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Mariachi music is one of the most familiar symbols of Mexican and Mexican-American culture. Mariachi bands may have as many as 20 members, mostly on stringed instruments and trumpets.

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Celebration of Exploration
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Celebration of Exploration

Join the biggest names in exploration as they pay tribute to the visionaries who push boundaries and change our world for the better.

  • Best for: All
  • Concepts: awards, cuisine, culinary, culinary arts, exploration, explorers, explorers, explorers festival, food, music, washington dc
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Holiday Musical Geography Quick Quiz
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Holiday Musical Geography Quick Quiz

How well can you navigate winter holiday music? Take our easy, five-question quiz to find out.

  • Best for: Grades 8-12 (ages 13-18)
  • Concepts: geography, holidays, music
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Grand Ole Opry Debuts
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Grand Ole Opry Debuts

On November 28, 1925, the Grand Ole Opry made its debut on Nashville, Tennessee, radio stations.

  • Best for: Grades 5-11 (ages 10-17)
  • Concepts: country music, grand ole opry, nashville, performance, radio
Metropolitan Opera House Opens
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Metropolitan Opera House Opens

On September 16, 1966, the Metropolitan Opera opened in its new home, part of Lincoln Center in New York City, New York.

  • Best for: Grades 5-12 (ages 10-18)
  • Concepts: language, lincoln center, metropolitan opera, music, new york city, opera
Happy Birthday, Leonard Bernstein
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Happy Birthday, Leonard Bernstein

On August 25, 1918, iconic American musician Leonard Bernstein was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts.

  • Best for: Grades 3-12 (ages 8-18)
  • Concepts: composers, education, leonard bernstein, music, united states
Ray Charles Tops the Charts
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Ray Charles Tops the Charts

On June 2, 1962, Ray Charles’ version of “I Can’t Stop Loving You” topped the charts, unifying elements of country, soul, jazz, and pop music.

  • Best for: Grades 5-11 (ages 10-17)
  • Concepts: music, pop culture, ray charles
Van Cliburn Triumphs in Moscow
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Van Cliburn Triumphs in Moscow

On April 13, 1958, American pianist Van Cliburn warmed hearts during the Cold War when he won the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.

  • Best for: Grades 3-11 (ages 8-17)
  • Concepts: cold war, music, piano, soviet union, united states, van cliburn
First Jazz Record Released
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First Jazz Record Released

On February 26, 1917, the Original Dixieland Jass Band released the world’s first jazz record.

  • Best for: Grades 5-12 (ages 10-18)
  • Concepts: african americans, jazz, music, new orleans
Swan Lake Ballet Premieres
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Swan Lake Ballet Premieres

On February 20, 1877, the ballet Swan Lake, with music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, made its debut at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, Russia.

  • Best for: Grades 3+ (ages 8+)
  • Concepts: ballet, choreography, dance, music, russia, swan lake
Happy Birthday, Bob Marley
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Happy Birthday, Bob Marley

On February 6, 1945, Bob Marley was born in Nine Mile, Jamaica.

  • Best for: Grades 3-10 (ages 8-16)
  • Concepts: bob marley, jamaica, music, peace, rastafarianism, reggae
Music in Afghanistan
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Music in Afghanistan

This article describes the history of music development in Afghanistan, defines what music means in the country, and discusses different types of traditinal and modern music forms and instruments.

  • Best for: Grades 7+ (ages 12+)
  • Concepts: afghanistan, arts, classical music, culture, dambura, dutar, folk music, islam, music, qur'an, rabab
Guthrie Writes ‘This Land is Your Land’
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Guthrie Writes ‘This Land is Your Land’

On February 23, 1940, Woodrow Wilson “Woody” Guthrie wrote the song "This Land is Your Land." 

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: communications, great depression, music, songs, united states, woody guthrie
First Jazz Concert at Carnegie Hall
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First Jazz Concert at Carnegie Hall

On January 16, 1938, Carnegie Hall played host to its first jazz concert, organized by clarinetist Benny Goodman.

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: carnegie hall, civil rights, integration, jazz, music
MTV Makes First Broadcast
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MTV Makes First Broadcast

On Aug. 1, 1981, just after midnight, the MTV television network made its first broadcast.

  • Best for: Grades 4-12 (ages 9-18)
  • Concepts: mtv, music, television
Happy Birthday, Madonna
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Happy Birthday, Madonna

On August 16, 1958, Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone was born in Bay City, Michigan.

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: bay city michigan, fashion, madonna , music, pop culture
'Let it Be' Tops the Charts
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'Let it Be' Tops the Charts

On April 11, 1970, "Let it Be' by the Beatles hit No. 1 on the pop charts.

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: arts, beatles, music
Live Aid Raises $140 Million to Relieve African Famine
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Live Aid Raises $140 Million to Relieve African Famine

On July 13, 1985, one of the largest-ever television audiences watched the Live Aid benefit concert, broadcast from Wembley Stadium in London, England, and JFK Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: africa, aid, culture, famine, live aid, london, music, philadelphia
Choreographer and Dancer: Kyle Abraham
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Choreographer and Dancer: Kyle Abraham

2013 MacArthur Fellow Kyle Abraham derives inspiration from the urban fabric of his native Pittsburgh to create a unique and expressive style of dance.

  • Best for: Grades 8-12 (ages 13-18)
  • Concepts: choreography, community, culture, dance, kyle abraham, pittsburgh, real-world geography
Geography-Rich Classroom
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Geography-Rich Classroom

Get ideas for incorporating geography into any classroom or discipline. Immerse your students in these creative projects.

  • Best for: Grades K-12 (ages 5-18)
  • Concepts: arts, classroom, climate, coordinates, current events, distance, environment, games, gardens, geography, globalization, history, interactives, latitude, literature, location, longitude, maps, movement, music, natural disasters, parks, pen pals, physical features, physical geography, place, puzzles, quizzes, regions, religion, scale, transportation, travel, united states, weather, world maps, writing
Marian Anderson Performs on the National Mall
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Marian Anderson Performs on the National Mall

Listen to the 30-minute concert given by contralto Marian Anderson on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. The recital drew a crowd of 75,000 and became a touchstone in the emerging civil rights movement.

  • Best for: Grades 12+ (ages 17+)
  • Concepts: african americans, civil rights, history, marian anderson, music, primary sources, washington d.c.
The Geography of Jazz
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The Geography of Jazz

Follow us, as we track the geography of jazz. As jazz trombonist J. J. Johnson said, "Jazz is restless. It won't stay put and it never will."

  • Best for: Grades 5+ (ages 10+)
  • Concepts: african americans, american culture, diaspora, geostories, human migration, jazz, music, musicians, united states
Dance to the Didgeridoo
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Dance to the Didgeridoo

Picture of men in body paint dancing to the music of a didgeridoo.

  • Concepts: australia, culture, dance, didgeridoo, music
Filipino Hip-Hop
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Filipino Hip-Hop

Contemporary culture has traditional roots.

  • Best for: Grades 8+ (ages 13+)
  • Concepts: arts, asian-american, culture, filipino, hip-hop, music