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Bella C. Landauer Collection of Aeronautical Sheet Music
Online exhibit featuring the colorful illustrations found on sheet music featuring aeronautical themes. Since early developments in aeronautics have been accompanied by popular interest and media coverage, you can find many forgotten songs about aeronautics and the colorful illustrations that adorn the sheet music for these songs.
Provider: Smithsonian Institution Libraries
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Grade(s): General audience
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Celebrate Cambodia: Khmer Festival and Wedding Music
Lessons that introduce two contrasting examples of the music of the Khmer people. Students particpate in active listening, discussions of cultural context, and performance of ostinati and pentatonic melodies.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage – Explore Culture
The education page of the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage. Access education kits, curriculum materials, videos, and recordings for classroom and other educational uses.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): General audience
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Colombia
Bilingual virtual version of an exhibition at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. The site is arranged as a tour of Colombia's ecosystems.It considers ways that cultures arise from landscape and economies from natural resources (especially, in this case, coffee). Suitable for geography classes.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Design Your Own Performance
Lesson plan has students analyze images relating to Celia Cruz and then design a performance to understand the role of aesthetics and style in the performing arts. This lesson is a resource included in the online exhibition entitled ¡Azúcar! The Life and Music of Celia Cruz.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8
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Designing Musical Instruments
Lesson plan shows how musical instruments can be used in a study of sound energy. Students employ observation, logic, and reasoning to determine how different pitches are made. They then invent their own instruments to produce various sounds and pitches.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Discovering the East of China: Chinese Music in Elementary School
Unit that introduces regional Chinese music. Students "travel" through the eastern part of the country.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Drum Sounds and Their Many Meanings
Webpage by former Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart shows how drums express the rhythms of the body, the family, the tribe, the nation, and the cosmos and how rhythms can be used to communicate and to express cultural connections. Includes video and audio clips.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): General audience
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Drum Sounds and Their Meanings
Examples of the ingenious ways that percussion is used to communicate, as well as to express cultural connections to death, war, and spirituality. Includes selections of music and video.
Provider: Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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Grade(s): General audience
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Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn: Jazz Composers
Online exhibit examining two jazz standards, each one its author’s most-recorded piece: Caravan, written in 1936 by Duke Ellington and Juan Tizol, and Take the “A” Train, composed in 1941 by Billy Strayhorn. Brief biographies of the composers, primary source documents, and media clips show the process involved in writing and recording two of the most celebrated jazz pieces ever written.
Provider: National Museum of American History
Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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