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21.

Teaching Music [electronic resource]

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Two music specialists from arts-based schools demonstrate different approaches to serving diverse student populations. At Harmony Leland Elementary School in Mableton, Georgia, all 500 students study the violin. Their classes with Barrett Jackson become lessons in character and discipline. At Smith Renaissance School of the Arts in Denver, Sylvia Bookhardt and a class of fifth graders explore the Renaissance through choral singing.
Online
2003
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Developing an Arts-Based Unit [electronic resource]

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A team of first and second grade teachers at Lusher Alternative Elementary School in New Orleans plans a year end project that will let students show what they have learned in science, math, and English. The students write and perform an original play, using a painting by Breughel and an opera by Stravinsky as their starting points.
Online
2003
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Borrowing From the Arts to Enhance Learning [electronic resource]

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To add vitality and context to day-to-day learning experiences, three teachers use techniques drawn from the arts to engage their students' minds, bodies, and emotions. In Denver, a teacher uses rhythm, color, movement, and hands-on projects to engage her class of fourth and fifth grade boys. In White Plains, New York, third grade students create short skits that help them understand the concept of cause and effect. In Lithonia, Georgia, a fifth grade Social Studies unit on family history culminates with students using favorite objects to make visual representations of their lives.
Online
2003
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What Is Art? [electronic resource]

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Teachers and students explore the nature of theatre, music, dance, and visual art as they consider their own definitions for each art form. They watch an excerpt from Quidam, a surrealistic performance piece by Cirque du Soleil that combines the four art forms in unusual ways, and begin to explore connections between fantasy and reality.
Online
2003
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Creating a Multi-Arts Performance Piece [electronic resource]

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Teachers and students examine the elements of the classic journey of the hero as identified by Joseph Campbell. Afterwards, they create a multi-arts performance piece that represents a journey story and apply what they have learned in previous lessons to rehearse, critique, revise, and perform their work.
Online
2003
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Designing a Multi-Arts Curriculum Unit [electronic resource]

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Presents a curriculum design process that asks teachers and students to focus on"why", rather than "what", sometimes called backwards design. The teams begin to construct their own arts-based units of study, identifying enduring ideas and constructing essential questions that lead to carefully planned unit objectives and performance tasks.
Online
2003
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The Role of Assessment in Curriculum Design [electronic resource]

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As the teacher teams continue working on their own units, they examine strategies for determining how well students meet unit objectives. By revisiting the lessons in the first four programs, they discover how to build formative and summative assessments into the units that they are developing.
Online
2003
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Three Schools, Three Approaches [electronic resource]

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Documentary segments filmed during the school year show the workshop teachers planned and taught arts-based lessons that grew out of work in the first six programs. Discussions at the end of the school year, facilitated by one of the workshop leaders, give the Learner Team members a chance to reflect on some of the developments in their teaching practice.
Online
2003
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Building on New Ideas [electronic resource]

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More documentary segments show further work by the team members with their students, among themselves, and with colleagues. The end-of-year discussions continue, with team members reflecting on how their new initiatives in the arts have affected them and their schools, and offering advice for other teachers who want to bring the arts into their own classrooms.
Online
2003
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Making Connections [electronic resource]

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Teachers of music, visual art, and theatre build thoughtful connections to topics their seventh-graders are working on in Social Studies and Language Arts
Online
2005
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Exploring Our Town [electronic resource]

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Seventh- and eighth-grade students explore Thornton Wilder s classic play, "Our Town" from the perspectives of theatre, music, visual art, Language Arts, and Social Studies.
Online
2005
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Transmission [electronic resource]: Learning Music

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Demonstrates how we learn musical traditions and maintain, modify, notate, teach and perform them for a new, younger audience. Examples are chosen from Indian classical music, African village drumming and modern jazz and gospel.
Online
1999
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Music and Early Childhood

