Band Arts from the Civil War Era
provides examples of brass band music that flourished in the U.S. during the 1850s and remained popular through the 19th century. It includes 700 musical compositions, 8 full-score modern editions, and 19 recorded examples.
Arts for the Nation: American Sheet Arts, 1870-1885
This site consists of tens of thousands of pieces of sheet music registered for copyright during the post-Civil War era. Included are popular songs, piano music, sacred music and secular choral music, solo instrumental music, method books and instructional materials, and music for band and orchestra. This first release of the online collection consists of over 22,000 musical compositions registered for copyright during the years 1870 to 1879.
Around the World in the 1890s: Photographs from the World's Transportation Commission, 1894-1896
This site makes available for viewing the nearly nine hundred images of modes of transportation taken by American photographer William Henry Jackson in North Africa, Asia, Australia, and Oceania. The site allows searches by subject and Keyword, and gives archival information about it.
Around the World in 1896
This is a lesson in which students take a trip around the world in 1896 using an online collection of 900 images. The collection includes photos of railroads, elephants, camels, horses, sleds and sleighs, sedan chairs, rickshaws, and other types of transportation, as well as city views, street and harbor scenes, landscapes, and people in North Africa, Asia, Australia, and Oceania.
Architecture and Interior Design for 20th Century America: Samuel Gottscho and William Schleisner
The Gottscho-Schleisner Collection is comprised of over 29,000 images primarily of architectural subjects, including interiors and exteriors of homes, stores, offices, factories, historic buildings, and other structures. Subjects are concentrated chiefly in the northeastern United States, especially the New York City area, and Florida. Included are the homes of notable Americans, such as Raymond Loewy, and of several U.S. presidents, as well as color images of the 1939-40 New York World's Fair.
An American Ballroom Companion: Dance Instruction Manuals, 1600-1920
This site presents a collection of 200 social dance manuals and related materials. Along with dance instruction manuals, this online presentation also includes a significant number of antidance manuals, histories, treatises on etiquette, and items from other conceptual categories. Many of the manuals also provide historical information on theatrical dance.
America's First Look into the Camera: Daguerreotype Portraits and Views, 1839-1864
This site consists of more than 650 photographs dating from 1839 to 1864. Portrait daguerreotypes produced by the Mathematics and Statisticsew Brady studio make up the major portion of the collection. The collection also includes early architectural views by John Plumbe, several Philadelphia street scenes, early portraits by pioneering daguerreotypist Robert Cornelius, and copies of painted portraits.
American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers' Project, 1936-1940
This site presents 2,900 life histories from 300 writers from 24 states. These histories describe individuals' families, incomes, occupations, political views, religions, diets, and observations.
America Singing: Nineteenth-Century Song Sheets
This site provides song sheets (lyrics without music) for 4000 songs that were popular before the advent of the phonograph and radio. During this time (1850 - 1870), song sheets were the way that many Americans learned the latest songs.
This site investigates what the American Dream has meant over the years to poets, politicians, comedians, musicians, photographers, lawyers, reporters, and others. Students may contribute to the Student Gallery and post their dreams on a Wall of Dreams.
Learning to look at art
Strategies for helping students develop visual literacy in looking at paintings and other forms of visual art.
Drawing a sea turtle
This lesson plan takes students step by step through drawing a sea turtle, using the process to discuss the animal's anatomy.
Bring history to life with a Living History Day!
A Living History Day turns students into teachers and challenges them to think historically.
Introduction to musical instruments
This module features extensive recordings of 18 musical instruments for first steps in musical education. Children (and adults) can use this quiz to learn to identify musical instruments from their sound. Two multiple choice quizzes with different kinds of question are included. Musical instruments have been chosen primarily from Europe, but also from non-European cultures such as the Middle East, India, Japan and Australia. Instruments are illustrated by full-length high-quality MP3 recordings.
History of Art: World Arts II
A short quiz on the history of art.
General Quiz in Greek
The quiz includes 5 levels of general questions (History, Arts, Athletics, Geography, Sciences, Music). The difficulty of the questions increases depending on the level. Each level includes 10 questions, that are marked proportionally (Level 1:1 point, Level 2:2 points, etc). The maximum points a player can gather is 150. In order to pass to the next level, 50% of correct answers is needed. The quiz is addressed to individuals who are preparing for examinations in general knowledge subjects.
Famous Composers I
Throughout the centuries there have been hundreds of composers that excelled during their style periods. This is an introduction to 11 of them starting in the Baroque style period and ending in the 20th Century. In the presentations there are many facts about each composer. Please feel free to surf between the different composer and styles. As students participating in class, please note which composers we are studying at the present and only go to their slides. Some of the objectives of this mo
Lunch Poems: Will Alexander
Will Alexander has created a contemporary alchemy of surrealist vision in his own electric incandescent language. Coined the Césaire of America, his poetry is full of imagistic and intelligent unraveling. Charles Bernstein calls his latest collection, Exobiology as Goddess, "an exuberant excursion into the hyperreality of the cosmos." A poet, novelist, essayist, and educator, Alexander lives in Los Angeles.
Lunch Poems: Robert Thomas
Robert Thomas is a Bay Area native whose first book, Door to Door, won the Poets Out Loud Prize and has created a sensation. Eleanor Wilner has praised the book's "unashamedly extravagant imagination." Yusef Komunyakaa has written, "Door to Door beckons the reader to enter worlds of surprising poignancy... Many small doors can spring open in a single poem..." And Meridian magazine: "What is remarkable about Door to Door is its intensely intimate lyricism. Thomas is at his best in his accounts of