If you’re into ukelele music, you most likely have heard of Jake Shimabukuro. If not, you’re in for a real treat. This video tells the heartfelt story of a musical sensation whose virtuoso skills on the ukelele have transformed all previous notions of the instrument’s potential as he touches the lives of the young and old who inspire his brilliance. The film captures the solitary life on tour: the exhilaration of performance, the wonder of newfound fame and the loneliness of separation from home and family. The title of this video is “Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings” and the I.D. number is2394. Borrow it for a month by clicking here.
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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage month by joining WGBY and our many community partners this Friday, October 25, for Presencia, an evening of music, culture, food, and dance to benefit the Latino Youth Media Institute and North End Center for Literacy and Learning (NECLL) at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (directions). We’ve been practicing our salsa and would love to teach you, or perhaps you can teach us a few new steps!
And thanks to PBS LearningMedia, we have more resources to add to those we shared in an earlier post this month:
Hispanic Exploration | Library of Congress | 4-12: This set of primary resources from the Library of Congress provides a window into this time period, as well as a Teacher’s Guide with historical context and teaching suggestions.
Baseball & Social Change | WGBH | 5-8: In this blended lesson supporting literacy skills, students learn about baseball legend Roberto Clemente, his early years in the U. S. during segregation and changes in the 1960s that made the culture more open to Clemente’s Latino culture.
Revolutionary Art | LPB | 9-12: In this lesson accompanied by a film clip from the documentary ‘The Storm that Swept Mexico’, students examine the use of art as historical narrative and social commentary, and create a mural inspired by the Mexican Muralist movement.
Fans of Mr. Steve, the PBS KIDS personality and musician, will be able to sing and dance along with him when he visits the area on Saturday, February 23. Mr. Steve, a guitarist, travels to western Massachusetts as part of WGBY’s sponsorship of The Springfield Museums’ exhibit called GUITAR: The Instrument that Rocked the World.
When asked about his two upcoming concerts, Steve Songs, as he’s also known among the younger set, said, “I’m so excited for our shows in Springfield. It’ll be like a greatest hits event: We’ll be playing songs from my PBS interstitials, some of our older most requested band tunes, plus a bunch of fun new songs from our brand new CD, Orangutan Van!”
As a partner in a youth fitness campaign called “Recess Rocks,” Mr. Steve promotes healthy living habits through his music. WGBY welcomes families to learn some dance moves ahead of time and post their own “Recess Rocks” videos on Facebook before or after the concerts.
Mr. Steve will perform live at the Springfield Museums in concerts at 11:00AM and 1:00PM. A “meet and greet” will follow each concert. Family activities at the Museums are planned throughout the day. More information is available at the WGBY website.
WGBY is pleased to announce a third season of Together In Song and share details on how you and your choral group might be able to be a part of the excitement and fun.
Musical Groups dedicated to the enjoyment of choral music, and who are based in Western New England (the WGBY service area of Western MA, Northern Connecticut, Southern Vermont and New Hampshire) are eligible for consideration. Applicants should upload a 2-4 minute video clip of their ensemble to YouTube, MySpace, or Facebook. Submissions on DVD will also be accepted. The deadline for submission is November 21, 2012. Choirs that participated in previous seasons may submit entries for Season III.
Choirs selected for participation in Together In Song will be brought into the WGBY Studios to have a performance taped to air on television. For additional details, check out the Together In Song Call for Entries. We’re looking forward to your submissions!!
In a part of America that rarely makes headlines, there is a small town with a group of teenagers who will captivate your ears and warm your heart. Mariachi High (I.D. 2314) is a DVD that presents a year in the life of the champion mariachi ensemble at Zapata High School on the Rio Grande in South Texas. Their playing will inspire, surprise and bring you to your feet! Borrow this video for a month by clicking here.
Music filling the classroom can be a great way to capture students’ interest and, when integrated into the curriculum, enhance their learning. At PBS LearningMedia, you’ll find scores of music resources for all grades such as:
Music and Multiple Intelligences (Grades PreK-13+) This resource includes a definition of multiple intelligences and two videos providing examples of using students’ musical intelligence for learning. By addressing multiple intelligences in lesson plans, teachers are able motivate all students to learn.
We Are the Music (Grades 3-4) Explore music and dance sequences of 11 cultural groups who have settled in Santa Fe, New Mexico over the past 700 years in diverse communities such as the Native Americans, Spanish, Crypto-Jewish, Celtic, German, Greek, Japanese, Tibetan, the Central Americans. All performers and narrators in these segments are of school-age.
Point of View – Sharing a Perspective on Music (Grades 6-12) In this lesson plan and video, students share opinions on music and write two critiques of a band playing the “St. Louis Blues,” one from their own point of view and one from that of a music critic, reflecting upon how their point of view influenced their opinion.
We also want preschool educators and parents to know about PBS Kids Rocks!, PBS Kids’ first music album, available on iTunes and Amazon. Each song is designed to help kids learn about a variety of topics to bolster their reading and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) skills.
During the late 17th and early 18th century, two violin makers from the same small town were making the most sought-after instruments ever created. This riveting documentary, narrated by Alfred Molina, tells the story of Stradivari and Guarneri in a production as beautiful to listen to as it is to watch. Borrow Violin Masters – Two Gentlemen of Cremona, I.D. 2273, from the WGBY Video Lending Library by clicking here.
Dust off your claves and join Chuck Vanderchuck’s band to play some caliente salsa music. Chuck Vanderchuck’s “Something Something” Explosion is a new PBS web-only program accompanied by games and lesson plans that teach basic musical concepts, music composition, and performance skills. Along with Chuck and his friend Ramona, explore new musical styles from around the world, including salsa, reggae, jazz, rock, and country. Students will learn about different instruments used for each musical style and the history and geography of that style, and play games where you identify instruments, write lyrics, compose melodies, create costumes, and play in a virtual concert with Chuck and Ramona.
The Chuck Vanderchuck’s “Something Something” Explosion has complementary lesson plans on ear training, music composition, lyric writing and more.