These video segments are found on the DVDs in the Music Arts Toolkit.
Doorways to Music
The video segments on the Doorways to Music DVD open up the world of music for students, providing opportunities to sing and learn about traditional music; demonstrations of music elements and the four voices; and profiles of musicians of all ages who have a passion for their art.
- “There’s a Hole in the Bucket”
- Jennifer Rose and her daughter Lydia sing a personalized version of this traditional call and response song.
- “Five Little Ducks”
- Tom Bledsoe, Rich Kirby, and Joy D'Elia perform this Southern/Appalachian game song using the jaw harp and bodhran, or frame drum.
- “Johnny Peut Pas Danser” and “ABCs et 1,2,3”
- The Doucet Family Band perform a Cajun folk dance tune and a French version of the familiar children's song used to teach the alphabet and numbers.
- “Funky, Bluesy ABCs”
- Blues great Taj Mahal performs the traditional children's learning song, accompanying himself on keyboards.
- “Cluck Old Hen” and “I Had a Rooster”
- Mike Seeger sings two traditional Southern songs about animals and discusses the origins of the banjo.
- “Shady Grove” and “Bandyrowe”
- Jean Ritchie talks about growing up in Eastern Kentucky and sings “Shady Grove,” a traditional Appalachian dance tune she learned from her father, and “Bandyrowe,” a lullaby she wrote. She accompanies herself on lap, or mountain, dulcimer.
- “Foo Boo Woo Boo John”
- Mike Seeger performs this folk song of English origins.
- “Derby Ram”
- Mike Seeger performs this folk song of English origins.
- “Bushy Tail”
- Mike Seeger performs this folk song of English origins.
- “Rabbit in a Log”
- The Gray Eagle Band performs a song that was a standard of early Bluegrass in the traditional string-band style popular in the South in the 1930s.
- “So Go Rabbit”
- The Reel World String Band performs a call and response song that originated on the Sea Islands off Georgia and South Carolina during slavery times.
- Paula Larke performs a traditional African-American game song, with movements demonstrated by young students.
- “Grass Dance Song”
- Dennis Banks, an Anishinabe Indian from northern Minnesota, discusses the importance of the drum to native peoples' music and teaches students a traditional native dance.
- Malcolm Dalglish shows how to play the spoons and explains downbeat.
- John McCutcheon demonstrates the hambone, a traditional African-American rhythm technique that uses the body as a “drum set.”
- “John Henry”
- John McCutcheon sings this classic American ballad about man who challenges a machine to see which can do the best job of boring holes into the mountains to build tunnels.
- “Gospel Train”
- Rhonda and Sparky Rucker perform a code-word song used in the Underground Railroad.
- Paula Larke performs a narrative song from slavery times.
- “Light Rain Blues”
- Taj Mahal performs an original composition, accompanying himself on guitar.
- “Keep On Movin’ On”
- Folk legend Odetta discusses music as a way to celebrate diversity and sings a song she wrote about the importance of voting.
- What Is Music?
- Musician and ethnomusicologist Gregory Acker uses world instruments to demonstrate pitch, melody, harmony, tempo, rhythm, dynamics, timbre, and form.
- The Four Voices
- Everett McCorvey, endowed chair of opera for the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre, describes the four principal voices—soprano, alto, tenor, and bass—and singers from the Opera Theatre demonstrate each voice and how they sound together.
- Electronic Field Trip to the Kentucky Opera
- A video field trip to the Kentucky Opera in Louisville, Ky, includes information about careers in opera and a behind-the-scenes look at how a production comes together.
- Profile: Wise Village Pickers and Singers
- A young Powell County, Ky., musician talks about her love for music and performs an enthusiastic performance of "Mule Skinner Blues" that includes yodeling.
- Performance: River City Drum Corp
- A group of children and young adults from Louisville, Ky., perform African-style drumming.
- Profile: The Junkman
- Percussionist Donald Knaack discusses how he creates music instruments from found objects and performs at a Jefferson County, Ky, school.
- Behind the Scenes: KMEA All-State Jazz Ensemble 2001
- Kentucky high school students rehearse and perform at the Kentucky Music Educators Association conference.
- Profile: Euntaek Kim
- A 17-year-old piano prodigy from South Korea talks about his life in music and performs Beethoven's Choral Fantasy, joined by the Louisville Youth Choir, the New Albany High School Acappella Singers, and the Louisville Youth Orchestra.
- Profile: Daniel Goldman
- Clarinet player Daniel Goldman, a Louisville native who has been principal clarinetist for the World Youth Symphony, performs and works with young musicians.
- Profile: Laquita Mitchell
- Lyric soprano Laquita Mitchell works with and performs for young musicians in Louisville, Ky.
