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Young Female Singer Advice on Taking Care of Your Voice

Advice on Taking Care of Your Voice

Debunk myths about singing and learn the ABC's of how your voice works

Agnes De Mille Agnes de Mille and Rodeo

Agnes de Mille and Rodeo

This all-American master changed the stage of choreography in musical theater. Learn how

Alvin Ailey's Revelations Alvin Ailey and Revelations

Alvin Ailey and Revelations

Find out how Ailey explored themes of African American heritage and culture through dance

Death of a Salesman Arthur Miller and Death of a Salesman

Arthur Miller and Death of a Salesman

Arthur Miller’s voice of social conscience and theatrical imagination changed the face of American theater. Meet him through his masterwork, Death of a Salesman.

La Traviata Boy Meets Girl, Girl Meets Tragic End

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

Soup Kitchen Brother Can You Spare a Dime?

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

Great white shark Chills and Thrills: Music That Goes Bump in the Night

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

Connection Connections

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.

Atlanta Opera's production of Cosi Fan Tutte Cozying up to Così

Cozying up to Così

A guide to Mozart's hilarious romantic comedy

Cracking Open The Nutcracker Cracking Open The Nutcracker

Cracking Open The Nutcracker

Explore the most popular ballet of all time

Contemporary Dancers Dance Do's and Don'ts

Dance Do's and Don'ts

Everything you need to know before you go to a dance performance

Dancers Do You Wanna Dance?

Do You Wanna Dance?

Want to understand how dance works? Learn the five elements that make up the foundation of this art form: body, action, time, space, and energy

Migrant Mother by Dorothea Lange Dorothea Lange and Migrant Mother

Dorothea Lange and Migrant Mother

See how Lange used her camera to tell the story of Depression-era Americans

Musical Theater Performance Dramatic Do's and Don'ts

Dramatic Do's and Don'ts

Everything you need to know before you go to a play or musical theater performance

Earworm Earworms

Earworms

When songs get stuck... get stuck... get stuck... in our brains

Aaron Copland Fanfare for the Common Man

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.

Jazz Trio A Field Guide to Clubs

A Field Guide to Clubs

Everything you need to know before you go to an arts event in a club setting

Kennedy Center Concert Hall A Field Guide to Concert Halls

A Field Guide to Concert Halls

Everything you need to know before you go to an arts event in a concert hall

Music Festival A Field Guide to Festivals

A Field Guide to Festivals

Everything you need to know before you go to an arts event in a festival-style setting

Children Observing a Painting A Field Guide to Galleries

A Field Guide to Galleries

Everything you need to know before you go to an arts event in a gallery

Kennedy Center Opera House A Field Guide to Theaters

A Field Guide to Theaters

Everything you need to know before you go to an arts event in a theater

George Balanchine George Balanchine and Agon

George Balanchine and Agon

Discover why Balanchine has been called "the father of American Ballet" and even the greatest choreographer of all time

American Flag God Bless America

God Bless America

In 1938, composer Irving Berlin dusted off an old piece of music to create a new national hit

Bessie Smith Hear With Your Eyes: Jazz and Art

Hear With Your Eyes: Jazz and Art

Romare Bearden makes music with his art. Learn how to “hear” a painting

Hip-Hop artists Hip-Hop: A Culture of Vision and Voice

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?

Children Singing Singing in an Ensemble

Singing in an Ensemble

Learn how to sing with a group of friends, family, or classmates

Theater collage It's Not Just a Stage

It's Not Just a Stage

How to find your way around a theater, onstage and off

henry fonda in the grapes of wrath The Grapes of Wrath: Voice and Vision

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

Words of Love Love in Poetry and Words

Love in Poetry and Words

Need the right words for Valentine's Day? Let the great poets, writers, and thinkers share their thoughts

Martha Graham Martha Graham and Appalachian Spring

Martha Graham and Appalachian Spring

Learn how this dance visionary pioneered her own movement language while exploring the depths of human emotion

Martha Graham Master + Work

Master + Work

Meet the masters...the talented artists who have created some of the most outstanding achievements of the twentieth century

Merce Cunningham Merce Cunningham and BIPED

Merce Cunningham and BIPED

Discover how Cunningham's abstract choreography was inspired by his innovative use of technology

Music as Dance’s Muse

Music as Dance’s Muse

Music is a muse for four different American choreographers

Conductor at Concert Musical Must-Do's

Musical Must-Do's

Everything you need to know before you go to a symphonic, orchestral, or jazz concert performance

Singing at Piano No Singer is an Island

No Singer is an Island

Some thoughts on being a musical teamplayer

Little Dancer On Stage: Little Dancer

On Stage: Little Dancer

This feature includes background about the musical Little Dancer as well as an interpretive piece for younger audience members about the play’s more sensitive themes

Ear buds in love Perfect Harmony: Singing the Love

Perfect Harmony: Singing the Love

Nothing sings romance like a love song. And people have been singing them for thousands of years.

pointe shoe Pointe Shoes

Pointe Shoes

What makes dancing en pointe possible? Footwear called pointe shoes. With their flat, stiff fronts and special construction, pointe shoes give ballerinas the footwear that helps them stay on their toes and wow audiences

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.

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

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

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?

Chorus Singing Surviving School Chorus

Surviving School Chorus

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

sad lady Tearjerkers

Tearjerkers

Putting the "sad" in sad songs

Romeo and Juliet The Pas De Deux: It Takes Two

The Pas De Deux: It Takes Two

The pas de deux is not just a dance of love

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

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

Singing Audition The Ins and Outs of Trying Out

The Ins and Outs of Trying Out

Pointers for your next singing audition

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