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Kennedy Center A Few of Our Favorite Things...

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!

Oscilloscope wave Acoustics & Sound

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.

African men Africa

Africa

Discover the real story of the Lion King and the rich tapestry of sounds from North African cultures.

African-American Boy African-American History

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.

Fife & Drummer America

America

Discover the multicultural heritage and history of America through explorations of immigrant life, the lives legendary pioneers like Lewis and Clark, the modern political system, and significant works of American music, including our National Anthem.

The Dying Centurion Ancient Empires

Ancient Empires

From the music, theater, and mythology of Ancient Greece, to traditional music of Chinese and Arab cultures, to the lore of Arthurian England, discover past and present civilizations through their arts.

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Animals

How does an actor become a chihuahua? How do you get a school of fish to perform on on a dry stage? Jump into the animal kingdom with both flippers!

Red Poppy Asia

Asia

Fish painting, lion dances, larger-than-life calligraphy and a tornado of fire... experience the vibrant diversity of the arts across Asia.

Javanese dancer Asian-Pacific Islander

Asian-Pacific Islander

Artists from Indonesia set out on a cultural exchange with the Chicago theater scene. Watch a demonstration of Javanese dance, and learn all about the monkey dance from Bali

Pointe Shoes Ballet Resources

Ballet Resources

What does ballet have to do with the Russian Revolution? What's a plié or a jete or cinquième? How do ballerinas condition their bodies to perform like athletes? Delve into an art form with a language all its own and a rich history interwoven with cultural revolution, political rebellion, and artistic innovation.

Celebrating Blue Note Blue Note

Blue Note

For 75 years and counting, Blue Note has put the recording of innovative, authentic, uncompromising jazz above other measures of success. Learn about the label and its extraordinary artistic style.

Chinese lion dancer China

China

An army of buried warriors, lion dances, dancing shadows and a tornado of fire... experience the vibrant diversity of the arts across China

Civil War Soldiers Civil War

Civil War

Through songs and letters, explore the stories and people who lived through the American Civil War, including the relationship President Abraham Lincoln had with the music of his time.

Violin hands Classical Music Resources

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.

Dancing feet Dance Resources

Dance Resources

What’s the difference between troika and hula? How can dance tell stories and preserve histories? Discover dance and its impact on culture by exploring Ancient Egyptian rituals and Native American legends. Learn how dance tells stories and poems through a language of movement and music, and pick up a few moves yourself.

Earth, wind and water Earth, Wind & Water

Earth, Wind & Water

Is there poetry in the ocean? How can the wind inspire dance? How dramatic can a mountain be? Explore how the earth and weather inform people and the art they create.

Face Painting Family & Community

Family & Community

Explore the lives of immigrants and pioneers in early America. Then, drive along US-90 along the Gulf Coast or take a stroll down U Street in Washington, D.C.-- either place you'll be guided by the voices of the musicians who defined the culture of their community.

Beethoven graffiti Great Composers

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?

Hip-Hop Hip-Hop Culture

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.

History and Geography History and Geography

History and Geography

Travel the historic silk road, explore European castles, and discover the long-lasting influence of ancient cultures on modern society in this journey through the past and around the globe

India India

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.

Inventor Innovators, Inventors, & Explorers

Innovators, Inventors, & Explorers

Lewis and Clark explored the American West; Japanese artists Maywa Denki invent performance art "products." These resources can help you discover the process of discovering.

Japanese Noh theater Japan

Japan

Larger-than-life calligraphy, giant bamboo weaving, and robots both real and toy... experience the vibrant diversity of the arts across Japan.

Jazz trumpet Jazz & Blues Resources

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.

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