Music!... To Enhance Expression
9 The Power of Emotion
Malaysia: the Malay Gamelan, an Eastern Classical Tradition
Catch the excitement of the Malay gamelan! Hear clips of Malay gamelan
music, and learn more about its history. Then take an online quiz.
Compare your answers with other students.
Visit a Balinese/American gamelan group based in Washington D.C.
See excellent pictures of gamelan instruments, and hear audio clips
of the group's music. How does Balinese gamelan style differ from
Malay gamelan style?
Check out this site for explanations of different types of Western
classical music from medieval to modern. Choose two types of music
to comparemaybe minuet and march, opera and operetta, or any
that appeal to you.
History 101: The Romantic Era
Find out about the Romantic period, when music was ruled by "the
beautiful, the strange, the sublime, and the morbid." Read short
biographies of Romantic composers, and listen to sound clips of
these intense, passionate pieces.
10 The Beauty of Order
Hear clips from Sousa's compositions, and find out all about Sousa
and his players. Sousa wrote the official march of the United States.
Do you know what it is?
This site explains musical terms in fun, easy-to-understand ways.
Check out musical forms, such as rondo, sonata, concerto, canon,
or fugue. You can listen to sound clips of each form here as well.
Pick two musical forms to compare. How are they alike? How are they
Four Encore! Music and the Civil Rights Movement
National Civil Rights Museum
Take a virtual tour of the American struggle for civil rights. You'll
see Freedom Rides, Brown vs. Board of Education, the March on Washington,
and meet some of the heroes of the Civil Rights movement. Why is
the location of the National Civil Rights Museum significant?