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brain with earbuds Your Brain on Music

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.

Spirit of '76 Yankee Doodle

Yankee Doodle

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

Books Why Use Primary Sources?

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

White Angel Breadline

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.

Singer What It Takes to Become a Professional Singer

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

We Shall Overcome mural We Shall Overcome

We Shall Overcome

In this story, find out how a song helped steel the courage of African Americans as they struggled for civil rights

Conducting choir Understanding Different Voice Types

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

Dust Bowl This Land is Your Land

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

Composers The Story Behind The Song

The Story Behind The Song

Through the history of popular songs, discover how history is full of surprising stories of people doing amazing things

Fort McHenry, Baltimore The Star-Spangled Banner

The Star-Spangled Banner

In this story, find out how a captured poet penned the song that became the country’s national anthem

brain with earbuds The Sound System Between Your Ears

The Sound System Between Your Ears

The amazing sound system in the human brain helps explain why people everywhere fill their lives with music

Skeleton Story The Skeleton of a Scary Story

The Skeleton of a Scary Story

Have you ever wanted to scare your friends around the campfire? This article will tell you how!

Loie Fuller The Rebellious Streak: Dancing to Different Rules

The Rebellious Streak: Dancing to Different Rules

They were rebels, they were American, and they dared to be different: the makers of modern dance

Singer The Real Life of a Singer

The Real Life of a Singer

A mini-course in starting a singing career

USMC Memorial The Marines' Hymn

The Marines' Hymn

This article gives you the stories behind the words—“From the Halls of Montezuma, To the shores of Tripoli”

Singing Audition The Ins and Outs of Trying Out

The Ins and Outs of Trying Out

Pointers for your next singing audition

ers The Ellipsoidal Reflector Spotlight

The Ellipsoidal Reflector Spotlight

One of the jobs of a lighting designer is to be an illusionist; to convince the audience they’re somewhere special

Union Soldiers The Battle Hymn of the Republic

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

sad lady Tearjerkers

Tearjerkers

Putting the "sad" in sad songs

Chorus Singing Surviving School Chorus

Surviving School Chorus

You've been assigned to a chorus. Now what? Some helpful hints for the young singer

Singing on Stage So You Want to be a Singer?

So You Want to be a Singer?

What does it really take to become a professional singer?

As You Like It Shakespeare in Love

Shakespeare in Love

Shakespeare made the pursuit of love just as difficult as leading men to war, or solving your father's murder

Romeo and Juliet Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

Find out why William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet is such an enduring love story. Learn more about Act II’s balcony scene and the tragedy’s most well-known adaptations

Kathryn Bostic Q&A with Kathryn Bostic

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.

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