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Learn to identify the strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion instruments that make up an orchestra
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Paraguayan youth living in poverty use instruments made from rubbish to create beautiful music
Audio Series
A 3-part audio series that explores different aspects of Arab music
Audio Series
This series looks at the way music and outer space connect
Audio Series
Out of the hardships of Black Americans at the turn of the 20th century came the blues, a music that helped ease their suffering
Audio Series
The music of the Gulf Coast provides a microcosm of the cultural diversity and richness of the United States
Audio Series
Jazz musicians Billy Taylor and Frank Wess lead you through their hometown's music scene in this six-part audio series
Audio Series
This series explores the place of ceremonial, tactical and recreational music in the US military
Audio Series
Fragments of papyrus and stone provide clues to recreating music not heard in thousands of years
Audio Series
Chinese music dates back thousands of years and is as varied as the people who create it
Video Series
Andes Manta performs the vibrant music of the Andes on more than 35 traditional instruments
Video Series
Musician, storyteller and flutemaker Keith Bear sheds light on the art and tradition of making flutes in the Native American tradition
Video Series
The storyteller explains the origin and significance of the flute and drum in Native American culture
Video Series
Learn about the beginnings of country music and its early innovators
Video Series
Tambuco performs a repertoire ranging from structuralist percussion music to ethnic drum music and avante garde sound interpretations
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Palestinian and Moroccan musicians perform on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage
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Virtuoso musicians demonstrate a range of distinctive styles in Chinese music
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Join the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra for a demonstration explaining each of the sections of the Chinese orchestra
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Oki is the world's most prominent performer of the tonkori the only stringed instrument in the Karafuto Ainu musical tradition
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Members of Full Circle Soul demonstrate different types of hip hop dance and music.
Grades K-2 Lesson
In this lesson, students experience rain through several activities, experiments, reading, and performing
Grades 3-4 Lesson
Explore traditional western and Chinese instruments and create a Chinese instrument
Grades 3-4 Lesson
This lesson introduces students to the instruments of the brass family
Grades 3-4 Lesson
This lesson introduces students to the instruments of the percussion family
Grades 3-4 Lesson
In this lesson, students explore how pitch is altered based on the width and length of the string
Grades 3-4 Lesson
This lesson introduces students to the instruments of the woodwind family
This Day in the Arts
February 03, 1904: Ron McNair plays the saxophone in space
This Day in the Arts
April 24, 1934: The pipeless organ is released to the public
This Day in the Arts
May 17, 1846: Adolphe Sax patents the saxophone
This Day in the Arts
June 14, 1881: John McTammany, Jr. patents the player piano
This Day in the Arts
August 31, 1945: Itzhak Perlman is born in Tel Aviv, Israel
This Day in the Arts
October 07, 1955: Yo-Yo Ma is born in Paris, France
This Day in the Arts
Novmeber 20, 2007: Rock Band is released
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