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cdza music: Intro to Drums

The cdza music team is at it again with the second episode of their series The Instrumentals: Intro to Drums. After introducing the drum set, drummer Allan Mednard compares and contrasts two kinds of rhythms: rock an...

Paper Plane by Massimo Giangrande

Paper Plane, a song by Massimo Giangrande. Video directed and animated by Gianluca Maruotti, and illustrated by Felicita Sala. Next, watch this lovely behind the scenes video about how they put it all together: 

Pen Drumming

Two University of Washington students perform a pen drumming routine.  There are more percussion videos in the archives, including Diego Stocco’s Music From Nature. via Laughing Squid.

War Horse and the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

From BBC One, the National Theatre’s life-like War Horse puppet takes part in the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo. We’ve seen this life-sized animal puppet and its handlers, the H...

Don’t You Worry Child for 5 Cellos

Don’t You Worry Child for 5 Cellos, a pop song cover by String Theory, Columbia University’s premiere cello ensemble. There are more cellos playing in the archives.

Sesame Street: How a saxophone is made

Classic Sesame Street: How a saxophone is made. Watch more videos on sound, factories, and how instruments are made. via Doobybrain.

Rowan Atkinson: Invisible Drum Kit

Here’s Rowan Atkinson and an invisible drum kit, from his Live! performance. Updated video.

Kermit the Frog and Steve Martin: Dueling Banjos

Kermit the Frog and Steve Martin are in a heated rivalry as they perform Dueling Banjos. If/when this video link stops working, you can find the official Funny or Die vid here!

Fred Astaire: Nice Work If You Can Get It

Fred Astaire plays (and dances to) Nice Work If You Can Get It in an iconic scene from 1937’s A Damsel in Distress. This was shot in one continuous take. There are more classics and dancing in the archives. Th...

Chico Marx plays the piano (and an apple)

Chico Marx plays the piano (and an apple) for his brother Harpo in this 1940 clip from the film Go West. There are more classic clips and more Marx Brothers in the archives. 

NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concerts: No BS! Brass Band

Twelve minutes of blasting brass funk: NPR Music's Tiny Desk Concerts presents three songs from No BS! Brass Band. 

Learn how to play the blues on the harmonica

Sometimes you don’t have to say anything to explain a lot. Go grab a harmonica and learn how to play the blues with Rebecca J. Wenger. There’s more blues music in the archives. ...

Louis Armstrong performs Basin Street Blues and Reveille

Louis Armstrong performs Basin Street Blues and Reveille on television in the 1950s.

The Viola Maker

In a short by Eamon Urtone, Helen Michetschläger shares how she makes a viola — a slightly larger version of a violin with a deeper, more mellow sound. File under: how instruments are made.

The making of a Steinway Grand Piano from start to finish

Founded in 1853, Steinway & Sons has been building award-winning, hand-crafted pianos for 160 years, so clearly they know how it’s done. In The Making of a Steinway, they share the extraordinary, year-long p...

TED Ed: How to Read Music

From Tim Hansen and TED Ed, the basics of how to read music.

Blues Brothers & Ray Charles – Shake a Tail Feather (1980)

When you’re looking to buy an instrument, you should really test it out to make sure it’s still in good condition. In this scene from the Blues Brothers (1980), Elwood and Jake get some help from music st...

Royal Canoe – Bathtubs

The kiddos really enjoyed this instrument and effect-filled video for Royal Canoe's Bathtubs, directed by Nathan Boey, about the band’s perfectly imperfect rehearsal space in an apartment building in ...