Elementary School Music

The symphony flashmob videos: Spain and Denmark II

Posted in Video by P. Conrad on January 30, 2013

If you want students in a New York City public school classroom to see the wonderful Banco Sabadell flashmob performance of the fourth movement of sabadell flashmobBeethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125, you need a way to work around the Department of Education’s system-wide YouTube block. Fortunately, this video is now hosted on a family-friendly site called Wimp.com, which will open on school computers (click link above).

This is an informal performance by 100 musicians from the Valles Symphony Orchestra, and singers from the Cor Lieder Camera, Amics de la Opera and Coral Belles Arts choirs, as well as passersby in a plaza of the Catalan city of Sabadell, north of Barcelona.


The Copenhagen Philharmonic has filmed two flashmobs:

one is at Copenhagen Central Station, performing Ravel’s Bolero (also hosted at wimp.com)

and also a later performance of Grieg’s Peer Gynt, on a moving metro car. But this one is only hosted at the celebrity-gossip site PerezHilton.com, which is full of raunchy material and images that for some reason does not trigger the DOE’s content controls. Unfortunately, you have to be careful not to share the rest of the PerezHilton content with your students.

Still unavailable for screening in our schools, is a production of l’Association Française des Orchestres, in which 60 musicians perform a section from Bizet’s l’Arlésienne


video for teaching and learning about Jazz, Piano, Dance

Posted in Video by P. Conrad on January 20, 2013


Joy2Learn is a foundation that’s been around for a while (since 2000) and hosts free video content useful for teachers in visual and performing arts. The founder is the virtuoso pianist Alan Gampel, who also presents the material on piano.

The site currently has “e-presentations” (click on the logo above)  featuring Wynton Marsalis on Jazz, Gregory Hines on Dance, plus Hector Elizondo on Theatre, Elizabeth Murray on painting and Richard Serra on Sculpture.

Each subject includes lesson plans, and teachers’ resources (bibliography, links to other sites). Marsalis’s section has specific lesson plans on jazz in history, composition, and trumpet technique.

Performance Videos

Posted in Video by P. Conrad on March 1, 2011

YouTube is not easy to use in the classroom. However, some sites offer high quality videos of orchestral music and opera (as well as dance and drama) that can be streamed or downloaded in the classroom. One of the best is on P.B.S. , on its Great Performances website
The Redwood Symphony in the San Francisco Bay Area is just one example of a local symphony that hosts its own on-line performance videos.

Or see the flashmob videos linked on this page.