- Bluegrass Legend: J.D. Crowe
- Banjo star J.D. Crowe is profiled and joins the group New South in a performance of an original song, “J’s Tune.”
Music Through Time
This DVD features segments of musical performances and commentary correlated to historic periods ranging from the Middle Ages to present day.
- Medieval Music: Gregorian Chant
- Jeff Johnson, professor of music at the University of Kentucky, discusses medieval plainchant and three performance methods—direct, antiphonal, and responsorial--and leads the UK Chorus in a performance of “Alma redemptoris mater” using the responsorial method.
Length: 00:08:31 (3 segments)
- Renaissance Music: Palestrina
- Bruce Heim, horn professor at the University of Louisville, discusses homophony, polyphony, and counterpoint, and the Louisville Brass performs an instrumental arrangement of composer Palestrina's “sicut cervus.”
Length: 00:09:33 (4 segments)
- Bach to Bach
- Schuyler Robinson, professor of organ and sacred music at the University of Kentucky, performs an excerpt from the opening toccata section of Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor; explains the workings of a pipe organ; discusses key concepts of Baroque music; and performs the final section of the Toccata and Fugue in D Minor.
Length: 00:24:18 (4 segments)
- Handel and the Oratorio
- Jeff Johnson, music professor at the University of Kentucky, discusses Handel and oratorios, and members of the UK Men's Chorus perform the “Hallelujah Chorus.”
Length: 00:14:59 (4 segments)
- Mozart and Haydn
- William Prinzing Briggs, music director of the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras, provides an overview of the Classical period, focusing on Mozart and Haydn and discusses the four-movement structure of the symphony form. Members of the youth orchestras perform excerpts from Haydn's Divertimento in C for String Quartet, Mozart's String Quartet in C, and Haydn's Theme and Variations on “God Save Francis the Emperor.”
Length: 00:15:31 (4 segments)
- Mozart's Choral Music
- Students from the 1999, 2000, and 2001 Kentucky Governor's School for the Arts perform Mozart's “Ave verum corpus” and “Veni Sancte Spiritus.”
- “Pamina's Suicide” from Mozart’s The Magic Flute
- Members of the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre perform a song from the Classical period opera The Magic Flute.
- The Genius of Beethoven
- William Prinzing Briggs, music director of the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras, discusses Beethoven's life and contributions to music.
- Beethoven's Emperor Concerto
- Pianist Lee Luvisi and the Owensboro (Ky) Symphony Orchestra perform the Rondo/Allegro from Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat (known as the Emperor Concerto).
- “Storm Movement” from Beethoven's 6th Symphony
- Robert Franz, associate conductor of the Louisville Orchestra, discusses the “Storm Movement” from Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 in F major and conducts the Louisville Youth Orchestra in a performance of the movement.
- Music of the Romantic Period
- William Prinzing Briggs, music director of the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras, discusses the romantic period and key composers such as Liszt, Paganini, and Tchaikovsky.
Length: 0009:39 (2 segments)
- Swan Lake Ballet (Scene and Finale from Act II)
- The Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of Nicholas Palmer, performs the Scene and Finale from Act II of Tchaikovsky's 1875 ballet Swan Lake.
- “Sunrise” from Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite
- Robert Franz, former associate conductor of the Louisville Orchestra, introduces “Sunrise” and the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestra performs the piece, written in 1867 by Edvard Grieg.
- The Trout Quintet by Schubert
- Pianist Euntaek Kim and young Kentucky musicians perform Franz Schubert's Quintet in A Major for piano, violin, viola, cello, and bass (known as the Trout Quintet), written in 1819.
- Duet from Bizet's Les Pecheurs de Perles
- University of Kentucky Opera Theatre performs a duet from Bizet's 1863 opera Les Pecheurs de Perles (The Pearl Fishers). Sung in French with English subtitles.
- “Brindisi” from Verdi's La Traviata
- University of Kentucky Opera Theatre performs a duet from the popular opera LaTraviata. Sung in Italian with English subtitles.
- Aria from Wagner's Tannhauser
- Everett McCorvey introduces a performance of an aria from the 1845 opera Tannhauser, set in medieval Germany. Soprano Afton Battle of the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre performs the aria.
- Introduction to Impressionism/Post Impressionism
- Dr. Diane Earle, professor of music at Kentucky Wesleyan College, discusses the Impressionistic and Post Impressionistic movements in art and key characteristics and composers and performs excerpts from “L'Isle Joyeuse” by Claude Debussy and “Scherzo” by Jean Francaix.
