How can you use your own body as an instrument? Members of BEAT NYC teach the basics of beatboxing in this entertaining video. The Think section offers a short quiz. Dig Deeper offers additional information about the performers and the beatboxing genre.
This site is collection of experiments that let anyone, at any age, explore how music works. Do some experimenting yourself. Click on an image and then start to play. Take your time and experiment with your screen, keyboard or mouse.
This short documentary, a combination of animation and documentary footage, tells the story of an imaginative craftsman who makes whimsical stringed instruments out of unlikely items. In his hands, shovels, rakes, and stop signs become beautiful and functional instruments.
What’s going on when you play an instrument? This video describes how scientists observed the "fireworks" that go off in musicians’ brains when they play, and examines some of the long-term positive effects of this mental workout.
How did Beethoven write many of his most beloved songs while going deaf? This video uses the "Moonlight Sonata" to illustrate the way Beethoven was able to convey emotion and creativity using the certainty of mathematics.
How did the ukulele get its name? Learn how the ukulele came to Hawaii and was taken up by a member of the king’s court, nicknamed Jumping Flea, (ukulele in Hawaiian) who shared his love of the instrument.
"The Four Seasons" by Vivaldi is a familiar piece of early 18th Century music, featured in numerous films and television commercials (whether we know its name or not). What is its significance and underlying narrative?