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Musical Theater

“Fun Home” with Lisa Kron, Jeanine Tesori & Alison Bechdel

Musical Theater

“Fiddler, Then and Now”

Listening to the Musical Instruments

“Crazy Rag” by the SF8 from the National Saxophone Choir of Great Britain

A smaller break-out ensemble from the larger 20 member ensemble, the SF8 (Sax Family 8) are an eight-member group with a wide range of instruments

Listening to the Musical Instruments

“Bohemian Rhapsody”: National Saxophone Choir of Great Britain

The twenty members of the National Saxophone Choir of Great Britain performed an arrangement of this Queen classic at Adrian Boult Hall in Birmingham in

Latin Music's Influence in America

“Begin the Beguine”

This classic song written by Cole Porter is given it’s logical Latin flair with Xavier Cugat’s orchestra in this 1954 recording.

Rock 'n' Roll

*NSync: Bye, Bye, Bye

Listening to the Musical Instruments

100 Guitar Riffs (A Brief History of Rock ‘n’ Roll)

Chicago Music Exchange’s Alex Chadwick plays 100 of the most well-known guitar riffs – presented in chronological order from Chet Atkins to St. Vincent –

Musical Theater

A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder

From the 2014 Tony Awards Ceremony

How The Instruments Are Made

A History of the Player Piano

Listening to the Musical Instruments

A Trumpeter’s Resource

Produced by the Army Field Band, this is an extensive description of how the trumpet creates its unique sound.


1959 – The Year That Changed Jazz

This documentary highlights one of the most important years in American jazz history: the year in which four pivotal jazz albums appeared: Miles Davis’ “Kind


‘A Handful of Keys’ – Stride Piano

This classic stride piano song is performed on an electric piano with the sheet music scrolling above.

Musical Theater

“The Sound of Music” and “Something Rotten”

Musical Theater

“Matilda, the Musical”

Musical Theater

“Shuffle Along, or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed”

Musical Theater

“The Book of Mormon”

Country & Western

Loretta Lynn – “Coal Miner’s Daughter”

Musical Theater

“The Mystery of Edwin Drood”

Country & Western

Alan Jackson – Everything But the Wings

Live at the Opry

Rock 'n' Roll

Alice Cooper: Welcome to My Nightmare

This is a 1979 performance of Alice Cooper’s classic 1975 song.

Rock 'n' Roll

Alicia Keys: Fallin’

Musical Theater

Alladin – the Musical

From the 2014 Tony Awards ceremony.


Amos Milburn – Down the Road A Piece

Amos Milburn took boogie-woogie piano, the 12 bar blues and a jump blues combo and set the stage for early rock ‘n’ roll.

Country & Western

Amy Grant: Bartender Blues

50th Anniversary Tribute concert for George Jones – 2007


Amy Winehouse – ‘Teach Me Tonight’

Amy Winehouse was a new artist in the UK when she appeared on the New Years Eve, 2004 television program with Jools Holland and his

Listening to the Musical Instruments

Acoustic: Steel String Fender Guitar

Steve Fishell explains how a steel guitar works.

Country & Western

Alan Jackson & George Strait – Murder on Music Row (lyrics)


Al Di Meola – One Night Last June

Rock 'n' Roll

Adele: Rolling in the Deep

Adele’s 2011 video was nominated for 7 MTV VMA awards and won three: “Best Art Direction,” “Best Cinematography,” and “Best Editing.” Her voice has been


A Visit to Preservation Hall in New Orleans

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Study Units

An Overview

Ch. 1: Understanding Pitch

Ch. 2: Understanding Musical Pulse

Ch. 3: Understanding Volume

Ch. 4: Understanding Tone

Ch. 5: Understanding Melody

Ch. 6: Understanding Harmony

Ch. 7: Understanding Rhythm

Ch. 8: Understanding Bass

Ch. 9: Understanding Countermelody

Ch. 10: Understanding Structure

Ch. 11: Understanding Instrumentation

Ch. 12: Understanding Tempo

An Overview

Ch. 1: 19th Century: Pre-Foster

Ch. 2: Folk Music by the People

Ch. 3: Popular Music in its Infancy

Ch. 4: Stephen Foster – “Father of American Popular Music”

Ch. 5: The Importance of Stephen Foster

Ch. 6: Scott Joplin – “King of Ragtime”

Ch. 7: The Player Piano – Automated Music

Ch. 8: John Philip Sousa – “The March King”

Ch. 9: John Philip Sousa – Recording Artist and Activist

An Overview

Ch. 1: John Lomax – Recording American Roots Music

Ch. 2: Woody Guthrie – “Father of Modern American Folk Music”

Ch. 3: Leadbelly & Pete Seeger: End of the First Wave

Ch. 4: The Kingston Trio – Beginning of the Second Wave

Ch. 5: Joan Baez – “First Lady of Folk Music”

