Video Faves


Alvin Law, a Canadian from Yorkton, SK, was born with no arms.  He's a musician, radio host, and motivational speaker. He is an inspiration and encourages us to know that we can do anything despite challenges or difficulties.

Yes, I can!  Alvin Law, a superhuman, drummed his way into this song "We are the Superhumans" produced for the 2016 Rio Paraolympics.  An inspiration to all to press forward and celebrate our strengths (and challenges!).  A great reminder that someone else's normal is beautiful and celebrating the human spirit together!

Are you having a hard day!?  Just sing!

The students at Stevenson are amazing and I think they are amazing!  Here's a video of children performing "Heal the World" written by Michael Jackson. The children in the video are all musicians and we, the choir, are musicians too. We all work so hard to become the best singers we can be and many can play other instruments as well as we see featured in this video.

How creative is this?  Using classroom instruments and body percussion to create a band.  Lots of patterning and a super amazing steady beat.  Hello!?

What are you passionate about?  See how these 2 celloists share their passion for music and classics - with a twist!

The height of creativity.  One string and an amazing piece of work.  We don't always need the latest gadgets.  What can you do with something so simple?

An impressive use of sound, color, movement and teamwork.  It's Bach's Prelude No. 1 on the Boomwhackers.


Here are 2 great videos of a Grade 4-6 Orff group performing some popular songs.  The Louisville Leopard Percussionists began in 1993. They are a performing ensemble of approximately 55 student musicians, ages 7-12, living in and around Louisville, Kentucky. Each student learns and acquires proficiency on several instruments, such as marimbas, xylophone, vibraphone, drum set, timbales, congas, bongos and piano.

Native American music is full of rich tradition and passion.  Notice the emphasis on the drum.  It represents a heartbeat and singing with feeling shows unity with each other.  

This is a wonderful video that shows how, in jazz music, the instruments often engage in a musical "conversation."

In jazz music, sometimes the instruments "talk" to each other and sometimes the singers sound like instruments! This is called scat singing and this classic clip from Sesame Street with Hoot the Owl gives a great introduction to scat.

The Sid Shuffle - For some fun breaks!

Awesome String Quartet.  What makes them awesome?  Why is this an example of excellent musicianship but also very entertaining?


Beating boxing on the flute?  Who knew!  Here is Greg Patillo with his version of Inspector Gadget.

  Greg Patillo beating boxing on the flute to Super Mario theme song.  

Britain's Got Talent show, showcasing 13 year old singing one for our favorites, "Danny Boy" 

 Greyson Chance "Waiting Outside the Lines."  The message is powerful.  Be a risk-taker and you'll never know how far you'll go.

Canadian Country Singers "Standing Strong & True."  Reminds us of the unity of song but also remembering those gone before us that made a way that we could have freedom today.  What feelings does watching this provoke in you and why?

Camille St. Saens-Carnival of the Animals
 Introduction & Lion

Stop being boring! We all need a little encouragement every now and then. Kid President, knowing this, has put together a video you can play each morning as you wake up or to share with your friend who needs a kick in the right direction. Take a moment and spread some encouragement. "It's everybody's duty to give the world a reason to dance."

20 Things We Should Say More Often.  Oh yah!

There have been a lot of songs written about space, but how many songs have actually been written and recorded in space? Watch the video above as astronaut Chris Hadfield, from aboard the International Space Station, performs "I.S.S. (Is Somebody Singing)" with Ed Robertson, the rest of the Barenaked Ladies and the Wexford Gleeks from Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts, who were all at the CBC studios in Toronto.  The song, which was written by Hadfield and Robertson in partnership with Music Monday, CBC Music and the Canadian Space Agency, explores what it's like to look down on the Earth from outer space. It was the official song for the 2013-2014 edition of Music Monday.

Evard Grieg "In the Hall of the Mountain King."  This song paints an interesting picture.  What do you imagine is happening in this song?

     
 
 Parody of Joan Jhett's song  "I Love Reading Books."   A classic song mixed with one of our favorite topics - reading!


Clifford Crawley "Trolls" sung by Ari.  An excellent example of using facial expression to tell the story.

'It Starts With Me' is an original composition by Ryan Miller and the staff/students of Stevenson School in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.  This song was written & recorded in honour of Manitoba's contributions to Canada's national Media Literacy Week, taking place November 7th-11th, 2011.

Better Together is an original song mosaic and video created in collaboration with all 15 elementary schools in the St. James-Assiniboia School Division in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. This project is a true representation of student voice in action.
       
 
This song was sung at the end of the school year as a farewell.
"Wherever I Go"

From the award-winning documentary, "Playing For Change: Peace Through Music," comes "Stand By Me", the first of many Songs Around The World produced by Playing For Change. This Ben E. King classic features musicians around the world recorded by the Playing For Change team during their travels. This song continues to remind us that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people.

The Canadian folk song "She's Like The Swallow" is a rich haunting piece about unhappy love.  This song is often sung by choirs.  Here is Cara Dillon's version.

      North Point iBand - Christmas songs.  An crazy way to play music.  Technology uses.

Will.i.am sings "What I Am" as part of Sesame Street's 41st season.

This incredible machine was built as a collaborative effort between the Robert M. Trammell Music Conservatory and the Sharon Wick School of Engineering at the University of Iowa.  Amazingly, 97% of the machines components came from John Deere Industries and Irrigation Equipment of Bancroft, Iowa. Yes, farm equipment.

Bobby McFerrin demonstrates the power of the pentatonic scale, using audience participation, at the event "Notes & Neurons: In Search of the Common Chorus".

Boomwhacker Ensemble - "Call Me Maybe"

A collection of  Arabian musical instruments and the beautiful sounds they make.

The world generates about a billion tons of garbage a year. Those who live with it and from it are the poor – like the people of Cateura, Paraguay. And here they are transforming it into beauty. Landfill Harmonic follows the Orchestra as it takes its inspiring spectacle of trash-into-music around the world. Follow the lives of a garbage picker, a music teacher and a group of children from a Paraguayan slum that out of necessity started creating instruments entirely out of garbage. Landfill Harmonic is a beautiful story about the transformative power of music, which also highlights two vital issues of our times: poverty and waste pollution.  See http://www.landfillharmonicmovie.com/ for more information.

Henry’s remarkable re-awakening is not unique.  In hundreds of carehomes throughout the U.S. and Canada, thousands of residents struggling from dementia and other chronic cognitive and physical impairments reconnect with family, friends and caregivers through a personalized Ipod music program.  See musicandmemory.org for information.

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