Length: 00:11:26 (4 segments)
- Music Example: “Cantique de Jean Racine”
- The Kentucky Music Educators Association 2001 All-State Chorus performs Gabriel Faure's impressionistic choral piece “Cantique de Jean Racine,” written in 1865.
- Introduction to Music of the 20th Century
- Dr. Diane Earle, professor of music at Kentucky Wesleyan College, discusses and demonstrates music of the Modern period. She performs music by Igor Stravinsky and Henry Cowell.
Length: 00:12:43 (3 segments)
- The Colonial Period: “Yankee Doodle Dandy”
- Saxton's Cornet Band, a musical ensemble that recreates the sounds and appearance of brass bands from the 19th century, discusses the origins of the song “Yankee Doodle,” and performs the piece with solo variations.
- Modern Music in America
- Dr. Diane Earle, professor of music at Kentucky Wesleyan College, describes and demonstrates characteristics of blues and jazz. She performs “I Got Rhythm” and “Embraceable You” by George and Ira Gershwin and the first movement of Aaron Copland's “Four Piano Blues.”
Length: 00:10:51 (5 segments)
- Introduction to Jazz: Origins
- Pianist Harry Pickens performs “What a Wonderful World” and discusses the roots, characteristics, and impact of jazz.
- Introduction to Jazz: Style
- Pianist Harry Pickens performs “Happy Birthday” as Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Fats Waller, and Errol Garner might have performed it and discusses how every musician develops an individual style.
Length: 00:09:00 (2 segments)
- Jazz Performance: “I Got It Bad (and That Ain't Good)”
- Harry Pickens performs Duke Ellington's 1941 composition “I Got It Bad (and That Ain't Good).”
- Jazz Performance: “I'm Confessin'”
- Trumpet virtuoso Byron Stripling, who played Louis Armstrong in the Broadway musical Satchmo, joins the Vince DiMartino-Miles Osland Jazz Orchestra in a performance of the jazz standard “I'm Confessin' (That I Love You).”
- On Broadway: “Tonight” from West Side Story
- Everett McCorvey, director of the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre, discusses the Broadway musical and two of its champions, composer/conductor Leonard Bernstein and composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim, and the UK Opera Theatre and Symphony Orchestra perform “Tonight” from the musical West Side Story.
Music Around the World
This DVD takes students on a musical tour of the world, from the drums of Mali to the gamelon music of Indonesia to a variety of styles that crisscross the Americas.
- Introduction to Instruments of the World
- Kentucky musician and ethnomusicologist Gregory Acker discusses and demonstrates the world instrument families: idiophones, chordophones, membranophones, and aerophones.
Length: 00:19:23 (4 segments)
- West Africa: Music of Mali
- Yaya Diallo discusses his interest in music and its healing powers and performs a “thank you song for ancestors” on balaphon and talking drum.
Length: 00:07:33 (2 segments)
- West Africa: Manjani
- Imani Dance & Drum Company performs a West African dance traditionally danced to celebrate an important event such as the harvest, demonstrating the close coordination between musicians and dancers.
- Middle East: A Taste of Arabian Music
- Hussam Al-Aydi introduces the members of the Louisville, Ky-based group Baladna and their instruments--keyboards, tabla (drum), guitar, and oud (pear-shaped guitar). Then the group performs an Egyptian song.
Length: 00:07:40 (2 segments)
- Israel: Traditional Jewish Folk Song
- The 2001 Kentucky Music Educators Association men's All-State TTBB Chorus performs the traditional Jewish folk song “El Yivneh Hagalil,” arranged by Peter Sozio.
- China: Music of the Pipa
- Hong Shao discusses the history of the pipa and demonstrates how it is played. She performs “Bring Me a Rose,” a 1960 song by Ye Xu-Ran. She discusses growing up in China during the Cultural Revolution. She concludes with a performance of “Flower Festival” by Wang Fandi.
Length: 00:10:09 (4 segments)
- China: Flower-Ball Dance
- Dr. K. H. Han, visiting professor of ethnomusicology at the University of Kentucky, discusses and demonstrates the erhu, a Chinese stringed instrument. He introduces“Flower-Ball Dance,” a piece performed primarily in unison using a pentatonic scale, which the UK Chinese Ensemble performs.
Length: 00:05:53 (2 segments)
- Japan: Music of the Koto
- Kazue Sawai, a well-known modern koto player, performs “Midare (Chaos).”
- Indonesia: Balinese Gamelan Orchestra
- Dr. K. H. Han, visiting professor of ethnomusicology at the University of Kentucky, introduces gamelan music and its instruments. Then the UK Gamelan Orchestra performs "Joged Dance, a traditional gamelan piece."