Ch. 6: Peter, Paul & Mary – Balancing the Message

Ch. 7: Robert Zimmerman – The Beginning of an American Icon

Ch. 8: Dylan in New York City

Ch. 9: Dylan after Newport

Ch. 10: The Importance of Dylan

Ch. 11: Folk Music in the 21st Century

An Overview

Ch. 1: The Roots of Country

Ch. 2: Bristol Beginnings

Ch. 3: The Grand Ole Opry

Ch. 4: Cowboys and the Movies

Ch. 5: Western Swing

Ch. 6: Bluegrass: Hillbilly on Caffeine

Ch. 7: Honky-tonk: Merging Two into One

Ch. 8: The Nashville Sound: Country-Pop

Ch. 9: Rockabilly – Country meets R&B

Ch. 10: Country Feminists Find Their Voice

Ch. 11: The Bakersfield Sound

Ch. 12: Austin “Outlaw” Country

Ch. 13: Neo-Traditionalists at the end of the 20th Century

Ch. 14: Mainstreaming Country in the ‘90s

Ch. 15: Redesigning Country in the 21st Century

An Overview

Ch. 1: What is Jazz?

Ch. 2: Before It Was Jazz

Ch. 3: Jazz is Born!

Ch. 4: Early Jazz Musicians

Ch. 5: Louis Armstrong

Ch. 6: Chicago and Harlem – Hub of 1920s Jazz

Ch. 7: Big Band – Jazz Swing!

Ch. 8: Big Band Musicians and Singers

Ch. 9: Jump Blues and Bop

Ch. 10: Cool Jazz

Ch. 11: Hard Bop

Ch. 12: Free Jazz – Breaking the Rules

Ch. 13: Fusion – The Jazz-Rock-Funk Experience

Ch. 14: Third Stream and World Jazz

Ch. 15: New Age & Smooth Jazz

Ch. 16: Summary – Jazz Lives!

An Overview

Ch. 1: Blues – The Granddaddy of American Popular Music

Ch. 2: Where Did the Blues Come From?

Ch. 3: What Are the Blues?

Ch. 4: How to Build the Blues

Ch. 5: Classic Blues – The Early Years

Ch. 6: Delta Blues – Authentic Beginnings

Ch. 7: Blues in the City – Migration and Power

Ch. 8: Blues in Britain – Redefining the Masters

Ch. 9: Contemporary Blues – Maturity and Respect

Ch. 10: The Relevancy of the Blues Today

Ch. 1: Timelines, Cultures & Technology

Ch. 2: Pre-Rock Influences

Ch. 3: Rock is Born!

Ch. 4: Rock is Named

Ch. 5: Doo-Wop

Ch. 6: Independent Record Labels

Ch. 7: Technology Shapes Rock ‘n’ Roll

Ch. 8: The Plan to Mainstream Rock ‘n’ Roll

Ch. 9: Payola – Rock ‘n’ Roll’s First Scandal

Ch. 1: Crafting Sound in the Studio/Producers and Hit Songs

Ch. 2: West Coast Sound: Beach, Surf, and Teens

Ch. 3: The British Invasion: Two Prongs – Pop & Blues

Ch. 4: Motown and the Development of a Black Pop-Rock Sound

Ch. 5: Soul Music: Gospel and R&B in the Deep South

Ch. 6: The Sounds of Bubble Gum Pop-Rock

Ch. 7: The Arrival of Folk-Rock

Ch. 8: Psychedelic Rock ‘n’ Roll

Ch. 9: Early Guitar Gods of Rock

Ch. 10: Rock Festivals: The Rise and Fall of Music, Peace, and Love

Ch. 11: Anti-Woodstock and Shock Rock Movements

Ch. 1: Technological Breakthroughs

Ch. 2: Electronic Dance Music

Ch. 3: Hip-Hop & Rap – An Introduction

Ch. 4: The Beginnings of Rap

Ch. 5: Old School Rap – Up From the Streets

Ch. 6: Rap’s Golden Age

Ch. 7: East Coast – Political Rap

Ch. 8: West Coast – Gangsta Rap

Ch. 9: The Fragmentation of Rap – Pop, Party & More

Ch. 10: Further Fragmentation – Different Directions

Ch. 11: The Importance of Rap

Ch. 1: Musical Stage Productions in America before the 1800s

Ch. 2: Minstrel Shows and Melodramas

Ch. 3: Stage Presentations in the Late 19th Century

Ch. 4: Early 20th Century: Revues and Operettas

Ch. 5: The Arrival of the Modern American Musical

Ch. 6: Great Partnerships in Book-Musicals

Ch. 7: Musical Theatre Composers in the mid-Century

Ch. 8: Fresh Voices on the Stage in the 1960s

Ch. 9: Two Dominant Forces at the End of the Century

Ch. 10: New Voices at the End of the Century

Ch. 11: New Voices, New Sounds in the New Century

Ch. 12: Musical Theatre Glossary

Ch. 13: Is it “Theatre” or “Theater”?

Study Units also have “Playdecks” – containing hundreds of chronologically organized audio examples of music in the study units, and “Study Qs” for unit chapters.

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