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Video Resources

Films on Demand
Multidisciplinary documentary film resource.

Videos from Films on Demand:

Music (22:59)
Music is an art that depends greatly on the quality of the instrument as well as the skill and talent of the performer, the nature of the music itself, and the perceptions of the listener. This program explains how the brain perceives music and why certain melodies seem more appealing than others. The flute is used to show how this instrument has been adapted to different music and musicians at different times. Lute-making illustrates how music and technology are inseparable.

Science & Music Series (4:57:18)
For every music lover who has ever wondered how music happens, what Pythagoras meant when he classified music as a branch of mathematics, this informative and entertaining series of lecture-demonstrations provides fascinating insights into the relationships between sound and music. Part of the annual series of Christmas Lectures given each year at Britain’s Royal Institution, the programs explore the basic science of the fact that every sound—from the dropping of a pin to the deafening frenzy of a rock concert—is produced by changes in air pressure. The resulting waves are perceived by the miraculous ear-brain system as sensations we understand as sound and music—both apparently objective, yet intensely subjective phenomena. 5-part series, 60 minutes each.

Music Makers: Basic Instrument Instruction Series (11:42:33)
In this eight-part series, seasoned professionals who have played with premier recording artists share their deep knowledge of music in a friendly and unselfconscious manner as they explain and demonstrate the essentials of playing a variety of string, wind, and percussion instruments. 8-part series, 76-109 minutes each.


Ethnomusicology Guide

Wisconsin Music Archives

Ethnomusicology Online

National Geographic World Music

College Music Society

Music Terminology Glossary


Music Education Online

Reading Music

National Association for Music Education

Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments

Aural Comprehension Guide


Classical Music Navigator

Classical Net


Opera Glass


Aria Database


All About Jazz

Jazz Review

Ken Burns’ Jazz

Red Hot Jazz



National Association of Pastoral Musicians

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