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With educational budgets severely strained, there is a tendency to cutback on arts education. Music and Early Childhood makes a strong case for beginning music education at a very early age because of its importance as a precursor to language skills. As Howard Gardner, Professor of Psychology at Harvard University points out, human beings have seven categories of intelligence, and music is one of them. We hear from experts including John Fierabend, Associate Professor at the Hartt School of Music, Humphrey Tonkin, President of the University of Hartford, and Edwin Gordon, Professor of Music, Temple University who all confirm that the earlier a child is exposed to music and rhythm the more naturally these talents will develop. If unused, musical ability can atrophy. The film shows gro [...]
Online
1994
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Someone Sang for Me: A Portrait of Educator Jane Sapp

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Someone Sang for Me is a one-hour documentary by award-winning filmmaker Julie Akeret profiling the critically acclaimed African-American singer and music educator Jane Sapp. Since 1989 Sapp has been based in Springfield, Massachusetts, where her music workshops with "at risk" youth are changing lives and animating the community. Someone Sang for Me showcases Sapp's work and places her squarely at the center of the arts and social change movement. The film weaves footage of Springfield young people rehearsing, performing, and discussing their experiences with interviews with Sapp, the young artists, community activists, and scholars who explore the ways art can be used to foster social change. The film explores the ways that music education can give young people the tools they need t [...]
Online
2002
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Making Masterpieces [electronic resource]: Art of Crafting Violins

Though the violins of Antonio Stradivarius and Guarneri del Gesu remain the gold standard for concert musicians, their prices-often in the millions-and their scarcity place them beyond the use of all but a handful of soloists. This NewsHour program looks at Samuel Zygmuntowicz, the master violin-maker whose replicas and original designs fetch
Online
2006; 2001
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Playing the Keyboard [electronic resource]

This program features Matt Clifford, a brilliant keyboard artist who has toured with The Rolling Stones and Yes. After a detailed overview of synthesizers and their capabilities, he gives instruction on choosing a keyboard; notes and intervals; bending notes and vibrato; keeping time; scales; bass lines, left- and right-hand chords, melody lines, and rhythms; MIDI technology and sampling; using orchestral, classic rock, and synthesized sounds; building multitrack sequences; and how to improvise simple songs. The program concludes with a performance by Clifford.
Online
2005; 1991
37.

Playing the Guitar [electronic resource]

In this program, John James, one of Britain's top fingerstyle guitarists, shows viewers the basics of playing the six-string acoustic guitar. Subjects include types of guitars; the parts of the guitar; replacing strings; how to hold acoustic and electric guitars; tuning; strumming and fretting; left- and right-hand fingering; notes and intervals; bending notes and vibrato; chord diagrams, tablature, and keeping time; scales; the C, G7, D7, G Major, and C7 chords; triad arpeggios; how to improvise simple songs; and playing the blues. The program concludes with a performance by James.
Online
2005; 1991
38.

Playing the Drums [electronic resource]

In this program, Geoff Nicholls, co-presenter of BBC TV's classic Rock School series, introduces students to the drum set with instruction on the components of the drum set and their parts; choosing sticks, drums, and cymbals; replacing drum heads; how to hold the sticks using orthodox and matched grips; tuning; hand and foot strokes; drum notation and keeping time; quarter, eighth, and sixteenth notes and their associated triplets; varying rhythms with rests; varying tempo and volume; accents; fills; and how to improvise both simple and complex rhythms. The program concludes with a performance by Nicholls.
Online
2005; 1991
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Percussion Instruments [electronic resource]

This program presents the wide range of instruments found in the percussion section of an orchestra-timpani, side drum, bass drum, cymbal, tam-tam, tubular bells, and xylophone-in performance. Works by composers from Mozart to Stravinsky illustrate the special effects achieved by using the various instruments.
Online
2007; 1997
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Plucked Instruments [electronic resource]

The roots and foreign branches of the guitar-family tree. The program looks at the more important of the many relatives of this instrument.
Online
2008; 1976