FTH at HOME: Global Arts for Global Kids with the Smithsonian

 

As our thoughts turn to summer, our FTH at HOME: Global Arts for Global Kids series also shifts from in-depth virtual classes to lighter online learning. In affiliation with the Smithsonian, FTH EDU will be exploring their Year of Music collection and video archive: #1 Blues, Rock & HipHop; #2: Latin Music; #3: Jazz; and #4: Folk & Country. Students of all ages will enjoy viewing items from the Smithsonian, such as bomba drums and Ray Charles’ keyboard, and then digging in with post-video activities. Flushing Town Hall is pleased to be a Smithsonian Affiliate and hopes you enjoy investigating their collection as much as we do. Special thanks to Jennifer Brundage, National Outreach Manager for assisting us with this project.

 

All videos come from the Smithsonian's Year of Music website, at music.si.edu.

 

Week #1: Blues, Rock & HipHop

 

This week we’ll focus on  Blues, Rock & HipHop—examining objects like James Brown’s Hammond B3 organ and J. Dilla’s synthesizer. Students of all ages will enjoy viewing items from the Smithsonian and then digging in with post-video activities. Flushing Town Hall is pleased to be a Smithsonian Affiliate and hopes you enjoy investigating their collection as much as we do.    

 

Day 1: James Brown's Hammond B3 Organ

Dr. Dwandalyn Reece, Curator of Music and Performing Arts at the National Museum of African-American History and Culture, tells us about James Brown's Hammond B3 Organ that is on display in "Through the African-American Lens" exhibit at National Museum of American History.

Check out this post-lesson activity about Funk in the 1960s and Today: https://bit.ly/3cnmswf

 

 

Day 2: Keyboard Owned by Ray Charles

John Hasse, PhD, Curator of American Music at the National Museum of American History, presents a Yamaha KX88 keyboard used by Ray Charles and discusses Ray's comments on playing the piano.

Check out this post-lesson activity about Music Sensitivity: https://bit.ly/2MgAPb2

 


 

Day 3: The History of the Electric Guitar

Part 1: Monica Smith and Will Eastmen, historians at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, recount the invention and evolution of the electric guitar.

 

Part 2: G.E. Smith performs the history of the electric guitar, from steel to squeal, in just one song. From the Show: Electrified: The Guitar Revolution.

Check out this post-lesson activity about the Acoustic Guitar: https://bit.ly/2Xn0Iwn

 

 

Day 4: Chuck Berry's Guitar "Maybellene"

Museum historian Kevin Strait tells us about Chuck Berry's guitar "Mabellene," which he helped to collect. It can be found in the "Musical Crossroads" exhibit at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Check out this post-lesson activity to learn more about Chuck Berry: https://bit.ly/3eQTRBh

 

 

Day 5: Minimoog Voyager synthesizer used by J Dilla

Timothy Anne Burnside, Museum Specialist at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, tells us about instruments used and owned by one of the most legendary producers of our time, the late J Dilla. Both the MPC and synthesizer are on display in the permanent music exhibition "Musical Crossroads" at the new National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Check out this post-lesson activity about the Minimoog: https://bit.ly/2zI8msd 

 

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Special thanks to Calvin W. Chan, Raymond D. Jasen, Ellen Kodadek, Anne Lewent, William McClure, and TeHsing Niu for underwriting a portion of FTH at Home: Global Arts for Global Kids. 

 

Flushing Town Hall is pleased to present these programs free of charge but welcomes donations from those who are able and moved to contribute. Donations of any amount are accepted here.

 

Flushing Town Hall’s facilities are temporarily closed to the public in accordance with COVID-19 safety regulations. Flushing Town Hall’s latest statement pertaining to COVID-19 can be found here.

 

All videos and contents are for educational purposes only.