Length: 00:10:48 (6 segments)
- Northern India: Hindustani Style
- Singer Rrucha Bapat and tabla player Vinayak Astekar perform music in the Hindustani style prevalent in northern and western India.
- Ireland: Celtic Born/Celtic Inspired
- The group Galloglas, made up of American musicians of Irish and Scottish descent, performs a medley of traditional Irish songs, including the duet "My Johnny Was a Shoemaker," followed by a performance of an original composition that is Celtic-inspired.
- Scotland: Bagpipes
- Robert Caudill of The Louisville Pipe Band tells the history of the bagpipe, and the group performs a competition set including a 4/4 march, a dance tune, an Irish reel, and concluding march.
Length: 00:07:45 (2 segments)
- Spain: Flamenco Guitar
- Doug Jones and Roberto Elliott perform a traditional flamenco tune that incorporates rhythmic finger tapping.
- Ecuador and Bolivia: Music of the Andes
- Fernando Moya of Ecuador and Xenon Llusko of Bolivia perform "Almapayo," a traditional song from Ecuador, and Moya discuss and demonstrate instruments used in the piece, including the quena (7-hole flute), chajchas (rattles made of goat toenails), guitar, and rondador (bamboo pan pipes). Llusko demonstrates the charango, a small guitar, and the duo perform two Bolivian pieces, "Fiesta del Charango" and "Mujeres y Ninos (Mother and Children)."
Length: 0:14:35 (3 segments)
- Venezuela: Salsa
- Enrique Gonzalez of Venezuela discusses the salsa style, and he and his group, the Big Maracas, perform "Asi," sung in Spanish.
- Cuba: The Latin Beat
- Timbason, a 10-piece band that performs Afro-Cuban jazz and Latin dance music, performs "El Cuarto de Tula (Tula's Room)," a traditional Cuban jazz song, followed by "Autumn Leaves," an American jazz standard.
- Panama: High/Low Sounds on Conga Drums
- In a segment from ˇArte y Mas!, a series designed to teach Spanish to primary students, teacher Alicia Vinson introduces Jose Handel from Panama, who demonstrates the timbre of conga drums.
Length: 00:06:30 (2 segments)
- Native American: Cherokee Singer
- Contemporary Cherokee singer Paula Nelson performs a learning song that teachers listeners how to say hello in Cherokee, followed by another original composition, "It's Going to Rain."
- Native American: Music and Dance
- Singers of three different nations—Navajo, Apache, and Totonac—talk about the purposes of music in their cultures and the connection between music and dance.
Length: 00:08:57 (3 segments)
- Native American: Iroquois Flute Maker
- Arnold Richardson, a member of the Iroquois Confederacy, shows how wooden flutes are made and how they produce sound. He also is shown working with Susan Mullins, a Mohawk, as she learns to sing in her native language.
- Mariachi Texas-Style
- Campanas de America, a group that grew out of a mariachi education program in Texas, performs examples of mariachi music.
- Appalachia: There Was a Time
- Old-time fiddler and storyteller Ron Short of Roadside Theater, tells the story of the Appalachian Mountains through story, song, and music.
- A Full Sound: Traditional Guitar Styles
- Thumbpicking champion Eddie Pennington demonstrates the Western Kentucky Merle Travis picking style, and Jesse Aldridge demonstrates flatpicking.
- Let the Fiddle Do the Singing: Traditional Fiddle Styles
- Clyde Davenport of Jamestown, Tenn., and Roger Cooper of Garrison, Ky, demonstrate two styles of fiddle playing and tell how they learned to play.
- Immigrant Instrument: The Mandolin
- Chris Mullins, resident artist at the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum, introduces the mandolin and performs a medley of tunes.
Length: 00:07:09 (3 segments)
- Jug Band Music
- The Juggernaut Jug Band talks about jug band music and performs a traditional song, "Frisco Bay."
Length: 00:10:50 (3 segments)
- Contemporary Folk: Shady Grove
- The Kentucky duo Zoe Speaks performs the traditional song on guitar and banjo.
- Singing the Gospel
- The Northern Kentucky Brotherhood and The Gospelway Bluegrass Singers perform gospel songs, demonstrating two very different styles.
- I Sing the Blues
- Tanita Gaines and her band, the Accused, perform the song "I Sing the Blues," which was popularized by Etta James.
- Freedom Singers
- The Freedom Singers, who traveled the United States in the 1960s, using music to promote desegregation and equal rights, perform songs from the Civil Rights movement.
- One Song, Many Styles
- A variety of musicians perform "My Old Kentucky Home," in a range of styles: Indian raga, contemporary folk, traditional, jazz, and hard rock.
Length: 13:45 (6 segments)