Music

Talk with your students about Aretha Franklin: They all know the Queen of Soul

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Legendary singer Aretha Franklin, the ‘Queen of Soul,’ died at her home in Detroit on August 16, 2018, at the age of 76. Use this NewsHour lesson to find out what it is about the Queen of Soul that makes both young and old dance and sing along to her music. Continue reading

Trombone Shorty inspires a new generation of musicians

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The musician Troy Andrews, known as “Trombone Shorty,” started playing the trombone on the streets of New Orleans at age 4 and led his first band at age 8. Continue reading

Black Violin breaks down music stereotypes

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Two former high school orchestra nerds use their love of Bach and Beethoven to break down stereotypes by reimagining classical music and connecting with new audiences.
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Best music lesson ever: What makes “Over the Rainbow” work?

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Seventy-seven years ago, Judy Garland first recorded one of the most iconic songs of the 20th century, “Over the Rainbow.” Learn what makes the song such a classic with this lesson.
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Kids in trouble learn life skills through classical guitar

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A program in a Texas juvenile justice center allows young men to improve their lives through classical music. Continue reading

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