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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 ...

Pianist Yuja Wang plays Flight of the Bumblebee

Pianist Yuja Wang plays Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumblebee. Yuja has been practicing piano since she was six years old. There are more pianos in the archives.

Everything Starts Small

Everything Starts Small by Scott Benson.

cdza: Daft Pianists

How many people can play the piano at the same time? Music video experiment makers cdza help answer this question in Daft Pianists. Damian Sim, Erika Dohi, Michael Thurber, Allan Mednard, and Mark Johnson conceived ...

Aeolus, an Acoustic Wind Pavilion

This is Aeolus, an Acoustic Wind Pavilion, Luke Jerram is a colorblind artist based in the UK. Aeolus is a sonic creation that blends acoustic physics, inspirations from classical civilizations, and visual adventu...

Tibetan Singing Bowl

A Tibetan Singing Bowl:  Singing bowls… are a type of bell, specifically classified as a standing bell. Rather than hanging inverted or attached to a handle, singing bowls sit with t...

Pop-up orchestra on a delayed plane

Pop-up orchestra performance on a delayed plane! Violinist Juliette Kang, violinist Daniel Han, violaist Che-Hung Chen, and cellist Yumi Kendall of The Philadelphia Orchestra were traveling from Beijing to Macao on ...

Inventors Portrait: Ernest Nussbaum, inventor of the Practicello

From PBS Digital Studios’ Inventors, meet Ernest Nussbaum, inventor of the Practicello. Be sure to check out the entire series.

Léon Theremin playing the theremin

It can be a challenge for some sound-making machines to be understood via video. Sometimes there’s no way to truly understand how it’s working without the experience of playing it....

Otamatone Jumbo

This is the Otamatone Jumbo, not to be confused with the Otamatone or the Otamatone Deluxe. They were developed in Japan by the Cube Works Company along with Maywa Denki and Novmichi Tosa. Otamatones are available on...