by the taiko group AUN.
Asia, Visual Arts, World Cultures, Japan, Innovators & Pioneers, Popular Culture, Music

Yunnan Singers, Dancers and Musicians

Video: Yunnan Singers, Dancers & Musicians
Artists of the Yi and Wa ethnic groups from Yunnan Province-the most ethnically diverse in China-demonstrate their unique folk traditions in this excerpt from the Kennedy Center's free Millennium Stage show.
Asia, China, Folklore, Music, World Cultures

Beijing Traditional Ensemble

Video: 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.
Asia, China, Music, World Cultures

Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra

Video: Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra
Join the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra for a lecture and demonstration explaining each of the four sections of the Chinese orchestra as well as some of the individual instruments.
China, Asia, Musical Instruments, Orchestra, Music, World Cultures

El Alto Strings

Video: El Alto Strings
The Bolivian musicians may practice Bach and other classical music at home, but they were eager to share their interpretation of traditional Bolivian music during their performance at the Kennedy Center.
World Cultures, Musical Instruments, Latin America, Orchestra, Music, Young Artists

Palestinian musician

Video: Palestinian Jazz
Palestinian and Moroccan musicians perform on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, which offers free shows 365 days a year as part of the Performing Arts for Everyone initiative. See how the musicians go from a sound check to actual performance.
World Cultures, Jazz, Musical Instruments, Music, Young Artists

OK Go

Video Series: OK Go @ the Kennedy Center
The band rocks the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage
Music, Rock & Roll, Popular Culture, Young Artists

Ralph Stanley

Video Series: Ralph Stanley: The Roots of Country Music
Learn about the beginnings of country music and its early innovators through the stories and music of three of country music's most respected musicians: mountain music legend Dr. Ralph Stanley, Jim Lauderdale and James Shelton.
America, Musical Instruments, Music, Music Legends

Nobody's Perfect

Video Series: Nobody's Perfect: Page to Stage
Explore the creation of the Kennedy Center's Theater for Young Audiences and VSA Arts production of Nobody's Perfect, including how American Sign Language was incorporated into a lively musical (ASL captioning is included in every episode in this series).
Jobs in the Arts, Language, Literature, Theater, Young Artists, Backstage, Musicals, Accessibility

Video Series: Native Pride Dancers
Watch Native American dancers from the group Native Pride Dancers demonstrate the traditional eagle, fancy, grass and hoop dances
Folklore, Music, World Cultures, Native America, Dance

Tambuco Percussion

Video Series: Tambuco Percussion
Among the finest percussion quartets today, the musicians of the three-time Grammy-nominated ensemble refuse to be tied down to one style, with a repertoire ranging from structuralist percussion music to a wide range of ethnic drum music and avante garde sound interpretation.
Musical Instruments, Folklore, Latin America, Music, World Cultures

tabou combo

Video Series: Tabou Combo: Haitian Kompa
"Rhythm is the essence of Tabou Combo," says Tabou Combo's co-founder Herman Nau. The infectious rhythm of Haiti's national dance music, Konpa (con-pah), has propelled the country's preeminent dance band around the world. By the time Tabou Combo's 12 members left Haiti and relocated to New York City in 1971, they had already established themselves as Haiti's number one group and Ambassadors of Konpa. Tabou Combo now has worldwide fans and followers from Europe, Asia, South America, throughout the Caribbean, and in North America. It is easy to understand why Tabou Combo's relentless and high-energy style of Konpa knows no language barrier.
Music, World Cultures

Swing dance

Video Series: Swing Dance
Get on the dance floor with dance instructors Nina and Bobby! Learn East Coast Swing, Charleston, and Lindy Hop in three instructional videos.
Dance, Music, Jazz, Popular Culture

Stephen Schwartz

Video Series: An Evening with Stephen Schwartz
From his time at Juilliard to his grand success on Broadway, follow the path of Stephen Schwartz, the composer/lyricist of such legendary works as Godspell, Pippin, and his most recent Broadway hit, Wicked. Excerpted from the Kenndey Center event moderated by Michael Kerker, ASCAP Director of Musical Theater, this series invites you into the world of one of the American theater's most talented artists.
Theater, Music, Popular Culture, Broadway, Composers, Musicals, Backstage

sogolon-puppet-theater

Video Series: Sogolon Puppet Theater
Sogolon is the puppet show and theatrical company created by Yaya Coulibaly in order to perpetrate and promote the Mali puppet tradition. The group's core mission is to contribute to develop and promote the Bamanan-Somono-Bozo puppet show.
Musical Instruments, Folklore, Music, World Cultures, Puppets, Africa

Latin Dance

Video Series: Latin Dance Level 2
These five minute Level 2 video lessons will help you learn new moves for four Latin dances: the Merengue, Salsa, Bachata, and Cha Cha Cha. Learn some history of these styles and how to hold while turning.
Dance, Music, Popular Culture, Latin America

Tango Feet

Video Series: Latin Dance Level 1
These five minute video lessons will help you learn three Latin dances: the Merengue, Salsa and Bachata. Learn the history of these styles and how to be a good partner.
Dance, Music, Popular Culture, Latin America

In the Studio

Video Series: In the Studio with Jason Moran
Join Jason Moran, the Kennedy Center’s Artistic Advisor for Jazz, in this video series as he explains the basics of Jazz music and how the art form works. He will show you how Jazz is more like skateboarding and football than you might think, and play some original pieces, as well as a few of the classic jazz standards.
America, Composers, Musical Instruments, Jazz, Music

Peking Opera

Video Series: China: Arts & Culture
This video series brings you a glimpse of the history and diversity of China's performing arts
China, Dance, Geography, Musical Instruments, Music, Puppets, Theater, World Cultures, Asia

Andes Manta

Video Series: 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.
Musical Instruments, Folklore, Latin America, Music, World Cultures, Nature

Blue Note Records

Video Series: Blue Note Records at 75
When it comes to the ongoing experiment that is modern jazz, there have been few cooler laboratories than Blue Note Records. For 75 years and counting, Blue Note has put the recording of innovative, authentic, uncompromising jazz above other measures of success.
Jazz, Music, Music Legends

Betty Carter

Video: 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.